and i’m back with another GFTNBB post !!
i can’t believe it’s already been two weeks since my last one of these. time really has been flying lately. ANYWAYS, some wise soul on my last post of this series suggested that i write about my process for scheduling posts and managing my time as a blogger. and i thought “WHAT A WONDERFUL IDEA” and here i am.
i’ll start by telling you about my process personally for being organized with my posts, and then i’ll give some overarching tips that you guys might wanna try! if this is your first time reading this series, WELCOME to Guide for the Newbie Book Blogger!! hope you learn some useful stuff dudes.
my personal process !
since the beginning of my blog, i’ve tried my best to stay on a regular schedule with my posting. pretty quickly, i realized that it worked best for me to post two times a week, on wednesday and saturday. during the summer, when i had more time to spend writing posts. but now, with school yet again in full swing, i post on wednesday and saturday at 6:30 AM eastern time.*
i try my very best to stick to this schedule. i personally love organization and scheduling AND TO-DO LISTS, so having a posting schedule it kind of essential for me. i’m not the type to say “oh hello i feel like writing a post and publishing it right now on monday at 1:32 pm” NO SUSAN. i like posting things at AN EXACT TIME ON AN EXACT DAY.
*there. now you know exactly when i post. now you can stalk me and count down until 6:30 when i actually publish my posts!
writing the actual posts
the bottom line for me, with school and sports and homework ETC, i have absolutely no time to write posts on weekdays. i also usually have no time on saturdays with cross country meets and finishing homework for the weekend, so that leaves sunday. so yeah, i write my two posts for the week (now three with being a twirling pages co-blogger) on sunday afternoons usually. during that time i also try to knock out the other blog stuff: commenting back, commenting on others’ posts, and also social media sometimes.
this does put a bit of pressure on me to finish writing everything before monday when the week starts, especially if i start too late in the day on sunday, but it’s the only time i have to blog, and i gotta take it for what it is. i do find it nice though to spend some time on the weekend, just me and the blog in a cozy coffee shop.
like i said before, i’m not one to publish posts at random times immediately after i write them. i usually schedule posts for just the week coming up, no more, no less. i also choose all the posts i’m going to publish for the whole month at the beginning of the month and make drafts for them. but i don’t actually write them until later in the month. 🙃
every so often, when i’m writing a review for the publisher (and i need it to be published around the release date of the book), i’ll write a post a few weeks in advance when i actually read the book so i can accurately review the book
without forgetting everything about it and actually know what i’m talking about.
back when i was a Newbie Blogger, i scheduled posts right before they needed to be posted AKA the night before. 10/10 would not recommend. that really stressed me out and led to staying up too late being stressed. nope don’t do that.
that being said … tips for you !
be consistent and find a posting schedule that works for you
figure out a posting schedule that works for you and also brings in readers. i post on wednesday and saturday because a) these days are far enough from each other that it strikes a good balance between the days i DO POST and DON’T. and b) saturday is a great day for blog posts. people are more likely to comment on my saturday posts than any other time, and more people in general read my posts on saturdays. probably because it’s the weekend and they have some free time.
ergo, try to post on saturdays. it works out well.
furthermore, i’m more likely to follow you if you post consistently week to week. if you end up posting four times one week taking a four weeks after this, and posting once the fifth week NOPE. i don’t appreciate that. judging from that example, you have enough content to post once or twice a week CONSISTENTLY. instead you chose to be sporadic with your posting which isn’t good for blog growth.
bottom line, people will appreciate you if you post consistently, and they will probably even see you as more responsible and trustworthy! YOU WANT THAT, DON’T YOU??
pick a specific day to write your content for the week or month.
this way, you’re not scrambling to write posts the night before they need to be published or even not writing them at all.
like i used to.
this is also helpful because you get into what i like to call Blogging Mode, and it’s easier to crank out content because you’ve already gone into post-writing mode. i like to play music, block out the rest of the world, and JUST WRITE.
it might also be helpful to have a day each month to simply plan your content. maybe choose the posts you’re going to write that month and outline them a bit, so you have less work to do later?? i don’t personally do this because #lazy but it might work for you who knows?!
try to make time for your blog
i have to MAKE time for my blog. honestly, i could be doing other things right now instead of writing this post– napping, hanging out, reading, getting ahead on homework (honestly that’s probably what i should be doing). my school schedule is crazy. but i always try to get most of my homework done on saturday because i know that i will want to have time to blog on sundays.
that being said, if you can’t dedicate a whole afternoon or day to maintaining your blog, my biggest tip is to use the tiny bits of time in the day that you would normally completely disregard– meaning that five minutes between classes that you would normally use to look at instagram, or take ten minutes as a homework break to get part of that book review written.
if you have limited time to spend on your blog like i do, it can be difficult but not impossible to get everything done.