Hello there, lovely people! Today I have decided to write a discussion post because 1) I really enjoy doing these and 2) I don’t do them enough. So here we are… talking about my inability to stick to a posting schedule. Warning: there are no actual solutions in this posts, just a whole bunch of complaining and a few tips that might help a little.
Let me paint you a picture. I warn you… it is not a pretty one.
You have been blogging for a while and decide: I want to be more consistent with my posting. So you start scheduling. You schedule the night away. You find all the weekly memes, connect them to specific days of the week, and end up with a very optimistic but lovely schedule. Maybe you plan to do a post each day, maybe every other day, or less. However frequent it may be, you have got yourself a schedule. Now you are ready… ready to tell the world about it! So you do a post on it or make a page to squish into your menu bar. You are now fully committed. There is no way back from here. It’s all smooth sailing. Until life hits. And boy, does it hit you hard. How are you ever supposed to keep up with this? What do you do when life gets in the way? Are these posts actually the ones you want on your blog? Is this the content you want? Is it enough? IS IT WHAT THE BOOKISH PEOPLE WANT? Here you are. The schedule that was supposed to be all fun and helpful is biting you in the ass. Where to go from here?
Maybe it’s not that dramatic for everyone. Maybe you are one of those blogging wizards who makes an optimistic schedule and actually sticks to it. But I am here to talk to the ones who feel personally connected to the scenario above. Because I am one of you and it definitely is a real struggle.
I am guilty. Of making unrealistic schedules. Of announcing a new schedule and sticking to it for the impressive timespan of one week. Of being a very, very, very inconsistent blogger. It all started… well at the start. I made my first blogging schedule pretty soon after starting my blog. Since then I’ve changed it at least a million times. “Why?”. I am one of those people who looks at blogging wizards and thinks: I can do that too… I can totally post every day. Turns out I can’t. I just take an excessive amount of time on each post. Writing it and making the graphics takes ages. Then why don’t you just keep things simple and calm down with the graphics? Not a possibility because 1) I really enjoy making them and 2) I need things to look a certain way on my blog. So every time I decide to try being a wizard again, I put up a new schedule, and soon find myself being punched in the face by reality. It’s an ongoing battle. But even though I am not there yet, there will come a day when I find the perfect schedule for me. MARK MY WORDS!
If you find you relate to the things mentioned above, I have some tips for you.
- Even taking into account all the horrors mentioned above, I would still advice to at least have some kind of schedule. It offers some structure and gives readers something to rely on. So I wouldn’t recommend getting rid of a schedule at all together.
- Keep things minimal. Try to be honest with yourself. How many things do you currently post a week? Maybe you should just stick with that amount. For a while at least. You can always post extra things. Setting unrealistic goals will not help ya, so this is one of the few occasions where you should underestimate yourself.
- I wouldn’t recommend a strict schedule in terms of which things you post on specific days. It can feel very restricting. Give yourself the opportunity to just post whatever you feel like at the time of writing it.
- If you do want to join in on weekly memes (which are often on specific days) I would recommend only scheduling in a few of those, so you have room on your other regular posting days to just do whatever. This is something that has had a really positive influence on my blogging experience. Also, you could participate in my meme because it’s not tied to a specific day! *Shameless self-promotion over*
- If you want to post more frequently but don’t really have more time to dedicate to blogging, you can try to come up with posts that take less time to post. Something a little more simple like sharing a quote. This way you might be able to put together more posts in the same amount of time you would normally dedicate to blogging. However, don’t go overboard with this. Quality over quantity and stuff.
- Don’t beat yourself up if you have to deviate from your schedule once in a while. Allow yourself some room, especially when life gets busy. Don’t force yourself.
- Ask a blogging wizard for advice. This is as far as I can take you through your schedule journey. As mentioned, I am by no means satisfied with my consistency of posting (nor with my schedule). Therefore I’d recommend finding yourself a blogging wizard and interrogating them until they confess their secrets.