30 Days of Blogging: Expanding on My Article for The Write Life

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So, I got in The Write Life. For me, this is a major accomplishment. It’s been 11 days since I finished Gina Horkey’s course, 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success. And just like that, I’m in The friggin’ Write Life! Words aren’t enough to describe the elation I feel when I see my contributor’s profile on the site.

Blogging for Accountability

I want to elaborate further on something I said in the post. I talked a bit about blogging for accountability. More or less, this means that I honored my promise to myself to blog each day. That’s right, I wrote each blog post in the My Sweet November series each day.

This exercise proved useful. It helped keep me on track and moving forward. Because I had readers depending on me to honor my commitment, (I didn’t have readers, yet.) I was motivated to work through the coursework.

I took it seriously and absorbed more from each lesson looking for material I could use in each post. If you’ve read through it, you may have noticed some posts are longer than others. Well, some lessons are longer than others. Each blog entry is about what I got from the course and what I learned from doing additional research online.

How it Can Help You

I won’t directly advise anyone to blog each day. At times, it proved challenging and difficult to run a household with seven children and write a decent post. But, if you’re willing to do it, don’t think twice about it.

Choose a Month Free of Holiday Cheer

The Thanksgiving holiday was a challenge. While everyone was eating, drinking, and being merry, I sat at the table with my notebooks and computer. Once I explained, my friends and family were incredibly supportive.

If I had it to do over again, I would’ve chosen June to do this. During the summer months, my teens are home. With built-in babysitting, I could’ve probably done more with the posts. Consider choosing a month free of distractions.

Choose a Topic with Plenty of Material

Gina’s course is designed to be completed in a month or so. I basically had a topic to cover each day. My only job was to report my findings regarding it as clearly as possible.

When deciding to do this, remember to map out your posts on a calendar. It may take a few months to map it out, but it will be worth it. Don’t get redundant and cover the same thing more than once.

A neat thing to do would be to pick something you find incredibly exciting, something in your niche. This way, at the end of the month, you have plenty of samples for potential clients to review.

Map Out Your Posts

I used my daily 2015 planner. (I’m probably the last one on Earth who still buys them every year.) And I wrote out each topic each day. I’d then use the weekly sections to outline key points to cover. Armed with the framework, I’d write out the post and edit it.

Refrain from choosing duplicate sub-topics. Select only material you’re genuinely excited about within the bigger topic you’re covering. Use an umbrella structure.

Schedule Posts

I regret not using WordPress’s feature for scheduling blog posts. I would’ve saved myself quite a bit of time by writing them ahead of schedule.

You might want to consider doing this to save some time over the month. What’s great about this is, if done right, you’ll have plenty of time to go back and make edits before it goes live on the big day.

In Conclusion

Thank you! Everyone who jumped on clicked here and there and commented. Your support means the world to me! I’m ready for whatever comes. I sincerely hope to have work up to my eyeballs, but if not, I’ll happily simmer in this great honor.

If you have a chance, jump on there and leave me a comment. Tell me what you think about the piece. Or connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+.

I don’t plan on stopping. I’ve made it no secret that I aim to be published in The New Yorker, the literary Mecca. I’ll get there. In my heart, I believe this is a jumping off point to many beautiful things to come!

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About Cruz Santana

Cruz Santana is a cancer-fighter, professional writer, editor, and business consultant specializing in web building, content management, bookkeeping, and traffic optimization strategies. A nine-year veteran of the entrepreneurial world, she has a handle on which techniques work and which don't. She isn't afraid to step out of the box to overcome challenges. An alumni of Texas A&M University, she's well-versed in science and medicine. A voracious writer, she's been featured in The Huffington Post and The Write Life. Her VA clients benefit from her experience in content management and bookkeeping. In addition, she is the author of "Phenomenal Dad: Ten Lessons on Single Fatherhood from a Tougher-Than-Nails Single Mom," her first published book! When not developing marketing strategies that flirt with the avant-guard, she loves kicking back on the couch with her small army of seven babies to watch old movies. Hitchcock films are her favorites!
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4 Responses to 30 Days of Blogging: Expanding on My Article for The Write Life

  1. Mike says:

    You’re right. WordPress’ scheduling feature is a great tool. There’ve been times where I’ve had a couple weeks’ worth of posts scheduled ahead of time… then they just “roll out” effortlessly!

    • Cruz Santana says:

      Using it has saved me lots of time. I wish I’d known all about it when I started.

      A week? Wow! Lately, staying on top of everything has been a bit challenging. But I hope I can get as organized as you are. 🙂

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