Hello wonderful Brainiacs! Here's another lesson I learned from #Adventurecon13 - Think Like an Editor from Ashley O'Neill who is the editor for The Savvy Source:
Have a Mission Statement
A mission statement is a sentence describing your blog's main focus or a short written statement of your blog goals and philosophies. Before creating an editor calendar, make sure you know what your blog focuses on.
Know Your Strengths
Figure out what you're good at. What's your passion? What are you an expert on? Once you know that, find the intersection between what your readers are interested in and what you're good at.
Create an Editorial Calendar
Now you're ready to create an editorial calendar for the month! You can use a simple excel spread sheet for this. What Ashley O'Neill showed us was easy. She created columns and titled them Article, Theme, Who, Status, Publishing Date. As an editor, she thinks about what to feature each month and assigns them out to her bloggers for The Savvy Source. Everything is entered into her spreadsheet as a way to keep track of what's going on too.
Every month, focus on what is going on for that month. Here are some examples Ashley gave us for The Savvy Source:
Other Editorial Tips
These were great tips from someone who does it for a living! How do you think like an editor for your blog?