By posting this I might be deceiving you poor souls that yours truly is a very organized person. NOOOT! But yes, I’m not as spontaneous as I was few years ago; and that’s because my blog went to a lot of changes. I’m not exclusively reviewing books anymore (admittedly I almost forgot how to…) and because I want my blog to remain consistently active, I resorted to what you called scheduling.
You see, my blog has transitioned into many things: from a personal blog → book review blog → bookish blog → to anything-goes-whatever-Mitchii-fancies blog (as of today). But for a huge chunk of time, I was consistently reviewing books. The way I rolled was after I read it, I wrote review—and the cycle went on and on and on. It didn’t prompt me to be organized because of this routine. Another reason was I’m a mood reader so I can’t schedule posts that I also had no idea what it could be. But interest on solely reviewing books dwindled (as an obvious sad side effect of my book slump). I don’t see myself posting everyday (unlike before). It’ll be a miracle if I manage to come up 3 posts per week; although that being said I haven’t got to the point that I can’t come up with posts idea (thankfully)! And with that I came to the conclusion that I need to spread out my posts—I tried scheduling.
I’ve been trying since last quarter of last year but I clearly have stumbles here and there. Sometimes even with prepared content, making the post still needs time (although I don’t spend a lot of time). Sometimes I’m too lazy/tired to make an effort. But I think right now, I’m getting the hang of it. It’s not as organized, or as spread out as I would’ve liked but I’m quite contended that not a single month is neglected. I have new posts every month—and that’s my real target.
I write my content prior to posting—or when the idea hatched. So far I have topics prepared, and some were already written. When idea comes I just write them then saved them for later. The tricky part is how to spread these posts out. To even it out I decided to post in some sort of pattern (mostly based on my blog’s topics/categories). For now it’s in experimental phase. Now guess the topic of my next post based on last month’s pattern.
I think the reason for this is the fact that I’m not doing the same thing like doing on the spot reviews; that on-the-whim sort of attitude will not cut it anymore. I have to save posts for when dry spell happened…and believe me it will happen. Also scheduling gives me a great excuse to buy notebooks and make organizer and stuff. Hitting two birds with one stone is pretty much applicable with this case? Yes?!
So how about you? Do you do blog schedules? Did it make things easier for you? What are your blogging schedule tips? Please share it with me!