How to: Maintain a Steady Blog Schedule
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 🙂
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.
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.
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’t have to have a whole load of followers to reach people. That’s the brilliant thing with hashtags, group boards, etc…
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.
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?
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