How to: Maintain a Steady Blog Schedule

How to: Maintain a Steady Blog Schedule

Hey Catastrophes!

Today’s blog post is about having a blog and having a schedule which can keep you organised and consistently posting even when life and everything else is still happening around you! This post is sponsored by Cartier Watches, which is run by Gray & Sons. They sell luxury watches and other jewellry which is absolutely beautiful! The quality and detail on them looks brilliant. I would love to own one, especially as I always have a watch on to keep track of time…

So bearing time in mind, let’s work on some time management recommendations for bloggers! This is the schedule I try to stick to, although it doesn’t always work for me. I much prefer dedicating one or two hours to blogging a day than try to do it all at once. Also remember this is my way of doing things. You might take something from it, or may not. That’s up to you πŸ™‚

Monday is for Inspiration & Ideas

Monday is my day for drafting ideas of posts. Inspiring yourself looks different for everyone. I try to post a book review, then an ‘other’ post, then another book review. I like that on and off pattern. But some people would post more book reviews, or more tags and other posts – it’s all up to you, the blogger!

I don’t only take this time to think of my ideas for posts though – I also come up with the titles which I try to fill with keywords that search engines will appreciate. I also come up with the six (or more) points I would like to mention or discuss in the post. I have a notebook for this. So even if I don’t use the posts in the week ahead, I have some back up ideas for future uninspiring weeks.

books in bag on Olivia's Catastrophe a book blog

 

Tuesday is for Photography & Graphics

Tuesday is a day for photography and graphics. You may or may not have noticed in my reviews, but I put a great deal of effort into the images I use on the blog. I started to do this once I realised how much I appreciated a blog which had beautiful and creative photos! I then decided to apply it to my own blog as well. The blog which really prompted me to take original photos for each post was Cait’s Paper Fury. However, this does take sweet time…

So I have Tuesday to take the photos or edit the photos so they look the way they want. And then there is also time to make some graphics, for titles or generally fun things. It’s always nice to have a colour scheme for you blog, but you don’t have to. As I said before: your blog, your rules!

Wednesday is for Prescheduling Blog Posts

The preschedule button is your best friend. Because when you’re going on holiday, or anticipating exams, or… or anything really – you don’t have to ghost on your readers! You can preschedule away. It’s also nice to be on top of things and a bit ahead with the posts which need to be released. Blogger stress is a real thing guys, and prescheduling and structuring your posts to look the way you want them to cuts down blogger stress in a major way.

This is ESPECIALLY helpful when you post more than once a week.

I should really take my own advice and preschedule more.

book crown and notebook on Olivia's Catastrophe a book blog

Thursday is for Commenting & Sharing Love

When you send your blog posts out into the blogsphere, remember to show the blogsphere some love too! It’s bursting with wonderful people who have wonderful things to say on their blogs. I love taking the time to blog hop and visit other people’s posts. Especially the people who take the time to comment on my own posts. It can be time consuming but you’re going to make so many friends and meet so many people it is worthwhile.

I’m a little bit behind on my commenting but it doesn’t stop me from taking one or two hours to do so on my Thursday’s in a hope that someday I will catch up. It’s also something I try to do a bit of every day rather than solely on Thursday. But starting off with a single day for it is well worth it.

Friday is for Sharing on Social Media

There are so many different forms of social media out there. Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest… choose your poison! There really is something out there for everyone. Not all readers or audience will cross over onto your blog or onto your other channels. But it’s worth showing because who knows who will see it? Who knows who will check it out? People are always looking for fun things on the internet, and social media is one great way to get your blog out there.

It can take a while for you to build up a following on a social media platform, but you don’tΒ haveΒ to have a whole load of followers to reach people. That’s the brilliant thing with hashtags, group boards, etc…

reading in the sunlight open book Olivia's Catastrophe

Saturday is for Living Your Life

Because your life isn’t limited to your blog. Go out and do all those lovely life-style things that are worth blogging about later. Or read a good book. Do whatever you want to do and let your mind turn off of blog mode!

