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(Day 20) Create An Editorial Calendar

Today’s task was to create an editorial calendar.  This is something that I have attempted to do over and over again, with little success.  I’ve tried theme days like “Sunday Sketches”, also just writing whatever I feel like on any given day (the completely unstructured approach).  For a look back at what my editorial calendar was at the beginning of the year, see this post.

The steady column on my website here seems to be my Friday Reads column where I read and review a book each week.  You can check out the link to the series here.

I plan on revising this calendar and seriously considering what the best I have to offer to you, dear readers, is.  Maybe that means not posting daily.  Maybe it also means that I don’t have a gimmick or a theme day each week, or each month.  Right now, I don’t know.

What I do know is that I want to offer you the best I’ve got, each time I post and if I can’t do that, then maybe it’d be better not to hear from me.

Author’s Note: This blog post was written post-challenge as a way of fleshing out the 30-day challenge so readers can follow along with my thoughts/comments and where I was at the time with the challenge.  Since these posts are back-dated, they are not being advertised through social media outlets.  Thank you for your indulgence!

For those of you following the series, this is the last blog post written covering the April Platform Challenge from Day 1 – Day 30.  Future blog posts about the challenge or the MNINB tribe will include the MNINB tag so you can follow along easily with members and their going-ons.

If you are interested in reading what the remaining challenges for Day 21-30 are, keep reading!

  • Day 21: Sign up for a social network. Done!
  • Day 22: Pitch guest blog posts.  This is one of the few  challenges I was unable to complete.  I hope to pitch a guest post when I feel that I have something unique to offer to a different blog.  Maybe this summer?
  • Day 23: Create a time management plan. Done!
  • Day 24: Take part in a Twitter conversation (again). I have so far been able to do this once, as it happens on Tuesday evenings on Twitter with the #MNINB hashtag.  It’s been a lot of fun and I hope to do it at least once a month for the networking.
  • Day 25: Contact an expert for an interview post.  I’d love to do this just as soon as I figure out what kind of topics my readers are interested in learning more about.  Suggestions?
  • Day 26: Write a blog post and link to social media sites. I did another book review.
  • Day 27: Join another social network. Done!
  • Day 28: Read post and comment on it. Done!
  • Day 29: Make a task list. Check!
  • Day 30: Let Robert know what we thought of his challenge. Yep, all set!

The above tasks were adapted from, or directly taken from, the month-long challenge over at Robert Lee Brewer’s blog.  For a full list of the challenge, check out his blog post on the topic here.  I gratefully acknowledge how awesome Robert is for organizing this challenge and allowing us all to participate.

Thank you folks for reading!


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Lauren Miller is a Midwestern born writer with a passion for Jesus, the written word, and dogs. She has seventeen years of experience in the library field and reviews books for the Historical Novels Review (UK). Lauren is the Managing Web Editor and writer for The Scribe, a web publication of the St. Louis Writers Guild, where she also serves as their Director of Communications. She likes to spend her free time enjoying period films, discovering new reads, and being surrounded by other people’s pets. Lauren, her husband, and their wily Maine Coon (who isn’t quite a dog) live in Missouri. You can learn more about Lauren’s writing at LaurenJoanMiller.com.

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