Should you use an editorial calendar for your blog? Good question. I’m not going to lie. I’ve been blogging so long that I rely on my Drafts section in my WordPress backend. I actually added the Drafts section as a menu item under Posts. Writing comes natural to me, so I blog when I feel like it. In doing so, I never feel like blogging is a chore, and my words to come out naturally.
Should You Use an Editorial Calendar for Your Blog?
For those newer to blogging, and not really a writer by nature, I realize my approach just isn’t going to work for you. When you’re building your blog, whether it’s for a business or a blog, to get into a good habit of building a solid schedule, you’re probably going to have to use an editorial calendar.
For multi-author sites and online magazines, editor calendars are useful in seeing who is writing, what they are writing, and when to expect the article to be published.
My method of using the Drafts section in WordPress isn’t a bad idea, but there’s not really a structure. I just list a bunch of titles as good ideas for articles, and tackle them. In fact, it’s not uncommon to see more than 150 draft posts or more, at ANY time in my WordPress backend.
So, in coming back to the question on should you use an editorial calendar for your blog, it’s up to you. Some questions to consider.
- How focused are you on content creating and building your business or blog?
- Do you get distracted or discouraged from blogging?
- Are you needing to create a real schedule that you can visually keep yourself in check?
Probably the best thing to do is to actually try out an editorial calendar and see if it is for you. Some people use an editorial calendar plugin or even have a physical calendar book that they’ve fashioned as an editorial calendar.
You can also try my method of using the drafts section, but it’s not going to be useful unless you find a way to keep yourself on task.
Do you use an editorial calendar for your blog? If so, what type?