Having an editorial calendar means you at least intend to have an actual plan, not just a few musings from the shower fairy, but actual at least half sketched out ideas for what you're going to post about, and maybe some idea of when you will post it.
So I was surfing away ignoring the fact that my plans and ideas amounted to a handful of vague concepts and I would still need to come up with stuff to fill an editorial calendar when I stumbled across this 100 post challenge by Sarah Burke.
I read the first half of the article and thought this is such a good idea, I'm going to stop and do this right now before I even look at the ideas suggested further down the post.
Checking the time, it was 2:58. I had plenty of time to take the half hour out of my day before I needed to do other stuff. I grabbed my note pad and a pen and got comfy, 3:00 pefect! I won't even forget what time I started.
And I started to
After 14 minutes I had 53 ideas on paper, fifty three!
After 20 minutes I had 72 ideas.
At 29 minutes I had 103 ideas.
And at 30 minutes I had 108. One hundred and eight ideas for posts!
I was impressed with myself. I really didn't think I would come up with that many. Taking this challenge was the best idea ever. I did a mental tour of my sewing room while I was writing and that really helped me to consolidate some of those 'vague ideas' I had.
Then I read the rest of the article listing Sarah's 100 ideas, they were so completely different from mine so I made some notes from those too. Thanks Sarah! Now I have over 9 pages of ideas to work with anytime I get stuck trying to think of a topic to write about.
As for the editorial calendar, I'm still looking for the right one for me.
How do you find your inspiration?