Blog Scheduling: Yay or Nay?

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When I started blogging, I didn’t really know anyone or anything about it. I just wrote my reviews and posted them – whatever the day or time, it didn’t really matter, I was just determined to get more reviews up on my blog. As I got into the swing of things, I started to be a bit more organised and kept my posts to Monday’s (this was at a time where I had very little to write about – so one post a week was more than enough!)

Then… I learnt how to schedule my posts. I’m not a computer expert so it took me roughly 6 months longer than it should have to actually learn the exact art of post scheduling but nevertheless, I got there in the end. Once I started scheduling my posts, my blog schedule in general got more busy and much much much more strict.

I was scheduling my posts months in advance and keeping certain days free for certain posts. Mondays were book reviews, Wednesdays were film reviews, Fridays were reserved for miscellaneous and so on and so forth. I got so obsessed with my blog, filling my scheduling and making sure I had hundreds of posts written my mum actually had to tell me to stop.

It all got too much for me. I would panic if I saw I had an empty day with nothing to post and therefore my posts suffered because I was writing anything – just to fill a space. Blogging became much more of a chore and a job than an enjoyable hobby – which inevitably lead me to my 6 month blogging break last year where I took a well neededΒ step back from it all.

Now, I seemed to have stepped back in time slightly and although I still schedule my posts because it’s easier and convenient, I do not in any way keep a diary or schedule. I’ll write a book review and simply schedule it for the following day – or a day that suits me if I know I’m going to be out and busy and won’t be able to share it around.

I firmly learnt from my mistakes. Every possible blogging mistake you could make, I’ve probably made it but I am a lot happier with my blog and my schedule now than I’ve ever been. Keeping a diary and a plan didn’t work for me – I’m an extremely organised person anyway and where you’d think that would work in my favour, it actually didn’t. It worked against me and eventually led me resenting my blog.

I was wondering what your blog schedule is like? Do you keep a diary with planned posts or do you just post if and when you want to? I love that there’s no right or wrong answer – as everyone has their own individual ways of keeping on top of everything – blogging and otherwise – and what might work for one may not necessarily work for another.

Leave me a comment and let me know what your blogging schedule is like and how you manage it! I’d be interested to know and see the different answers!

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45 thoughts on “Blog Scheduling: Yay or Nay?

  1. Hi, long time no speak! I stopped scheduling. I don’t post very often at all now, although I have at least 50 or so drafts that I keep editing because I think I’d rather post quality over quantity. The scheduling for me just wasn’t working and I found myself, like you said, just seeing it as a chore. I think if it works for you and you know there are certain things you want posted on certain days then definitely have one but posting for the sake of having something to post just isn’t worth it

    • Hi Tara! How have you been? πŸ™‚

      I did notice that you don’t post as much as you used to – but that’s okay! I love your blog & your posts still πŸ™‚ That’s a good idea about keeping lots of drafts – I have a couple & I sometimes jot down ideas for a post in a draft “just in case”.

      I completely agree with everything you said – quality over quantity any day and with my own posts, I definitely see an improvement in quality now I’m not trying to post every day!

  2. Hi Jenny, I do keep a diary but just about what books i’m being sent or when i have to review them by, that sort of thing. I did begin to plan blog posts and wanted to fill everyday at one point but then i ran out of cover reveals or blog memes i wanted to take part in so now apart from Sat and Sun when i have my meme and book round up, i only post when i feel like i have something to say or fancy doing a meme for that day. I have scheduled posts but very rarely. I prefer to post each day when the fancy takes me, but we are all different.
    It can get overwhelming and at first i thought i needed to have a busy blog to look good. However, i would settle for a few regular visitors on 2 posts a week rather than none over 7 days of rubbish and filler.
    Your blog is lovely by the way, i’ve always enjoyed reading it.
    Gill x

    • Hi Gill! That’s a fab idea about keeping a diary with what books you’ve been sent and when you have to review them by! I was swamped with review copies when I first started so that would have worked really well for me then.

      I completely agree – I would much rather have 2 good posts in a week with regular readers rather than 7 average ones. Readers can tell when you’re passionate about what you’re writing and when you’re just writing something for the sake of filling a space and it makes all the difference.

      I’m glad you’ve found a schedule that works for you now! And thank you so much for your lovely comment about my blog! xo

  3. I’ve never scheduled blog posts in advance, I just post as and when I have a review ready to publish. My blog isn’t a business, it’s a hobby and I’d hate to feel under pressure to keep posting every day

    • It’s great that you know what you want from your blog and do things your way and to suit you. You’re absolutely right – majority of blogs aren’t a business – they’re supposed to be a nice, happy place for you to write about what you want so as soon as you start to feel under pressure from it, it’s probably time to have a step back and a think! Thanks for your comment Karen! xo

  4. When it comes to reviewing, I try not to have a set schedule and review as I read or when I get seized by the spirit to review things.

    I will try to follow the schedule for various memes I participate in, of course.

