TODAY’S DATE: March 18, 2015
TODAY’S TOPIC: My Editorial Calendar Thus Far
Q: What day is it?
A: It’s Wednesday. Hump Day. Great day for talking books. The people who write them, the people who read them, and everyone in between.
So, I do a lot of things on my book blog . . . book reviews, giveaways, industry events, blog hops . . . but I focus my attention every Wednesday to a special column I named “Hump Day Books.” Why Wednesday? Why Hump Day?
1. TRAFFIC: Wednesday sits in the middle of the heaviest days in social media traffic (Tuesday-Thursday) which gives me time to monitor hot topics, write a post, and promote it through social media.
2. THE DAY HAS A NICKNAME: I searched other days of the week for a day that also had a commonly used “nickname” like Hump Day, but I couldn’t find any. TGIF didn’t quite do the trick, so I was ready to move forward with Hump Day. And then, still thinking about it while watching TV, the popular GEICO commercial came on. You know the one, the camel? “What day is it? What. Day. Is. It.” The camel even says my name, Julie. I took that as a sign and stopped hyper-analyzing nicknames for days of the week.
3. EASY TO REMEMBER: Hopefully, it’s easy to remember. Wednesday. Hump Day. Books.
NOTE: For international readers not familiar with the American term “Hump Day” – it refers to getting “over the hump” of the work week. If you’ve made it past Monday and Tuesday, and have reached Wednesday – “Hump Day” – you’re “over the hump” and halfway to the weekend.
The GEICO commercial is so loved – someone created a one hour loop of it for us to enjoy. (GEICO Hump Day Commercial: 1HR)
So now, as we’re nearing the end of the first quarter of 2015, I’m taking stock of my editorial calendar for this particular series of blog posts, and planning my next quarter.
A FEW QUESTIONS FOR YOU: Do you develop an editorial calendar for your website? Do you run a series of specialized posts? How do you stay organized? What decisions do you make when running a series? I’d love to hear your thoughts in my comment section – which is also enabled with commentluv so your links will appear next to your comment. Pretty cool, eh?
MY “HUMP DAY BOOKS” BLOG POST
EDITORIAL CALENDAR THUS FAR
JANUARY got me thinking about New Year’s Resolutions and my reading and writing goals for the coming year. I was also keen on building a few Pinterest boards based on my blog posts. I wanted to see what would happen if I cross-linked social media platforms with each other. What were your New Year’s Resolutions and how are you doing with them now?
January Hump Day Posts about New Year’s Reading & Writing Resolutions:
100+ Pins On My “2015 Reading Challenges” #Pinterest Board
50+ Pins on my #WritingPrompts Pinterest Board
National Readathon Day: Make #timetoread
In FEBRUARY and MARCH, I moved from building Pinterest boards with each blog post to embedding Twitter feeds and discussing ways in which writers, readers, and book people can maximize their efficiency on this social media platform. February’s blog posts about Twitter spilled into March with coverage of #PitMad, a Twitter party for authors to pitch agents and publishers.
February & March Hump Day Posts about Twitter:
Harness the Power of Twitter’s Search Engine
15 Advanced Twitter Search Tips
Twitter Content Strategy: Develop an Editorial Calendar
Use Twitter to Find an Agent/Publisher with Pitch Madness #PitMad
Watch & Learn: Authors Pitch Agents/Publishers on #PitMad
There were a few items intentionally left untouched in one of my March posts (the “Use Twitter to Find an Agent/Publisher…” post – link is above). Those details are wrapped up here:
Pitch Wars #PitchWars
Different from Pitch Madness #PitMad (the subject of two of my March blog posts – see above links for “Use Twitter to Find…” and “Watch & Learn…”), Pitch Wars is a contest where published/agented authors, editors, or industry interns choose one writer each, read their entire manuscript, and offer suggestions to shine it up for agents.
Manuscript Wish List #MSWL
The hashtag is now used throughout the year when anyone wants to use it. Manuscript Wish List was co-founded by KK Hendin and Jessica Sinsheimer in 2013. Their site offers full paragraph descriptions from editors and agents.
#PitchOn – This seemed promising at first, but upon LOTS of research, I wasn’t able to uncover current or pending events under this hashtag that directly benefit writers and book people during an organized event or time. The hashtag seems a bit watered down and is being used by many industries from baseball to music, etc. If you know more about how this hashtag benefits writers directly, please leave a comment and/or link in my comment section. Thanks!
HUMP DAY BLOG HOP Last, but certainly not least, is my ongoing Hump Day Blog Hop, held the last Wednesday of every month on my book blog. I began this Hop in March 2014, so this month’s Hop represents one full year of fun hopping around the blogosphere.
New in 2015, is the addition of a free book giveaway with every Hump Day Blog Hop.
2015 Hump Day Blog Hops:
January 2015: Join the Hump Day Blog Hop. Win a #freebook!
February 2015: Join the #HumpDay Blog Hop! #womensfiction
Next week marks the final Wednesday, the final Hump Day, in March. (Good gracious. Where does the time go?) MARCH 25th UPDATE: No Hump Day Blog Hop today. Sorry ’bout that, folks. I’m afraid it’s going to tinker with my website reconstruction. I’m “offline” for the first week of April changing things up a bit.
Perhaps you’d like to join us on a future Blog Hop? It’s super easy. You simply type in the web address of a link you’d like to share from your website. That’s it!
Not convinced? Take a peek at this and then decide: Blog Hops: Comprehensive List of Benefits
Okay, then. One last thing: Another GEICO Hump Day commercial – this one is a follow-up to the first one. Why? Because they’re funny and it’s Wednesday. Wednesday is a great day for laughing.
Happy Hump Day, everyone.
I just love Wednesdays, don’t you?
We’re halfway to the weekend. Now that’s something to celebrate.
Camels It’s What You Do – GEICO Commercial (2014)