This has probably been my most anticipated post. Every time I say "I'm scheduled up until..." I get so many responses. I've been told I'm superwoman (thank you by the way), that I'm amazing, when honestly I just love to plan. Sure I'm scheduled two months in advance, usually, so it's actually December while I write this, but that doesn't mean I am some super freak who knows everything there is about blogging. I just know life can throw curveballs so I like to be prepared.
Scheduling has saved me so many times. If you've read this post, then you know anything can happen and not posting on my blog (even though I know you'll be there and this will end eventually[hopefully when I am old]) is not something I want to stop.
With the response I kept getting I decided to write a post dedicated to what I do, how I do it, with worksheets to help you get into the planning mindset.
Step One: Figure out your posting schedule
I post for three different blogs on the same website. Thank you squarespace. Reads; gets posts every sunday, and whatever date Jenny gives me for the Tour's I do. Lives; is every other friday and Writes is every other wednesday on the opposite weeks to Lives. It's a pretty simple schedule and my planning sheets usually look like this;
Step Two: Find Your Blog Post Ideas
Ideas for posts are key to this. I have a note on evernote filled with ideas for my blog, although I still always look for more, and always need more. Keeping a list of all the ideas you get is a great way to overcome writers block.
Step Three: Write Titles On The Calendar
I only write my titles on the calendar because it's just a quick reminder of what I am writing about. I tend to do two month blocks so I'll use two calendar months and plan. Once I have two months planned I move onto step four
Step Four: Plan out the blog post
I use a blog post planner to allow myself some more information on the blog post I'm writing. I jot down the title, publish date, main points or sections that I am writing about, any ideas I have that come off of this post, and give myself a little to do list.
Step Five: Write up the posts
On my scheduled writing days I make sure I have enough time to do everything. I work full time so I tend to write up my to-do list in the morning which will consist of 4-5 blog posts I want to write or 3 and two other items I need to address and then go to work. I try not to give myself too much to do as I only write between 6pm-9pm on Tuesday evenings for the blog.
Step Six: Return to step four
That is it. My simple 5 step process for scheduling my blog. I plan out two months and then write them up, schedule them and start again. It means if I never need a little break (like I took back in December) then I never miss a beat with my readers.
How do you schedule your posts? Let me know in the comments!