Three Things Thursday: Blogging, Planning, and Creating

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It’s Thursday again and that means I’ve chosen three things to tell you about that are happening here today!

 

 

       *BLOGGING*

This may seem like an obvious thing…I mean, right?  (But keep reading, because there is a connected THEME to my three things today!)

But seriously, I mean blogging intentionally and purposely to get on track and be more productive, as I blogged about yesterday. I have learned a lot in many of my blog groups on Facebook, but have much more learning and applying of the learning to do! One of the major issues is to treat blogging as a business, and not just a hobby, and therefore to be more intentional, organized, and, you know, develop a PLAN and implement the plan!

 

       **PLANNING**

So yes, the second thing on the list today is planningspecifically, planning HOW to move forward with my blogging

 

I have signed up for numerous (I’ve lost count) workshops, and trainings, joined dozens of blogging groups on Facebook, and downloaded a variety of resources–all on the area of blogging as a business. I have yet to fully grasp everything or to make significant progress in accomplishing that goal. But I’m determined to at least make noticeable changes by or before the end of the year.

One of these changes is underway, in that I’ve set up my daily blog topic schedule, as seen at the top of this post and in a widget in my sidebar. That helps me have a focus each day in what I will share and I can often at least draft a post the night  before each day and add to it on the actual day.

Of course, one of the strategic parts of blogging as a business, as I’m learning, is to actually EARN some kind of ongoing residual income from blogging, to make all the time and effort worthwhile (and to be honest, hubby would be much happier about the time invested if it was generating income!) It’s amazing to read about what some fellow bloggers are earning! So this leads me to the third thing for today…

 

       ***CREATING***

As in, creating an “avenue of revenue for this blog and my other blog, Words of Encouragement. I do have ads set up in widgets and occasionally write affiliate posts with links, but I also plan to create something that may appeal to more people than randomly checking out any of the ads or affiliate links.

While I have an upcoming FREEBIE planned (keep your eyes open for that!) to encourage email sign-ups, I also want to create some calendars for 2018. I don’t want to “let the cat out of the bag,” as they say, but I plan to create some options for 2018 calendars with various types of photos featured. I also plan to include some valuable coupons in the back of the calendars! 

I’m actually hoping to begin offering these calendars in October, and include the last three months of 2017 on a single page as a lead-in to the 2018 calendar.

Question for you: What do you think would be a reasonable price (something you would be willing to pay for yourself or as a gift) for a downloadable 8 x 14 inch PDF calendar that will feature 12 photos, one on each of the top monthly pages, and the calendar grids on the bottom?

 

 

 

 

So What About YOU?

 

How is YOUR Thursday going?

 

Are you involved in any of the same  three things I am today?

 

 

 

 

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22 comments to “Three Things Thursday: Blogging, Planning, and Creating”

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  1. lexie - September 14, 2017 Reply

    What a wonderful Idea for blogging I just started to create my own weekly newsletter too, to add up some spice and excitement on my blog I got the calendar but hoping to get a perfect place to put. great post!

  2. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle - September 14, 2017 Reply

    I love this post. In my opinion, these go together like cogs in a machine – a machine that only works if you work it!
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  3. Melody Butler - September 14, 2017 Reply

    I’m on the same track as you! Still learning how to make blogging something of value and more than just a hobby. It’s all about those baby steps!

  4. Lavanda Michelle - September 14, 2017 Reply

    Those are certainly three things I do as a blogger. The calendars will be a nice addition next month.

  5. Lisa Favre - September 14, 2017 Reply

    I’m totally in the mood for ‘creating’ at the moment. I am trying to improve my photography game – it’s a constant learning experience and I’m always looking for ways to grow for my photographs!
    Lisa Favre recently posted..Strollin’ Around with Baby Jogger City Select LUX

  6. Lucy - September 14, 2017 Reply

    I love how you’ve set this out! The colours make this an engaging read, and an effective fun way to get your message across!
    It’s now Friday here, and I’ve shared a few of my blogs from past sessions to draw in some interest before a massive weekend of shoots!

  7. Ashley - September 14, 2017 Reply

    I needed to read this. Isn’t it funny that sometimes when one is struggling with something the universe provides it! I need to get more organized and plan more
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  8. Marysa - September 14, 2017 Reply

    Blogging is definitely a big commitment. It takes a lot of time and effort and figuring out what works. It is always changing too.
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  9. Melissa Dixon - September 14, 2017 Reply

    I do think the most important thing is to treat your blog like a business if you want it to pay off. I have treated mine like that since day one although not everyone always has but now they do which makes it easier for me. It can be hard when people think you are home and available all times but in reality you are working at your job!

  10. Joely Smith - September 14, 2017 Reply

    I have tried to figure out the magic method for blogging for years. I think it all comes down to the enjoyment. If you honestly enjoy what you are doing – others will too. At least I hope that is the key lol.

  11. Denay DeGuzman - September 14, 2017 Reply

    I love that you’re treating blogging as a business! Once you start receiving regular, monthly residual income your husband should take you out to celebrate! He’ll know it was worth all the hard work and long hours you put into creating awesome blog content! 🙂

  12. Sian - September 15, 2017 Reply

    I personally think a few £, I wouldn’t pay more than £5 for something like that x

  13. ricci - September 15, 2017 Reply

    My Thursday was pretty darn great! I slept all day (night shift worker here) and then I got to work with some great people tonight! Can’t complain!!
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  14. Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place - September 15, 2017 Reply

    It’s all about plans and goals when it comes to improving our blogs! I think it’s awesome that you try to learn as much as you can about blogging, it’s really going to help you in the long run.

  15. Crystal - September 15, 2017 Reply

    Loved this post!!

  16. Kathy - September 15, 2017 Reply

    This is a really good post. It can be difficult to blog at times. You have to put in a lot of hard work.

  17. Sapphire Kharyzma - September 15, 2017 Reply

    My Thursday started out very stressful, but worked out better than I expected! I learned to stay calm as getting angry won’t change my circumstance…attitude is everything 🙂

  18. Up Run for Life - September 15, 2017 Reply

    Blogging takes patience, persistence, and endurance. There is just so much to learn and do behind the scenes.

  19. Aduke Schulist - September 15, 2017 Reply

    I can do those first two things fine..but that third one gets me every time lol. That probably means I need a better plan.

  20. Bethany Stout - September 16, 2017 Reply

    I love this, so helpful to stop and write things down. I am always trying to move my blog forward and writing down goals and dreams is great way to stay focused.

  21. Dia All The Things I Do - September 16, 2017 Reply

    A combination of these three are so important for a successful website. I am a huge planner and love knowing what needs to get done. I’ve also been working hard to make sure my content fits a theme and it gets the point of my message across.
    Dia All The Things I Do recently posted..Five Signs You Need A Productivity Coach

  22. April - September 18, 2017 Reply

    I started blogging again fulltime and am in the planning stage. I am trying to get 5 posts done ahead of time and planning them out. Such a task to get back into.

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