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Is there any better season than Fall? The answer is obviously, no. The cooler weather and changing of the leaves (if you live anywhere other than Florida), hot chocolate, cider donuts, pumpkin everything, big sweaters and leggings… It’s so cozy and inspirational. There is just something in the air that makes me want to create.
That’s why Fall is my favorite season to buckle down and get work DONE on my blog. I thought it would be fun to share with you all my big blog goals for the 4th quarter as sort of a blogging fall bucket list.
My Fall Blogging Bucket List
Make time for family
I listed this first because, in the midst of all this productive inspiration, it’s important to find a balance of time at work and time for family. Blogging is such an amazing opportunity for those that want to increase their time with family, don’t let the other parts of your fall blogging bucket list diminish that.
Plan for holiday posts early
This is key for anyone who uses Pinterest for a large part of their traffic since people start looking for holiday ideas weeks before the actual holiday season.
Get out holiday posts early so that they have time to gain traction (and so that I can start feeling like it’s the holidays sooner!)
Complete a Blog Writing Month
It’s my version of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) for bloggers! The word count goal is the same, 50k words written in the span of a month. The difference is that instead of writing a novel (which would be so cool too!) you’ll be writing for business instead.
This could come in the form of:
- Blog posts: an average of 1667 words per day would make for an excellent length blog post for SEO. You could either post one per day for the month or build up your buffer for the next few months. It’s like the ultimate form of batch writing!
- E-Book: depending on the length and in-depthness you could write anywhere from 1-10 books in a month! Use these as free opt-ins for your readers or as a product to help monetize your site.
The sky is the limit considering how much of blogging depends on getting words to paper (err… screen)
My goal for Blog Writing Month (October is my month though you can pick any month that works for you) is to post on here once a day with an average word count per post of at least 1000. The other 667 words per day I’m going to put towards actually building up a content buffer to cover any unexpected writing delays. I hope you’re ready for some awesome content!
Create a simple tripwire for readers
If you decide to complete a Blog Writing Month and are dedicated to promoting that work, you will likely have a huge influx of new subscribers to your list. Capitalize on that by creating a new simple tripwire of valuable content to help them in some way and to compensate you a bit for the insane amount of work you’re putting in in such a short time.
Create a content calendar for next year
This one has multiple parts
- Brainstorm post ideas for the entire year
- Outline posts for 3 months
- Flesh-out posts for 1 month
The main point of this is to get a jumpstart on the year. Although motivation is usually at an all-time high in the first few weeks of January, as winter trudges on it gets difficult to maintain. For this reason, I want to get as much prep work done as I can while the motivation comes easily. That way even when the going gets tough, I’ll have a backlog of posts and ideas to use as a spark to get me going.
Make blogging friends
This is the bucket list item my introvert self is most nervous about. Making friends can be super scary. You have to open yourself up and be vulnerable to rejection (as unlikely as that actually is to happen).
If all the top bloggers are to be believed (and they probably should be about this at least) making blogging friends is actually a crucial step to business growth. Many bloggers point to the moment they decided to start networking with other people in their niche and the moment that their business really started taking off.
For me, although I have joined several FB about blogging and personal finance, I rarely if ever engage with the other member of the group. Instead, I would just consume their posts passively without contributing to the conversation. My main reason for this was feeling like I didn’t have anything meaningful to contribute.
If you have ever felt that way, I’m going to tell you the same thing I’ve started telling myself. STOP LYING TO YOURSELF. You might not have a life changing quip to bring to the table but even a simple, “I’ve experienced that and can relate” is enough to get the ball rolling. Often time people just want to connect and feel like someone else relates. You don’t have to solve all their problems to be a valuable part of the conversation.
What does your fall blogging bucket list look like?
Although this may not look like the traditional fall bucket list with its word counts and product goals rather than leaf peeping and pumpkin carving, it’s a list that I’m still so excited to get a jump on. It’s a fun little mental hack to reframe the important things that we know we need to do as things we genuinely want to do.