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Blog content plan and how it helps for your blogging needs

You shouldn’t underestimate a blog content plan and its benefits! For beginners, it might sound boring, but it a necessary tool if you are serious about blogging. It is a must-have step to be more productive, consistent, and provide quality content. And it will make your life so much easier, as everything is already planned. 

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So how can a blog plan help you out? Well, the main benefits are:

  • It increases efficiency. According to the studies completed by Joe Pulizzi from the Content marketing institute, 60% of companies with written content strategy are more effective than those who have it just in words. And the same goes for individuals. Blog planning is crucial when it comes to efficiency. 
  • It helps to define your goals and objectives for a period. Blogging should never be aimless, especially if you want to monetize your blog and find a decent following. 
  • A plan helps to always know what to write. When you have it all drafted for at least six months in advance, you won’t get stuck with writing because of the lack of ideas. There will be no writer’s blocks and nerves about what topic to cover. 

A content plan for a blog is as important as a business plan for a company. After all, the competition is enormous, only in the years 2014-2020, the number of bloggers grew by 10 million!

How can one beat that? Well, with a smart strategy and planning beforehand, of course. 

How to make a plan for your blog? 

Now, let’s get into practical details of how to plan a blog and draft content for 6 months ahead. We’ll go through all the steps, starting from the goal and audience. 

Set the goals

Having clear goals is important because you’ll shape your content according to them. I divide the year into 4 parts 3 months each. And set goals for each period. Do not worry; you can change them in case something new arrives. The goals should be smart:

S – Specific

M – Measurable

A – Attainable

R – Relevant

T – Timeframe

The more specific you get, the easier it will be to achieve. For example, in the first 3 months, you want to boost your email list by 20% or increase conversion rates by 15%.

Another good example is increasing blog’s traffic by 10% in a particular period. 

Define the audience

How to plan a blog without paying attention to the readers? It is impossible! Whether you are a comedy writer, product reviewer, or lifestyle blogger, you need to know who you are writing for. 

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Create a target audience persona – approximate demographics (age, location, employment) and their motivations. It will help to find topics to cover and choose the particular formats. 

Create calendar

Now it is time for a content calendar. I like to use Excel spreadsheets but there are many other ways to do it. What do you need to add? 

Posting schedule – consistency is the key.

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If you are only starting it is easy to think that you’ll write every day. But in reality, it is extremely hard. The average blog post is 1,236 words and if you add proofreading, finding visuals, and other tasks – it takes a decent amount of time.

A lot of bloggers choose to post once or twice a week, which is fine. Quality goes before quantity. 

Create sheets for each month. For example, in May you need to produce 5 posts. Create lines with deadlines. 

Also, add lines for topics and keywords for each post. We’ll fill them in later. 

Important! Add specific dates and events to the calendar. For example, holidays or industry-specific dates. You can craft the content according to them to attract more visitors.

If you have sponsorships, add them too and create pieces around the same subject. 

Outline the content

Now it is time to brainstorm ideas for the next period. First of all, decide what content forms you can do, such as:

  • How-to guides; 
  • Product reviews; 
  • Opinion pieces; 
  • Listicles; 
  • Case studies; 
  • Researches; 
  • Videos or podcasts; 
  • Interviews; 
  • Guest posts, etc;

Another great idea is to reuse your old content. For example, rewrite and update old blogs or social media posts.

To make the blog more entertaining, diversify them in the calendar. For example:

1 post – how-to guide; 

2 post – product review; 

3 post – old content updated; 

4 post – listicle; 

5 post – your podcast on the subject. 

Brainstorm ideas

There are many ways to find ideas to plan a blog. You can do market and keyword research, look at what is trending, find ideas in comments and questions, make an audience survey, or look at what is in the news. 

Any decrease or disruption in the amount of content you are producing and using can have a negative impact on your rankings. However with a full plan in place, you will have a steady flow of content to use throughout your campaigns.

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The fun part is to brainstorm all of them according to categories. If you need 5 pieces per month, it means that for 6 months you’ll need 30 pieces, 6 topics for each category. 

So draft 6 how-to guide ideas, then 6 product reviews, find 6 pieces of old content you can update, think of listicles, and podcast topics. It is a manageable amount of topics to think of and you’ll have your content strategy drafted for half a year! 

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After you are done, put them on the calendar month by month. And add keywords that you’ve found during the research. 

As an example, a travel blog schedule for May can look like this:

1 post – how-to travel this summer and stay responsible with COVID-19;

2 post – 10 hiking boots for your trip: choosing the best ones;

3 post –tips for traveling alone in 2021;

4 post – 20 things you’ll need to pack for a trip in Mexico;

5 post – podcast about finding the best international flight deals.

Here you go – the content plan is ready all you need to do is to bring it to reality!

Ready to plan your blog content? 

Blog content plan is a great organizational tool. It helps to be professional, stay on top of the industry, and be more successful in what you do. And it also perfect for managing your time better.

You’ll draft the strategy for a year or 6 months once and then you’ll get to do only fun things – actually create content. Do not forget to review it before the new period in case some updates are needed.

