Secrets to Blogging Success: How to Schedule Ahead

Running a blog can be a struggle.  There’s so much to do, from writing content to taking pictures to commenting around to handling social media.  Here are some of our strategies to keep everything on track.

Pick a schedule and stick to it.

Our general schedule is to post reviews on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.  We used to do memes like Top Ten Tuesday when we first started out, but have since stopped, leaving room for other days to have discussion posts and recommendation lists, or more reviews if we have them.  Having this schedule means we don’t have to spend time figuring out how or when to post.  We simply fill in the dates with posts as we write them.

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Fill in the most important dates.

To make it easier to stay ahead, however, we don’t typically fill in the schedule one week at a time.  Instead, we schedule weeks ahead.  For instance, we might fill in all the Mondays and Thursdays with reviews first.  If we have a several discussions ready, we’ll start filling in all the Tuesdays.  This has two advantages.  The first is that, should we find ourselves unable to post for awhile, we have content scheduled to go up for weeks, not just one week.  The second is that this leaves us room to add in time-sensitive posts.  We can fill in empty days with reviews for new releases, ARC reviews that need to be posted at a certain time, etc.

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Look ahead to events and holidays.

When we know we want to do an event (such as our celebrations of L. M. Montgomery and William Shakespeare) or recognize a season or holiday, we save posts for those events.  For instance, we typically feature reviews of spooky stories in October.  However, we don’t read all those books at once.  Instead, if we read a spooky book a few months in advance, we just schedule the review for October.  Then, we don’t have to rush to find and read ghost stories suddenly when fall comes around.

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Keep running lists.

Sometimes Briana and I have ideas about lists of recommendations we could post, such as YA books featuring male protagonists or YA books with little to no romance.  However, we may not have ten titles to recommend at the time we have the idea.  So we create a draft and add titles to it as we read them.

What are some of your strategies for success?

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27 thoughts on “Secrets to Blogging Success: How to Schedule Ahead

  1. Eustacia | Eustea Reads says:

    I don’t have a schedule (although I should!) but I do try to plan my posts out a week in advance. I also find it helpful to write my reviews once I’ve finished reading instead of writing them on the day I intend to post them so that it’s a lot easier to get a post published even if I don’t have much free time that day.

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  2. Book Admirer says:

    I love these ideas. I am finding that scheduling a week ahead is not working because inevitably there is a week that I get super busy and then fall behind. I like the idea of scheduling weeks ahead on the days that you know what that will be. I think I am going to do that now. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Krysta says:

      Yeah, scheduling far ahead works well for me because just getting sick can lose you a week or more! I like having that kind of safety net available for whatever life throws.

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  3. Gerry@TheBookNookUK says:

    These are wise words and I’ve tried to stick to a schedule myself which has had varying degrees of success. I looked a quarter ahead but realised doing three months in advance was too much but doing a week in advance was not enough so now I try and aim for a month in advance. Sometimes this doesn’t quite work out and I’ve often written a post the day I’m ‘supposed’ to have posted but I find that quite stressful.

    I enjoy hearing how other people achieve their targets and run their blogs and I do like scheduling and think it’s the way to go. I’m finding I’m learning through trial and error at the moment, often lots and lots of error!

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  4. Grab the Lapels says:

    Your ideas here remind me to think ahead more. I almost never do holiday or season-related posts, but when I do (such as my “I’m not thankful” Thanksgiving post last year), I end up writing the material the same day!

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  5. Winged Cynic says:

    This is a post I didn’t know I needed! I’m very fiddly with my review that even after I finish them, I keep going back to edit them, so I find it hard to schedule stuff on time. These are great tips, especially about scheduling weeks ahead of time; I may have to try that strategy as I keep getting behind. 😛 Fantastic post!

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  6. Sammie @ The Writerly Way says:

    I feel like this post was written just for me. It was, wasn’t it? You need to stop reading my mind before you find something that scares you. xD I’ve been so hesitant to use the scheduler because I have this weird paranoia that somehow the computer, which is clearly way more capable than I am, is going to mess things up. I’ve only just (read: this week) started actually using the scheduler. So this post is sooo helpful.

    I feel so silly saying this, but I never even considered using the scheduler to put ARC reviews in a slot around their release and not have to worry about it. That seems like a huge oversight on my part (and it probably is), but wow, that seems so much easier than trying to remember all the dates on my calendar. So many great tips! I’m going to try to work to implement these. Thanks. 🙂

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    • Krysta says:

      I’m always worried WordPress will lose my posts. I used to save copies and I should start doing that again! However, it’s been eight years and nothing terrible has happened so far, so I guess there’s that.

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  7. Ally Writes Things says:

    This is such a great post! Keeping a running list is SO USEFUL! I have so many ideas, but only one or two books to talk about, so I just jot those down and add when I read more books. But it’s so useful in not forgetting the topic or books I already have

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  8. Kelly | Another Book in the Wall says:

    What a helpful guideline to creating a blogging schedule! I used to have a schedule that worked quite well for me – reviews on Tuesday and Thursdays, with memes/discussions/recommendation posts on M/W/F. Looking ahead to certain holidays and events and planning in advance for them is a great bit of advice! I wish I had done this a year ago, when I tried to write many Halloween-related posts, but found I hadn’t planned accordingly. Haha!

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