Today’s assignment: look back over what you’ve published. What have you been most proud of? What are the common threads? Which are most popular? Create and save two draft posts with ideas that come from those.
You’ve published quiet a few posts already — congrats! Time to take stock of what you’ve published and set yourself up for more greatness over the next 30 days with drafts. Drafts remind you of things you want to deal with, and jump-start you when you’re creatively blocked.
Today’s assignment: look back over what you’ve published. What have you been most proud of? What are the common threads? Which have been most popular? Create and save at least two draft posts with ideas that come from those.
Why do this?
- Because we often don’t know what we truly think about a subject until we’ve explored it creatively. When you re-read pieces you’ve published, you’ll find new ideas and angles.
- Because having a few drafts waiting in the wings takes the publishing pressure off.
- Because looking at what engages readers is the first step in creating more posts they’ll respond to.
Looking back at what you’ve already published has many benefits — you can see what you’d like to improve. You can start to understand what your readers are most interested in. You can identify posts that don’t really fit with your ultimate goals for the blog, as well as nascent ideas that could become central themes. Take a look at the comments, too — they’re content as well, and they highlight the things that most resonated.
Gather up all those bits, and start a few drafts with ideas you’d like to explore further. Don’t worry if they’re only half-baked, or even a quarter-baked. Blog posts are like tea; they need to steep. Take your ideas, park them in some drafts, and let them steep. When you hit a blogging slump, revisit the drafts you started today.
If you already have a few drafts gathering dust, these tips may help you breathe life back into them.
If you feel like publishing today, go ahead and take one of your new drafts to completion!
As always, there’s support and feedback to be had in The Commons.