by Edie Melson
I spend a lot of time and energy blogging. In the beginning, I only blogged once or twice a week. Now with this site, and others where I guest post, I write upwards of twelve posts a week. If I'm not careful to manage my time, that can really cut into my other writing commitments.
So how do I manage that many posts week after week after week? I’ve learned to maximize my time with cluster blogging. Learning how to write my posts by topic, I can get much more done in less time.
The idea behind Cluster Blogging is a simple one. I come up with an idea, and compose multiple posts around it.
It’s a way to capitalize on my writing ADD. Instead of ignoring those little rabbit trails my minds insists on exploring, I make a note of them. Then, I utilize that related idea to write a second post.
Here’s an example of how I apply this concept. A while back I came up with an idea for a post, a top ten list of things that prove you’re a writer. I published it as 12 Surefire Signs You Really are a Writer. While I was writing that post, I noticed that a couple of my bullet points pertained more to my love of editing than my love of writing. Thus was born, You Know You’re Editor Material When….
This concept is also how my current Wednesday column, Dollars & Sense for Writers was born. Someone asked me how to find a good writing class and as I gave advice, I realized it would make a good blog post. While I wrote that post, I realized there were lots of topics that would fit under that umbrella idea.
Now I’d like to hear from you. How do you manage your blog writing time and where do you get your ideas?
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