Blaugust Kickoff – What a Loose Plan Looks Like

Right, game time! I almost snuck up on me, but even a little preparation goes a long way. Today I’m going to go over what the more robust versions of my plan looks like now and how it’s changed over time.

These are pictures of my planning for my first Blaugust in 2018. It’s obviously a bit aged at this point and has survived quite a lot. Ironically it’s just a cheap graph composition notebook. It’s remarkably handy for planning things like this though. I basically used it as a manual spreadsheet. I didn’t quite manage to get through the entire event this way. Once I had done it for a few weeks it became natural enough that I felt like I was spending an unnecessary amount of time on planning instead of writing. Part of that is in the early days there was a lot things I needed to say. Once I opened the floodgate there were so many things I wanted to talk about that I had more than enough material to draw from.

I did something remarkably similar the next time around. In the very same notebook too. It made it even less time. That partial week on the left is as far as I got, despite having every date listed top to bottom. In reality, I find the topic list far more useful than the day by day planning. If you write down all the various post ideas as they occur to you, then anytime you sit down and have no idea what you’re going to write about, you have a list of potential post topics handy to draw from. It’s not a perfect solution, but it’s still quite handy.

For this Blaugust that’s all I’m using. A general list of potential topics. Some of these will never get used, but I find it useful to write down any and every idea that occurs to me. I have occasionally been surprised at which ideas end up getting used and which ones don’t. I already know a lot of the gaming topics aren’t going to make the cut because I simply don’t have time.

It also provides a really useful example of why I prefer typed text communication over hand written. If I’m not careful my chicken scratch and venture so far from reality than even I can barely read it.

Still, if you keep a notebook handy it’s a really efficient way to do some light and loose planning. It doesn’t take all that long to write down ideas here and there as they occur to you. I, at least, have always been grateful for the list at some point or another. It was less of an issue when I started but can be somewhat required now. I’ve picked a lot of the low hanging fruit and just as frequently find myself getting halfway through a draft and deciding I just don’t like how it’s going or don’t like the tone I’ve taken.

Funnily enough, this post isn’t even on the list. It occured to me a couple of day ago when I was poking through some old notebooks looking for a specific page. (I knew it had to be around here somewhere.) When I came across the plans from the other events I figured why not showcase what I’ve done for these events before and compare it to the general lack of detailed planning I now operate with?

Y’all take care. Remember, the actual act of writing is the important thing. Don’t get so caught up in the planning that you don’t do the writing.

Hey, it’s Blaugust time! The goal is to simply promote and stimulate the blogging community by encouraging people of all skill levels and backgrounds to post. The official post can be found here and it’s never too late to start.

3 thoughts on “Blaugust Kickoff – What a Loose Plan Looks Like

  1. I’m also a list maker! In fact, my first post for Blaugust included a list as well! I tend to keep mine on those virtual sticky notes built into Windows. I have them all over my PC desktop! In this case, I just transferred them all over to the blog post so I didn’t have to have yet another sticky to contend with. 🙂

    Ah, I see you’ve got Sims Cottage Living on the list. Highfive fellow Simmer! While my blog is mostly geared towards FFXIV, I do have a series about my Sims family as well. Hope to see your thoughts on the new pack!

    Good luck for Blaugust!

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    1. While I’m loathe to spend full retail on anything Sims related, I actually did purchase and have been poking around in Cottage Living. I’m a very off and on player, but I’m trying a different approach to the game.

      I have also played (and written) quite a bit of FFXIV. I’ve been on a sort of haitus for the last year or so, as most of the original play group has wandered off, leaving me the only active member of our FC as well as holding the house down. Quite literally.


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