Fighting that blogger stress some more.

Sunday is for Reviewing & Restarting

I take Sunday to review the blog posts I have shared in the past week. I look at views, comments, interaction… Of course, blogging is not about all of those things. But it intrigues me to see what worked well and what didn’t. However, this is me looking back after only a week. Some posts get popular weeks, or even months later! So there is no saying whether it is the most successful or not after solely a week.

But I can see what did immediately better than other posts, or find typos that previously slipped through my fingers, or get inspired for later posts. It’s great for to fuel your constant improvement with reflection.Β 

And there you have it, my ideal blogging schedule that helped me grow my blog as much as it has grown until now.

Olivia’s Question: Do you stick to any kind of schedule? What is one thing you would want to improve with your blog, and one thing you think you do well already?

Psst! This is a sponsored post.

Olivia-Savannah



53 thoughts on “How to: Maintain a Steady Blog Schedule”

  • I feel like you still have a very good rhythm to your posting even though you don’t have too much of a schedule! But yeah, there is always something to do so it can be distracting! Hahaha, yeah, I always hope it doesn’t annoy people when it’s their turn to visit and I comment all at once!

    Aww, thank you <3

  • This post is so helpful! I’ve been feeling really overwhelmed lately by all the blog-related tasks (planning and writing posts, interacting with others on social media, taking photos for Instagram, etc.) that I know I should be doing. I’ve been trying to tackle all of them at once without much success, so your method of focusing on a specific set of tasks each day seems much more organized and manageable. Thanks for the great ideas!

    • It can be so hard to balance everything, but working through it day by day and breaking it down into small tasks really helps with avoiding being overwhelmed. You can do this πŸ˜€ I believe in you ^.^

  • This is a great post! I started out without a schedule and it was a missπŸ˜‚. I work better with one, however, life sometimes prevents you from doing that and get me off the track. These are some great ideas with great points. Thank you so much for a great post. Hope you have a great weekend. πŸ’‹ xoxo

    • Sometimes it does work best to take it as the flow goes and just blog when you have the time or want to! Everyone goes at their own pace with blogging πŸ™‚

  • On Wednesdays, we wear pink πŸ˜‰

    Ha, I love how organised you are! Being on top of scheduling… I think I’ve been on top of things two or three times in the history of m blog! πŸ˜‰ Lol. Depends on your definition of ‘on top of things’ I suppose – if I finish the post before 7pm the night before it goes live, I count that as a win! If it’s a day or two ahead, I count it as a possible sign of the apocalypse! Lol! XD

    • Hahaha, love the Mean Girls quote πŸ˜‰ Now if only I was SO organised that even my wardrobe went according to schedule πŸ˜›

      Prescheduling is hard and you’re right – everyone’s definition of ‘being on top of things’ is different!

  • Hi Olivia, I’m really impressed at your organisation. I have been wanting to blog more but I didn’t know how. I like how you do a little bit everyday.

  • I love that schedule button too! My posts are usually written up to a month in advance and I get panicky when I know I am not at least a week ahead of myself.
    I do love your blog images and appreciate the effort you put into them πŸ™‚

    • It’s totally a lifesaver and whoever invented it should win some sort of prize πŸ˜› A whole month! That is epic and you should feel proud of yourself for that! Thank you <3

  • Wow this is super organised! And I’m super organised, so I relate πŸ˜‰ Haha.

    Great schedule you’ve laid out, Olivia. I definitely think a schedule is necessary when you’re blogging to keep things under control and to stop yourself from getting overwhelmed. Great post πŸ™‚

    • I can tell you’re also organised because you consistently churn out amazing content! A schedule really does help me keep on top of things πŸ˜‰

  • IMPRESSIVE! I definitely try to bunch my tasks – do a bunch of photos at one time or do all my commenting in one spree (like today lol). I am waayyy behind on taking photos and I need to get back on that. Especially since the weather here is improving and the light is usually good!

