Yesterday I spoke about how having a fashion uniform is actually a good thing. Today I want to discuss how I find scheduling my blog posts ahead of time keeps me organized and gives me a frame to work within each day.
As you can probably tell by now, I am a very scheduled person. On days I have “nothing to do” I am lost and I find those days to be almost unbearable! I like knowing what I have ahead of me from one moment to the next. Feel free to call me boring and unspontaneous This is a non issue for me because when I have no clue as to what my day entails, more often than not I end up spending way too much time surfing the net or watching tv, and if that isn’t boring and unspontaneous I don’t know what is!
My general blogging weekly schedule is as follows:
- Monday: Blog brain storm. Write as many posts for the week as possible.
- Tuesday: Finish weekly posts. Get ready for video shoot or crafts on Wednesday.
- Wednesday: Shoot video and/or craft.
- Thursday: Write Friday, Saturday, and Sunday posts.
- Friday: Blogging day off. Too busy getting ready for the weekend.
I have found this schedule really works for me. I like to have as many posts prewritten as possible because life is often unexpectedly crazy and you never know when the schedule will change. Like I said, this is a basic schedule, but by no means one set in stone.
|Here is my actual blog calendar. You can see Ariella’s scribbles on the right!|
As for how I create my blog post calendar, I have this spiral bound notebook with the months and weeks in it. I find writing my post ideas in pencil on certain days to be very beneficial. For the most part I try to stick to one fashion post, one cooking post, one crafting post, the Friday link round-up and link party, and something “deep” on Sundays. It doesn’t always happen this perfectly, but it keeps me from having a whole week of food posts or fashion posts.
I sit down on Mondays and brain storm different blog ideas. Or sometimes I will just come up with a great idea while I am on the computer. Sometimes it comes to me in the shower, or running, or while doing errands. I keep a notebook with me and I write the ideas down, then later I will put those ideas on my calender. Not all ideas make it. Some end up being stupid, or too difficult, or just plain boring. But the ones that do make it are usually thought up a few weeks in advance. At least that is my goal.
|This is my very messy and unglamorous desk. It is also where the magic happens.|
I don’t always keep a perfect schedule. To be honest the past few weeks have been brutal because the kids have been at home at least one day a week, which really throws me off. I have to get five days worth of work into four days, and when you are already working at max capacity, it get a little harried around here! This is my first five day week in over two months, which I am very excited about.
So that is how I try and keep a blog calendar. It just got too difficult to try and come up with something every day, so right now this routine is really working for me. For those of you with blogs, how do you keep coming up with new material? Do you also have a schedule or do you wing it? What works for you?