For months I have been very frustrated with my blog Georgia Mae. I felt the blog was losing its focus and my enthusiasm for the project, which I began nearly four year ago, was waning. I even wanted to delete the blog and start all over. But that’s all changed, recently. Surprisingly what turned it all around was returning to something I loved to do back before we knew what a weblog was: journaling.
I started keeping a blogging journal. I took an unused journal I had wedged between some books on my bookshelf, dolled up the cover and a few inside pages with stickers and magazine cutouts and started carrying the thing with me everywhere. I take it to work, church, brunch with friends and even the gym. Before I leave my apartment I make sure it’s tucked in my bag. Before bed I make sure it’s on my nightstand. My blogging journal must be near me at all times.
So what’s so special about it? How did it reignite my passion for blogging? Honestly, I don’t really know. But I know I’ve been a blogging maniac since I started keeping it. So my advice to you is to get a blogging journal of your own. This is different from the editorial calendar I encouraged you to create a few weeks again. You still need that too, but the blogging journal will help you feed that calendar with brilliant posts.
In my blogging journal I keep an ongoing list of post ideas, specifically for topics that I want my blog to focus on. If I’m inspired but away from a computer I’ll even start jotting down a rough draft of a post. I also record random thoughts that I may want to share with readers later in an inspirational post. And I write down blogging goals as well.
Do you keep a blogging journal? If so, take a snapshot of it, post it on your blog and share the link to that post in the comments. And I’d love to know how journaling has helped your blog.