    • I feel behind on everything since I have returned home from summer traveling DD: I hope you managed to get on top of everything again! Bunching is so handy πŸ˜‰

  • Wow, you are so organized Olivia! I have to admit, I don’t follow such kind of schedule. I do everything on whim and that’s why in most of the situations I find myself in trouble. i always want to schedule post, but don;t know why I am never able to do that. Even if I have a free day, I’ll start doing something else.
    You are doing a great job. I love reading all of your comments at a single time on my posts πŸ˜€ Thank you for showering your love.
    P.S. I love your images, so yes, we DO notice your hard work πŸ™‚

    • I feel like you still have a very good rhythm to your posting even though you don’t have too much of a schedule! But yeah, there is always something to do so it can be distracting! Hahaha, yeah, I always hope it doesn’t annoy people when it’s their turn to visit and I comment all at once!
      Aww, thank you ❀

  • Whoa, this is totally organized and makes sense and I am in awe! I always try to do a little of everything every day, and maybe that’s why I have a tough time getting everything together. Maybe I should stick to a schedule like this? But I always end up messing everything up, anyway. D:

    • Ahaha, I am glad you like it! I like to be organised and plan stuff (maybe plan TOO much.) I think doing a little bit every day does add up though, even though sometimes it feels like things aren’t going anywhere because it’s a slower and steadier path to take. But maybe give it a try and see if it works for you? ^.^

  • Wow, you’re more organized than I am! I have a schedule for when and what I post, but not for when I actually do the writing and commenting and all that. And I don’t even schedule my posts until the night before, half the time. Last week I just forgot to schedule a post one day lol. But I can def see the benefits of having more of a schedule, especially if your life is busy aside from blogging! And photos always take a lot of time, and you do use a lot of those, and they’re always so pretty!

    • I think having a schedule for posting is the most important thing though, because churning out content in a steady way is so good and hard to do! Scheduling everything is just me and planner-self being a bit too over controlling xD Thank you x

  • WOW this is impressive! I can share with you my schedule, ready? Monday-Sunday, me, staring at my laptop: “oh crap I should probably do something with this blog, huh?”

    Seriously, it is so great that you have a schedule that works for you! I really wish I could get my act together and do… I don’t know, something productive, but alas. Love your pictures, too- Tuesdays are well spent πŸ˜‰ I am going to need a peek at that notebook too, because my ideas are about as prevalent as my schedule πŸ˜€

    • Sometimes, blogging can be so hard! Especially when you’ve been blogging for years and inspiration runs dry D: So I get you too! I feel like you are plenty productive though as well. Thank you, Shannon <3

  • Your schedule definitely has you set up for success! I have a mini schedule just to keep me afloat with reviews and reading. I try to make Saturday my insta day (I’m sucking at that) and Sunday is my scheduling day. Mondays are my bullet journal day where I map out what ARCs need to be read and when I hope to read them. Then I, you know, read. Haha.

    Great post Olivia!

    • All I have to do is make sure I stick to it! I’ve been holidaying a bit lately so I need to fall back into the rhythm. You churn out reviews like crazy and read a lot, which is so impressive. I like your schedule ^.^ I hope instagramming works out more for you! You do take beautiful photos πŸ™‚

  • This is a really cool way to stay on top of things! I’m a very last minute person normally so this would be fun for me to try! Awesome post, I always love getting an insight into the way that other people organise their blogging around their lives.

    • It really keeps me on top of my game (or, as on top as I can get. I fall off the wagon a lot πŸ˜› No one is perfect!) But if you do try it out I do hope you will be able to enjoy it. It’s so fun to peek into other people’s lives too πŸ˜€

  • It is always fun to see the process that other bloggers use. I post 6 days a week and using work on posts for a bit daily as well as comments. I try to get the bulk of my posts for the week done on Sundays when I can.

