They told us it was a good idea to plan your social media. I took notes, and later read some more information on their site. Like this, on Twitter. Basically, what they say is: don’t waste your whole day on Twitter. Log in twice a day, but gather all sorts of information and things you want to do on Twitter throughout the day. Think about what you want to tweet, who you want to mention, what you want to retweet, what hashtags you want to use, and so on. The thing is, I’d love to reduce my time on Twitter. So I like their approach. I just can’t fit it into my schedule yet. I can’t figure out a way to plan my twitter-actions, because I think it’s a medium that can’t be planned. If you don’t check for a whole day, you’re so far behind, and it seems so useless to reply to someone who said something 5 hours earlier. But maybe that’s just in my head. I want to give the Mama Marketing approach to Twitter a try, but I find it very hard. Even though I know it’ll make my life easier!
Then there’s the Mama Marketing approach to blogging. According to them, planning your blogpost is very effective. I didn’t believe that one, to be honest. I’m an impulsive person, things pop up in my head, and then I blog. You can’t be serious about planning creative outbursts. Or can you…? I started thinking about it. And then I thought ‘well, maybe it’s not so bad to think about things I want to write about in advance’. Because the point is, if you only write when you’re inspired, that means you can go a week without a blogpost. Or two weeks. Or a month! And now that I have so many followers (hi folks, so great you’re here!), I would love to give them something to read regularly!
I bought a little (eco!) notebook, and jotted down the ideas that suddenly popped into my head. (Since Saturday, my head is just so full of ideas! It’s amazing!) All the things I still want to write about, the books I want to review, the inspiration I want to share… And then I thought of different categories, which I could use weekly. The more I thought about it, the better I understood why planning is indeed a great way of blogging! So I made a calender, in which I still have to fill in all the holidays and seasonal days (although I doubt I’ll be writing about an Easter DIY). I appointed the Wednesdays as the ‘Making of’ or DIY days. So on Wednesdays you’ll be able to read about the process of a drawing, or a photography, or I’ll share a DIY with you. Friday will be ‘Inspiration Friday’. On this day I’ll share inspiring artists with you, or tell you about a great book. And Sunday will (as already is) be ‘This week in pictures’.
I’ve already noticed that the great thing about planning is that I can jot down all my ideas and put them in categories. I can gather information in advance, that’s so handy! I’ve also found out that you can actually delay publishing your blogs, so you can work in advance. But the best thing is: it makes life a lot easier and relaxed. When I have a great idea, I jot it down. It doesn’t stay in my head anymore until I make a blog of it, because I know I will do something with it at a later date!
So even though I was skeptical at first, I’m (and I’ve yet to really get started) already seeing the benefits of planning. If only I could figure out how to plan my Twitter-actions…