Bookish Babble: To schedule or not to schedule? Planning your blog or not?

Posted August 22, 2014 by Bee in Memes & Features / 21 Comments

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To Schedule or Not To Schedule? Planning your blog or not?

That is the question, isn’t it? Some bloggers use a schedule and a calender and they use it religiously. If you’re not alone on a blog, you kind of have to make some sort of calendar and schedule but if you’re alone you don’t really need it. However, some like it better and they like to know what they have to do next and what posts are already scheduled. Some even make a schedule for what books they are reading next. But there are others that don’t blog very regularly and don’t use a schedule or they just don’t like using one. Both are perfectly fine! It’s your blog and you can do whatever you want with it.

I don’t have a reading schedule, but I do have a calendar for my posts and I keep track of the ARC’s I have and what the deadlines/release dates are. I made some printscreens to show you!

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This is my calendar in Windows Live. When a post is made and schedule I add DONE in the title so I know I don’t have to worry about it anymore. I also plan a few posts ahead but I usually shuffle around with most of them. A lot. Blog Tours are also immediately planned as soon as I have my post date!

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This is my list of ARC’s and R2R books. I sort them by their month and date of release and I add what it is (ARC/R2R/Blog Tour), where I got it and what day it releases or what day I have to post if it’s a blog tour. I also started adding the genres because otherwise I’d have to check Goodreads every time I check my list. And whenever I have read one of the books on this list and my review is scheduled, I add DONE to the title in my calendar and I remove it from the document.

This for me works very well. I like knowing what I still have to do and I like having a calendar on which I can check all of that!

Do you have a schedule of some sort or not?
Bee

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21 responses to “Bookish Babble: To schedule or not to schedule? Planning your blog or not?

  1. I have a schedule so that I’m not all over the place. I love it, because I know what I need to do, and I can tick things off as I go along. I use Google Calendar and colour code everything to show whether a post is finished, in progress, or just an idea. I’m very flexible though, and things often get moved around.

    I used to have a reading schedule but I found that I got into more reading slumps when I was going by it, and to me it wasn’t worth it. Now I read whatever I like, with special consideration when it comes to ARCs and their release dates 😀

    Amber @ Books of Amber recently posted: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  2. All throughout last year, I scheduled my posts. Like, as soon as I got ARCs I scheduled a potential review a few weeks before the release date and I was miserable. I felt like I was reading one crappy book after the other and it was honestly sucking out my enjoyment of books. This year, I decided not to schedule anything except for blog tours and I’m a much much happier reader. I find myself enjoying more books because I select them spontaneously. I do have a document like you do with all the ARCs listed according to the release month and I cross out ones I’ve already finished just for the sake of not forgetting what review books I got. It’s actually very useful. But you’re right. It really depends on the individual if they want to schedule or not.
    Great post! 🙂

    Nick @ Nick's Book Blog recently posted: Book Haul & Weekly Recap #68
  3. I personally use my gmail account, but through Microsoft Outlook for keep track of blog tours I requested, reviews that I agreed to do and such. The problem is that since I have a co-blogger, we also have a shared gmail calendar in order to keep track of things we both should know.

    Besides that, we use the WP calendar, like Jeann said, it’s easy to look at a glance what’s scheduled for the week and to move things around.

    Almost all of your posts are scheduled in advance and at a minimum, we know what will be published for the week.

    You are a lot more organized that I am! I think I will try your idea about ARCs to review in a month. I just put them in Goodreads shelves to know what books I want to read in a particular month. Great post!

    Liza @ Reading with ABC recently posted: Review: The 100 by Kass Morgan
  4. It’s awesome that you’ve found something that works for you, but I could never do this! I actually tried it for a while and I quickly realized that it made me felt like I had a job to do. It was starting to suck out the fun.

    I don’t worry about whether or not my ARCs get read. That doesn’t mean I have a ton of unread ARCs (my NetGalley percentage is 90.8%, which is pretty good). But if I don’t get around to a book, I don’t worry about it.

    I’m a HUGE mood reader. I read ARCs out of order, I read them 6 months early, I read them 3 months late, etc. I just read whatever I want, whenever I feel like it. I think that’s just the only way I can blog.

    I do use Editorial Calendar for scheduling posts though. It makes it a lot easier to see how my posts are laid out. And the one thing I do keep track of are blog tours. As soon as I get scheduled for a tour I create a draft blog post on the day in WordPress. That’s all I really need to remind me to read the book.

    • I’m just quite a perfectionist when it comes to my blog and I really need this calendar and stuff, just for me. I easily forget otherwise. I’ve a form of blogger’s OCD.

      I feel bad when I don’t get to read an ARC so I try to read all of them. That’s just my insecure self who thinks publishers will hate me if I don’t read the book I requested in the first place.

      That’s kind of the main reason I use my calendar too. 🙂 Just to see which posts I have coming up, which I still have to make and which ones are already done. 🙂

  5. See, sometimes if I’m bored and don’t have a lot on, I’ll write a bunch of posts and become a blogging superwoman with a schedule all ready to go. But . . . that’s rare, and most of my time I’m a ‘fly by the seat of my pants’ girl. Scheduling just isn’t the way I tend to do things, or the way I tend to enjoy doing things. It’s a little TOO organised for me, in a way (which is weird, I know)

    Allie @ Little Birdie recently posted: Review: How It Ends {Laura Wiess}
  6. That’s a smart idea using your calender. I have a calendar on my laptop but I don’t generally use it for blogging. I bought a planner for that… A planner that I added stuff to and then either pushed posts back or didn’t do them at all.

    I need to get better at that. Haha.

    I’m a solo blogger. I like the idea of having specific posts for specifics days though. I like to post every day. I even double up on (every other) Monday and Wednesdays. I do four memes (Sunday-Wednesday) as well as three, going on four features mixed in. As well as a review or two thrown in. 🙂

    I like Pretty Little Liars too. By the way, I’m so excited to see what you think of The Perfectionists. I definitely want to give the series a try. 🙂

    Amber @ YA Indulgences recently posted: Amber’s Rambles: When Books Disappoint

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