When it comes to blogging, scheduling posts and having a set plan always seems to be the best route. I’ll be honest though and admit that a fair amount of my posts aren’t scheduled. Sometimes, I feel the need to say something, so it gets added in. Other times, I’m grasping at straws for what to post. It depends on how I’m feeling and what’s going on in my day to day life. It’s okay to blog of schedule though.
What Works for Some, Doesn’t Work for All.
When I started blogging, I had no clue about scheduling posts or writing anything ahead of time. I just wrote in the moment, edited a few times, and then I hit publish. My posting ways have changed now, but I still have the occasional, in the moment post.
I read a lot of articles and posts that are guides and tips for bloggers, because I’m always trying to grow my following and increase my views. For me, having people just see what I’ve written is more important than whether or not they like it. Everything starts with a view, so when I have something I feel strongly about and want people to see it, a post flows and is published the same day.
I know that not always planning things out isn’t the best route to go, but in my defense, I’m not exactly a totally technical blogger that fully follows rules. I know I could increase my views if I scheduled better and used a concrete strategy, but I love my combination writing of planning some posts and still going with the flow other times.
I tend to write how I speak, and if I want to be heard, I don’t want to wait a few days. At the same time, I do feel better sometimes when I look at what I’ve written with fresh, next day eyes, but it really depends on the topic of the post and how I’m feeling.
Some bloggers plan everything out. They outline and jot down ideas even before creating the actual post. A lot of them format and work on building a solid SEO foundation within their posts too. That’s something I haven’t perfected yet, but it would probably increase my views if I worked harder at it. I also try to remember what works for some, doesn’t work for all.
I do have a post every Monday that is titled Coffee Talks, and it’s a series where I talk about what’s going on with me lately. I try to relate whatever I’m feeling or experiencing to something “lifestyle” related. I also try to do a post every Friday, and that one can alternate. I try to either feature a new blogger or write something that is about blogging in general. The days in between are a bit of a free for all.
I don’t plan ahead more than a week. I never know if I’m going to find a new product I love or have something show up at my door. Something new could happen with the kids whether good or bad, so I try to keep the middle of the week open. I do at least aim for 3-4 posts a week.
Nap Time is Blog Time
As a second shift family, my little ones have an evening nap, and that’s when I get to plan my posts. I’m writing this on Monday, but it won’t be published until Tuesday mid-afternoon. I have to finish writing it, edit it, and make the graphic. I do what I can while my toddlers sleep, and then I put finishing touches on everything when they go to bed. I have a last review of everything before they wake up too.
If I didn’t do all of this while they napped, I would be a mess. I only actually start the typing a day or two ahead, but it works best for our family and so I can still be very present with the kids.
If I’m ahead on housework and taking a rest day from my workouts, I can get two or three days ahead. It all depends on how the weeks going and how everyone is feeling. I try to brainstorm a week’s worth of posts, but there’s always changes being made. As a mom, I have to put the kiddos first, and I’m totally okay with that.
Blogging Won’t Come First
It’s not that blogging isn’t an extreme passion of mine; it’s that being a mom is a bigger passion. I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was six years old. I’ve written in a lot of ways over the years from poetry to reviewing music. Any writing makes me happy, but blogging feeds my soul. I never thought I’d love something as much as writing.
Being a mom isn’t something I knew I’d love until I met my husband. To be honest, I don’t really like kids. They can be mean and terrifying. Even in my babysitting jobs, I was a bit put off and scared of kids. Once I started dating my husband, I had this deep feeling that I really wanted babies.
After we had our first son, something clicked. I found my calling. Being a mom was the one thing I felt like I was meant to do. It made me happier than I’ve ever been, and I haven’t looked back or ever second guessed it. If I didn’t have to have my hysterectomy, I would probably have at least 4 kids, and now, I love pretty much all kids- whether they are a tad intimidating or not.
I knew that my love of being a mom would trump my love of writing, but that didn’t mean I couldn’t write. That’s where this mom and lifestyle blog came into play. I get to do what I love and write about what I love at the same time. It’s the most amazing combination.
My job doesn’t ever clock out, so I have to try to find my blogging time around my SAHM duties. I don’t mind the occasional late nights that I stay up to edit. It’s apart of the gig, and that’s why I say blogging won’t come first. I also think that’s why I don’t plan too far ahead. I can try to control and schedule as much as I want, but my day is tailored to my unpredictable toddlers. Sometimes, shit happens, and that’s okay.
Writing Outside of that Box
I love my planned posts. I love my regular Monday series, but sometimes, I love my unplanned posts that are a bit outside of the box. I love how emotional I’ve gotten in my blog. I’ve been very open and genuine with my readers, and if I planned it all out, I’m not entirely sure I’d be so honest. It’s scary opening up to people, especially people I’ve never met. At the same time, there’s a comfort knowing you have this community. Knowing those readers are out there at any moment, makes me feel more okay with writing outside of the planned box I have for myself. It’s an odd combination of emotions, and I really try to look at blogging from all perspectives. I’m not just a blogger; I’m also a reader.
I know I have improvements I need to make on my blog. I know there are organic ways to grow and evolve, and in due time I will get there. I am enjoying my hair brained way of posting right now though, so that’s why I’m okay with not always planning my posts.
How do you all feel? What’s your favorite way to go about your posts? No judgement, just love and good vibes.