How to Find a Rockin’ Blog Schedule that Works

Posted August 1, 2013 by Amanda Shofner in Blogging / 9 Comments

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I love blog schedules. And yes, I’m totally one of those people—the ones who thrive on routine. But you can do this too, and I’m going to break this down and show you how to find a rockin’ blog schedule that works for you.

But first, remember that blog schedules are never set in stone. If you need to scale back, scale back. If you have more to post, post more. The trick is to find what works for you because if it doesn’t work for you, it’s not worth keeping.

And when you find your sweet spot, stick with it.

1. Decide what types of posts you’ll be writing

Why? The blog post types you choose to feature on your blog will determine how much time and effort you put into your blog.

While you’re never locked into specific types, you’ll probably naturally gravitate toward a few. If you don’t know, check out other blogs. What are they doing? Know what you like: you want to write the posts you’d want to read.

You can even go deeper and map out features or topics you want to cover. Narrowing your focus can help you spend less time choosing what to write about. It’s easier for me to answer “What are common myths people believe about editing?” than “What do I write about now?” for example.

Amanda’s tip: keep it simple and focused.

2. Determine how long it takes to write posts

If it takes you two hours to complete a post, you’ll be able to produce fewer posts than someone who finishes their posts in an hour. Knowing your creation and writing process is key when you start to devote time to blogging.

Don’t sacrifice quality for speed. If it takes you two hours to write a post, make it the best damn post you can rather than slapping something together in a hour.

Amanda’s tip: schedule time into your week to write blog posts.

3. Get honest about how much time you have for blogging

Simply put: if you don’t have a lot of time, you shouldn’t set a busy blog schedule. You’ll burn out faster than you can say, “I’m so overwhelmed!”

Keeping a consistent blog schedule requires time and effort. If you don’t know how much time you have—and how much time you need to create quality posts—sit down and figure it out.

The easiest way to do this? Look at a weekly planner and cross off time blocks for everything you’re already committed to. What’s leftover is your free time for everything. Your blogging time will only fill a small portion of that free time. (And always assume blogging will take you longer than you think.)

If you don’t have a lot of time, it’s okay. Posting quality content when you can is better than churning out mediocre content.

Amanda’s tip: don’t be afraid to write when the urge strikes.

4. Factor everything together and create a blog schedule

Once you know how long it takes you to write posts and how much time you have for blogging, it’s time to put that into a schedule. Will you post bi-weekly? Weekly? More?

Amanda’s tip: get ahead when you can—because you want cushion for when life happens. (And it does.)

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9 responses to “How to Find a Rockin’ Blog Schedule that Works

  1. Definitely sending this guide to some newbie bloggers I know! Great advice and I like that you really stress that it’s flexible. Why and how much we blog changes so often over time, it’s good to know not to worry about it and reevaluate when needed.

    • Woot.

      Yeah. As I shared in my newsletter this morning, I’ve changed my schedule (both in terms of when I post and how often) before, and I think it’s perfectly OKAY to do it. Getting ourselves stuck in a schedule that isn’t working for us is only going to make us crazy.

      And there are plenty of other, better reasons to go crazy.

  2. I especially love the last tip about getting ahead. That is something I need to do.

    I have to say up until this year I did not have any sort of editorial calendar I just sort of would wing it, because of that I had issues with consistency and quality. Since starting the editorial calendar it is easy for me to get it up and out and I haven’t missed a week!

    • I feel safer and less overwhelmed when I have a buffer of a couple weeks. If work gets busy, I don’t have to worry about adding a blog post to the mix.

      I’ve always had an editorial calendar for my book blog because I knew going into it that I’d have a lot of posts every week to deal with. When I started my business blog, I didn’t think it was necessary because I was only posting every other week. I was WRONG.

      No matter how often you post, editorial calendars are GOLD.

  3. I have a schedule for when my posts go up, and I also like being at least a month ahead. I find that it really relieves any stress of having to post things last minute. I was in a slump for a while and fell really behind, so starting up with this really did help 🙂 Thanks for sharing with everyone!

  4. I have schedule. I will stick to my original schedule of two times in a week. I hope I do not get turns of Letter asking what happen? Some times the pressure comes from the outside. I will close my eye and do what is good for my blog

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