A systemless system for productive blogging


cartoon of woman blogging

See the lady blog. Blog, lady, blog!

Do you have a system for blogging? A schedule? A spreadsheet with topics and times? A goal?

Wish I did. For a while I hoped that the Raewyn Gwilliam system would work for me. Every time she has an idea, she writes it as a sentence, which she saves as a draft title. Because it’s clear, accurate and specific, she remembers the whole idea. When it’s time to write, she opens WordPress, grabs a title that appeals and writes. Bingo!

I did the first part — for a while — but I’ve never used anything from my list of brilliant ideas. I also have truckloads of scribbly notebooks filled with other brilliant ideas.

Here’s what works best for me.

  1. Get an idea
  2. Blog it impulsively
  3. Publish it immediately
  4. Smile!

Life lessons for myself

  • A blog is not a book
  • Trust the moment
  • Write less, publish more
  • Get it done and make it fun.


18 thoughts on “A systemless system for productive blogging

  1. lifecameos says:

    Yes, I agree. Keep it short and simple, blog often. I am still laughing at your marvellous cartoon.

    1. One day I’ll learn!

  2. bone&silver says:

    A system appeals to the organized side of my brain/personality, but the impulsive, wandering artist in me just wants to grab the moment when it arrives, & blog the hell out of it, then eat a snack, edit, & hit Publish… hey, maybe that’s MY system?! 😃

    1. And a blog is just the place to let that wandering artist loose.

  3. Dan Antion says:

    I have yond of ideas. I do use them on occasion but the best posts are spontaneous. Good system!

    1. Dan Antion says:

      Tons of ideas – tons – I hate my phone 🙂

      1. No no, I was enjoying that word “yond” … ideas like wands that yank me beyond the great yellow yonder

      2. Dan Antion says:

        Oh, ok. I have always liked the word ‘yonder’ but I don’t get to use it much. Maybe it was a slip 😉

      3. Please accept twelve vouchers for the word ‘yonder’ — free.

      4. Dan Antion says:

        Ha ha – thanks!

  4. The concept of organization appeals to me but the spontaneity aspect gets me the best material. There is nothing so powerful as writing in the moment of things. However, I do write ideas down hoping on a slow news day I can develop it into something interesting.

    1. You can, you could, and maybe you won’t. Here we all are, doing exactly what we want at some level.

  5. Glynis Jolly says:

    Because I have a less than adequate memory, I use OneNote to jot down ideas for posts. When I sit down to write a post, I go through the list of ideas. More often than not, I use one of them but there are times when just reading the list sparks another idea I use instead. I do schedule my posts so I can feel more leisurely about writing them.

    1. You’re right, just reading the list can spark another idea. Thanks, I hadn’t thought of that. It’s a useful back up.

  6. System? I can barely spell it, much less actually have one. I wish someone would give me a pattern to follow so I could tell what I have written about and when, and what pictures I have used. I often forget, well, perhaps more than ‘often’, thus either repeating something or forgetting any idea I once had.

  7. Aha. I love spreadsheets, and they work for at least two weeks. But you can relax: if you can’t remember what you’ve already published, why would anybody else?

  8. Wade says:

    My system is pretty loose, which makes it flexible. I try to post once a week, and once a month post something that takes a really deep dive into an experience or information. I’m not always successful about that. The other thing I do is to keep an “idea roll” in a note on Evernote. I can access it pretty much anywhere, and if I think of something, be it a sentence, a paragraph, or just random bits and pieces, I can type it up and then come back too it later.

    Everything *kinda* works, which is good enough for me!

    1. Seems to me your system is fully consonant with your way of life! If one changed, maybe the other would — maybe not.

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