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How I Make a Blog Schedule

In August I shared with you guys why tbr’s work for me and how I make my tbr. Since you guys seemed to enjoy that I thought I’d share how I make my blog schedule. I’m sure others have posted about this in the past but everyone has their own ways of doing things. I always find that interesting and sometimes eye-opening to read.

Tools

First up is something that people might look over but finding the right tools to put your blogging schedule down in writing is very important to me. I have gone through a few different ways. At first I would just make a little note in my planner. Later I started writing it down in my blogging notebook.

But something I noticed at the end of last year was that it didn’t give me the oversight I needed. At that point i switched to a desk planner. A desk planner is basically a calendar, with each page a week, where you can add in the dates yourself. So you don’t have to start at the start of the year for instance but whenever you first purchase it. There is still a lot of room to make notes or even to cross out something that doesn’t end up working in your schedule and still write something else down.

As I’ve mentioned in the past, I need visual things and I prefer them to be hand written down on paper. But if you don’t mind either way, I know a lot of bloggers who use google calendars or other programs on the computer as well.

Making a List

When you make a schedule you need to have some idea of what to post so making a list of things you would like to discuss or write about are good things to start with. I write down random ideas in a notebook and also work out my ideas in a notebook well ahead of time, even for top ten tuesday prompts.

How Much Can I Post?

Something that is important to a blogging schedule is knowing how much you can post. I always prefer to sit on the cautious side with this. It is easier to add things to your blogging schedule than to take things away. I blog ahead quite a bit and have a reasonable amount of time to work on the blog so I have decided to sit on about four days of blogging with room for a fifth and even a sixth day if needed.Β  Lately it has been more of five-six days as review copies need places to be planned in but at its core my blogging schedule is four days.

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Picking Blogging Days

It is helpful to pick blogging days. I have with a schedule of four days Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Those days work pretty well for me and I make sure those days I always have something filled in. But you can also do that you post every 2 or 3 days. Or every day if you can make that work.

Plan in Reoccuring Items

The first thing I do when I make my blogging schedule is plan in reoccuring items. For me that is Top Ten Tuesday, monthly wrap up and reviews. Top Ten Tuesday is of course always on a Tuesday and I check to see how far ahead the prompts have been listed. Than I look what prompts I can make work. Sometimes I can’t and I leave the Tuesday open for a different kind of post.

Monthly wrap ups are always on a Sunday so I always plan that in on the last day of the month (if it is a Sunday) or the first Sunday of the month.

Plan in Reviews

Reviews are mostly planned in on Thursday and Friday, but having a review on Wednesday and (rarely) Monday are possibilities as well if the schedule is full and it is a review copy. As soon as I have a review copy I give it a day for the review in my schedule, which is usually a week before publication if possible. That way I can also see in which order I easily need to read everything.

Look at list and/or Brainstorm for Open Days

After that I start looking at what days I still have open. I generally leave Thursday and Friday open for reviews that might still come as I read. I fill up open Tuesdays and Sundays first. This can be with book tags, book hauls, dancing vs if I have one, discussion posts or any kind of list posts. It just depends on the ideas I have.

Sometimes if I don’t have a lot of wiggle room in those Sundays I might move a Dancing vs or a book tag to a Thursday or Friday or even a Wednesday if I have already filled the days up with reviews. One of the downsides to blogging ahead sometimes is that you can’t be quite as spontanous with blog posts you feel like or that are relevant to the blogging world so that is why I try to keep days like Monday, Wednesday and Saturday open as much as possible so there is still room to post something else if I want to.

How do you go about your blogging schedule?

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26 thoughts on “How I Make a Blog Schedule

  1. wow, you are organized!!! I am so far from even reaching this level of organisation, ha. The only items I use Google Calendar for – at the moment – are agreed blog tours and I also add the publication dates for ARCs so that I can aim to review close or on that date.
    I love your style though! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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  2. I have a Kindle app calendar that I schedule my regular reoccurring posts on that gives me notification chimes and little pop-ups one week out on monthly/bi-monthly posts (Wednesday Whatnot, The Snidget, Looking Forward, Book Crust, and The Wrap) and two days before on my TMT. My regular schedule is three posts a week and I dont like doing more than four. Everything has a set day, even random posts like tags. I always do non regular posts on Thursdays, and I won’t post on a Thursday if I’ve posted on Wednesday. . My rare reviews are always on Mondays. I got into the specific days habit because it helps when you fly by the seat of your pants like I do. πŸ˜‚

