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I post 5 times a week at Bookish Serendipity. That’s my schedule, and it is perfectly suited to me. It wasn’t always easy, however. I’ve experimented with many different blog schedules during the 2 years I have been a blogger, and they’ve all had their pros and cons, but I’m very happy with my current schedule.

Today, I’m highlighting several tips and tricks to help you develop the blog schedule that works for you, and your blog. One of the pieces of advice I will be repeating throughout is that everyone is different. We all have our own goals, ambitions, and lifestyles. Blog schedules aren’t a one-size-fits-all but with a little brainstorming, it is easy to find the one that is perfectly suited to you.

Define Your Blog Goals

Blogs can have many uses. Someone may only use their blog as a way to share occasional life updates, whereas another person may blog with hopes of turning their website into a business someday. Everyone blogs for different reasons, and these reasons can help you establish some long-term goals for your blog.

Your blog goals are very important. They help keep you motivated, yes, but there is more than that. Setting a goal means giving yourself something to work towards. They must be something you want to accomplish. With that in mind, you can create a blog schedule that suits you, and your goals. If blogging isn’t important to you, then there’s no reason to put out a post every day of the week but if you are hoping to incorporate your website into your portfolio or career somehow, then you may have a better reason to blog frequently.

Blogging is more than just putting up content.

There is often a misconception that blogging is just writing a quick post, and hitting “publish.” I wish this were true, but unfortunately it certainly isn’t!

The process of blogging can be super time-consuming. First of all, you have to consistently come up with ideas that you want to explore in your blog post, and then you have to brainstorm how you want to put the post together. Will it be a discussion? A tutorial? What about the format? Will it be written, or in a video? Next, you have to actually write/ edit the post and create graphics to match, which can definitely take a long time. Then you should, ideally, take some time to promote the post on social media  so that people will be able to discover and read it. Don’t forget about replying to emails or comments either! It can take hours to get through all of these stages.

It doesn’t sound too bad when I simplify it like that, but there’s something important to keep in mind: you have to do this for every single post you put up. Yes, every single one, time after time. I’m not saying this to discourage you, but to remind you that blogging can take a lot of work. If you don’t have time to do this 7 days a week, then don’t! Everyone has  different blog schedules, and that is 100% okay.

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Don’t overload yourself

Everyone gets stuck in a blogging rut at least once. We all have days where we don’t have any motivation to create posts or write comments or do anything, really. It’s a dreadful feeling, and we definitely want to avoid it.

The key? Don’t overload yourself.

Blogging can be incredibly fun and rewarding and most of the time it is, but we all experience blogging burnout occasionally. To avoid this, you need to know your limits. It is amazing that you are planning to write daily blog posts, upload videos to a Youtube channel biweekly, run an online magazine, participate in the Hunger Games, and finish your math homework on time, but can you really do it? Check that your blogging schedule is realistic.

What are your plans for the future?

You may be comfortable posting 7 times a week now, but what about in a few weeks? In a few months? The future is important to keep in mind as you are developing a blog schedule.

That said, if the big changes in your life aren’t imminent (within the next month or so), then this doesn’t necessarily have to greatly impact your blog schedule. If the only change from normalcy will be a 1-week vacation next Summer, then you can always schedule posts to make up for that time, or take a brief hiatus. If, however, you are going on a 6-month trip to study frogs in the deep jungle, then you’ll probably want to tell your readers. It’s probably a great idea to keep your readers in the know as much as possible!


The key to creating a blog schedule that works for you is by understanding exactly what works for you. Running a blog is a big time investment, and there are several factors to think about. Your blog schedule will never be perfect–there will always be days when you don’t feel like blogging or you feel overwhelmed–but schedules can greatly help you on your blogging journey.

