I decided to push my limits for blogging in the month of September. And I’m wondering if maybe I bit off a bit more than I can chew. The plan is to write three blog posts every day for three different websites over the span of 30 days.
And even I am a bit worried prior to this attempt. I mean, that’s an awful lot of writing. Not to mention making sure I work on both Despair and my upcoming eBook.
Plus making sure I get my GreenGeeks work done in a timely manner.
No matter what, I’m going to need to really hunker down and focus if I want to even come close to this goal. I may have to get up an hour earlier to make enough time.
Why Blogging for 3 Separate Websites?
The last couple of times I went for 30-days of writing on my sites, I was able to accomplish writing with ease while slightly improving search results and visitor engagement.
There is something to be said about having an active blog, especially when it comes to Google’s algorithm.
At any rate, I am currently a bit behind in my goals for writing one million words this year. And pushing myself to write on all three sites will vastly improve my chances of hitting that goal.
Not to mention that I love seeing just how hard I can push myself when it comes to goals like this. Though, this one might be tough, even for me. Because I really don’t want to simply push out content for the sake of word count.
Every post I create has a meaning, topic, or lesson within.
But in all honesty, I need a bit of a boost to the traffic of my primary blogs. These include WriterSanctuary, CrossingColorado, and ColoradoPlays.
Something Else I Noticed
As I was adding the blogs to the featured image for this post, I realized something. I am one boring-ass individual. All three of the sites look similar to the point where it’s really playing havoc on me.
I know I keep saying I’m going to try out new themes and such. But, this is slightly ridiculous. Before September starts, I’m really going to start looking into changing things up a bit.
I am almost embarrassed, really.
What’s the Blogging Strategy for These Sites?
Alright, I’m not going to jump into this little challenge without having some kind of idea about what I’m doing. And I have a week to streamline the flow I’ll use to accomplish this one.
But in reality, it shouldn’t be all that difficult for me. Sure, I do more side projects today than I did back when I was cranking out 8 to 10 thousand words per day for Textbroker.
However, I believe I have time to get everything done.
Scheduling Ahead of Time
Let me be clear, I’m aiming for 30 days of “published” content on each site. This means there will be a new post every day. In order for me to keep with the best times for readers and keep everything moving smoothly, I’ll probably write a few ahead of time.
Perhaps I’ll spend a Saturday or Sunday doing batch work so that there is a consistent flow of content throughout any given week.
Now, I would just write every day. The problem is that there are prime times that vary for each blog. For example, WriterSanctuary has more active morning users, whereas ColoradoPlays visitors come mostly in the afternoon.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m still writing a ton of content for the month. But if I can get a bit ahead of the days during the weekends, it’ll be much easier to meet the goal.
After browsing Asana a bit and calculating how long various projects take me, I’ve decided to focus on morning writing. Then, I’ll work on the other stuff after lunch.
This helps me ensure that I’ll get everything done for each blog every day.
Not to mention how energized and focused I am first thing in the morning. This will eliminate needing to take frequent breaks to recharge my batteries.
Plus, it just seems that I do better work in the morning than I do in the afternoon. I’m not sure why that is, maybe it’s because I get too hot? Perhaps I’m just that powered after drinking my Emerge. Who knows.
I might jockey stuff around a bit depending on how the days unfold. I may find that fitting everything in the afternoon is easier. I won’t know until I get started blogging every day.
But, I was able to keep up with the last two experiments by writing first thing in the morning. I just need to remember to eat breakfast.
A Mix of Content Types
The articles I’ll write will probably consist of a lot of daily insights into certain topics. This means a lot of opinion pieces. However, I still plan on writing a few for each blog that are more focused on SEO.
After all, the point of this is to drive traffic, right? Well, that and help me get the one million words for the year.
At any rate, I want to make sure that I can still reach a certain audience in search. So, I’ll spend a few days before September making sure I have enough topics to keep me going.
Is This a Realistic Goal, or Am I Pushing My Luck?
It’s been a long time since I’ve dedicated this much time to writing. Keep in mind, I’m also working on my creative projects on top of blogging. Not to mention the work I do for GreenGeeks.
Although it does sound like quite a bit when considering everything I want to do, I am still confident that it won’t be too much. The thing I need to keep in mind is to not overly stress if I don’t meet the goal.
Yes, it would be pretty cool if I can pull this off. But, it’s not worth burning out or giving myself a headache or an ulcer.
I think the hardest part is going to be uploading YouTube videos. They usually take up the vast majority of my time on days when I decide to make one. And as I’m so close to the YouTube Partnership Program, I want to make sure I keep the momentum going.
I guess we’ll find out next month if writing three posts per day are too much or not.
I Have a Week to Prepare
Over the next week, I’ll be moving things around in Asana, finding viable topics for SEO, and preparing for a long stretch of blogging. I’m getting psyched up and ready for the month to begin.
I’m interested in several aspects of this adventure:
- Can I still create content like I used to for Textbroker?
- Am I able to sustain a good flow of productivity for the month?
- How many words am I going to crank out in September?
- Does any of this matter for improving traffic and earnings from the websites?
As long as I stick to my schedule, I should be able to do this. I mean, that’s 90 blog posts per month! Imagine what I could do if I just focused on one blog.