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Do you keep a schedule for your blog?

I have a question for you.

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I haven’t been around for a while. If you’ve seen me, it was probably just for a few minutes. I just could keep myself focused on blogging. I have been trying to figure out how to deal with all the various projects.

The reason I’m writing today, and the reason I’m ready to publish my first blog post in a while, is that I finally feel that I have some sort of control, and I have a solution – but I still want you to answer my question.

I’ve written about this before; how do you focus on blogging, when you just don’t have the time?Β It’s difficult, in fact, it’s the hardest thing I’ve been doing when it comes to business. I believe blogging is one of the most important part of my business, still, it’s so hard to keep up writing and publishing on a schedule, when I’m really busy.

You probably know what the question is by now.

I would really appreciate it, if you’d leave a comment, explaining how you keep blogging when you’re really busy. Do you keep a schedule for writing and do you keep a schedule for publishing your blog posts?

And, do you always keep that schedule, even when you’re very busy?

My new philosophy for a happy lifeΒ is what keeps me going. I really love what I am doing, and I have more energy than ever, but I just can’t seem to keep up my blogging.

My solution

I haven’t tested this yet. But, right now, I’m thinking that I’ll be waking up one hour earlier each day. I want a head start, and I want to get more things done. I’m thinking about waking up at 04:30. I’m an early riser, and I wouldn’t suggest this if I didn’t want to do it.

What’s your solution?



31 responses to “Do you keep a schedule for your blog?”

  1. Hans M Hirschi says:

    Honestly, whenever I don’t have time, I don’t blog. But I try to be smart about it, e.g. not posting on weekends to have time for my family. But also to use technology to use things I write elsewhere, for instance my reviews on Goodreads and have them posted to my blog (saving me time while creating value for my readers at the same time) I’ve also written a couple of posts in one day, scheduling the release of the second one for the next day.

    But getting up at 4:30? Never! πŸ™‚

    • That’s exactly what I’m doing. But, I feel that I should blog and I really want to keep blogging. I haven’t automated much at the moment, but that’s something I should consider.

      I’m not sure how getting up at 04:30 will work out, but I’ll be testing it next week (after Easter).

      I have joined Goodreads, but I haven’t written any reviews yet.

  2. Hi Jens,

    Yes indeed, been a while since we heard from you, and it’s always nice to visit your blog πŸ™‚

    It sometimes become tough to put up a post twice a week for me, as that’s the schedule that I’ve been following for the past two years now, and I think being consistent is good in a way as it keeps you disciplined. But when you know you are committed, you find ways and write so that your readers don’t have to wait, and they come in huge numbers, that’s what I’ve noticed.

    However, it’s entirely your choice and how you manage things on your blog, and the time you have for blogging – depending on your other tasks in hand and the time you want to devote for it, isn’t it?

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Harleena.

      I haven’t had a schedule for a while. But I’ve been writing every day, but on different projects than my blog(s).

      Do you believe that publishing two times a week is the best schedule? I’m still trying to figure out what works best for me.

      • I think as all you are writing, you are doing good – and it doesn’t matter really where you write – blog or projects, or perhaps your book etc, it all depends I would say πŸ™‚

        Honestly speaking, I was much happier posting once a week as I tend to write long posts that are mostly researched as I prefer giving value to my readers. But once I started posting twice, it picked up well with my readers, especially when I added a writing and blogging niche also to my blog – so far so good.

        I guess if doesn’t work or I find myself really getting exhausted, as I feel sometimes catching up with the never ending comments, I might make it to once a week, at least for a while and then lets see – always be ready to change, isn’t it? πŸ™‚

        Thanks once again πŸ™‚

        • I have thought that I was doing ok, since I keep writing every day. But, on the other hand, I want to communicate with my readers on a regular basis. Maybe not every day, but at least several times each week.

          I am not sure if I should just keep doing what I’m currently doing, or if I should take a more detailed look at who my readers are and why I need to communicate with them more often. I really don’t know why, it’s just a feeling.

          I’m currently writing for two blogs, and I’m writing a new novel, and I’m keeping a journal and writing on some future projects. What I find most interesting, is when I get instant feedback. It’s a lot harder to keep writing on something that nobody is reading, and they might not read it for weeks or months.

          How do you feel about that? Do you want instant feedback as well, or can you keep writing on your articles/projects for a long time without any feedback?

          Thanks for your awesome comments Harleena.

          • I understand that you mean, and sometimes we all need that instant feedback – just to know if what we write connects with people. I love that on my blog, but when the comments come in huge numbers, I honestly need a break! I wonder what it would feel to have no comments – perhaps a breather for a while, but yet, you want some feedback – good or bad πŸ™‚

            Your hands are surely full for the moment, but perhaps short update posts like these can help you keep in touch and share your feelings, and get feedback from our readers too, if you can manage it of course. πŸ™‚

            • I am not used to getting as many comments as you are Harleena. So, I don’t think that I’ll get exhausted anytime soon πŸ™‚

              But, you’re right. I believe that some of my posts should be short like this one, just to share my thoughts and get some feedback on what I’m doing.

