Do you plan, or wing it?


26082014 204655My biggest regret at the moment is that I don’t have enough time to trawl through more of the amazing blogs that are out there. I know this is true of all of us and we have to make a decision of who we follow and who we simply can’t, at least for the moment.

But, this also got me thinking [very dangerous!] about how we go about posting on our blogs.

Do you carefully plan your post/page, or do you sit down bring up the page and get to work?

No prizes for guessing what type of blogger I am. Yep, I arrive at my heap of a desk, or locate my sexy, red phone and type away. That’s not to say that I don’t have a rough idea of what I want to say, [I will have been mulling over various ideas in my fuzzy head] but as for a draft…no way! That’s how I work and I find that the words, even silly ones flow better if I haven’t planned them.

I write articles for magazines and even then I find that if I plan them too much, they are stilted and boring. So I type away, see what I’ve got and edit and edit, until I’m happyish with the end result. Sometimes you have to know when to stop don’t you? You can overdo a good thing…less is more and all of that! Of course a pre-determined word count and strict brief mean that I have to behave myself, but I can still be creative.

That’s why I enjoy blogging. We get to say what we like, in however many words we choose and in whatever style we like. And an added bonus is that we get people actually reading our words. That still surprises me. I’m totally bowled over by the comments I’ve received and the views that my blog has had, and I will continue to thank every single one of you at regular intervals.

THANK YOU again!

So, do you plan your blog, or wing it? Why not share your secret? I don’t bite…much!

Thanks for calling by and enjoy your evening.

Until the next time.

 

10 comments

  1. I plan my blog. I schedule my posts at least a month in advance. I do this so that my blog is active even though I’m offline. It’s just easier for me this way. But I don’t think that your way is wrong. I don’t think there’s a right or wrong way to blog, especially if it’s a personal blog.

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    • I have scheduled a post in the past, as I was busy. But then I just clock watched and didn’t do what I was supposed to be doing, instead. So it was pointless.
      I agree we’re all different and our approaches vary and we do what feels right. I may become more organised in time…but, I very much doubt it. Thanks for commenting.

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      • Indeed. We’re all different and our approaches in blogging vary. My motivation for blogging is still burning strong, so I’m glad that I can still plan my posts in advance.

        Anyway, keep on blogging. Cheers!

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  2. I have exactly the same problem Dorne. So many great blogs to read so little time to do it in and write. That does not include the normal chores around the house too. I read fast so that helps. I actually wing it. Most of what I write is not planned nor do I know what I will write about each day. It just comes out of me. Hopefully for the best! LOL! I loved this post!

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  3. I wing it with mine – can’t you tell? I wish I was more disciplined but I’m just not. However, I am full of admiration for anyone who’s brilliant at planning and scheduling, and I’m sure their method works more satisfactorily than mine does. The trouble is I have a butterfly mind; it flits from one thing to the other very quickly. If I try to plan something like a schedule I’d just end up forgetting what I was doing.

    That all makes sense to me, but heaven help anyone else!

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  4. I have exactly the same problem with not enough time to read….as for planning or winging it….I don’t think I have ever rough drafted anything in my life! I have ideas going round in my head, sometimes I have opening or closing lines or paragraphs in my mind. But other than that, I just sit down and write, and then edit, edit, edit (even though I know it may appear as though I don’t, given the length of some of my posts!). I love the ‘crafting’ aspect of writing. One of the most difficult and time-consuming posts I wrote was challenging because most of the way through it, I couldn’t decide whether I was writing one post, or two posts. Put all of the material together, or split it up…it changed several times, until a structure I was happy with, emerged, and it turned out to be one post, after all. Another of the joys of blogging, for me, is getting to a Friday or a Saturday (which is when I write most of my posts), and not knowing what I’m going to post about. Sometimes, earlier in the week, I think I know, but then it changes. Sometimes it changes even after I’ve started a couple of paragraphs and then decide a different post needs to be written. But I like the ‘surprise’ element of it – which is odd, because I’m not normally a person who likes surprises!

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