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.
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.