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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?

13 Comments on Tips For Scheduling Blog Posts

  1. Lara
    September 11, 2015 at 12:06 am (2 years ago)

    I have just started scheduling blog posts and it has already made everything sooo much easier! Today for instance, I had a free day so I scheduled four or five posts and started writing two more which will be pretty easy to finish. I even scheduled a post for March next year?! I will definitely be taking your advice about writing on the go and jotting down ideas where ever I am, it sounds super useful!
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  2. Keira
    September 11, 2015 at 6:36 am (2 years ago)

    I love the plugin WordPress editorial calendar. I use it on all my blogs. It lets me see the posting schedule over a month and makes it extremely easy to move posts around or add one in for a specific date.
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  3. Ellie @ Spellbound
    September 11, 2015 at 7:05 am (2 years ago)

    I started scheduling back in May, and it turned out to be a lifesaver–I was able to keep posting over the summer, despite camp, CIT, and vacation–I drafted posts on Sundays, or occasionally weekday nights if I was desperate, and I managed to post at least twice a week, usually more, through July and August. Chances are I’ll have to spend October setting up posts, too, because with NaNoWriMo taking up my free time, blogging regularly isn’t going to be an option.
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  4. Amanda Marie
    September 11, 2015 at 5:58 pm (2 years ago)

    I schedule most of my blog posts. All of my reviews are always scheduled, usually at least a week in advance so I don’t have to worry about them during the week. I have enough going on with keeping track of what my students are doing to spend time writing up reviews during the week.

    For my Top Ten Tuesday posts, I try to write them at least the night before and schedule them but that doesn’t always happen. Sometimes I will just write them when I get home for school if I’m not totally exhausted. Sometimes they just don’t happen. It all depends with them.

    In all, scheduling is such a great thing. It takes a lot of the immediate stress out of blogging because I know that the post I am writing isn’t for today but for sometime next week.

    Thanks for sharing!
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  5. Zoe @ Stories on Stage
    September 11, 2015 at 8:21 pm (2 years ago)

    I absolutely stink at posting on a schedule Jessica. I usually just post whenever I have a review done, or when a discussion post pops in my mind. The only time I think I really use scheduling is when I have an ARC review and it’s a while until it’s published. I’ve been meaning to try to get better at scheduling and whatnot, so hopefully these tips will give me that extra motivation / reminder. Thanks for sharing Jessica and, as always, fabulous post! ♥
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  6. Kaitlin @ Next Page Please!
    September 11, 2015 at 11:00 pm (2 years ago)

    Scheduling posts saves my life because of how convenient it is and it really allows you to have a consistent posting time. When I am really behind, I draft a post the day before it goes up! Haha, it is something I definitely plan on fixing and hopefully can start drafting posts for further weeks.

    Drafting posts is something I love doing on the go. I tend to take a lot of road trips that are about 7-8 hours and within that time, I finish/start a book and draft posts for the next week on my laptop on Word or Notes. Saves me so much stress and time and is a great way to make use of time. Also, if I’m going out to eat, on the car ride there I edit my posts and when I get home, schedule! Great post and it was interesting to see your methods of scheduling 😀

    ~Kaitlin
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  7. Sunny Smith
    September 12, 2015 at 8:57 pm (2 years ago)

    I have very good intentions to schedule posts, but usually I end up writing it the day I want to post it. Sometimes if I’m really on the ball, I take two or three days to work on a post, but usually I’m a sit-down-and-write-until-its-ready kind of blogger. Although, I do schedule any guest posts that I feature; that way I can give bloggers a heads up as to when they can expect their post to go live.

    This are some really good tips though. I like the idea of utilizing the weekend to write a bunch of posts. This post is inspiring me to get my act together:)
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  8. Citra @ Fiction Book Review
    September 12, 2015 at 8:58 pm (2 years ago)

    Ah, scheduling has been a life (or should I say “blog”) saver for me. It keeps me organized and believe it or not it does chase the blogger’s block away. I have posts scheduled until a month ahead and it’s a lot easier and enjoyable to write when you are relaxed and not under pressure.

    I also find taking notes helps a lot. I write ideas on my phone as as soon as they cross my mind and when I am on my laptop I try to write a rough draft or if I feel productive enough, a whole new blog post.

    Lovely advice, Jessica. As always 🙂
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  9. Ana @ Butterflies of the Imagination
    September 13, 2015 at 12:33 am (2 years ago)

    Thanks for the great tips, Jessica! I admire your ability to schedule so many posts every week, and I agree that scheduling is really helpful. Like you, I’ve found that binge writing posts helps me not only get into the flow of writing posts but also allows me to get a good amount of material for my blog to tide me over during busy weeks. In general it makes blogging so much less stressful, which is always a good thing.
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  10. Olivia Roach
    September 14, 2015 at 2:10 pm (2 years ago)

    I have to agree with you on all these points. When it comes to posts I am always prescheduling because I have a busy schedule and if I don’t plan in advance then it doesn’t work out at all! I do love the sound of spurts… I guess that is what I do because if I am inspired, I preschedule it straight away!
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  11. Cynthia @ Bingeing On Books
    September 15, 2015 at 12:25 am (2 years ago)

    I schedule blog posts as much as possible. I do that all the time for reviews and top ten lists. Sometimes I do that with discussion posts, but not as much. I need to start scheduling those as well though. It feels so great to have a month of posts scheduled so I can focus on reading and other things. 🙂
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