I’ve talked about scheduling blog posts previously on Bookish Serendipity. The decision to schedule posts is honestly one of the best choices you can make for your blog. I don’t have time to blog every day, so I have no idea where I would be without scheduling posts! The WordPress feature is seriously a life saver.
Scheduling has made blogging a lot less stressful, at least for me. When I have posts planned ahead of time, I am free to take a week off from writing posts and my blog will still be updated. Want to schedule posts as well, but don’t know how to get started? Here are a few tips:
Tip #1- Write posts in spurts
It can be hard to find time to blog. One day you are incredibly busy, but the next you may have a few hours of free time. A few hours is more than enough time to draft and polish a post or two or three or four! You can then schedule those posts that you wrote for the upcoming week, so that you don’t have to spend the next few nights writing a single post and stressing yourself out.
This is one of the tactics that helps me keep a consistent blog schedule. I tend to draft a lot of posts on the weekend, since the weekdays are usually pretty busy. Instead of trying to cram writing one post each night, I can write quite a few posts on the weekend. I will then schedule them for the upcoming week. Sometimes I even have extra posts that will spill over to the NEXT week!
Tip #2- Have images ready
There are some types of posts that don’t require their own image for the post. For example, I use a standard image for each of my Top Ten Tuesday posts. I don’t necessarily need to spend time creating a custom graphic for each post that says something like “Top Ten Books About Cheese.”
Tip #3- Draft posts on the go
I can’t tell you how many posts I have drafted in the Notes section of my phone, and then sent to myself. I try to write them whenever I can or whenever I have some free time. Waiting in line? Start writing. Sitting the backseat of the car? Start writing. Whenever you have some free time, you can start drafting a post.
Even if you just have an idea, make sure that you remember it! Jot it down wherever you can–on a napkin, on a shred of paper, on your hand–and when you get to a computer, you can start actually writing the post. I spend so much time just brainstorming posts, time that could be used to actually write them.
Tip #4- Be willing to take breaks
Sometimes, you just can’t write a lot of posts and schedule them. Life happens, and the last thing you want to do is overburden yourself so that you lose the blogging spark. If you are feeling overwhelmed, tell your readers know that you will be taking a hiatus. Unplug for a few days, and relax. Do the things you love, and get back into blogging when you feel like it.
Do you schedule blog posts?