Well, it’s Day 4 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge and I sit here, my fingers frozen, wondering what my next sentence is going to be. This is an all too common problem for me. It happens every time I go to write an article, a blog post…even an email. I’m admitting to my readers that I am NOT a writer! Don’t get me wrong. I love communicating through written word, but it just comes very slow for me. I have a head full of info that I want to share, but it’s forming of the words on paper (or in today’s world we call it words on a computer or smart device LOL) that is a challenge. I was that kid in school that managed to squeak by with average grades in English and Composition. No matter how much effort I put into writing essays or reports, I never managed to get an A. And here I am now writing articles for my blog! 

I will admit I woke up this morning and turned on my computer not knowing what I was going to write about today. I did subscribe to Paul Taubman’s daily email that gives you tips on what to write for a specific day, but sometimes even that is not enticing or it doesn’t spark an idea at all for me. Then there are emails that hit the nail on the head! So instead of being creative and writing a grand-slam article, I am writing how much of a struggle it is for me to write. Ironic, isn’t it? 

I totally get it…this month is 30 days of 30 posts, which, in my mind, is going to challenge me to write and publish to my blog. Ideally, I want to get to a point this month that I’m writing and scheduling my posts days ahead of time, especially since I’ll be heading to Myrtle Beach next weekend for a much-needed vacation away from work. That means I need to write at least seven days of articles and schedule them before I leave my office. However, I will continue to engage in the UBC FB group while I’m away. I will have my phone and iPad so I don’t miss out on the fun!

I may get back to putting one together this weekend so I can stay on top of this challenge and I end up getting behind like I did back in January. Of the 31 days in January, I ended up blogging for 21 of those days. In case anyone is interested in a blog calendar, I do know Paul provided a link to one in his welcome email. You can download it HERE.

In the past, I have used a blogging calendar that I found useful to help me keep track of what I have wrote and when it was written and published. #blogboost #blog #blogging #UBC #ultimateblogchallenge Click To Tweet

If you are not interested in using a paper calendar, there is a calendar plugin for WordPress sites that I have used in the past. It’s called the Editorial Calendar plugin for WordPress, and you can find it here: https://wordpress.org/plugins/editorial-calendar/ It’s a great way to keep your posts organized whether they are in draft form or published. Plus you can drag and drop your posts if you decide you want to move them around to have them post on different days than what you originally had planned. Great tool for someone who likes to keep organized without the use of paper!

Feel free to comment below your writing challenges and how you manage it. I would love to hear your tips and ideas! Perhaps I can learn from the best and totally turn around this whole challenge. I’m open to suggestions!

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