    As far as blog ideas, I write them in my notebook app, but if they are pretty solid I usually draft a skeleton post and let it sit as a draft until I need it. I have titles and heading graphics on Book Crust posts all the way out until August. That way as I find book covers I love that fit the theme I can add them as I find them and I don’t forget about them. I have had a Harry Potter memories post sitting as a draft for three years waiting for photos. Ha ha. 😝

    I love desk planners, too! πŸ‘βœ¨

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    1. Whatever works for you, right? That is what I always think. I try to keep everything to its day and yet things sneak in everywhere haha.
      Go take those photos on that harry potter draft haha. I must see it. πŸ˜‰

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  3. I love that there are people who can schedule and plan blog posts, but that’s not me. I’ve tried doing things in advance, but it always goes a little wonky in the end. It’s better for me to just write posts as I go. I know on Wednesdays I do My Weekly Pull, and at the end of the month I do my DNF&Y, and occasionally a State of the ARC. Those things are pretty consistent, but everything else is totally random.

    I do write down when certain books need to be read for blog tours, or when ARCs are being published, so I read those books in advance, but that’s about as far as I go. I love that you’re able to stay so organized and plan ahead — it’s something I hope to achieve in the future.

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear?

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    1. We all have our own ways and things that we need, right? I think that is great. πŸ˜€ And hey if your current way works for you, that is fine.
      Not having a specific blog schedule would work on my anxiety haha so I need this.

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  4. Great post! I swear by blogging schedules and literally could not function without one. I used to try not planning things out ahead of time, and it made me miserable! Right now, my posts are scheduled pretty tightly through to about mid-December, and I like it like that. It keeps the pressure on me enough to keep me motivated, but it also helps me never feel like I’ve run out of content.

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  5. You’re definitely much more organised than I am! I do schedule my blogs on my notebook – mostly I just plan out the dates I want to post my posts (which are Mondays and Fridays) and then I try and fit in the posts I want to write around them. Then it’s all about writing them randomly throughout the week. Great post! πŸ™‚

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  6. This is a super fun post! I love learning about how other bloggers work and manage their time. Thank you for sharing!

    I personally use Excel. I like to pretend I’m a notebook/pen/paper kind of girl, but as the times have changed, so have I. I just cannot remember to have my notebook with me 24/7 and it’s bulky. So, I use electronic resources. I keep my blogging schedule (And all other blogging tools) on Dropbox so I can access them anywhere. Like you, I assign dates and I have all my recurring posts identified. I’m not good at staying ahead of my blogging schedule yet, but I’m working on it.

    I try to post TTT, a book review, and a discussion post once a week. Having the Excel calendar there helps me manage that work. It’s not perfect, but it’s a step in the right direction! I also love that Excel allows me to add a drop down list, so I can identify if my post is in one of these statuses: Reading, Drafted, Scheduled, Published. Also, when my blog went down, I added another status: Rescued. This helped a TON to recover everything!

    Keep sharing your tools. These are so neat!

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    1. I can never quite get used to excel. I learned how to use it but then never had to use it for other things and now I just can’t get into it. For me it also helps that I am obviously home a lot so I don’t have to drag things with me. If I don’t then I do tend to note it in my ipod or something.

      That drop down list is amazing. πŸ™‚

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      1. Thank you! I think if I was at home, I’d also use something physical. I really need a blogging *space* at home. Right now, I don’t have that, and I think this is what prevents me from being consistent. I really should work on that. Do you have a space you use?

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  7. Nice system!
    I don’t really have a schedule πŸ˜€ Usually i have a look at the top 5/10 tuesday topics and take a note of the ones i think i want to do, and note the date, and then write reviews when i’m in the mood (lately not very often), and if a tag happens then i do that. Kind of random… πŸ˜€

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  8. Great tips! I do something similar. About halfway through each month, I print out the next month’s calendar and write which posts go on which days. I try to blog 2 weeks ahead. Right now, I have all of October planned, and I have posts written from now until October 20.

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  9. Wow, you’re so organised! It sounds like you have a great system, and that it works for you. I’ve only recently started working to a blog schedule, and I’m still having trouble sticking to it! I’ll definitely be taking some ideas from this post – especially the asking how often I think I can post thing. I think I’m always a little optimistic and then fall behind, and my schedule goes all wrong! πŸ™‚

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  10. Great post. I try to keep a schedule that is actually fairly similar to yours. I do about 4 posts a week, maybe 5 if I have extra blogging time one week. I’m good about planning out what I’m going to post each month. My biggest weakness is that I’m terrible about actually blogging ahead. I need to get better about that and stop doing everything at the last minute.

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    1. I used to do it last minute too but especially since I got Merijn that just completely stopped working for me. These days I pick a day or night or two that I work on things ahead of time.

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