Schedule your blog

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Writing a blog on a regular basis can be difficult. You have to think of something to write about constantly, and every so often you get blogger’s block.

I recently read a wonderful post by Graham Jones that is really going to make my blogging life much easier (if I make myself take his advice, that is).

Basically, Graham likens blogging to being the publisher/editor of a major publication like a newspaper or magazine. You have certain columns that are written on a regular basis. You know what I’m talking about. Like “Dear Abby,” letter to the editor, horoscopes, etc.

To translate this for your blog, you come up with the type of story you want to write each day for a week, month, 2 months, or whatever timeframe you like. I’ve noticed a lot of bloggers have “Wordless Wednesdays” where they post only a picture for that day. Or Thursday 13. Perhaps you’ll save Fridays to announce your projects for the week. You get the idea.

What makes this appealing to me is that I won’t have to come up with a topic all the time. It’ll be mapped out for me in advance, even if I don’t have the actual post written. I’ll just know that today is Copywriting Tip day, or that tomorrow is New Poll day.

Do you have a blogging schedule? How does it work for you? Or do you write by the seat of your pants, like I tend to do? What’s your preference if you’ve tried both methods?

16 Responses to “Schedule your blog”

  1. Ron says:

    Hi Theda,

    This is the first time I’m visiting your blog and wanted say how much I enjoyed reading here.

    You just recently “dropped” on my Entrecard, and I wanted to let you know how pleased I was to place your blog there. I get so much CRAP…so it’s nice having a blog that I can TRULY enjoy sharing with my readers!

    (I’m VERY picky about who’s blog I allow on my own blog)

    I feel honored to have you there and will continue to come back here and visit.

    Thank you!

    Ron’s last blog post..Wash, Fold…Dryer

    • Theda K. says:

      Thanks Ron. What a wonderful compliment! I had been slacking with my Entrecard dropping, so I’m glad I started again. There are so many new people to meet and blogs to read.

      Thanks again! Drop by anytime!

  2. Triphow Ling says:

    That’s a difficult one. I actually think about this all the time, to try and make things more efficient, but I just can’t seem to get a handle on it. Guess I shouldn’t be thinking about a career in Editing. 🙂

    Triphow Ling’s last blog post..Map Channels Hotel Directory – Geo Friendly Hotel Search

    • Theda K. says:

      Hi Ling, Yeah, the scheduling thing is something I aspire to. I’m not that organized yet, but maybe I’ll get there. But what a great idea.

  3. LuckyGirl says:

    What perfect timing–I’m just now trying to figure out a schedule for my blog. That’s as far as I’ve gotten so far, baby steps….

    LuckyGirl’s last blog post..Plays Well With Others

  4. Hi Theda

    Thank you for mentioning my article on scheduling for bloggers. I’m glad it proved useful to you.

    Kind Regards

    Graham

  5. Ada says:

    On the seats of my pants is the way to go, but I do have the problem of thinking up interesting posts others could relate to and hopefully post, but I don’t worry about it as much, I guess bloggers bloc is just part of the process.

    Ada’s last blog post..Stork fever….

  6. Laura says:

    Blogger has schedule posts still in draft. I’ve begun using the feature and think it is great! I went away for a weekend and left my blog to continue on it’s daily posting without me.

    Laura’s last blog post..Sunday Scribblings: The Photograph

  7. pussreboots says:

    I do a little bit of both. I plan my book reviews about two to three weeks in advance which helps a great deal since I’m doing a review each and every day. I also have weekly features like my participation in Thursday Thirteen, Booking Through Thursday and my run down of the top ten searches to my blog on Fridays. Then I have the give aways which happen four times a month and the monthly summery of all my book reviews.

    Then whenever the mood strikes, I also throw in a personal post either about my family or my art work.

  8. Hi, I just found this blog and have found the information on planning ahead very useful ! I think sometimes we or rather I, run into “mental blocks” and I can just stare at the screen .. while time passes by.

    I think that planning ahead is a great idea instead of just relying on the “sudden burst of ideas”.

    Thanks for the good info.

  9. Happy Camper says:

    I go by the seat of my pants as you put it. My posts are always on topic but I do like the idea of having certain days mapped out for specific post types.

    I may look to have a mix of both.

    Happy Camper’s last blog post..Contour Lines Added to Google Maps

  10. Wilhelmina says:

    I actually do this every once in a while. I have to plan this before starting the first part, though. At least it gives readers something to look forward to. 🙂

    Wilhelmina’s last blog post..Idol Gives Back 2008

  11. NathanKP says:

    Very nice blog suggestions.

    And this is a great blog too, I’ll be returning in the future.

    NathanKP –

    NathanKP’s last blog post..“Climb or Die,” by Edward Myers

  12. Pam Hoffman says:

    I guess I got lucky with the topic of my blog. I pretty much have things blocked out for nearly a year.

    There is a way to do that and, in my case, it took a bit of research and a database organized just so.

    I throw in things like quotes, interviews and so forth for interest.

    Thanks for writing,

    Pam Hoffman
    http://seminarlist.blogspot.com

  13. I am writing my life story and so there is a chronological sequence but I am still guided by an outline to which I stick to.

    You blog is very informative. There is much I have learned.Thank you

  14. Farhaj says:

    You are absolutely right what you have said .Writing a blog on daily basis is not an easy task and one also needs time to think over something before posting to his blog.
    This could be only sorted out smoothly and on ones planned basis that is prepare a proper timetable for this.when to collect data on timely basis and to when post it up! this way search engines will also know the update time and even the person won’t get much frustrated.!