              Thanks again πŸ™‚

  3. Tim Bonner says:

    I don’t publish to a particular schedule any more Jens.

    What I do instead is plan my week the week before and decide on the particular subject(s) I’m going to write about.

    The aim for me now is to tie up the blog post with email marketing (I’ve recently taken a course on email marketing).

    So, I’ve started writing about a particular subject for the whole week and lead up to the post I’m really wanting people to concentrate on.

    It’s already resulted in some affiliate sales so I’m very happy about that!

    I don’t think we need a set schedule because we’re not a newspaper. I think it’s wise to post at least once a week so people keep seeing new stuff.

    Really though it’s all about experimenting and having a work/life balance. If you have no time for fun then you’re publishing too much!

    The way I do things is that I sometimes do three posts, sometimes two depending on what I’m writing about and the result I want from the blog post.

    • That sounds interesting Tim. I’m not sure if I have any goals or an aim with my blog posts. I just keep writing what I feel like writing. Well, I want to become a better writer, that’s it. And, I do share some of my marketing stories. But, I don’t focus on earning money or driving traffic.

      I’d like some more information about that email marketing course. I’ve been thinking about joining one as well. Can you please reply with the link (add your affiliate link, if you have one).

  4. Richard Martin says:

    Interesting question Jens.

    The problem for me personally used to be the wasted time spent sat in front of an empty blog post, thinking about what to write about.

    I found that using mindmapping software (plenty of free ones online) to outline blog post ideas gave me a lot of focus – and surprisingly, enthusiasm.

    Any time I have a segment of time free, I choose something from the mindmap (I have about 200 post ideas). This saves thinking time, and I know the time I spend is targeted and focused time, instead of time spent staring at a blank screen and thinking.

    0430hrs is a bad idea I think. You need good sleep. Without it, your creative juices will not flow.

    You mention running. Running is a great time for thinking. I usually assemble much of a blog post in my head – whilst I am running. From the editorial slant I will take on the chosen subject, to what I want my readers to take away from the post. I almost ‘speak’ the blog post in my head when I am running. And it is surprising that when I sit down, I remember most of what I thought about.

    It also makes the run go a lot faster πŸ™‚

    I found this on kingged.com, so this comment will also be on there.

    • Hi Richard,

      You’ve made me think. Running might be the answer for me. I thought that getting up early, really early, would be it. But exercising sounds a lot better.

      I used to run 2-3 times each week, but now that I’ve been busy, I’ve stopped doing it. I don’t know why, I just keep focusing on the work and the projects, and not my health.

      Thank you!

  5. Arun Kallarackal says:

    I used to have a schedule back when I was in college. But now, after landing a job, things have changed! I tried making a schedule, but it didn’t worked!

    The nature of my job is such that a schedule just won’t make sense. So, as of now, I’m making the best use of the time that I have in my hand!

    When I’m on a vacation, away from work, I do make sure that some sort of schedule is drawn up. I do that to ensure that the vacations are not spent lazing around, and to spend them more productively.

    Found the link to this post on Kingged, where I’ll be Kingging it.

    Arun

  6. Amy says:

    I have a very busy life, too, but I enjoy writing my blog posts so much that I find it fairly easy to wake up an hour or two before the rest of the family is awake (usually I’m up by 5:30) and I have a good two hours to write (and post, and share, etc.) before the demands of the day kick in. I keep a calendar next to the computer and jot down ideas for blog posts in it, and I also write myself notes during the day. It’s all good! Good luck with 4:30! That’s hardcore early, my friend!

    • Hi Amy,

      How often do you publish new posts? At the moment, I’m thinking that I might start running instead of getting up at 04:30. I always spend some time structuring my posts, I could do that while I’m running.

    • Amy says:

      To answer your question, I try to post 3 times per week.

      • Thanks Amy. Do you publish on the same days, and do you write on the posts every single day? I’m currently writing every day, but I don’t keep a set schedule. I’m thinking that I might end up with a schedule where I publish two or three days a week, maybe not on the weekends. That’s the time I try to stay away from the computer and be with my family πŸ™‚

        • Amy says:

          Jens,
          I try to keep away from the computer on the weekends, too. I usually write 3 posts a week, but I post them on different days, just whatever works out. Sometimes MWF, sometimes T Th S. I mix it up quite a bit too, usually writing just one long post and a couple of shorter ones. That’s about all the time I have to devote to blog writing!

          • That sounds like what I should be doing Amy. I haven’t had a plan when it comes to what type of posts I should be writing. Sometimes I write two or three long posts, other times I write two or three short ones. I don’t have as much time at the moment, so I better come up with a plan.

            Thanks.

  7. Ann07 says:

    Scheduling time for your blog is a good idea. I haven’t tried it yet, but I have a plan to do it sooner. I can’t tell whether scheduling your time for your blog is an effective proposal or not. Maybe it depends on the person.
    However, keeping a schedule for your blog is a way better to be organized in your activities. You can browse through the internet and find tools or software that can help you make this idea easier.