One of the most important aspects – you should always aim for quality and consistency in posting. Remember that and your blog will rock the world! 

Vasy Kafidoff
Vasy Kafidoff

Vasyl Kafidoff is a founder and mastermind of KAFIDOFF.COM. He has a strong interest in education, modern technology, marketing, and business management.

If Vasy is not working, you can find him somewhere in the world attending a Rock Concert with his mates.

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I can’t write anymore! Stuck with your writing?

Can’t write anymore! What should I do? Every writer fears this day but eventually, we all find ourselves there.

Am I stuck forever? Am I even a good writer? 

Stop. The answer is YES, you are a good writer. And NO, this block won’t last forever.

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Writer’s block is a common occurrence among all authors, whether you create fiction, comedy texts, or blog posts. It is completely natural to be tired and feel like you can’t write anymore. It happens to the best of us. 

What to do if you stuck in a rut?

Here are some things that I find helpful. 

Do Not Panic

First of all, do not make a huge deal out of it. When it happens the first time with an author, one might think of it as the end of the world. OH NO, my friend. Believe me, it is not. 

The writer’s block is closely connected to anxiety, self-criticism, and perfectionism. So the more you’ll focus on what you cannot do, the harder it seems. Panic can lead to frustration and fixation. 

Do not be harsh on yourself; do not discredit any of your skills and accomplishments. Think of it as a learning moment. 

Find the Root

Why can’t I write anymore? I’ve been working on this novel/article for two weeks and everything was fine! Of course, there is no one reason behind all blocks, but there is a psychology of creative writing to help. Think of why you are stuck in a rut, for example: 

  • You do not know what happens next; 
  • You’ve lost interest in the story; 
  • You lack information and need additional research; 
  • Maybe you are simply tired; 
  • You are too critical of yourself. 

Finding the root of the problem can be the best way to overcome it. 

Write Something Else

What I like to do personally when I’m stuck and can’t write is to get busy with a side job. For example, you do not know what to do with your novel – ok, let it rest.

Go and write a blog post, an article, a poem, or just do some trash writing. 

Of course, you need to stay on schedule, whether you are working to monetize your blog or finish a story by the publisher’s deadline. But the secret is to keep your creativity running. Do not stop writing. 

Try Free Writing and Other Prompts

If there is no side gig or you simply cannot do it either, it is time to try some writing prompts. 

One of my favorite ones is a technique by Julia Cameron called Morning Pages. In this exercise, you need to free-write three pages each morning.

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Do not edit, do not reread, do not care about what you are writing, and what is it for. Just scribble anything that comes to your mind for three pages. 

It helps to release all negative thoughts and boost one’s mood. And look, you’ve finished 3 pages! You definitely can write!

You can find lots of other prompts and exercises online. They help to get out of the comfort zone, try something new, and boost creativity. 

Try New Setting

Here’s an easy way to approach this problem – switch up your routine. Maybe it’ll help you to be more inspired to work. 

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For example, choose a new place, go outside to a café or stay at home on the contrary. Try software that helps to write without distractions instead of the usual text editor, for example, Ommwriter

Set new music as it helps to reduce stress and be more productive. Change it up a bit and see how it goes. 

Start from the Middle

You may be stuck because you cannot deal with this particular part or scene at the moment. It is ok, some of them take much more effort and labor to complete. What is the solution? Just go to the next section. 

This one will not go anywhere, you can finish it later. 

And the same works for any type of text, whether it is an article, blog post, or a fiction story. Create a plan of what you’ll address or what happens with characters. And if you cannot do one part, start with the middle one or even with the last one.

No rule says you need to write in chronological order. 

You’ll feel better as you go along and be more confident to come back and do the complicated part. 

Do Something Different

There is another reason why you might be stuck – you are just tired. It is that easy. In such a case, try to do something else. 

I mean not watching Netflix for the whole day, no matter how tempting it sounds. I mean something active but different.

Go for a walk and pay attention to people and surroundings. Maybe there is something cool you can spot for inspiration. 

Try exercising. They endorse cognitive function and give us a better mood. You can do it at home, go to the gym, or try jogging – whatever works for you. 

Another great option is to read. There is nothing that inspires a writer more than other author’s excellence. 

Now you are ready to return writing, dear friend

Writer’s block happens to every author out there. It is a completely normal part of the process and there is no need to be extremely disappointed about it. 

Try to change your routine, use some writing prompts, and exercises. Preferably do not stop writing, just switch it up a bit. 

Wish you a good luck with your writings 😉

Share your thoughts and tips on how you are relieving the stress. I will be happy to find other ideas.

Vasy Kafidoff
Vasy Kafidoff

Vasyl Kafidoff is a founder and mastermind of KAFIDOFF.COM. He has a strong interest in education, modern technology, marketing, and business management.

If Vasy is not working, you can find him somewhere in the world attending a Rock Concert with his mates.

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How to earn money being a comedy writer? Awesome comedy writing jobs

Comedy is an art that can become a full source of income. And you do not have to be a standup comedian for that. After all, not everyone is comfortable in front of the crowd. But what about comedy writing?