    • You post so often and I am always so impressed that you can keep up a steady stream of posts and book reviews. And you blog comment back all the time! I admire you. Sundays must really be blog work based days πŸ™‚

    • Pre-prepping like that sounds great! I do it the other way, pre-prepping the review and then linking and adding images at the last moment. It shows how we are all unique and do things differently! WOW! I admire how far ahead you have scheduled in. It makes sense because you read so much and post so often D: I must respect your blogging prowress πŸ˜‰

  • I think I may try out your method! I haven’t been having much luck lately sticking to a schedule (my school schedule is pretty variable in terms of homework and exam load) but I’m trying to set aside time every few days to do blogging type things. I think I just let myself get overwhelmed because I try to do it all at once (literally did a six hour post writing marathon last night). Lovely post, Olivia!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

    • It can be really hard to handle school/university and blogging! I hope if you do try this schedule that it works for you, or breaking things down so you can do a bit each day. It really does get overwhelming doing it in bulk DD:

    • Sometimes not having something too strict to stick to works best! Flexibility is good. Hahaha, when anyone tells me what to do I always rebel as well, so I understand how even if it is yourself you could still feel that way πŸ˜›

      Thank you, Karen x

  • Oh wow! I would had loved to see that earlier to include it in my Bujo’s shoutout section for this month..
    That’s a nice planning you got there, thank you πŸ’•

    Although I love having atleast a week ahead to ease my blogger stress, I dont really follow some sort of planning.. well, my job being not consistant with when I work and all that, i guess it make sense xD also I cannot really call my imagination on purpose yet – and I always try to bloghop atleast a little every day and also reply to/return my comments I got, both of thoses included in my habit tracker so if I get lazy (*aherm, happens alot..) I can easily see where I stopped and catch back

    • Ah, I wish I had posted it earlier in that case! I am glad you approve of the planning.

      I think having a whole week ahead all scheduled and planned out is very helpful. Yes, when there are inconsistencies, and everything is a bit chaotic otherwise being steady with blogging can be helpful. It’s great that you have a blog commenting/hopping method that works for you ^.^

  • I am so impressed with your blog schedule! Like you I try to do something each day…mostly I read each day and I usually give myself 2 days to get a review up. It’s so hard to keep a schedule but it helps to be organize. I find that life takes over all too often and I am swimming to keep up with the posts.

    I love all the photos that you take. It really adds a creative side of you that I like. πŸ™‚

    Dinh@Arlene’s Book Club

    • You do so well on Google+ and have really built a community for youself on there! Doing something daily really helps you get productive and going, and of course – reading is really important when it comes to book blogging πŸ˜‰ Living life is never anything to feel guilt as well. It’s something to enjoy! Blogging comes second.

      Thank you <3

    • I hope that this post was able to help you out a bit. Keeping up with social media can be so hard and time consuming, so I understand D:

  • Wow! I am completely overwhelmed by all that you do, but was really happy that you schedule Saturday for living your life. =)
    I try to do an hour a day blog hopping, and go hard on the posts on the weekend. I have to write reviews right after I finish a book, otherwise they get really backed up.

    • It does seem like a lot in this post! But it can take up to half an hour tops in a day, so not too much time at all. Yes, it’s good to have a weekend day free though, with no concerns or worries to think about. An hour a day sounds like a healthy amount. I am always so impressed with how you keep up with all the comments you get! My reviews are so back up DD: I need to get back on top of that. I do keep review notes though, to help me out later down the line…

    • It can be really hard to do! I had to take a break while abroad on holiday, but am looking forward to falling back into schedule. Thank you <3

  • This is such a great idea – I am a mess. I always plan to schedule posts ahead or take nice pictures (I wouldn’t dream to take such amazing pictures and edit them like you do, but at least a nice photo of a book) and it’s a lot. Maybe I should try this, to have specific days for specific tasks. Might make life easier.

    Loved this post!

      • It think it’s great that you schedule ahead and you manage to keep up with meme posts as well, which is something I would find impossible to do! I like your bookish photos too πŸ™‚ Editing isn’t the only way to make nice photos! I just find spreading out the tasks makes it a bit easier for me and I stress less. And yes, we do have to live life too ^.^

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