Why You Should Have A Blog Schedule [Blogging]

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There are many reasons to start a blog. Some people do it because they treat it as an online journal. Others do it because they want to share or promote their work. Other people treat it like a freelance writing business writing articles for themselves and others to educate others.

Whatever your reason, if you want to gain an active, steady audience, every blogger should have a schedule.

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Why Do I Need A Schedule?

For Your Audience

As stated before, if you want to gain a steady, active audience and you want the same people to keep coming back to read your stuff, you should have a blogging schedule. This allows your readers to see that you’re consistent, can meet deadlines, and have a lot of ideas to share. You’re in this for the long haul, people want to know that.

For Yourself

We’re all procrastinators at heart. If you set up a schedule for yourself and you know you have readers counting on your content, you’re more likely to get things done in a timely manner.

A Schedule For What?

An Admin Schedule

Pick a couple days a week, or just one day, for a certain amount of time to work on your blog. This includes writing posts, writing social media posts, responding to comments, reading and commenting on other blogs, and general maintenance of your blog.

Sure, you can just work on it whenever you feel like it, but I feel as though having a set time of day or set days to focus on your blog helps you stay consistent and get you in the mindset of blogging.

A Content Schedule

Brainstorming post ideas can really help. You’re rarely wracking your brain in front of the computer screen trying to decide what to write for tomorrow – or worse – today.

Having a planner works wonders for this. I use At A Glance. It’s minimum but it works well for me. Having a planner allows you to brainstorm your post ideas and assign them a certain day. It’ll help you when you’re writing your posts and you’ll know which posts to write first. Plus, you won’t forget them.

A Social Media Schedule

Promoting your posts on social media is a great way to give your blog some exposure. It’s not necessary, of course. However, if you’re going to do it, it’s great to come up a schedule based on your audience, stats, and the social media platform you’re using. Twitter and Instagram are vastly different.

I use Buffer to do all my scheduling for me. It’s fairly quick and really easy.

Do you keep a blogging schedule? What’s it look like? Let me know in the comments below! If you liked this post, please share it around.

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13 thoughts on “Why You Should Have A Blog Schedule [Blogging]

  1. I increased my blogging frequency and gave certain topics spacific dates to be posted about while catching up on producing my backlist of books in other formats. I did this on purpose to make sure I didn’t rely on book announcement posts for content. Once I’m caught up, I’ll be reducing my post frequency again.

    • That’s a good way of doing things. I assign features for certain days and have a monthly theme so I’m not wracking my brain for post ideas, lol.

      • I have a Wednesday slot that’s spacifically for writing related stuff, and a Friday slot that’s spacifically for my “Furkid Friday” posts every week. Then I’m currently doing some monthly features to make sure non-book related topics are posted about between the audio book announcements. As I said, when I’m caught up on audio book production, I’ll go back to the original plan, which was a random “anything goes” type post on Mondays, along with the Wednesday writing related posts, and Friday’s “Furkid Friday” posts.

  2. I basically blog whenever I have something new published, when someone’s published an interview with me, or to announce a book signing or reading. Occasionally I’ll blog other thoughts or personal updates, but these are rare.
    HOWEVER, this year I’m writing a weekly series on Medium called Dialogues: a Collection of Creative Conversations. So I have a new story to post there every week, and I have a new blog post about it to make on my website every week as well. It’s really increasing my content all around.
    I think this idea of scheduling works great when applying it to creative writing. Self-imposed deadlines for my dialogue-style short stories are really forcing me to make my art a reality. By the end of the year I’ll have a new short story collection out of this series, which I can then publish in book form. It’s turning out to be so effective that I’ll probably impose a deadline for finishing short stories for future collections, even if I don’t actually publish the stories on a blog or Medium. Instead, I’ll make it a goal to send a polished story to a magazine, review, journal, etc. on a monthly deadline.

    Thanks, Rachel! Very good advice for bloggers.

    • Yeah, we all have different ideas and views for our blogs I enjoy posting daily content with features on certain days, but I’ve seen plenty of other people post once a week or even just a handful of times a month. It’s all about what works best for you because, in the end, you don’t want to burn yourself out either.
      But it sounds like you have a great plan. Thanks for stopping by with your input. 🙂

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