10 Comments on How To Create A Blog Schedule That Works For You (And Your Blog)

  1. Aj @ Read All The Things!
    July 13, 2015 at 9:32 am (2 years ago)

    Awesome tips. I’m struggling with my blog right now because grad school and life have gotten a little overwhelming. I had to skip a few posts last week because I just couldn’t get them written. I’m hoping that this week will be better.
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  2. Ellie @ Spellbound
    July 13, 2015 at 9:37 pm (2 years ago)

    Great post! I struggle to write more than two or three posts a week, and at present I’m not even pulling that off due to general craziness…I have a schedule worked out, but I don’t really stick to it. At all. I managed the week before last, but my posts were just illustrated quotes that I did ahead of time and scheduled, and I’m now totally out of quick post options, but I haven’t got time to write a bunch of book reviews or anything.
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  3. Nova @ Out of Time
    July 13, 2015 at 11:20 pm (2 years ago)

    JESSICA GREAT TIPS YAY!

    I always thought that i had to post every day to get the love from whatever person I report to. Idek. anyway, now i’m very happy having a “not schedule.” something else we have to keep in mind is things like school which are consistent and vacation which isn’t. i don’t have a perfect schedule and i think there’s something interesting in not having a perfectly crafted schedule but it can certainly take the workload off if you do have one!

    great post!
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  4. Ana @ Butterflies of the Imagination
    July 14, 2015 at 2:41 pm (2 years ago)

    I agree that defining your blog goals and then using that to craft a blog schedule is very important. My blogging has been pretty sporadic as of late, but I’m alright with that. During the school year, my blogging would often suffer because I was focusing on school as my top priority. Now, I’m really focusing on writing and treating blogging as a fun, whenever-I-feel-like-it hobby. I’ve realized that writing is really what I want to focus on because one of my goals is to become a published author. However, I can’t do that if I spend more time blogging than actually working on my WIPs. I could use the excuse that I’m building a platform, but that’s silly because if I spend more time on the platform than what it’s supposed to support, then there will be no use for the platform. That said, I won’t stop blogging any time soon. It’s a great way for me to practice my writing, be part of a great bookish community, and gain motivation from others around me. Thanks for the tips!
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  5. Kara @ Diary of a Teen Writer
    July 18, 2015 at 8:22 am (2 years ago)

    GREAT post! I’ve actually been cutting down on the amount I post. Which I hate, but it’s necessary. At the moment I’m focusing on revising my novel — because obviously, I want it to be the best it could possibly be, and if that means lowering the amount I blog… then I guess that’s fine.
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  6. Wren
    July 19, 2015 at 1:48 am (2 years ago)

    Thanks for the advice.
    I don’t know if I can manage a schedule. I can do memes on certain days. (Like Top Ten Tuesday.) But I can’t put out reviews on certain days. My reviews just come. My reading speed always changes.
    Do you think I need a schedule? I’m not sure myself, and I was hoping for your help.
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  7. Krystianna
    July 19, 2015 at 6:55 pm (2 years ago)

    This was such a lovely post! It’s always harder for me to make a schedule for my blog during the school months because I’m overloaded with AP work and sports, which leaves little to no time for blogging & reading which sucks. :/ I will just have to learn to plan more ahead! 🙂 I love your blog design by the way; I’m a new follower!
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  8. Lola
    July 21, 2015 at 3:07 pm (2 years ago)

    I used to struggle with a blogging schedule, but for a while now I have a schedule that works for me. I have 3 standard posts eahc week with set days and then the rest of the days are for reviews. I usually post 6 or 7 times each week, but sometiems it happens I only have 5 posts. As 3-4 posts each week are not reviews, I can read enough to have two reviews or three reviews each week, so that works out perfectly. I schedule all my posts ahead and try to have a bit of a buffer, although I am still struggling with my review post buffer.
    Looking forward and plannign ahead are very important indeed. I don’t post more than one post each day as else I get voerloaded, that’s my maximum. I might have an exception to that rule now and then, but only in special occasions. Great post!
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    • Jessica
      July 23, 2015 at 8:48 am (2 years ago)

      That’s a fantastic schedule, Lola! I am so glad that you have it all worked out. Mine isn’t nearly as complicated haha. I never post more than once a day either, especially since I only blog 5 times a week. I would much rather add an extra post on a different day instead.

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