It’s almost time to blog like crazy! Every November I challenge the women of See Jane Write to publish a new blog post every day for 30 days. I’ll give you encouragement along the way by sharing blogging tips and post ideas using the hashtag #bloglikecrazy. And if you use the #bloglikecrazy hashtag when you share your posts on social media I’ll help promote your posts, too.

Now you may be thinking, “Why on earth should I blog every day for 30 days?”

Good question. I believe blogging every day for 30 days will boost your creativity, your community, and your consistency. I break down each of these here.

Or maybe you’re thinking, “How on earth am I supposed to blog every day for 30 days?” Well, I’m hoping this blog post will help you with that. 

When it comes to #bloglikecrazy you must plan ahead or plan to fail. If you’ve never developed an editorial calendar in the past, this is the perfect time to do so.

Creating an Editorial Calendar for #bloglikecrazy

This weekend I spent two hours at a local coffee shop planning blog content with Keoshia Kyneard, the regional director of Birmingham chapter of Black Bloggers United and the blogger/vlogger behind the brand Busy Doing Me. It was so much fun that I plan to start hosting post planning parties (both virtual and in-person) for See Jane Write members.

I left the coffee shop with enough blog post ideas for each day in November and a few extra ideas, too.

Here’s how you can create your #bloglikecrazy editorial calendar:

Brainstorm your blog post ideas. Consider your blogging categories, features, and themes. My main categories for See Jane Write are blogging, bylines, business, Birmingham, and lifestyle. Features I’ve had on the blog in the past include “15 Confessions” (which I do monthly) and “Things That Made Me a Happy Feminist This Week” and “Things to Do in Birmingham This Weekend,” which I did weekly. Or maybe you want to have themed days for your blog like Motivation Monday, Hair Talk Tuesday, Wellness Wednesday, Thrifty Thursdays, or Fashion Friday. Choose the method that works best for you. Then brainstorm ideas for each category or themed day, being sure to include your features, too. If you’re planning for #bloglikecrazy,  you need a total of 30 ideas.

If you’re having trouble coming up with ideas, here are a few tips:

  1. Good writers read good writing. Take some time to catch up on some of your favorite blogs, websites, and magazines. The articles and posts you read will inevitably spark ideas of your own.
  2. Let red-letter days inspire you. Brainstorm posts related to upcoming holidays and special occasions and events. Because Thanksgiving is in November, I will, of course, do a couple posts on gratitude. Because many people will begin their holiday shopping, I’ll do a couple gift guides, too. I’m doing a 10K race in November, so I also plan to do a post on the parallels between writing and running. 
  3. Become an idea machine. In the foreword for the book Become an Idea Machine, James Altucher says that one of the best ways to boost your creativity is to write down 10 ideas a day. Start this practice right now and soon you’ll never find yourself faced with blogger’s block.

Related Post: 365 Blog Post Ideas & Writing Prompts

Organize your blog post ideas. Finally, use a calendar to plan when you will publish each post. You can create your calendar in an Excel or Google spreadsheet, through a program like CoSchedule, or even on paper. Because I’m utterly obsessed with planners, I use a cute planner by ban.do to plot out my posts. (Next year I plan to invest in The Content Planner.)

I decided to schedule my lifestyle posts for Sundays, my business-related posts for Mondays, my blogging related posts for Tuesdays, my writing-related posts for Wednesdays, and my Birmingham-related posts for Thursdays. My “5 Things That Made Me a Happy Feminist This Week” feature will be posted on Fridays and on each Saturday I’ll share a roundup of links to inspirational and informational online articles.

If you plan to participate in this year’s #bloglikecrazy, leave a comment on this post with a link to your blog. 

Happy blogging!

26 Comments on Let’s Get Ready to #bloglikecrazy

  1. Ntathu Allen
    October 16, 2017 at 11:52 am (1 month ago)

    WOW!! Definitely up for a challenge like this to help me focus and share and up my blogging game! Thank you.

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    • javacia
      October 18, 2017 at 4:40 am (1 month ago)

      Yes! I’m so glad you’re taking the challenge. I look forward to reading your posts.

      Reply
  2. Ora Cook
    October 16, 2017 at 6:22 pm (1 month ago)

    Hello, I am planning to participate in this years bloglikecrazy challenge. This will be my first time doing something like this. What happens if I don’t post every day? Also, is there a maximum or minimum word count?

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    • javacia
      October 18, 2017 at 4:40 am (1 month ago)

      Don’t worry. If you miss a day I’m not going to publicly shame you. LOL But if you do succeed I will publicly congratulate you. There is no word count minimum. This is all about doing what’s best for you blog. But I would recommend shooting for at least 300 words.

      Reply
  3. Angela Payne
    October 16, 2017 at 8:55 pm (1 month ago)

    I’m in! I’ve committed to blogging more consistently and this challenge is right on time. Cheers to #bloglikecrazy!

