Today I’m back with another post in my Beginner Blogger series; you can read my other posts in this series here. I want to talk about scheduling and planning blogposts today. I always get questions on how I plan my posts and on my blog schedule so I thought it’d be easier to compile my information into one post so it’ll hopefully help a few people who have the same questions.
MAKING A BLOG SCHEDULE;
I think it’s always good to have a schedule – so YOU know when you need to post and so your readers know when you’re going to post as well. First of all, you need to determine how many times you want to post in a week, I (try to) stick with one because it’s easier for me, personally. You should really make use out of your stats and see what day and time you usually get the most views and make that your posting time. If you’re completely new to the blogging game and your stats are constantly changing then go for a day that’s convenient for you. I kind of combined the time I get the most views and the day that was most convenient for me which resulted in 6pm on a Wednesday becoming the time I post.
If you don’t have a notebook dedicated to blogging then get one because it’s useful – you can jot down any ideas you have, that’s something I do all the time and also, it’ll help you plan out your posts. Sometimes I just open up a draft on my WordPress and quickly just type out the name of the blogpost I have in my mind so I don’t forget.
I start off writing down the dates I want to release a blogpost.
Then I look at the list of blogpost ideas I have wrote down, these are usually sprawled across different pages over two notebooks, I write down a list of the posts that are more likely to be ready to type up and post.
Then I sort and assign blogposts so the dates I had wrote previously. I colour code my posts based on what genre they are (that’s just me being extra) but I do this so I don’t post too many similar blogposts all at once.
I then usually mind map or bullet point and plan what exactly I’m going to talk about in the post; if it’s a review or a week in my life, I would have already been writing my thoughts as I’ve been going along just to make it easier for myself.
If I’ve planned beforehand or if I know exactly what I’m going to talk about then I can deliver a blogpost within a couple of hours which I usually do whenever I’m free. I chose Wednesday as my posting day because I usually have Wednesday’s off from uni so I can always finish off my blogpost during the day.
I am one of those people who can’t write the blogpost without having taken the pictures first, I don’t know if that’s just me but I always have to take the pictures first, so I take the pictures, I usually edit one of them so that it can be my featured image for the blogpost. I have a list of pictures that I know I need to take for the blogpost and then I always take one to be the main ‘thumbnail’ for the blogpost and that’s the one I use to promote that blogpost on my social media sites too!
Then I type up my blogpost using my plan and the images I’ve taken to create exactly what I’m imagining in my head come to life on the screen.
I always sort my posts into categories and I tag accordingly and then I sometimes schedule my posts to be posted at 6pm or I just publish them immediately.
So that’s all for this post, I hope you enjoyed reading it and that it was helpful to you! Follow my blog for more posts like this and be sure to follow me on my social media sites to stay up to date!! Thank you for reading!!