Before I get into today’s post, I’d just like to thank you all for being patient with me while I took a short break from blogging. If you follow me on Twitter, you may know that I decided to take a few days off because I was feeling pretty drained. Sometimes your brain just needs a moment to unwind before it can start functioning properly again. It’s been a while since I’ve had one of those, so it was nice to give myself one.
Anyways, now that I refreshed and recharged, I want to take a moment to share some exciting news! Today has been pretty significant for me because I did something I’ve been telling myself that I would do for months: I sat down and figured out a consistent blogging schedule. I’m honestly so relieved to have finally done this because I’ve wanted to develop some consistency on my blog for quite some time.
In the last several months, I’ve definitely become the type of person who likes schedules and planning. I like making to-do lists, jotting things down in my planner, and having a general idea of what I’m going to be doing and when I’m going to be doing it. This transition has occurred in basically all the areas of my life except my blog, which has frustrated me to no end. And now that I’ve decided on a blogging schedule, I want to share exactly when I’ll be posting along with the things I considered when I made this decision.
As I said, I really had a difficult time working out a blogging schedule that would be a good fit for me. When I first starting blogging, I put up a few posts randomly throughout the week. Obviously this is a perfectly good strategy because it gives you the flexibility to post when you have the time. For most of us, blogging isn’t a full-time job. We have other life commitments to deal with and never know when something unexpected could pop up and surprise us. Plus, no one really wants to create a set schedule only to not stick with it. That was one thing I was particularly concerned with when I started to consider adopting a blogging schedule. I didn’t want to claim to do something if I wasn’t going to be able to follow through with it.
But then this year, I decided to become a bit more methodical and bought myself a planner. This really helped me learn to not only budget my time, but make the time to do things that I wanted, including blogging. (If you’re looking for a way to get overall more organized, I definitely recommend picking up a planner. I wrote a post about planners if you want to check it out.)
Anyways, using my planner made me realize how much I enjoy having a set schedule, so I decided I was going to develop one on my blog. I figured it would be easier for me to know when I need to write. Plus, I could tailor it to whatever I had going on in my life. If I was really busy for a period of time, I could scale back to only a few posts a week. Likewise, during lighter months, I could post more routinely. Overall, I just really liked the idea of having a reliable schedule. Even if it has to change every few months, it seemed like something I wanted.
So, whenever I posted these past couple of months, I started thinking about what felt both natural and doable. I realized that developing a consistent posting schedule is all about being honest with yourself about what you can do. It’s important to think about how realistic your ideal posting schedule is and not to overextend yourself. It’s better to have something that you know you’ll be able to stick with rather than claim to do something that you actually can’t.
Once you’ve tested out different schedules, it becomes pretty apparent what you can and can’t handle. For me, at this current moment, I know that the best schedule for me is to publish on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. I realize this seems like a big drop, especially since my schedule has been every other day for a while now, but it’s definitely a necessity. I’ve got a lot going on in my life at the moment and I don’t think it’s possible for me to keep up with that schedule.
And even if it was, I know the content I would be publishing wouldn’t be high-quality. Given the choice of fewer, better quality posts or more frequent, rushed pieces, I’d pick the former every time. I don’t want to put up content that I’m not 100% satisfied with and if I kept my current schedule, I know that would end up being the case.
You can expect posts up around 5 p.m. EST. Right now, my thought process is that Tuesday and Thursday posts will be more structured posts, while Sunday posts will be more casual and informal. I’ve never really been one to consistently plan and schedule my blog posts, but in light of these life changes, I don’t have much of a choice. Tuesday and Thursday posts will be pre-written and scheduled, whereas Sundays will be my spur-of-the-moment posts.
I generally prefer to write and immediately publish, so this will be a big change for me. My hope is that the spontaneity of the Sunday posts mixed with the scheduled Tuesday and Thursday posts will give me a nice in-between. Of course, since Sundays won’t be pre-written, I can’t guarantee that they’ll always be up. Chances are there’ll be weeks when Tuesdays and Thursdays are my only post days. I’ll try to keep you all updated on social media as best as possible.
I’m not sure how everything’s going to play out yet, but I’m very excited to see where it goes. This is something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time and I’m so happy to have finally settled on a schedule. I hope you all will like seeing more consistency from me. I think this will make it a lot easier for me to plan out future posts and change up my content. I don’t know what my schedule will look like two, three, or four months from now, but currently this is what is doable for me. Hopefully once I adjust to the bigger changes going on in my life, I’ll have more time to blog.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, and my blog in general. I really appreciate it.
Do you have a blogging schedule?