Some of you might know that I blog on a couple of other platforms… In addition to my Active Rain blog and ‘Outside Blog’, I have a couple of WordPress blogs, and a couple of Joomla sites. I try to produce around 15 original posts each week, spread across my 6 sites. I also ‘re-purpose’ some content from one site to another. All in all, I put up around 23 posts (originals and re-purposed).
The ONLY way I can do all of that is by maintaining a serious “To Do” list, and (where possible) a detailed editorial calendar.
Previously, I was using MS Outlook for the To Do list, but have moved to Toodledo (web) and Got To Do (Android). They sync together, and help keep me on top of the list.
On my WordPress blogs, I have WP Editorial Calendar. There are a couple of reasons that I use it…
- It gives me a visual representation of my post scheduling. Unlike looking at a list of drafts and scheduled posts, I can also see what day of the week the posts are to appear.
- Moving posts from day to day is VERY easy. It is drag and drop. That means that even if I have a bunch of posts set up for the next week, if there is breaking news, I can easily re-arrange the posts to work in the now one.
- I can draft posts directly from the calendar. Honestly, I don’t… I prefer the full editor over the one that pops up for posting from the calendar. But, if I wrote shorter posts, I might utilize the pop-up editor more.
These seem like simple things, but being able to conveniently schedule posts in the future, and efficiently move them around as needed is huge. The time savings, and organizational value from the editorial calendar much higher than I expected.
It has pushed me to a goal of having my posts laid out up to two weeks in advance. With the flexibility of being able to move posts around quickly and easily, I don’t feel locked into the the schedule.
To really make (blogging) life easier, being able to deploy this tool over several sites would rock. In fact, even being able to use this kind of tool on Active Rain (with future post scheduling) would hit the level of ‘rocking’…