I need a blogging schedule.
I do. I really do. I know there are people out there who don’t have a blogging schedule and post whenever, and I’m in awe of that because I just couldn’t do that. One, because I wouldn’t know when to post something. I’m that type of person who edits and re-edits and edits all over again because I want everything to look perfect, and the only thing that actually forces me to hit the “Publish” button is knowing when the post is going to come up. Two, because I need organization in my life, and I can’t live without it. And, three, because I probably wouldn’t be consistently posting if I just posted whenever. I wouldn’t know when to plan the post or to write it, etc. So, basically, I’d be a hot mess.
But, it did take me a while before I developed my own blogging schedule. I’ve said this before, but I started my blog on a whim, without any planning whatsoever, so my posting was all over the place, and I didn’t even think to have a schedule. So, I decided it’d be nice to walk you through my own!
If you guys have been around a while, you’ll know that I post on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. My basic outline for the week is that Mondays are reserved for reviews (if I manage to write one up that week), and Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays are reserved for other things bookish – a Discussion post, a Let’s Chat, a recommendations post, a list, a tag, etc. I decided to declare Mondays review days because I thought it’d be nice to take a break from bombarding you guys with three Let’s Chat posts in a row, for instance, and the fact that since they don’t do well in terms of stats, I’ll just shove them in the beginning of the week to get it over with.
I don’t know if you’ve guys noticed, but I usually reserve my monthly discussion and recommendation posts purely for the last two Sundays of the month. I don’t really have any reasoning for it other than those were the days when I first posted them, and I decided to continue with it and make it a sort of trend. I consider Sundays and Fridays the days where my stats are the best, which is funny, because most bloggers have said that the weekends are their worst days for posting. So, there’s that.
I also used to have reviews twice a week – one on Monday and one on Wednesday – but ended up nixing that because reviews are terrible for stats, and I didn’t really like writing them, so it was hard to get up two per week. So, I decided to turn Wednesday into a free day, and it’s made me happier, and my blog stats are really good, so it’s much better.
At the moment, I post pretty early in the morning. It wasn’t always that way, and actually took me an embarrassingly long time to figure out.
When I started my blog, I did post in the mornings, usually around 10. No matter what, I’ll usually get up around six or seven because that’s when I have to get up for school, and my body is forever stuck in that mode. So, 10 was a good enough time for me to be able to get up and maybe edit the post if it still needed finishing.
Then, school started back up again, which created a sort of dilemma. I couldn’t post at 10 anymore since I had class then, and publishing a post via my iPad stressed me out, so I skipped that. I decided to post when I got home, which was usually around four in the afternoon. This was a pretty terrible choice, and I totally regret it, but the past is the past.
Of course, track started up again, and that was from after school to 5:30, and I usually didn’t get home until close to 7 at night. I didn’t want to post THAT late, but couldn’t post at four since I’d be practicing at that time, so as soon as school let out at three, I published my post and promoted it on social media. It took a while, and the locker room I changed in had crappy wi-fi, so, again, another terrible decision.
THEN, since that was really starting to stress me out, I decided that I’d go back to posting early in the mornings, so, during the school year, when I wake up, I usually post, and I’m set to go for the rest of the day. Usually, that’s sometime around 6. I’ll have to post EVEN EARLIER next school year because my brother is taking a before-school class, so, now I’ll be forced to wake up earlier. Hooray.
I honestly don’t know if it matters what time you post or not (I know my stats got better, but my blog was smaller back when I posted in the afternoons, so it might mean nothing), but you can totally try out different times and see what works for you.
Right now, I post on my blog four times per week, and I really like the schedule and will probably stick to it. Since I post on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, it’s sort of an “every other day” deal, and I like being able to take a break, but not TOO long of a break to the point that people might forget my blog.
I actually used to not have a set schedule for how many times I posted or what days I posted when I first started out, but then I got into a rhythm of three posts – one on Monday, one on Friday, and one on Sunday. It’s a big memory blank about what made me change that, but I remember wanting to post more often since I hated the three day break between Monday and Friday, and I chose Wednesday because it was in the middle.
Most people say that posting three times a week is consistent enough for your blog, and I agree that it’s not only effective, but it did wonders for my blog stats, but if you can only manage to post twice a week or once or maybe all seven days, go for it! It’s your blog, so do what you want with it.
And that’s it for my blogging schedule!
Hopefully, this might be helpful to anyone out there who’s trying to figure out their blogging schedule or if they even want one in the first place. A blogging schedule is definitely not for everyone, so don’t fret too much about it!
Do you have a blogging schedule? Why or why not? What’s your blogging schedule?