Over the past year, I have discovered a rather interesting fact.
There is actually a method to my blogging
I KNOW! I’m surprised too!
You would think that after almost a whole year of blogging, I would have noticed earlier, but, nope. I’m only noticing it now.
I’m a massive scheduler
I schedule everything. There isn’t much I dislike more than clicking the ‘publish now’ button. Honestly. Even if I’m writing a post for that day, I will schedule it, even 5 minutes beforehand.
I see other people, and they’re like “How do you schedule?” And I’m sitting here like, “How do you not?”
I’m also productive in bursts
I will be super productive one day and then spend the next two weeks doing absolutely nothing.
I am not a fan of this, but my brain has decided that that’s how it’s going to work, and there isn’t much I can do about it.
I mean, let’s face it, it’s hard arguing with your brain.
So, How do these qualities affect my blogging
Well, the scheduling and the productive bursts combine to give me this:
I write all my blog posts in one big go, and then schedule them throughout the however-long.
You can see this fact most clearly during the uni semester. At the start of the semester there’ll be quite a few posts from me, but then suddenly there’ll only be one per week.
This is because I’m running out of scheduled posts, and I’m trying to keep them going as long as possible.
This is also one of the reasons I love Top Ten Tuesday so much. When the next group of topics are released, I create a post for all of them, and then write most of them up that day.
Apparently not a lot of people do that?
But does this method have any issues?
Actually, yes. For one thing, it makes creating monthly wrap-up posts an absolute nightmare.
Actually, it makes creating any sort of wrap-up post a nightmare. Because those kinds of posts can’t be written and scheduled a month in advance.
I’m actually super jealous of those who write posts every week.
It also makes it harder for me to comment on ‘current’ events…such as things that go down on twitter. Now, I don’t often like participating in online arguments (or whatever you want to call them), but you see people write response-posts, and I can’t do that…unless the thing happens during one of my ‘write ALL the posts’ days.
And now I’m asking you
Do you have a method to your blogging? What is it? Do you like it, or do you sometimes wish you did things differently? Let me know.
Analee @ Book Snacks said:
Huh! That’s kind of funny seeing how I have never scheduled a post. EVER. Mostly due to the fact that the time zone on WordPress is wonky and faster than my time, and I’m too lazy to try and change that (lol) but still, even if it weren’t like that, I probably wouldn’t. Although I do want to try. I do occasionally write up posts in advance, I just don’t schedule it. I just go back on WordPress, and if I think it’s time to post it, I do. 😀
Nice post, Cassie! ❤
That’s kind of how I blog too. Hahaha. Maybe except that I don’t schedule everything. Sometimes I have a lot of drafts, then sometimes, it’s just empty haha.
Jeann @ Happy Indulgence said:
It looks like we are blogging twins Cassie! I schedule absolutely everything in and as well, I tend to write reviews as I go though, along with my Sunday post. But I couldn’t write posts as they appear, it would drive me crazy!
Nova @ Out of Time said:
I don’t have a method but I do schedule when I write more posts than one in a day. I try to keep a schedule like reviews on Monday but sometimes, things can get really crazy. I don’t mind though, I love it!
I do this thing where I like to write a bunch of discussions all at once, though. For some reason, if I’m in the right mood, all the words just come out.
Kara @ Diary of a Teen Writer said:
Great post! Like you, I’m a schedule — most definitely. I cannot not schedule. Also, like you, I write in bursts. I might write a whole weeks’ worth of posts in one evening . . . and then not write anything for another week. Hah. Okay, so maybe it’s not the best process I have, but it works for me!
Ana @ Butterflies of the Imagination said:
My blogging method is very similar to yours, although sometimes it does falter when crazy stuff like finals hits. I definitely have those bursts when I’m super productive and I’ll write all of my blog posts for the month in the space of a few days so that I can schedule them to post intermittently throughout the month. I love how it reduces the stress of always needing to write new posts and also frees up time to comment.
Cait @ Paper Fury said:
I’m the same with scheduling!! EXACTLY THE SAME. I post at 7:00pm or I don’t post. And even if I finish my post at 6:57 I still schedule it. xD I don’t schedule uber far in advance though…maybe one day? If I have a review all down and it’s too early to post it, I’ll scheduled it so it doesn’t get swallowed by my endless half-finished post drafts, heh. I need to work on that. >_<
I schedule… about 2 minutes before the post is scheduled to go up 😉 I am awful at it. AWFUL. I want to be better, I TRY to be better, and truly, by nature I am absolutely a scheduler. But life has gotten in the way, and I am constantly playing catch up. I swear, if I just had like, 2 days, I’d be golden- one to catch up, then the next to get ahead. I could then try to keep up a week-out schedule. But now? Good luck to me that by midnight the post will be ready!
Agreed! My posts are always scheduled, and I’m totally productive in bursts. I have weeks where I write almost nothing, and others that are like WRITE ALLLLLLL THE POSTS lol
I also am a massive scheduler, I can’t remember the last time I pressed the publish now button. I think it was for a reading challenge goal post. But I practically schedule all my posts, usually weeks in advance if possible.
I try not to force myself to be productive and also have those days that I can get 3 posts written in a row and other days with nothing, but I do make sure things get scheduled on time. I also write weekly wrap-up posts and write my reviews as soon as I finish the book, but for some features I like to schedule them for each week and then ahead for multiple months. Great topic!
Rinn @ Rinn Reads said:
I’m pretty much like you – I get creative bursts and then nothing for a while. It’s coming back more often now though 🙂
And about the monthly round-up – this is where I find the Ultimate Book Blogger plug-in super useful. I can just use the shortcode and it makes a list of that month’s reviews and other posts. I tend to create that post a few weeks before it goes up, and just add books read as I’ve read them. Then there’s a few things I can’t really do until the month is over, but most of it is automatic 🙂
I’m rather haphazard with my blogging. I kinda just go with the flow and write about whatever I’m in the mood for, so I am essentially the OPPOSITE of a scheduler. I typically write posts in one sitting and publish it on the spot but because I’m leaving on vacation soon and don’t want to leave my blog totally empty, I have started scheduling lately and I can’t say I hate it. It makes me feel a lot more productive and falling into the habit of writing consistently and KNOWING which posts I have to write instead of just waiting for inspiration to strike me has actually left me feeling a lot happier with my blog. I never thought scheduling would work for me because there were certain instances where I tried it and it just didn’t pan out but I think I’ve finally come up with a method that really works and I am so happy. So now I’m writing a post a day to schedule for the time I’m away. I have enough space in between that I can still pop in another post I want to write on the fly or a personal post or something like that which is great just because even though I have started finding out about the greatness of scheduling, I still like an element of spontaneity when it comes to my blogging.
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