In this video Darren Rowse shares the process he uses to plan for the year ahead of blogging and describes how the team behind ProBlogger and Digital Photogr...
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  • Andy San says:

    I’m more of a go-with-the-flow type of blogger/vlogger, but I do plan out
    things on a monthly basis by looking through the analytics and reading the

  • Terence Belton says:

    Thanks for your reply, I am obviously out of the flow with others. Best of

  • Darren Rowse says:

    thanks Patricia – one thing a quarter is a great take home thing to put
    into place. hope it helps!

  • Darren Rowse says:

    great to hear about your eBook – exciting! Even just slotting in a couple
    more things for late in the year will definitely be worth while but you
    might find once you launch the eBook that you find ideas for extending it
    or following it up in some way with another product or project. Looking
    forward to seeing how it goes!

  • Darren Rowse says:

    thanks Myles – I guess it comes down to different learning styles and
    expectations. Appreciate you engaging with it though 🙂

  • Nikki Parkinson says:

    I love hearing how others plan. I’ve been on holiday programming for the
    past month but thanks to the #pbevent kick up the bum last year, part of
    that was the basis of my first ebook, which I’ll go into production on in
    February. I was blown away by the response on the blog so have the
    confidence to take it further. I need to look beyond the next month though
    and take a good look at the whole year!

  • Terri K says:

    Nope. Never done planning for my blog yet. Just decided to do it for a
    segment I have on a Caribbean music radio show. So I guess it’s fine time I
    did planning for my blog. I usually doing it week by week but that is
    definite counterproductive during my lazy moments & i say “forget it” then
    end up not updating! Thanks for the video.

  • Patricia Higginbottom says:

    I got some great tips – particularly planning one big thing every quarter!
    I am currently planning the year ahead and following a similar format to
    when you did not have a team – map out the year on a spreadsheet and
    determine posts, strategy, advertising etc Thanks Pro Blogger – I have
    learnt so much from you

  • Seb9969 says:

    this is bad

  • Jeff Foliage says:

    I need to plan more because I go with the flow to easily. I just changed
    domains for one of my blogs and my past week has been setting that up and
    doing redirects from each page of the old blog to the corresponding page on
    the new one… (Google says this is the best way) So now that this is
    slowing down I need to start up a schedule of topics at least. I have two
    main blogs so I need to keep them going at least weekly and my others can
    be monthly.

  • Amanda Steeley says:

    What I admire most was your ability to plan even before you had the team.
    But I’m sure the creative process with a team is incredibly motivating. I
    understand that some plan and some don’t. I’m guilty of going through
    phases. Chipping away at it like a sculpture – quarterly, monthly, weekly,
    daily – is a great way to get started. Thanks, Darren!

  • James Hicks says:

    I agree Patricia, the planning 1 big thing every quarter is incredibly
    valuable. As always, thanks Darren for sharing your insights with the

  • Darren Rowse says:

    sorry you felt that way Terence. I guess I was trying to give a little
    context as to why I was talking about the topic (ie people had asked) and
    to share the story of how we went about our planning. I think there’s
    plenty in the first half that gives a bit of a structure for planning a

  • Darren Rowse says:

    thanks James.

  • Myles Harris says:

    Really Terrence? I found it quite useful. Here are some key points at key
    times. 0:49 got together with core team 1:17 critiquing reviewing of the
    previous year 1:30 focused on 4 main areas of the site 1. Content 1:40 2.
    Community 2:09 3. Statistics 2:29 4 Monetization and we aren’t even half
    way through yet…

  • Tasha Harris -Tashaluvsyou says:

    thank you so so much YOU ROCK !!!!

  • Darren Rowse says:

    sounds like a long process Jeff but hopefully worth it!

  • Ryan Bruno says:

    Great video thanks

  • Terence Belton says:

    Thanks Darren, too much padding on your Blogs over 50% through video and
    you have not said anything educational /information yet

  • Adrianna Domingos-Lupher says:

    Right now I am desperately working to plot out our first year of content on
    NextGen MilSpouse and I really needed to listen to this video to help me
    shut off some of the chaos of ideas going on in my brain and begin to
    tackle this editorial calendar in a step by step fashion. Thank you!

  • Jeff Foliage says:

    Well between reading a couple of your ebooks on improving my photography
    blogs and the tons of stuff I need to do to have an effective blog, I do
    have my work cut out for me. I’ll keep watching your site to learn all I
    can but it’s one day at a time.

  • Nick Arnold says:

    I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall in that meeting. 🙂

  • Ramon Nuez says:

    I should really spend a great deal more time on +Darren Rowse’s site — Pro

    Darren has a great deal of actionable information on running your blogging
    business. And much of this content can be used for your photography blog.

    a#photography #photog #photogs #photographer #photojournalism #camera
    #portraits #landscapes #seascapes #canon #nikon

  • Ramsay Taplin says:

    This is a really simple but important thing to think about if you are
    serious about your blogging. +Darren Rowse talks about his team figures out
    what to do with the year ahead. 

  • Darren Rowse says:

    Made this short video in response to how I go about planning our blogs at
    the start of the year.

    How to Plan for the Year Ahead of Blogging 

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