A new year, a new(ish) blog! Since the hiatus in November, I’ve put a lot of thought into what I was using Day Old Sushi to do, what I had intended the blog to be, and what I’d like to do in the new year.
Over the years I’ve been running DOS, I’ve tried to do about six things at once. I tried to cram all of my interests into one blog without really knowing what I’m doing. This was my first foray into blogging outside of a few mandatory blogs for various classes.
I can’t bring myself to close Day Old Sushi entirely. Instead, I’m refocusing on how I want to use this blog. I will be reverting to my original topics of my personal life and writing.
Writing is a huge outlet for me in dealing with my depression. Which is going to be my main focus in writing about my personal/daily life, actually. I’ve been off meds since August 2014, but I have a doctor’s appointment in a week and will be asking about alternatives to the medication I was taking.
No posting schedule will be in place for the new face of Day Old Sushi. I am moving my love of crafting off of DOS and to its own blog, to be created. One of my New Years Resolutions is to be more creative. Posting on a dedicated weekly blog enables me to hold myself accountable. If any of you lovely readers were following me for the crafts, I will post when I have the other blog up and running.
As a final note for my first post of 2015 and first post back from hiatus, I want to thank all of you reading this right now for doing just that – reading the words I write and share with mostly strangers on the internet. I hope my previous posts were enjoyable/useful. And I hope my posts over the next year will be even better.
Over the past month and change, I’ve been trying a couple of different methods of organizing my thoughts and scheduling posts.
I tried a blog-specific organizational printable I found on Etsy. It helped me get initially organized, but I found I’m not one to print out the weekly organizational pages. On top of that, having it in a binder was a bit too large for me to comfortably work with.
I also tried using various planning apps, but none of those really stuck, either since I work across several different machines – my Mac, my iPhone and my iPad. Some of the apps I tried didn’t sync across multiple machines, some of the apps I tried weren’t even available on all machines, and some of the apps just didn’t work for me.
But since it’s that time of year for all the glorious back to school supplies to stock the shelves. I decided I’d try something a bit different and get a regular planner to see if I can make that work for me in terms of both organizing my thoughts and scheduling posts. So far, it’s working pretty well. But I just started using it last week. So we’ll see how it goes.
Ultimately, I’m looking for a system that will let me plan in advance, jot notes down on the days the posts are supposed to go up. I need something that will let me see a week’s spread at a time. I really think this regular planner is going to work for that. There’s even spaces in each week for notes that aren’t attached to a day. Yeah, I think it’s really going to work for me, but I’ll follow up with how it’s working out.
What methods do you use to organize your blog? Do you prefer to do everything on the computer/iPad/etc or do you prefer paper and pends? Let me know in the comments!
So, as you may have notice if you’ve been following this blog from the beginning, I’m really terrible at keeping any sort of posting schedule. I can keep up with one for about two weeks and then I run out of things to write about because I don’t write posts ahead of time, even when I am attempting to stick to a schedule.
I’ve spent some time thinking about where to take Day Old Sushi from here, how I can make it feel like a “real” blog, for lack of a better term. I realized one of the reasons I have such a hard time sticking to a schedule is because I’m not very organized when it comes to the blog. And by “not very” I mean “not at all” organized.
I went on etsy and found a blog planner from PlanInk that I’m using to organize and plan posts. I’ve been looking for a while for a planner set up that works the way I need it to and is set up simply without sections I don’t need. And this blog planner seems to be it. So we’ll see if it live up to my expectations. It already is helping me keep track of post ideas and scheduling them.
On top of the organization and scheduling issue, I feel like I’ve been lacking a general theme for the blog. It’s felt somewhat directionless. But I think I’ve finally figured out what my blog is going to be about: whatever I want it to be about! I’m labeling it as a personal blog, with writing and craft overtones. Organizing my thoughts and ideas about posts and the blog in general helped me pick a focus for Day Old Sushi to work from.
I’m ready to get serious about blogging and the first step is to get organized and stick to a schedule!