    • That’s great – I understand what you mean because I don’t like reviewing something or posting a review if I’m not in the mood for it because I know my reviews won’t be as good. Obviously weekly memes are an exception! I don’t participate in any but have always wanted to – I just don’t want to start and then give up! Thanks for your comment Michael πŸ™‚ xo

  5. I’ve tried to schedule posts but I think I’m doing something wrong as they never end up published. Technical difficulties aside. I publish at least once a week, I try not to publish more than three times a week as then I find myself getting overwhelmed and concentrating more on blogging than writing my book. I want to have posts written and ready to go in advance but it never seems to work that way.

    • Huh, that’s strange! If I can help any way with the technical difficulties I’d be happy to try! I think 3 times a week is a good amount to post – I’m the same, I end up overwhelmed with the amount I have to post/share so I like to leave it a few days at least between posts. Although if others can cope with posting every day, good for them! It’s crucial to make time for other commitments πŸ™‚ Thanks for your comment! xo

  6. As you know, I’m extremely new to the world of blogging. It’s ironic that you should post a blog concerning how often one might post. It is comforting to know that there is no right/wrong answer. However, I currently find myself struggling with this very issue. I thought originally I would merely post blogs according to the books I read. Nevertheless, I soon began to see a need for ‘fill-ins’. I can now see the need for posting in between my reads. With a myriad of other things that we call life, I don’t always have the time to read through a book as quickly as I’d like. My dilemma is creating other topics that book lovers would truly find interesting.I’m aware that this should come naturally to a creative mind which I believe I possess. However, my creative flow seems to be competing with the logical side which seeks to appeal to the desires of others.
    If you have any thoughts on this rather lengthy ‘comment’, it would be much appreciated.
    Thanks,
    David

    • Hi David! You’re right, lots of book bloggers do post many “fill in” posts – book related topics between reviews but it’s your own blog to do whatever you want with so don’t feel that just because others do that, you have to as well! I personally do enjoy writing other types of posts for between reviews, I find them very enjoyable to write and it gives you a chance to write your own thing (as opposed to reviewing, which you’ll agree is different).

      It doesn’t matter how quickly you read – some books you’ll read much quicker than others and that’s normal and as you might have seen here, most people agree with “quality over quantity”! One really good, well thought out review a week is better than 5 average posts!

      Topics for filler posts which are book related could be anything! Your 5 favourite ever books, why you enjoy reading, what made you want to start a book blog, your favourite books from certain genres, your favourite book covers, the list is endless! I hope these have helped spark your creativity and are able to come up with lots more ideas!

      Thanks for your comment David! xo

      • Wonderful, your suggestions have broadened my thoughts on the seemingly endless possibilities. Thanks so much. Also, enjoyed your thoughts concerning the frequency vs. the quality of posts…I definitely see the benefits of not getting caught up in the aspect of quantity.
        Thank you for your timely reply.
        David

    • A relaxed schedule is good I think as it doesn’t make you stressed about posting but at least you have some sort of rhythm as to when you’re posting πŸ™‚ And thank you so much! I’m glad you like it! I am off to have a nosey around yours! Thanks for your comment πŸ™‚ xo

  7. I usually blog 3 times a week, but I rarely schedule. I’m way too lazy. πŸ™‚

    Have you thought about joining the Blogging from A To Z April Challenge blogfest? We post every day in April, except Sundays, with each letter of the alphabet! Last year there were over 2000 participants! Lots of great new blog friends to meet.
    http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/

  8. hey lovely

    I have a a little blog planner, where I write down what I’ll post on what day, then I also schedule them (just started that a few weeks ago though, it’s much easier, when you’re out the whole day). I try to be a bit ahead with schedule, I read books and then post reviews around two weeks later or around pub day. xxx

    • I used to have a planner where I wrote my posts down but don’t do that anymore! I agree though, it is easier to schedule so you know that even if you’re going to be out, your post will still go up πŸ™‚ Reviewing around publication day is a good idea! Thanks for you comment lovely! πŸ™‚ xo

  9. This is a very important topic. For me, I only schedule certain blog posts, such as Top 10 Tuesdays and Top 5 Wednesdays and any other weekly blog posts which I do. Other things such as book hauls, wrap ups, book chats (reviews) are usually spontaneous, especially book chats because I like to do them right after I finish a book. I don’t agree with scheduling every single post, because sometimes it’s nice to keep everything a little bit more free.

    • I too like to review books as soon as possible after I read them! The last book I reviewed I waiting 2 days to review because I was away and seriously struggled writing it! You have a great mix of scheduling and being spontaneous with posts. Sometimes the best posts are the ones that randomly come to you and you post there and then or the next morning! Thanks for your comment & for the follow! πŸ™‚ xo

  10. Fascinating post. I’ve only been blogging a few months, but already my habits are starting to change. I do set a schedule, but it’s been more liberating than pressure. I read faster than I write, and in the beginning I was trying to post a review for everything I read, as soon as possible. Before long I was half a dozen books behind in my reviews and feeling overwhelmed. Now I’ve gone to book reviews on Mondays only, and quick reviews on Goodreads as I read (like I’ve always done). Other than that, I post things that are fund to do and not as time consuming to prep. It also means I don’t feel like I have to post for everything I read if it doesn’t match my blog’s genre preferences or I hated the book. And I have the side benefit of having reviews ready a few weeks ahead now, so I can read things I know I won’t review or keep from posting similar reviews next to each other.

