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.)