Click below for the audio version of this postDuring the first week of March 2021, I was down with COVID and was hospitalized for nearly 10 days. The whole plan went haywire from there. I was planning to take up this challenge at the start of this year, but a family health emergency kept me away from Bengaluru for most of January. Secondly, given the Omicron situation, I see this year as probably a reboot of the previous year, which in itself was a reboot of its previous year. In other words, I do not want COVID, or anything else to start dictating my writing. Having said that, I want to talk talk about what I will be writing about during this blog challenge. First and foremost, you will find a couple of changes. I have created themes (or categories in WordPress, if you prefer), and each day of the week I will write on a different theme. In a way it creates a template for a content calendar, and it is very important to have a content calendar in place. Last year, I had written down a list of topics, and had begun typing!
The importance of blogging themes and content calendarIn a previous post, I have mentioned about the different themes under which I will publish my posts. At the risk of repeating myself, here are the themes:
SaaSy-Sundays : SaaS reviews MyPod Mondays: Podcasting Travell Tuesdays : All about travel Webby-Wednesdays : Webhosting, CDN, VPS, Shared Hosting Techie-Thursdays : DIY setups, upgrades, How To’s Foto-Fridays: Photos, videos and more Sustainable-Saturdays: To be exploredMany blogging experts recommend that you should have a theme or a couple of themes or topics that you typically write on. That should ideally also be the maximum number of topics you should cover, if you are the only author. For example, if you’re a foodie, you can write about food. Everything from cooking to eating outside to probably some exotic dish that you may have tried. Not to mention good old recipes. You can talk about healthy nutrition or eating while on the road, that is, mixing elements of health and nutrition as well as travel in your blog, but you are still on topic. Writing about something like “Use of Artifical Intelligence and emerging startups Food Tech” on your blog may stand out like a sore thumb, and may not connect well with your audience. A content calendar of course helps you to plan, write, publish and promote the posts.
Different Strokes for Different FolksIn my case, I am planning something a rather ambitious. I am a man of many hobbies and interests. Some of these interests developed over the past couple of years. I found that one way of keeping myself engaged during this era of downtime was to learn new things. I want to share some of these learnings, and probably that’s the best way for me to add to my knowledge. Allow me to explain. On Monday, I will be writing about podcasting tools, tips, resources, etc. MyPod Mondays actually help me plan out posts for my podcasting blog, which has been dormant for a while. Thursdays I will aim to write about technology, and the work that I have done over the years in the area of image compression and optimization, how to reduce the size of image, how to size them properly, how to use a content delivery network to improve website security and and performance. Don’t let the topic alarm you, my posts will not be geeky.Saturdays I will write about Sustainability, which can cover topics like recycling, upcycling, leading a sustainable lifestyle. There are different strokes for different folks, something I hope will bring some variety to the blogging.
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This post was updated on 2022-06-04