4 Questions to Ask When Making a Blogging Schedule

Happy Friday fellow readers! Last week, I started a little mini-series on having a blog schedule. I’ve seen some people say they ABSOLUTELY NEED their schedule aka me, and I’ve seen some people say they work better without one I’m jealous. Last week, I talked about why I choose to have a schedule, so this week, I thought I’d give some basic pointers on how to make your own!

Let’s get to it!


Since, I’m going to mention it a few times in this post, here’s a breakdown of my basic blogging schedule:

  • Monday- Book Review
  • Tuesday- Top 5 Tuesday
  • Wednesday- Feature (Awards/Tags, WWW Wednesday, whatever else I’m feeling)
  • Thursday- Freebie Day! Catch up on some reading, do another tag, try to get ahead on blog posts, or just take a day off!
  • Friday-Discussion Post

I don’t usually post over the weekend, unless it’s a monthly wrap-up or something similar (which I’ll explain a little later).

So, if you’re trying to put together your own blogging schedule, here are a few questions you should consider:

#1- What are you going to post?

Are you participating in a Top 5 Tuesday? Or maybe a WWW Wednesday? Obviously these sorts of posts have to be posted on their specific day, and the rest of your posts have to work around them.

Wednesday

But what are the rest of your posts? Book reviews? NetGalley features? Something totally unrelated to books? Are they monthly or weekly? You need to know how many different posts you’re going to try to fit into your schedule. Figuring that out ahead of time will make the scheduling process much easier.

#2- What does your real life schedule look like?

If you are at work or school from 7am to 10pm on Thursdays, it’s probably a good idea not to post on Thursdays. You won’t be able to fully engage with your followers who are liking and commenting on your post, and you don’t want to have to stress about getting a post ready before your busiest day of the week. This is why I don’t post on Thursdays; Wednesdays and Thursdays are usually super busy for me, and I want to be able to keep my whole attention on what I’m doing, not stressing over my post. Blogging should fit around your real life, not the other way around.

Typing Horse

#3- What posts require the most attention after posting, and when can you provide it?

For me, it’s my discussion posts. People usually want to talk when bloggers bring up a discussion topic, which is why I post mine on Fridays. My Fridays and Saturdays are pretty open, so I know I’ll be able to give my attention to my discussion posts. This is also part of why I chose to do Top 5 Tuesday instead of another Top 5 or 10 day (plus, Shanah, the T5T host, is pretty rad). I get a lot of chatter on T5T posts, and I have more time to engage with my followers on Tuesday than I do Wednesday or Thursday.

Engage
Cuz you have to engage with your followers?! 😀  I’ll stop now

#4- When can you try out the product you’re reviewing?

Whether it’s books, wine, or makeup, you need some time to be able to actually try out what you’re going to review so you know how to… well, review it! This is why I don’t post over the weekend. Instead, these are days for me to finish up whatever book I’m reading, get a little distance from it so I can really work out my thoughts, and then put the actual review together!

Bed Reading


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Thanks for reading!

What about you? Do you have a schedule, or do you work better without one? Was it hard for you to work out your schedule? What advice would you give to people who are trying to create their own? Let me know in the comments below!

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13 thoughts on “4 Questions to Ask When Making a Blogging Schedule

  1. I’ve got four days a week that I have scheduled:
    Sundays – Book Review (I’ve actually got reviews scheduled all the way through December!)
    Tuesdays – T5T w/ Shanah (I’ve already scheduled all my October ones!)
    Wednesdays – Recipe Review
    Thursdays – Book Tag I found somewhere on the internet (again, already scheduled through November)
    Every other Friday (for the Fall semester, at least) is dedicated to one of the Austen books I”m reading in my fall class. Saturdays and Mondays are open, and I’ll usually post something random (like my tribute to my hamster last Monday) or just not post at all. I try to keep things scheduled pretty well so I don’t have to worry about finding time to write things (except for my Wednesday posts). I like to be well-prepared.

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  2. A very definite schedule for blog-work: twice a week, with 2 hours after the post to read through all the people I follow (what’s the point of following if I don’t read their stuff). The reason: I have another schedule, daily, 7am to 2pm – write stories. I remember a response to someone who said “I only write when inspired, and I make sure I’m inspired every day between [those hours].” So, that’s what I do – the writer schedule is the most important, the blog schedule second. Housework can always wait – I mean, it is going to run away?

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  3. I have a schedule but it is always changing. I just started blogging a few months ago and I’m still trying to figure out what really works for me. The schedule that I do have does help even if I do move some posts around!

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  4. Thanks for the mention – and I’ve never been called rad before ☺️

    I have a schedule but I keep it loose. Tuesday’s is Top 5 (obviously), Friday is usually Blogger Spotlight, Saturday is a tag or list, and Sunday is Weekly wrap up. Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s are never the same. I usually keep those for reviews, discussions, and my “if you like this” recommendation feature.
    But I most definitely schedule a week in advance! That way I know how many reviews I’ll be writing and fill in the rest with other prepared topics. I usually have a whole week scheduled so I’m not scrambling in the morning 😁
    Great post!

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    • “Rad” is reserved for only the very best!

      I usually try to schedule a week in advance, too. Sometimes life gets a little crazy, so my schedule changes a little (last week I posted my discussion on Saturday 😱).

      But I think keeping it loose is a great idea! I fell like it would make blogging a little more stress-free.

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      • Awe you’re too sweet! 🙂

        I tried having a set schedule including reviews and it stressed me out so bad! I kept thinking “I have to finish this book tonight because the review is supposed to go up tomorrow!!!” But then I was no. It really doesn’t HAVE to go up tomorrow. It can go up the day after, or next week – I OWN THIS THING! 😂

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        • Hahaha that’s how I started feeling, too! Reading became almost stressful for a while because I was like, “oh my gosh to have to finish this book IMMEDIATELY and I’m only half way through, what’s happening???”

          But then I realized, “wait, I’m doing this to myself?” So then I decided to take my sweet time. I don’t stress about having a review ready *every* Monday, but when I do get around to writing the review, it goes up the next Monday

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