So I realized yesterday that I haven’t officially set a goal for March. As I mentioned at the end of February, April is the one year anniversary of Sustainably North. I want to have a solid plan for the blog as of April, so I’m dedicating March to working on the blog. I had come up with a plan last summer, but that ended up falling by the wayside incredibly quickly and I’ve been just winging it ever since.
So over the last few weeks, I started thinking a bit more about what I’ve enjoyed writing and what I’d like the blog to look like. A post that I really enjoyed writing was the one on bUneke Issue 9. Normally I wrote a post just saying I had written an article in bUneke Magazine and just giving a vague overview of why I chose the topic I did. For this post, I used the topic as a starting point and went into more detail (and in a slightly different direction) from the bUneke article. With that in mind, I think I’m going to try to write more essay-style posts, both factual and opinion-based around particular monthly themes. My current plan is to have two essays per month, plus a post introducing the topic (so I guess that ends up being three essays per month).
I also like writing book reviews, but I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to (or be interested in) write one every month. So for now I’m thinking I’m going to have either a book review or recipe for that fourth monthly post. Then for the fifth post, when there is one in a month, it’s kind of going to be whatever works for the topic (be it another book review, another recipe, an article, or something else).
I’m going to pick a few topics for the next few months and give this plan a try, then reassess and see if it’s working. If it isn’t, I’ll tweak it or come up with a new plan at that time.
Now the one thing I’ve been struggling with is trying to figure out how to bring in talking about whatever I write for bUneke Magazine, too. I’m planning on choosing my own topics for Sustainably North, not following the bUneke topics, so it doesn’t make sense to me to factor in talking about my articles as part of my blog’s editorial plan. So after a lot of thought, I think I’m going to be starting to post on Sustainably North on another day of the week. I’m not entirely sure what the second weekly posts will look like overall, but right now I’m kind of thinking it’ll overall be a fun post/shorter post, like maybe a quote, or a picture or something like that (I don’t think I’ve got it in me right now to do a second longer post every week). I can then use one of those posts to talk about whatever I wrote in bUneke that month, too.
So that’s the current plan for Sustainably North. Do you think it’ll work? Do you have any other suggestions for things I can try (especially when it comes to continuing to add in a monthly post about bUneke Magazine)?