Hey there! Welcome back to Let’s Talk Bookish. Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, hosted by me @ Eternity Books & Dani @ Literary Lion, where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.
Today’s topic is: Blog scheduling (suggested by Heran @ Be Frisky)
Thank you so much, Heran, for suggesting this topic! I’m not even sure what I’m going to talk about, because my schedule is not even really a schedule, but here we go!
So…what do I want my schedule to ideally be?
Well, I’d ideally post on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Mondays would be a review and Wednesdays would be whatever creative post idea I have. Fridays are obviously LTB days.
Do I actually do this?
Nope. Not at all.
My problem is that I am a master procrastinator. I always always wait until the day of the post to write it. I mean, it’s currently 10:51 AM on Friday and here I am drafting this for the first time.
It’s just so hard for me to draft posts ahead of time because my wonderful brain is like: you still have time! It’s not going to post until Monday! Enjoy your weekend and do other stuff…Monday comes and I’m stressed and rushing to finish the post.
It’s TERRIBLE. I know. But I can’t help it. I procrastinate everything that I can possibly procrastinate. Writing posts, essays, assignments, everything! And the funny thing is that 99% of the time, it turns out okay. So I just continue to procrastinate.
But this post isn’t about procrastination, so back to schedules.
Do I think posting on a schedule is more or less stressful?
I think that posting on a schedule is a wonderful thing that reduces stress. If you know what you’re going to post today, and tomorrow, and that Monday 3 weeks from now, that’s amazing. It helps you have a routine and for me, that’s definitely a lot less stressful.
But sometimes it starts feeling stale. That was my issue with my previous schedule where I posted Monday through Friday.
Monday was book reviews. Tuesday was Top Ten Tuesday. Wednesday was WWW Wednesday. Thursday was book tags. Friday was LTB.
It was boring, it was too much, and it sucked the fun out of blogging for me.
After my May hiatus, I came back feeling refreshed and I’ve just been blogging randomly these past two months. Sometimes three times a week, sometimes just twice, sometimes just an LTB. Probably always never on the same day or time.
I started putting more time and effort into the posts that I write instead of just doing easy memes that I can finish drafting in about half an hour.
Now I spend 2 to 3 hours on my creative posts and I’m enjoying the feedback and discussions on those more than I ever did with memes. except LTB; it’s the only meme i still do and i love it!! duh rukky, you started this meme
I’ve stopped forcing myself to post by 8 AM everyday, and instead taking the time to really write my thoughts even if the posts are technically “late”. More often than not, I post at noon or 11 AM or 10. and now I can actually sleep in the morning lol. I’ve realized that there’s nothing wrong with that.
Is this aiding my procrastination habits? Definitely.
Do I regret it sometimes? Yeah, more often than not. Especially since I haven’t really done a reading update in like forever.
But do I think that this non-set-but-very-set schedule works for me? Yes. It really does and I much prefer it to what I used to do before.
Schedules only work if they are perfectly tailored to you. Only if they are tailored to your habits and to your likes and dislikes. You can’t force yourself to post on a schedule that you don’t like because that’s just you punishing yourself. You don’t have to post everyday or follow a schedule you don’t like to make your followers and readers stay engaged with your blog. I’m following some people who haven’t posted in a year! Or who haven’t posted in months.
But, I’m still here waiting because I know that I will probably love whatever they post whenever they come back and post it.
So, if your schedule isn’t working for you, don’t be afraid to ditch it and try something new. There’s a very very very high chance that it’ll do wonders for you and your blog.
This Week’s Participants:
Dani @ Literary Lion | Rian @ Dogs and Books | Krisha @ Krisha’s Cozy Corner | Abby @ Beyond the Read | Evelyn @ Evelyn Reads | M.T. @ The Last Book on the Left | Jane @ Blogger Books | Aria @ Book Nook Bits
I find it incredibly hilarious how I start out a post with no idea what I want to talk about, and then I end up writing a pretty decent discussion.
Do you post on a schedule? Are you a master procrastinator? How do you deal with it? Do you like writing posts on a set schedule or just posting whenever you finish drafting? Chat with me in the comments below!