Hey everyone! It’s April and so, it’s time for BookEnding Spring hosted by Sam @FictionallySam and Clo@BookDragons. You can check out the announcement post over here.
I am delighted to be chosen as one of the hosts and this is my second prompt: Pre-scheduling and organising your Blog ft. Mood Blogging
I personally find that the best way to stay on top of things and to manage your blog properly is to pre-schedule posts.
Pre-scheduling helps me mainly for these three reasons:
- In case I have a blogging slump
- In case something comes up in real life
- In case something happens to my laptop
I am a perfectionist and I like to be prepared for every possible condition perfectly so pre-scheduling is the thing that soothes me and comforts me the most.
Mostly, I like to be scheduled a week ahead but as you all know, it is not easy to schedule that far ahead for me as I have many other things going on in my life such as school and college applications and SAT…
So, this is what I usually do when trying to pre-schedule things on my blog:
- Make a General Format earlier
- Followed by making the banner to give me a break
- Lastly, I fill in up slowly and steadily as and when I have time
So, I don’t get bored just sitting and writing the post but instead keep on switching things up to keep them interesting!
Another thing that helps me pre-schedule is having a calendar to manage what is being posted and when… Looking at everything in a single colour-coded spreadsheet really helps me decide what I need to work on and when.
ORGANISING MY BLOG
Honestly, the most important thing is to have a nicely organised blog so that it is easy to search for anything you’ve previously done and can view things based on certain characteristics.
This can be done using Categories and Tags.
Categories are broad and help tell the main theme of your posts. You can easily use these to search for many posts of the same types and are extremely useful!
Tags are smaller and less broad and talk about the more individualistic things in your posts! They could include the ratings for book reviews, etc.
Using these two together, it is easy to divide your posts and is easy to search for different types of posts using them. It is also especially beneficial for your viewers in regards to searching for different posts on your blog.
I have to admit that I am a very moody person who is indecisive and is very often not satisfied with what she has already done.
I keep changing small things in my posts and hence, often get bored of writing new posts and go into a blogging slump.
On the other hand, there are days when I think I have perfected how to write a type of posts and I keep writing up many of those, enough to schedule them for 2 or 3 months ahead.
Hence, you can see the differences between my two extreme moos but if I just let nature run its course, it wouldn’t work out so well for me so, what do I do about it?
A. Take BREAKS From Writing Posts
I have seen that when I begin to write too many posts at a time, I get bored and feel unmotivated to write the next time, os I try to write a maximum of 2 posts in a day in case I have a lot of time but usually tend to restrict myself to 1.
B. Find a Great Community to Support You
I had a really major no-motivation period in November and December and was about to quit blogging but that was when I found an amazing bloggers Community, New Bloggers, which is a discord group creating by the amazing Avilanah and that is what got me back into blogging!
I love to have posts ready for each and every ‘in case’ situation and well, those posts really help when you are feeling unmotivated to write more. Seeing those posts published and seeing the amazing likes and comments makes you happy and wanting to write more.
So that is it for today. That’s how I manage and organize everything on my blog. It’s always great to know more tips so tell me how you deal with it in the comments down below! I’ll be waiting to hear from you all!