    Angela from Writingangela.com

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    • javacia
      October 18, 2017 at 4:37 am (1 month ago)

      Hooray! I’m excited to read your posts!

      Reply
  4. Marliceia Chavers
    October 18, 2017 at 3:40 pm (1 month ago)

    As a newbie, I’ve decided to participate. I believe this will challenge me and expand me in ways that will really help me grow as a writer and a blogger.

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    • javacia
      October 18, 2017 at 4:00 pm (1 month ago)

      Yes! I’m so glad you’re going to participate. I was really hoping you would. It will be a great jump start for you.

      Reply
  5. Ali
    October 19, 2017 at 7:09 am (1 month ago)

    YES! I need to do this for sure. I’m in. 🙂

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    • javacia
      October 22, 2017 at 6:10 am (4 weeks ago)

      Yay! I’m looking forward to reading your posts.

      Reply
  6. Cutressa M Williams
    October 19, 2017 at 10:37 am (1 month ago)

    Despite having failed to fulfill my #BlogLikeCrazy commitment in the past, I am SUPER EXCITED about participating AND completing my goals & plans this year .. the “themed” ideas are numerous – and incredibly exciting .. I am INSPIRED by ALL of the ideas, so HOPEFULLY I can choose just one (or perhaps 2 ) to focus on:
    * 30 Character Traits of Successful Persons
    * 30 Powerfully Communicative & Intelligence Building Words to Master and USE Often
    * 30 Simple & Easy Ways to add extra income to your life {with minimal effort(s)}
    * 30 Books that will INSPIRE Success
    * 30 Days to a LIFETIME of Gratitude
    * 30 Ways to Express Love in ACTION
    * 30 Ideas to SERVE with Heart

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    • javacia
      October 22, 2017 at 6:09 am (4 weeks ago)

      I’m so glad you’re going to join us again for #bloglikecrazy! I think all of your themes are good. To choose the one to follow sit down and see which one you can come up with 30 different ideas for. Happy blogging!

      Reply
  7. Donna Gilliland
    October 21, 2017 at 8:00 am (1 month ago)

    You have inspired me to take this challenge. My writing goal for 2018 is return to my blog and be consistent and of course improve along the way. Thank you.

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    • javacia
      October 22, 2017 at 6:07 am (4 weeks ago)

      Hooray! I’m so excited you’ll be joining us for #bloglikecrazy. Blogging every day in November will definitely teach you a lot about consistency and improve your content.

      Reply
  8. Tonia Myers
    October 24, 2017 at 11:37 pm (4 weeks ago)

    I am in. Looking forward to doing this challenge. Going to go make a list of some ideas right now before I head off to bed.

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    • javacia
      October 25, 2017 at 3:38 am (4 weeks ago)

      Yay! I’m so glad you’re going to join the challenge!

      Reply
    • javacia
      October 26, 2017 at 4:23 am (4 weeks ago)

      Welcome to #bloglikecrazy!

      Reply
  9. Tameka James
    October 25, 2017 at 10:30 pm (4 weeks ago)

    I’m taking the plunge! *raises both hands* I promise to do my VERY best to stick to this commitment have fun and learn in the process!! I’m excited…I have started on a brainstorming list and I plan to start my post ahead so I won’t get over whelmed when the days start rolling around lol!

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    • javacia
      October 26, 2017 at 4:23 am (4 weeks ago)

      Yay! I’m so glad you’re joining the challenge!

      Reply
  10. Mary
    October 26, 2017 at 10:47 am (4 weeks ago)

    Challenge accepted!

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    • javacia
      October 29, 2017 at 8:17 am (3 weeks ago)

      Welcome aboard!

      Reply
  11. sandy
    October 30, 2017 at 3:15 pm (3 weeks ago)

    I am going to do it! I just printed a calendar and I’m working on topics. This is a huge commitment fo rme. Thanks for the encouragement.

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    • javacia
      October 31, 2017 at 4:20 am (3 weeks ago)

      Yes! Let’s do this!

      Reply
  12. Karin
    November 2, 2017 at 6:13 am (3 weeks ago)

    Hi! I’m a writer and new to this and on my third run of re-starting my blog – which is being customised and adjusted due to malfunction so not quite ready yet but soon, I hope, so I may have to just join in with all the planning and writing but actually wait with the posting, if that’s at all ok? (I didn’t want to wait for a year ) so for that I’d love to join you but also already a little late starting on day2, (wasn’t sure if I dared ask..) but I hope that’s all still ok (sorry!)? I’d really like to kick-start my blog with the hope of getting a regular ‘thing’ going and also to experiment with the direction I’d like to take it in. Your organising ideas and brainstorming ideas is what I’m going to start with today because it sounds like just what I need, and have been looking for, thanks!

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    • javacia
      November 3, 2017 at 4:34 am (3 weeks ago)

      Make the challenge work for you!

      Reply

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