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 off schedule though, because even if you take advice from others, blog your way.
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 that are guides 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 that is sudden, a post will flow and is published the same or next day.
Yes, I’m well aware of the blogging tips about planning and scheduling. 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. It feels organic to me.
Honestly, 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’m always working on, but I think you should establish your blog and voice a bit before panicking over every SEO detail. I also try to remember what works for some, doesn’t work for all.
Planning ahead a week or not, I do have regularly scheduled posts. Monday is for my Coffee Talks series. Fridays are for blogging about blogging, and I’m still smoothing out content ideas for the in-between. Scheduled series or not, I still have those spur of the moment posts that pop up. Don’t let those make you feel like an unprepared blogger.
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, and I am hoping to find a new regular series to add to Housewife Hustle.
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 possibly Friday. Blogging isn’t just typing and hitting post. There’s brainstorming, drafting, editing, creating graphics, and it’s an entire process- even spur of the moment posts have a process.
If I didn’t do all of this while they napped, I would be a mess. Don’t get me wrong, I hate a notes section on my phone and notebooks around the house, so I can work and do my mom duties if the chance presents itself. I only ever seem to get a week ahead if at all, but it works best for our family and so I can still be very present with the kids.
Brainstorming is the one aspect I do plan ahead with, because I try to brainstorm a week’s worth of posts at a time, but there’s always changes being made. As a busy stay-at-home mom, I have to put the kiddos first, and I’m totally okay with that. Housewife Hustle started as a mom blog anyway.
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
If I’m being honest, 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. There’s this authentic urgency when I share a spur of the moment post, and I love how emotional I’ve gotten in my blog. Being very open and genuine with my readers is important to me, 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.
With any stage of blogging, there’s growth, so 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. Sometimes, I still 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 feel? What’s your favorite way to go about your posts? What’s the rhyme and reason to your blog schedule? No judgement, just love and good vibes.