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 needed 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.