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Out With The Old In With The New

Out With The Old In With The New

Becoming a blogger is one of the best thing I’ve ever done. I love it and I really mean that. I love writing about my life, my experiences and challenges. I’m enjoying creating and building my own little space on the world wide web. It’s fantastic and I look forward to the day that my blogging and freelance writing can provide a full time income.

Since winning the MumpreneurUK Award, I’ve been thinking about the future direction of days in bed. It’s been a real battle at times figuring out my name and where I want to take the blog. My primary focus in life is being a mother and wife and providing my daughter with an emotionally stable upbringing and opportunity to learn, grow and develop.

I’ll always use Daysinbed as a platform to raise awareness for my illness Adrenal Insufficiency and almost everything I write about will be to some extent written through the lens of a Chronically ill mother.

I’ve read over and over on so many blogs how having an editorial calendar, (a planned blogging schedule) can help make blogging more efficient. I’ve struggled to use a schedule this year. I know it’s been down to being unwell and not being consistently well enough to stay focussed. I’ve simply taken each day as it comes and written what I can when I can.

However 2016 is going to be different. I have a plan, a plan I am looking forward to and excited to begin.

The first Monday of the month will be my new feature #ETRR. ETRR being short for Escape The Rat Race. I’m going to write a monthly account of my blogging plans and goals and what I hope to achieve each month.

The second Monday of the month will be Bichon Frise Life a continuation of my posts about Yoda the family dog, with the added addition of Casper our new recruit!

The Third Monday of the month will be my #KLTR Linky and Giveaway which I co-host with Laura Summers from Laura’s Lovely Blog. KLTR standing for Kids Love to Read and the giveaway being a children’s book.

The fourth Monday of each month will be My Top Picks, a post sharing my favourite blog posts of the month written by other bloggers in the parenting and lifestyle community.

A new feature which I plan to write every second Friday is going to be a new Family Lifestyle post called Days Like These. Here I will share something that my child Sylvia or I have,

-Read

-Worn

-Seen

-Tried

-Felt

-Loved

Once a month I plan to start a new feature. I don’t have a name for it yet but it will be a monthly post raising awareness and discussing issues related to Abuse and domestic violence.

Sunday will be my new weekly feature My Sunday Style which is going to be a Fashion post on clothing items worn by myself or my child.

Tuesday will be a weekly weight loss post as losing weight is going to be a huge focus for me in 2016

Thursday and Saturday will be a day off when needed or for anything I fancy discussing from Adrenal/health issues to thoughts on blogging, how to posts and sharing my parenting experiences or reviews.

I’m really pleased to have a plan in place. I hope this will help me to stay focussed and I look forward to 2016.

For the next five weeks, I will be writing some fantastic reviews and sharing more family experiences and thoughts. I’ll have a few Christmas themed blog posts and then I’ll  be taking time off at Christmas to spend time with the family blog post free. (If I can keep off the net that long- I may pop onto social media).

I’m really looking forward to 2016. I am really excited and ready to give my blog a fresh boost!

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40 Comments

  1. Every time I visit your blog I am in awe of your quality, diversity, and innovation. Seeing your thinking and ideas laid out like this is even more impressive! Good luck with the schedule, I have no doubt you will take your blog to even greater heights and deserve every success that comes your way. #mg

    1. Thanks. Thats a nice to read positive compliments 🙂 It makes me happy blogging but it also is about helping others and doing good. I want to use the blog to help my family but also other people as well! 🙂 Angela

  2. Sounds like you’re going to be a busy busy writer! I don’t have a blogging schedule, but I do think it would be a helpful tool. I like the name “Escape the Rat Race!” Super creative 🙂 #mg

  3. Wow, Angela – this is the kind of plan I need to come up with for 2016. As I was saying, I need to come up with a new blogging plan for the new year. Writing it down is key! You have inspired me 🙂 x #MG

    1. Great! I’m glad you feel inspired Becky. It’s taken so long to figure out what I want but now I’m getting there. I hope to also eventually introduce a second linky. i like monthly ones they are much easier for me to manage! 🙂 Good luck with your ideas!

  4. It is such a good idea to get a plan in place. I may have to try and get organised like that in the new year. You have some good things coming up Angela 🙂

    Gemma xx

    1. thanks Gemma. I think its good for me to get a plan and get organised as I will know a little better what i am doing and be able to do more batch work to help save time!

  5. good on you for being organized enough to make a plan! I just float along and adapt as I go, but I’m getting better at the idea of posting regularly (but not daily) and having prompts to give me direction. It’s nice to see how others tackle the whole blogging journey.

  6. I don’t really have a blogging schedule but I normally review toys and kids items over the weekends and on Monday I edit my photos ready for Tuesday. As Tuesday is the day I write most of my blog posts and schedule them for the rest of the week.

    1. Wow, I struggle to concentrate some days so until my health improves i have to write when i feel okay…but it will be nice when i can sit for a day and type!

  7. I’m so excited for your new plans 2016. I too have something in mind and I can’t wait to share. It’s always important to keep planning

  8. Wow, that’s so organised, I’m feeling like I should take note and do something myself 🙂 I do love your blog and look forward to keeping up with you in 2016.

  9. That sounds like a really good plan. I’ve been making my 2016 plans too. I find having a schedule so, so helpful! And especially having series! It keeps your blog in check and gives you so much focus. I love your blog and I’m excited about the direction it’s going in. xx

  10. Wow this is sounding super organised. I like that you will have a structure for the week – I can see how this will really help to be effiecient. I haven’t got my head around having a proper schedule yet, I guess I’m still experimenting with my writing style and content. I tried having Wednesday as a day when I featured one of my favourite quotes but I think I stuck to it for about three weeks! Heres to a productive and interesting 2016!

  11. You have so much planned, which is fantastic. I can’t wait to see how it all goes for you in 2016, exciting times ahead.

    This reminds me that I really much come up with a plan too.

    Laura x

  12. I feel like I am one of the least organised bloggers out there. I have my Monday link up and my shared Friday link up, but other than that I just write what and when I feel it. You inspire me to be more organised. I just feel everything is quite disorganised right now, I’ll wait until we move in our new home I think. Good luck and I look forward to see the new you #mg Thanks for sharing

  13. You are incredibly organised which is amazing! I was just thinking I need to put together an action plan for the New Year so this may well give me the kick up the bum I need!

  14. Sounds like a great plan! Not too difficult to keep up with if you’re having a hard time at any point! Cant wait to see all the new posts in the new year 🙂 xx

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