Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, created and hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion, where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts. You can check out more about this meme here! Today’s Topic was suggested Heran @ Be Frisky
I have been wanting to participate since the last two weeks when I first got to know about this meme but never got the time . So today’s topic is Blog scheduling so without further ado!
I mostly do but being a little moody sometimes I can slightly off schedule. The implementation of a blogging schedule is a wonderful way for a blogger to remain consistent in the area of publishing blog posts.But I feel worst things that a blogger could ever do is to force themselves to create a blog post. So it is okay for you to take a break from the schedule . I mean, lots of us are mood readers, right? The same goes for me when it comes to blogging. I really need to be in a certain mood if I want to read continuously and churn out genuine, awesome content. Pushing myself to follow a strict schedule will kill off my blogging mojo–we don’t want that now, don’t we?!
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I just started with Top Ten Tuesday and now Let’s Talk Bookish. But it is not like I post them every Tuesday and Friday. I do take breaks maybe when the topic does not excite me !
They’re fun to write! As a list lover, at first I did enjoy writing ones such as Top Ten Tuesday. You can get a lot of views on those posts because you link your post up on the creator’s website! As a newbie blogger, they can be a great way to come up with post ideas and bring people to your blog.
So discussion post memes like these one do take a lot of time !But again list memes like Tuesday and Wednesday ones All the lists start to look at least a little bit similar. You get a lot of comments like “Nice post! Check out my list.” They can get really annoying, and make you feel like no one cares about your actual list.
WordPress has a handy little feature that allows you to schedule blog posts ahead of time. So, do you use it? If so, how far out do you schedule?
So I have made a schedule recently that I would post on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays and my friend Jheel on Monday, Thursday and Saturdays and this really helping. So that our posts don’t overlap. Another thing is to figure out what time you have to work, and then plan your most important blogging priorities within them. So this is less stressful but somewhere there is a little pressure that I need to publish the post on time and not disappoint the readers !
When you schedule blog posts ahead of time, you don’t have to worry that you’ll be missing from my blog for weeks at a time. You know, when writer’s block hits, it can take a while. But by scheduling, I can be sure to blog weekly or biweekly. So I might write around 2 posts on Saturaday or Sunday when I have lots of time and schedule it for later week .
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- Tuesday – Top Ten Tuesday ( Like I told I might change this when the topic does not interest me )
- Friday – Let’s Talk Bookish / Discussion / Blogging Tips
- Sunday – Book review
My schedule isn’t set in stone, and if I want to write about something in response to something I’ve read elsewhere, I’ll move that post to the front of the line.
So like I had mentioned above our moods are time-based so we need to figure out the best time to work !
Personally, I know I prefer to read before I go to bed, so I usually at least 1 hour before I sleep. And I do my blogging before lunch like around 12 . Because I know I will be more more productive and blog hop at night after dinner .
Another tip if see my stats page most of my audience are Indians and from USA. So I try to schedule the post as per those time zones. It is really easy to change the time zone .
Day 1 & 2 :Research, write, edit, and publish great content for your audience.
So I mainly write a blog post stretching it over 2-3 days . So to not get stressed out I do a little bit every day. You don’t have to publish every single day, you just need to write
Day 3 :Create blog graphics and finalise ! Use consistent fonts, colors, and background images and spend some time making featured images . Also I recommend not using canva fonts as they are very common and to download original ones from sites such as https://www.dafont.com/ .
I also like using spreadsheets for oraganizing my reading and ARC’s and now I have started using them for blogging too !
Example of my reading and blogging spreadsheet :
Here I list down all the books and ARC’s I have got to review . With the date of publishing and whether it is a blog tour . I even have a notes coloumn to make notes when I am reading. I even list author interviews here and it really helps me to space out the posts ! I make mine using google spreadsheets . In one spreadsheet I make many sheets . Using the plus sign at the bottom bar.
So what I have read but not reviewed is in green and what I have neither read and reviewed is in read .
I started this a week ago but better late than never 🙂 So my first column is the days then the next column posts I will write on those days . Then after that I have dates. The first is the soft deadline means I am supposed to complete by the post by that time but it there is still fine. And my hard deadlines are normally one day before the post so I can schedule the post for the next day. And the next ones are author interviews which I have not yet done with the contact .
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It doesn’t really matter how often you post as long as your readers know how frequently you do post and you stick to that. I’d say frequency isn’t as important as quality work .It is ok if you blog occasionally. If you’re a mood blogger, if you’re not into having schedules, planning out your readings and the books you want to read next, it’s okay. But personally I feel being consistent really help !