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?
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.
#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.
#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!
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!