What if you love humor? There are still many career options on comedy that do not include performing. A lot of comedians chose humor writing for additional income or as an outlet for their talent. 

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Of course, this type of job is not for everyone. It is not only about excellent writing or storytelling skills; it is about making someone laugh out loud even if they are just reading an article online. 

If you love jokes, puns, and sarcasm, this might be a great career path for you. Humor writing jobs are creative, exciting, and usually well-paid. Are you interested in freelance comedy writing jobs? Then I’ve got some useful information for you. 

Types of Comedy Writing Careers 

First of all, there are plenty of offers out there. Humor is incredibly valuable not only for screenwriting or articles but also for marketing.

Even if you are a complete beginner and want to find entry-level writing jobs, there are numerous options, from making T-shirt slogans up to YouTube scripts.

Here are some of the most popular types of jobs for freelance comedy writing:

  • Screenwriting for YouTube videos or podcasts. You’ll be surprised how many content creators need help from comedians. The prices may vary from $100 to $1000 for an episode, depending on your skills and creator. These can be all types of videos, from reviews up to web-series. 
  • Screenwriting for TV, for example, sitcom writing jobs. This is one of the more well-paid options if one manages to get in. You can look for screenwriting gigs on freelance sites, like Upwork or WritingJobz. But you can also apply directly to Comedy Central, for example, they are hiring comedy writers. You’ll need to learn the basics of telling a story and creating characters. And you’ll need to create a couple of specs – examples of scenarios that serve as a portfolio or your skills. 
  • Copywriting. Freelance humor writing is often used in marketing. So if you are not into screenwriting, you can look for the same type of job as any other freelance author but with a focus on humor. It can be anything, from Twitter posts (Take Wendy’s Twitter for example – it is worldly-known for witty replies because there are some great comedians behind the screen) for brands and up to advertising campaigns or slogans.
  • Create scripts for commercials or create social media posts. One can also find plenty of entry-level comedy writing jobs and small gigs, like creating funny texts for birthday cards. 
  • Blogging. Freelance joke writing can be a great advantage for those who create blog posts. You can work as a ghostwriter for other creators or guest posts. And a valid idea is to run your own blog. It can be a portfolio and resume as well as a source of income. There are several ways to monetize a blog and it would be a shame not to use them. 
  • Articles for online magazines and comedy digests. Online platforms provide lots of jobs for comedy writers because they are in constant need of fresh content. And they also pay decently. One can write satirical pieces on news, jokes or anecdotes for a column, or any other type of article. 

Basically, anything that can be better with a good joke can become a gig for a comedy author.

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It is important to start with small gigs and build-up your portfolio as well as experience to land some lucrative offers. Now, let’s talk about where to find these deals. 

Sites with Gigs for Freelance Comedy Writers 

It is important to mention that these are not all options available, there are so many of them that no article can hold everything. But these are good platforms to find joke writing jobs. 

1. Freelance websites

The easiest way to start and find some entry-level gigs is to check out many freelance websites. Some of them are dedicated exclusively to writing; others host all types of employment.

The most popular ones are Upwork, Fiverr, Craigslist, WritingJobz.com, iWriter, Guru, Freelancer.com, etc. One can start with registration and making a dashing profile. 

2. Directly applying to media productions

If you want to get into screenwriting, you can also go directly to Comedy Central or BBC. Such institutions always post recent employment options on their websites. Of course, there will be huge competition, but why not try it out. 

3. Cracked

This is an excellent satirical online magazine with a long history. One can find here articles, list-posts, hilarious photo captions, etc. They have a page dedicated to authors that want to submit their works or take an assignment. The payment is in the range of $100-250 per gig.

4. The Funny Times

It is another outstanding humor-based platform. They are open to submissions in form of comics or funny stories. It can be anything about politics, whether, everyday experience, religion, or news. The stories need to be about 500-700 words. The platform pays $75 for a published story. 

5. The New Yorker 

You’ve probably heard about this magazine. The great news is – they are open to submissions! And it doesn’t have to be a huge piece of a novel. There is a column called Shouts & Murmurs which is quite satirical and humorous. So you can try your skills at that. The payment depends on the assignment. 

6. Reader’s Digest

Yet another great magazine that is ready for submissions. They have pages dedicated to jokes and funny stories. They have both a printed magazine and a website. If the editors accept your submission, they’ll pay $100 for it, which is a great prize. 

Ready to become a comedy writer?

Comedy writing is a great opportunity to express your natural talent and earn some money. There are numerous gigs out there from all types of industries and employers, so choose what is more exciting for you.

You can look for gigs on freelance websites or directly submit your pieces to various media and magazines. All it takes is to be funny!

Vasy Kafidoff
Vasy Kafidoff

Vasyl Kafidoff is a founder and mastermind of KAFIDOFF.COM. He has a strong interest in education, modern technology, marketing, and business management.

If Vasy is not working, you can find him somewhere in the world attending a Rock Concert with his mates.

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