Now Use Your Blogging Journal
Improve your blogging by using a blogging journal as part of your daily blogging routine. Your blogging journal acts as an extension to your brain.
“I need a bigger brain, Peter Problogger.”
“Your brain is fine, Amy. A blogging journal is a tool, just like a computer. Reminiscing is what builds friendships. You’ve met over 30 people this month. What do you remember about them, Amy?”
“Off the top of my head? I remember the ones that I featured.”
“That’s a good point. Why, Amy?”
“We talked about something they wrote, or that I was researching for my post.”
“Uh huh. How did you remember or find the ones you wanted to talk to a month later?”
“Don’t say it!”
Nine Tips to Use Your Blogging Journal Like a Pro
- Keeping notes about blogs you read keeps you sharp. Because your journal is digital, you can easily reorganize posts by category
- Each month, maybe mid-month, I read back over the journal from the month before. As I read, I pick my favorites for the month based on what or how much and what I wrote about the blog.
- I always learn something, so I keep the current month’s Google Doc journal open at the same time. At the top, I paste Favorite Sites from the previous journal, now two months old.
- As I read, I decide which links to cut and paste into the new journal’s Favorite Sites block. I do not have a set of criteria for choosing these sites. Blogs may be funny, thought-provoking, artistic, poetic, or the blogger may be responsive and kind about my blog. I make more notes on these posts as I read the next month and revisit those blogs.
- Once I finish my list for the month, I create a new blog post that shares the links to my favorite or featured blogs with my readers.
- I also keep track of my own blog posts at the top of my journal. That way when I want to insert links to my own posts, I have them listed by category outside of my blog. I do not have to switch back and forth out of the post I am working on to find additional links to share.
- I also added an area underneath the Favorite Sites section for any research that came out of my journal from the previous month. For example, I spent about two hours researching writing communities on Google +. I may carry this information onto the next month.
- On a regular basis, when I visit the blogs I enjoyed from earlier months. Sometimes, I record new quotes, other times I just note that I visited them.
- If the friendships really get going, eventually you will probably meet up – either face to face or on Facebook, or other social media or video chatting. You can’t help yourselves.
Journaling in 2016 is so easy because of the computer. If I had to do this in a regular journal, I’d never do it. The ability to cut and paste makes writing in a blogging journal a simple step in the transformational effect of blogging.
Opportunities arise out of the relationships and skills we learn when we blog. If we want to transform our lives, we need to keep track of those opportunities, relationships, and skills. Many other links can be added along the way to our online Transformation Journal. For more ideas or help using the Transformation Journal, feel free to connect with Always Write, AKA Marsha, through social media or in the comment section.
I hope you enjoyed this mini-series on journaling. Here are the links to the first two articles in this mini-series.
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By the way, how do you follow up with new blogs you read?