I’ve seen a lot of bloggers posting lately about how they keep on top of their blogging schedule, so I thought I’d share as well.
Up front, know that I’ve written this post, already posted it once, and am now rescheduling it for May 2018. It’s currently March 2018.
My posting schedule varies throughout the year. For the most part, over winter and summer break I post at least once a day between Monday and Friday. That means I write near 20 posts a month at maximum. It sounds like a lot. But know that I do these in little increments during the previous month, so really it’s only a few posts a day since I schedule them out so far in advance.
But during the school year, or even when work is getting busier, I drop down to 2 posts a week. Right now, I’m on one post a week. But I still schedule these posts out a good month in advance. And keeping at least 2 days free, helps me to post and schedule timely content when things pop up. Like when John Green announced a new book, or hey OMG I GOT MARRIED!
Personally, I prefer the lower schedule, if only because I have space to post reviews more freely (and also it’s a lot less work, obviously).
I keep a running list of ideas so that I can pull some bulkier image heavy posts if I need to. I especially do this when things get busy (like around school or the holidays). But one thing that really helps is my happy planner. I’m a little addicted to the thing.
I keep track of book release dates for reviews and movies that are coming out and ideas for posts in it.
Plus, then I have a calendar with my posts on it and if I move them I can always move them in my planner. It’s pretty handy.
Reading and Reviewing
Working, going to school, and generally just being alive means being busy. I double dip whenever possible. I need to read 10 books a month for my MFA, but I’m also getting my MFA in Writing for Children and YA, you know, the things I blog about, so I tend to use my ARCs on my bibliography.
Since I try to keep my blog current, I don’t often review books that I read for school. I used to – but I get a better return on new and upcoming titles.
I actually keep track of my review titles on my google calendar. When I request books I do so almost half a year in advance. So I plug an all day event into my calendar and set up notifications for
- 2 months
- 1 month
- 2 weeks
- 1 week
- 1 day
So that I know that A: I need to read this book and B: I need to type up and schedule my review if I have not done both already. If I have, I delete the notifications but I keep the event just for the reminder.
I find it especially helpful for the releases that I have more than six months for.
Writing and Blogging
Sitting down to the computer to write or blog takes time. I have to block out time for it and tell people to leave me alone.
Blogging takes up less time, since I tend to write about about 500-700 word posts and then schedule them out. I usually spend every few Sundays drafting posts and scheduling them.
Writing on the other hand-I quarantine myself somewhere. I have to. Between people, pets, and the internet, I’m just too distracted. Since I work (as do most people), my notes happen at my desk and my full on writing happens in scheduled intervals.
I find for writing, that setting dates to have scenes done by really helps. I use Pacemaker.plus to help map out when I can get a set number of words done. It really helps to make it not feel so stressful.