1. Assign a time frame & deadline... & stick to it. I am going to try and blog once a week for the balance of the fall semester. . . once a week with something about electronic marketing.
2. Create a content calendar: This is an easy one if I simply follow the outline of topics covered in my electronic marketing class.
3. Keep a topic list: Sounds logical . . . again I will focus on topics I cover in my electronic marketing course at the University of Utah. So in the coming weeks there will be (hear that tone of determination as I strike those keys) blogs on Basic Web Design, Search Engine Optimization, Social media, HTML 5/CSS, The power of photography and photo editing, and Flash as a tool to capture attention and generate interest.
4. Remove all distractions. Nearly impossible since I am always multi-tasking . . . but it seems that Monday afternoon might work to close off the majority of the world. Teddy (my blind Pomeranian can sleep on my desk while I work) and I will turn off all the other sound devices to minimize distractions.
5. Start at the end. As a teacher, this is the heart of the lesson . . . the desired learning outcomes. For example, in this blog post I hope students will learn that even they can find some time to post a blog message.
6. Write don’t edit. Impossible. My fingers edit before my head even knows what is happening . . . but I will attempt to minimize the editing.
7. Keep the flow. I will do my research before beginning the draft of the post. Start with an outline and then let the magic happen.
8. You are story telling: J6Design.com.au suggests that you should read your blog out loud when you have finished drafting the blog. I do this all the time when I write my PowerPoint slides for a lecture. This is very helpful when I record my lectures for delivery online on the web. I find it is so much easier if I take the time to read it out loud a couple of times so that I can feel more conversational rather than rattling off facts for my students.
Well tune in next week to see what happens to my plan to implement this in my time plan. See you next Monday.