I was sad to learn that Posterous, an easy-to-use blogging platform, will be shutting down at the end of April. It’s not unexpected news, since Posterous was acquired by Twitter in 2012, but I’ve enjoyed using it for the past few years and hate to see it go.
Personally, this news meant that it was time for me to find a new home for my photo blog, where I post random snapshots from my life via my cell phone camera. Fortunately, though, the transition was an easy process. I was able to export my Posterous posts, create a new pics.jillianwarren.com subdomain, and port the Posterous posts into this new WordPress blog.
It’s nothing fancy (to be honest, it’s largely shots of my dog), but if you ever want to peer into the random goings on of my daily life, check it out.
I have a problem.
It’s called bad timing.
Whenever blogging inspiration hits and a genius blog post idea forms in my brain, I’m inevitably as far away from my computer as possible. Usually, I’m at work … In the car on my way to an event … Or even in the shower getting ready to head out for the day. None of these times or places are remotely conducive to recording the seemingly brilliant posts I start composing in my mind.
And, of course, whenever I am at my computer, the inspiration just isn’t flowing. My blog remains un-updated.
This phenomenon has been happening to me a lot lately, and it’s been incredibly frustrating. Fortunately, though, all hope is not lost!
I keep a Google doc (that I can access just about anywhere) to record all my ideas. Whenever the blogging mood strikes and I’m away from a keyboard, I simply hop on my smartphone and email myself a quick synopsis of my latest big idea. It might be one word, or it might be a paragraph. Then, the next chance I get, I’ll transfer that idea from my email inbox to the Google doc. When I eventually do have time to write, I can pick from my list of ready-made topics, and off we go! No more wasting time staring at a blank screen without any ideas.
The Google doc is, sadly, much bigger than I’d like it to be. Hopefully one day I’ll finally get around to perfecting all of my potential posts!
If you have a blog but rarely have the time to update it, here’s a simple tip that a lot of bloggers completely overlook.
Schedule your blog posts.
That’s right. When you do have a significant chunk of time to devote to writing and are on a creative roll, write a bunch of blog posts and save them as drafts. Most CMSes will allow you to schedule a future date and time for each post be published to the public — so they’ll slowly auto-publish over time, instead of just one big chunk of posts appearing all at once.