    I love what you said about finding a way to not resent your blog. It’s so important to keep it fun and enjoyable, no matter what that means. For me, it’s refusing to read ARCs.

    • It’s so interesting to see that even only after a few months you’re habits have already changed and you’re already settling into a routine that suits you. I wish I had it all worked out after only a few months! I think you have a really good and healthy routine and I also have the same problem with thinking I have to review every single book I read. I like that you refuse to read ARC’s and I assume if you like the sound of a book then you’ll buy it yourself? ARC’s are such an easy way to get stuck in a rut so this year I’ve seriously cut back on ARC’s too and the only ones I review now are the ones I request from publishers myself that I really really want to read! Thanks for your comment & for the follow! πŸ™‚ xo

      • I work at a library, so I check most things out there. If it’s an indie author, I buy.

        The anti-ARC policy is because I managed a bookstore for 13 years before that and grew to resent the constant flood. Now, I’m free! My reading list still gets taken over if I have a library project though. Right now, for example, I’m presenting at three upcoming events. Related books get pushed to the top and some I wouldn’t read otherwise get added. My reading list shifts too frequently to deal with release date reviews, and honestly I’d rather read enough reviews to know a book is worth my time first.

      • That makes total sense as to why you don’t review ARC’s and probably only something someone who’s been in your position (managing a bookstore) could relate with. It’s great that you now have more freedom with your books!

  11. I just started this past week, so this is bound to change, but ideally I’d like to build a schedule. I unfortunately don’t read as much as I would like to, currently, but the hopes are that it will pick up. I’m trying to do twice a week–a top 5 Wednesday post and then maybe one more miscellanous, book-related thing on the weekends, just to space it out a little, but we’ll see. I agree with everyone else that I would rather do good posts than many posts.

    • Twice a week sounds like a good amount – I love the Top 5 Wednesday posts, they’re always great to read. It’s trial and error, so I hope you find a schedule and routine that works well for you. Quality over quantity seems to be a popular opinion and it’s good to know that you don’t need to post every day for people to like your blog! Thanks for your comment & for the follow πŸ™‚ Looking forward to reading your posts! xo

  12. Oh I schedule. I schedule hard! I have a planner so that I can keep track of everything. Different posts are in different colours. Although I am organised, if it wasn’t written down, it would be forgotten. That’s as certain as death and taxes.

    Plus, its the only way I know how many books I’ve said “yes” to reviewing!

    • You sound extremely organised! I used to be the same, I wrote my own diary out and colour coded the different types of posts! But obviously that seems to work very well for you, whereas it didn’t for me! You seem to take on a lot of review copies too which is great and you seem to be completely on top of keeping track of everything so well done you πŸ™‚ Thanks for your comment! xo

  13. I don’t schedule posts on my crafting blog, unless it’s for a blog hop, but I do usually for my book blog because I have so many to review. I usually post Mon,wed and Fri but because I’m teaching full time at the moment, I’m reading less so there’s not as many posts going on. I have to keep a diary though as I forget what i’ve read and I try not to post book reviews until they’ve been published so I have to schedule them or I’d just forget to ever post them!

    • That makes sense, as you have so many books to review and Monday, Wednesday and Friday is a good amount to post – I think! I used to be the same and posted on those days too πŸ™‚ Thanks for your comment Georgina πŸ™‚ xo

  14. Hello! I just have a folded piece of paper that lists blog topics I want to do in the future. Every few days I look at it and decide at random what I will do. Sometimes I do a series of blogs that eventually relate to each other over time, such as favorite memories or series for writers. I try to post at least once a week, but I have so many other things going on that I forgive myself for not posting for a week or so at a time. If I write a blog post ahead of time, I will put it in my queue so it gets published on the date/time I want.

    • Hello! You sound like you have a great routine for your blog and I love the idea of just picking a random post you would like to write about from a list – I too make lists of potential blog post ideas but only a handful of them ever actually get written (although that may just be me being too ambitious!) Thanks for your comment Amanda! πŸ™‚ xo

  15. I’m still fairly new to book blogging, and I try (being the operative word) to post TBR updates on Tuesdays, and then everything else is just sort of when I have something to write about, I write. I like the idea of regularly scheduled posts but between academics and general life, I tend to forget!

    • I think as a new blogger, you have a good routine already! It took me ages to establish even the slightest bit of routine in my blogging life! I have scheduled posts, but I don’t have any strict rules anymore as to when I’m going to post things; which was the thing that struck me down in the end. I’ll write a post and then just schedule it for a day in the week where it suits me! It’s easy to forget but you have to put other things first, there will always be aspects of your life that come before blogging πŸ™‚ Thanks for your comment! xo

  16. I want to get into scheduling posts especially because my last semester is this semester, and I think having posts scheduled will be best, till I get into the swing of things. I just don’t know what days I should be consistent with. I mean I haven’t gotten enough comments to figure out what posts are liked best.

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