Blogging Insights — Planned Spontaneity

Blogging insightsFor this week’s edition of Blogging Insights, Dr. Tanya wants to know…

Do you outline your posts (planning) or do you just go ahead by the seat of your pants (pantzing)?

There are two ways of looking at this question. I’m not sure which way Tanya meant, so I’m going to answer it from both perspectives.

One interpretation of the question is how you go about writing an individual post. Do you plan what you are going to write by creating an outline and then building your post around that outline? Or do you just start writing and see where it takes you? I’m the latter. I never outline my posts. I have a general idea of what I want to say, especially when it comes to writing flash fiction, and then I just start writing. Sometimes even I am surprised by where my writing takes me.

The other way to interpret Tanya’s question has to do with scheduling your posts in advance versus writing them more spontaneously. I do both.

For my FOWC with Fandango daily word challenge, I schedule my prompts up to two weeks in advance. For this month’s Blogging from A to Z (BATZAP) challenge, I schedule them up to a week in advance. And for my Flashback Friday prompts, I usually schedule them a few days in advance. Oh, I also write my posts for Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday prompts on Friday or Saturday for posting at 3 a.m. my time on Sunday morning. But that’s because he tells us in advance what his upcoming SLS themes are going to be.

But most of my other posts are more seat of the pants. For example, I frequently put together posts in response to multiple daily prompts, which I obviously can’t do in advance as I have no idea, other than for my own FOWC prompt, what words the other bloggers who post daily word challenges will use. The same goes to the other writing prompts I participate in, like this one, like Melanie’s Share Your World prompt, like the various Mindlovemisery Menagerie prompts, and a number of others, given that I don’t know until the boggers publish those prompts, what the prompt picture or subject will be.

So I suppose I’m both a planner and a pantzer.

8 thoughts on “Blogging Insights — Planned Spontaneity

  1. Marilyn Armstrong April 5, 2021 / 11:58 am

    I plan mentally, if I have an idea that I’m not ready to write about yet. I will often — or used to before WP made writing anything such a pain in the butt — write a headline and maybe a first paragraph and come back to it later. What with WP doing their level best to remove any degree of spontaneity from the blogging experience, I find I don’t write as much. Even though I am a write by trade and tradition, it’s no fun anymore. I really tried very hard at trying to make their block editor “work” for me and it didn’t happen. Even after I could put down text and usually manage to do some graphic stuff, it required a LOT of pre-planning to do anything, even the simplest post. As a result, because I simply refuse to do the planning, the odds that this will evolve — assuming I stick with it — into an almost all photo blog is very high.

    When I retired, I gave up most kind of planning. Planning had been my life story. NOW I wanted to enjoy life and only plan when i had no other choice. Blogging was supposed to be part of the not-planning thing. Pity WP has ruined it.

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  2. drtanya@saltedcaramel April 5, 2021 / 6:03 pm

    I meant this question to cover both aspects that you have discussed. I expected most people to come up with a combination of planning and spontaneity.
    I was surprised to find one out and out planner and one through and through pantzers so fR

    Spontaneity is a much better word than pantzing but I was trying to be a little “edgy” or “.modern” this time.
    My usual approach is quite conservative.

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  3. Sadje April 5, 2021 / 6:54 pm

    I work n a similar manner regarding my own prompts. But for other prompts, I usually write a day in advance.

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  4. leigha66 April 8, 2021 / 6:42 pm

    I will say on the A to Z posts I am a planner, but my regular daily prompts it is pantzing all the way!

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