    Best,
    Ann

    By the way, I found this post shared on kingged.com

    • Hi Ann,

      Thanks for your suggestions. Do you know any tools I could use to schedule my posts/writing? I have tried several, but I’m always ready to try something new.

      • Ann07 says:

        Sure, Jens! πŸ™‚

        I suggest you to use Hootsuite. It is a free web-based tool that allows you to post to your Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus business page. Hootsuite also has an app for your smartphone. It’s great because you can still access your account anywhere with an internet connection. You can reply to Tweets or Facebook updates from right inside Hootsuite.

        I hope you’ll find it helpful. It’s my pleasure to share this stuff. Have a nice day! πŸ™‚

        Ann

  8. rohan says:

    I write at least 4 posts in a week, maximum being 7. I sometimes feel lazy but rarely I find myself in a situation where I am too busy. For me to write a post- all I need is just half an hour and that is manageable.

    Surprisingly I write my thoughts when in office I have spare time. And when I am in home, I complete it and publish my posts.

    I found this great website and this article on kingged(dot)com and I kingged it.

  9. Chery Schmidt says:

    Hello Jen’s, This is a great question and I do believe it is different for all of us. I did try to publish a new blog post every other day for a while there but it just became to much with commenting and syndicating and all.

    So my conclusion was to focus on one great article a week, every week, no excuses and this does seem to work for me.

    If I find extra time during the week and feel the need to write I do go and do it but I don’t publish this, now I have a start to a post when I run short on time. Sweet Right?

    I have taken challenges in the past where I did write everyday, but the value of these articles was just not there. It sometimes takes me an hour just to come up with a good title, then few hours to write the article, then more time to get get pictures made, So my advice is to put it into your schedule to get one done a week.

    Well there you have it.. Chery :))

    P.S. I did land on your blog today Via Kingged where I also commented and kingged this post…

    • Hi Chery,

      One article a week sounds like a great plan. I’m spending a lot of my time writing, and little time marketing my posts. If I focused less on my writing, I’d probably end with more readers. But, it’s hard to stop writing πŸ™‚

  10. Barb Brady says:

    I think this is especially a struggle for those of us who don’t blog full time. I decided that I can’t do a schedule daily. Instead, I have weekly goals.

    I was writing and posting 3 times a week when I started last year. But I was not commenting or being involved in communities. I found that it is impossible for me to keep up that pace if I want to also develop relationships and try to become more known.

    Like you, I have this “other” life – I am an Accountant. Year end became more hectic. And even though it is pushing Aprill and year-end activities have slowed down, other responsibilities have increased on an consulting job. So I am working intensely with detailed work every day.

    Add a family and I feel burn-out.

    So, I decided to view this as a marathon. I had read that somewhere before. I thought I am publishing once a week and I am not going to push myself to do more. I am going to comment so I continue to develop relationships, but I am not going to try to be everywhere.

    I made weekly goals. I know it seems that everyone is saying to work harder and faster. But I am going to start doing the opposite: I am going to slow this crazy pace down if I can.

    Barb
    I read this on kingged.com

    • Hi Barb,

      I’ve been having daily goals, and that’s been working great, well, until I couldn’t make my daily goals. I have been pushing harder and harder to try to be everywhere and it hasn’t worked out. Lately, I haven’t been able to comment as much as I was earlier, and I’ve felt that I’ve been losing it. I really want my blog to be part of my business, and I really want everything to be as good as possible.

      As soon as I get back home (I’m in Denmark at the moment), I’ll start testing weekly goals. I’m sure that will be something that’ll work better for me.

      Thanks.

  11. Sophie Exintaris says:

    This may or may not be a solution, but it is what works for me.

    – i have a blogging “schedule”, insofar as i aim to post something once a week. I’ve chosen thursdays so that if i write over the weekend i will have time to edit.
    – i start all my blog posts on evernote, meaning i can append, edit, jot an idea down or add a photo anywhere and anytime, even while on the tube or while queuing for coffee. Ideas or arguments crop up into my consciousness at the oddest moments
    – i use wordpress’ scheduling feature, so one weekend i could write two blog posts for next two thursdays, but i won’t need to be online to post them
    – if i have more to post (#sketchbookMondays for things i’ve sketched in my notebook over the week for instance), i’ll post it then and there. Keeping it short or photo-only helps.
    – if i do not make that thursday, i’ll see if i have any good drafts on thursday night or friday lunchtime to edit and post. If not, i don’t worry about it too much. If you have nothing to say, you shouldn’t speak up. It is better to add value or ideas when you have them rather than yak on about nothing because you have a quota to fill.
    – most weeks i start about 5 blog posts. Most weeks i am lucky to finish and post only one.
    – it can take me from one hour to two months to get a blog post “ready”, from idea to publication. I think that’s ok.

    The real secret is that i cannot stop writing and sharing and discussing.

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