Today I wanted to discuss how I schedule posts for the blog, and I wanted to hear your methods!
I’m really not organised compared to many of the bloggers I know. July was the first time EVER, in two years of blogging, that I managed to get the whole month scheduled. By the end of the first week, everything was planned out, written and finalised. I felt a serious sense of satisfaction, and a lot less stressed out as various days approached and things were already done.
Quite often I’ll write a couple of posts far in advance, but most of the time I just have the following week sorted. Sometimes I’m feeling lazy though, and various features don’t get scheduled until the night before, or occasionally I’ll skip one.
When it comes to blog planning, I have two notebooks, one for reviews and the other for notes and ideas for each of my features, as well as a planner that I printed off, and you can see above. I actually prefer to hand write each post on there than use an online calendar. I write the post titles in black when I decide that they’re going up, so regular features are usually written in at the beginning of the month, although sometimes I’ll take a bit longer for the specific post title. Then, as each post is written and scheduled, I tick it in green to show it’s all done. If I skip a post or move it around, I cross it out in red. As you can see, in June I skipped a couple of posts!
I’ll also just randomly jot down things that I need to include that month e.g. specific reviews around publication dates – in this example it was for two graphic novels that I got from Netgalley. I don’t do this too often though, because I’m kind of rubbish at posting around the release date…
I try to write posts all in one go, but sometimes I just don’t have the motivation. Sometimes I’ll just do the basic outline, which makes me feel like I’ve been quite productive even when I haven’t, sometimes I’ll bash out the whole thing in one go and other times a draft will just sit there for aaaaages, or I’ll work on it in several parts.
Ever since I started using a planner, I’ve felt a lot more organised when it comes to planning my posts. Now I know exactly what is going up each day, what needs to be finished, what’s completely scheduled and where I can slot in reviews – I tend to pencil in my features first, then put the reviews around them. My post count has shot up since I started using this method too – I post almost every other day, sometimes several days in a row, and I’m happy with the amount that I post.
But most of all, I try to remember that I don’t HAVE to do this. If I want to take a break, if I don’t feel like writing that post, I don’t NEED to. I can put it off until another day or drop it altogether – it’s my blog, after all.