How To: Schedule Your Blog Posts.

It's another blogging tip post today, so apologies again if you aren't a blogger! Recently I have been on a roll when it comes to keeping up with writing posts on my blog. I know the feeling too well of when other life pressures get in the way and keeping your blog updated is the last thing on your mind, so I thought I would share a few tips that I have learnt this week from actually being super organised for once in my life! It has left me feeling a lot more positive about my blog and I feel I am actually on top of it for once! Sometimes those rare days come where you just want to write and write for hours on end and this is what I have been doing this week! It now means I have got posts ready to go ahead for whenever I am ready and I will also keep a few spare for those days where I just don't feel like writing any posts.

My first tip is that if you are working full time or in university/college or generally just have a lot on your plate, then it may be a good idea to set yourself a certain time and day where you can focus on your blog. So, if you get a Wednesday evening or a Sunday afternoon where you have nothing planned, that can be your designated blogging time. Schedule in an hour or two to yourself and get on with general blog things you need to do such as taking your photos, planning posts and socialising with other bloggers. If you are a Blogger user, you can physically schedule your posts. So if you're working flat out this week, but you've got three posts written up and ready to go - then schedule them for the week and you will have nothing to worry about! To do this, you simply go to the 'Edit' the written post, go to 'Post Settings' on the right hand side, click 'Schedule' and then 'Set date and time' to whichever you wish. Underneath the calendar that will pop it up, if you're in the UK it should say 'Time zone: British Summer Time' - so just keep an eye in case the times get mixed up. The most important part of this step is after you have selected the date and time, make sure you press 'Publish' and not 'save'. This will mean the post will publish at the date and time you selected - not immediately. 

 I've also found it really useful to use a free printable blog planner. All you have to do is a quick Google search and there's loads of pretty planners you can choose from - all for nothing! They are perfect for planning which days you are going to post and what it is that you are going to post. You can find the actual template I have used recently here. The weekly planner I have pictured is available here and is really handy as you just tear off each page once the week is over! If you don't have access to a printer or would rather not, why not just make a note in your diary or notebook instead. Or you could even design your own blog planner if you're the creative type! The most important thing to remember is that blogging is a hobby (unless you're incredibly lucky!) so don't take it too seriously. If you want to take a break, then do so, nobody will judge you for it. I've had three weeks last year when I couldn't have been less interested in my blog no matter how hard I tried and that's why I make the most of inspiration days.
Do you schedule your posts in advance? Or do you write as you go along day to day?

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  1. My blog is kind of half and half. Like these past few weeks I've been travelling a lot so I've had a lot of ideas for posts, so I've been writing and scheduling these in advanced for later that week/the next week. But usually during term time at college I just write up whatever I'm in the mood to at the time and schedule it for the next day/publish immediately. Just depends whats going on
    Lauren | OhHay Blogs!

  2. I only manage to schedule if i have time to write in advance during free nights or in the weekends, but it's been so busy!!! I bought myself an agenda i use only for my blog but I'd love to find an agenda/notebook hybrid where i can keep ideas and schedule in one!!!! sigh
    great post!

    Alice's beauty Madness

  3. I try to give myself a rough idea of what I do week to week,but I try not to get too caught up in it as the specifics can drive me mad! I post whenever I have a particularly good thought I want to get down on "paper".xx

  4. I use a tabbed month page in my FiloFax to plan my blog posts and I try to write a couple of days ahead of myself if I can. I also use an A5 planner and have a table with tick boxes for photos taken/ written up etc. I also have on when the post is due so I know that I am working to a deadline, really helps.

  5. Great post :)