Should bloggers have a schedule?

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I'm shit at scheduling. 

Well that's not entirely true. I'm great at scheduling but shit at following them.

When I started blogging over a year ago I was so organised. I would post every 2nd day without fail. I didn't really care what the post consisted of. A post is a post right? ...pfffff

When I receive review copies (hard copy or digital) the first thing I do is look for the publication date and make a note of it in my Google calendar. I usually try and get the book read and review up within a week either side of the publication date. Does this always happen? Hell no.

I used to read a lot of blogger tips that suggested that to be a "successful" blogger you need to have a schedule and post at the same times and days every week. I use the word successful very lightly as its relative to each person. 

I found that I was valuing quantity over quality. You can only continue like that for so long before you start to get bored and if you're bored then your readers will probably find what you're writing boring.

There are quite a number of blogs that I follow closely but I probably wouldn't notice if they posted less frequently. Would I unsubscribe? No not as long as the quality remained the same

Take a look at some well known blogs like Hyperbole and a Half or 27/b. Do they stick to a schedule? Nope. They post when they have content that's worth posting. 

Over the past few months I stopped worrying about posting religiously and a funny thing happened. I actually started getting more views. It seems when I post when I feel like it that spontaneity and passion comes through in the writing. Likewise when I'm posing something just because I feel I should it remains, on the whole, ignored.

This experience has led to me wondering what opinions others hold on the subject.

Do you stick to a strict schedule? 
If yes do you ever get bored or tired ?
If no do you feel guilty about not posting regularly?



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15 comments:

  1. I like to post at least 2-3 times a week. I think that is necessary for new blogs to get recognized by search engines. But quality really is best! I've started to go back and improve some earlier posts to give them more substance.

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    1. I think the key word in your comment is "like". If you get the inspiration to post 3 times a week then that is awesome. I also like the idea of re vamping old posts! I might just do that :)

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  2. I schedule in advance but have no strict plan. Reviews go up when I'm ready and I don't over obsess about publication dates. I've had weeks with no posts and I'm a-ok with that. I love blogging but I love other things too so if I need a break, I take it.

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one who misses publication dates :D

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  3. That makes me feel better :) I try to post every day but it is getting harder… I'm no good at pre-scheduling posts - where to find the time to write up those posts arrgh. Anyway, as long as you continue to post, even once a week, and interesting stuff, that's whats counts. I try not to commit to publication dates, because that would cause me too much stress.

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    1. I don't know how people can post everyday! I might be able to if I didn't work but most people at home have kids to look after house stuff to do too so it's not like they have infinite free time either! I really admire people who can put out good content everyday. I just couldn't do it!

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  4. I only have 1 scheduled post and pre established dates for reviews. Do I always have a review written? Hell no xD I only write them when the mood strikes so if a few fays/weeks go by and I still haven't written a review then so be it.

    Schedules are boring and the pressure makes it feel like it's a chore and blogging should never be a chore.

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  5. I have a schedule but more on what I'm going to read. I've skipped blitzes and cover reveals and prefer reviews and pleasure reads. Having a schedule helps esp when you're getting books from publishers, helps control that pesky TBR

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  6. I have a posting schedule, and it keeps me sane. Each day (Monday through Sunday) has a topic. But I reserve the right not to blog on a day if I don't have anything worthwhile to say or to change it up (I mean it is my blog, right?). You're right, though, it's quality over quantity - that's what keeps readers coming back.

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  7. There are a couple of memes that I try and follow (two on Mondays, one on Wednesday, and one on Sunday). If I do those, I suppose that imposes a sort of schedule on me but I don't always manage to contribute. The rest of it is all seat of my pants and it seems to work fine for me.

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  8. I think a certain schedule can be helpful but it needs to be flexible too. There are certain posts we do on a specific day of the week for example. That helps us remember it needs to be done. But if we have to skip a week, well, we do!

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  9. I do have a certain schedule. I always post my review on Thursday and always have the Sunday post lined up. But now that I'm all by myself because my co-blogger had to leave me I'm trying to fill in as many gaps as I can which means I'm trying to schedule a lot in my google calendar but it's not at all useful seeing as I hardly keep up with it.

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  10. I think it should remain fun as that's the most important thing about blogging. I try to post a few times a day, but I'm writing stories in between the reviews and I haven't been blogging for a very long time. It's true, quality is the most important thing and you should do what works for you. I wouldn't like it to be on a strict schedule, that would ruin my fun in reading and writing, but I can imagine that when there are certain reviews you have to write around a certain date it could be handy. Still you can be flexible right? It's nice that there are various kinds of blogs.

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  11. The only thing I schedule is blog tours just to make sure that I don't miss the date. But everything else is kinda random. I used to keep an organizer in the beginning of the year but that lasted for about a week lol

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  12. I post daily but I know what you mean about passion and spontaneity. I need to bring more of that in. Since I have two of my local girlfriend's doing reviews with me as well I don't have all the content coming from just me any more and I think that helps. I do plan to bring more of my quirk into the works again. I've been burnt lately but I really must do more fun stuff I think.

    I like regularly posting but I don't mind letting days slide here and there.

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