Hello and welcome back to my blog!
Today I’m joining on on Bookending Spring, an event hosted by Clo @ Book Dragons and Sam @ Fictionally Sam. This seasonal event brings together the book community to talk about all things spring cleaning/organizing—be it your blog, your bookish life, or anything at all. For more info, check out Sam’s announcement post.
Today’s post is inspired by Jayati @ It’s Just a Coffee Addicted Bibliophile’s post Pre-Scheduling and Organizing Your Blog ft. Mood Blogging.
In case you weren’t already aware, I’m a bit of a Type A personality. It’s something I came by naturally: both my parents are extremely neat and organized, and that’s just how I grew up. Being organized has been extremely helpful throughout my life, both in school and as a writer. I’m really great at making a plan…the problem is, I tend to really guilt myself when I fall short of my goals.
Which is what inspired my take on this prompt: Is scheduling my blog posts ahead of time productive, or overkill? How can I manage to stay organized while not being drowned in dreaded blogging guilt?
Let’s take a look at how I currently keep up with blog planning.
To start with, I use Scrivener for almost everything related to writing, whether it’s fiction or blog posts. If you’re not familiar, this is an app that lets you create folders upon folders of mini-docs within one giant document. I love using Scrivener for blogging, because it lets me create folders for each type of post I do. I also have mini-documents for my TBR, books I’ve read, and, most importantly, a section where I plan out my blog.
Currently, my goal is to have posts scheduled out ahead by about a week. What this means is that on Sundays, I try to have all my posts up and ready to go through the next Sunday. I try to draft posts two weeks ahead of time, that way they have time to simmer and grow through the editing process.
What ends up happening, though, is that I fall behind on drafting posts ahead of time—and then I become swallowed by guilt.
The Pros of Planning Ahead
• I can plan out my week based on my work schedule and pencil in time to blog when I know I’ll have free time
• I don’t have to panic about needing to have a post go up the night before
• I can be consistent, which is important for stats (or so they say)
• Whenever life threatens to get in the way, I always have a week of buffer between me and a missed post
• I don’t have to worry about my blog every single day of the week
• I have more time to focus on blog hopping
The Cons of Planning Ahead
• When I get behind, I have to draft a whole week of posts in one sitting, which is really draining and probably affects the quality of my posts
• I’m always slightly delayed when it comes to jumping on blogging trends, because I plan my posts so far in advance
• When I fall short of goals, I feel awful, which isn’t conducive to blogging
• Blogging starts to feel more like work and less like fun, because I’m sticking to such strict expectations for myself
To be honest, I don’t think I’ll ever stop being a planner.
It’s so ingrained in my personality, and it mostly does bring me a lot of comfort. Throughout the week, when I have busy days in other aspects of my life, I don’t have to stress that my blog will be okay without me there, watching over its shoulder. I feel better about my posts when they’ve had time to sit for at least a day before I read them over, edit them, and post them. I feel confident in my consistency.
That being said, I definitely need to work on my guilt complex. Blogging is, ultimately, a hobby. Granted, it’s a hobby that requires a lot of time and work. But ultimately, it’s an act of creating something for myself and hopefully others to enjoy. If I’m not enjoying the posts I’m writing, how can I expect people to enjoy reading them?
If I want to enjoy blogging, I might have to let go a little bit. Whether it’s forgiving myself when I get behind on reviews, or letting go of the need to draft posts out so far in advance. If I really want to have fun with my blog, I’m going to have to learn to live a little.
Do you schedule your blog in advance? What’s your favorite method for staying organized with blogging? Are you participating in Bookending Spring? Let me know in the comments!