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Question: How are you able to keep on top of your daily post regime? From Lizzo.
This is an interesting question because when I first started blogging I was only trying to post everyday to make writing habitual and once I started writing I couldn’t really stop so I end up with a lot of very short posts with only a couple of articles a week of any length. However, as the blog progressed and I started having a regular schedule and committing to it, I’ve pretty much worked out a system that works for me (I will admit it does rely on being incredibly rigid in when I need to write and when I can watch).
Probably the biggest problem with daily posts is making sure that I have something to write. Most of my schedule during the anime seasons is made up of episode reviews so that by itself gives me up to fifteen posts a week. And rather than posting them all as I watch the shows, I assign the reviews particular days and times so that even when 5 or 6 shows come out on Sunday, those posts will go out over the next 3 – 4 days.
This also gives me a buffer if I have a particularly long day at work and don’t end up watching something (or I watch and just can’t write the review because I’m tired) because I don’t post a review of anything the same day I watch it. Sometimes I cut it close, but I do give myself some breathing room and build in that buffering space. It means I can’t be the first to get my review out, but at least I know I won’t have ten posts out over the weekend and then nothing for the next three days.
The other thing I try to do is always have about three weeks worth of Top 5’s and Features prepared. I might sub-in a different feature if something happens that week that I really want to write about, but I have general feature ideas planned, drafted and more or less ready to go so if I’m not feeling it one week, I’ve got a post organised. To put it another way, as of drafting this response I have about 25 scheduled posts (I also keep a physical notebook where I track which posts are currently scheduled on which days and at what time). Not all of those posts will ever go out and a lot of them are episodes I watched over the weekend or series reviews from the last season that I’m still thinking about, but that’s a lot of content mostly ready to go.
Before I started the top 5 feature, I actually made sure I had nearly six months worth of list ideas and I am constantly jotting notes about other lists I’d like to eventually make so that when it comes time to write a list I’ve got lots of ideas to choose from and I’m not stuck with a blank.
So, while I do try and write every day and I do try to keep my posts relevant to what is happening, I’m also realistic about my situation. Sometimes I am not going to come home from work with enough energy to write anything of quality (or anything at all some days). Other days go better and I find once I start writing one post, I just want to write so I usually draft in batches of 3 – 5 posts in a row.
I think if I had to write a post today to go out in an hour, the stress of that would cripple me and I wouldn’t end up with a post or I wouldn’t be happy with the result. I like that today I can look at the posts already scheduled for tomorrow, give them a brief review and a touch up (rewrite if absolutely necessary) and go to sleep knowing that tomorrow content will come out on my blog as normal.
Anyone got any tips for keeping their schedule?
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Thanks for posting your answer! I have been wondering how to stay on top of the blogging lately, and this helped give me some new direction. 🙂
I think everyone kind of has to find what works for them with their other commitments and pressures. I know I’m looking at the next few months with a little bit of concern given some of the real life stuff I know is going to go on.
Fortunately I’ve only got one thing that has to come out on schedule… And I don’t mind letting it slip a day now and again. (Well, two things at the moment but there’s only four eps left in the 2199 group watch project.)
My main problem is avoiding procrastination. I haven’t found a workable solution to that yet.
That’s why the schedule helps. Otherwise I’d put out too much content some days and then nothing inbetween as I procrastinated and put off finalising anything.
And here I thought I was impressive with scheduling. You’re on a whole different level! It was interesting to see how you go about planning though. Thanks for sharing.
I’m starting to think I might need to move from the notepads to a spreadsheet but I’m resisting that move because I really do plan better on paper.
I mean, maybe a spread sheet for ideas you’ve already done then? Easier to track repeats on a spread sheet then paper, but you’ll still keep the paper version lol
Probably more what I need, particularly for series reviews so I remember what I’ve already covered.