How to Create a Blog Schedule that Works for YOU: Free Planning Tools Included
When I first started blogging, I was a hot mess. I was all over the place and usually wrote my posts the day before I would edit and publish them. There was no real rhyme or reason to my blogging strategies back then. This last year of blogging has taught me a lot, and the growth that I have gone through as a blogger is incredible.
I even wrote a cheeky post called Blogging Off Schedule, because like I said, I didn’t really have a schedule. My blog posts were written when something happened in my life that I thought was share worthy or if I learned some type of lesson around that same time. Mess or not, I stayed true to my style.
Since day one, it has been important to me to be honest and transparent with my readers, so when I blog about blogging, I talk about how I’m learning and growing right along with you. Sharing both blunders and accomplishments are aspects of blogging that I believe are important for those who are just starting or who want to learn more, because blogging isn’t all perfect planners and timely placed affiliate links.
Do You Schedule Ahead?
Scheduling posts wasn’t something I avoided in the beginning. I just felt like I didn’t have the time and couldn’t really get ahead. Being a busy toddler mom of two only leaves so much free time for blogging, so I did what I could. Now, I plan about a week to 2 weeks ahead with my posts.
Every blogger is different, and that includes how often they post and how they schedule those posts. I typically share 3 posts a week:
- Monday- Coffee Talks Series
- Wednesday- Body and Sex Positive Wellness Wednesday
- Friday- Blogging about Blogging
Finding a schedule that you can be consistent with is important. It took some trial and error with Housewife Hustle’s schedule, but it’s solid now. Getting that schedule sweet spot doesn’t just help you; it helps you readers too, because they know what to expect. Having that routine is just smart business, and organization can keep blogger burnout at bay.
Create a Schedule for YOU
You can try to copy this blogger’s schedule or use that blogger’s suggested planner, but ultimately, you have to create a schedule that works best for YOU. If you are happy and organized, then your blog will succeed. Take advice, but find your own rhyme and reason.
I do want to share tips that will help you find that groove. These tips will guide you on how to create your own personal blogging schedule. The biggest lesson I have learned from Housewife Hustle is that preparation is the best tool a blogger can have.
Tips for Creating a Scheduled Blogging Routine
Routine’s are my best friend, both as a mom and a blogger. They help you stay prepared and focused with creating new content. Having a routine and creating a post schedule can also help you from having writers block. When you create this schedule, you aren’t just writing down days to write, edit, publish.
You are working on being consistent with blogging tasks, so let’s get to it. A schedule is more than a pretty calendar with highlighted days. It’s a collection of tasks that will keep your content flowing and blog thriving. Let’s get to it.
1. Write every day.
Regardless of how often you post, I will say that you should try to make time to work on your blog or at least write every single day. Even if I have all of my work done and ready to go, I find something to work on. Whether it’s outlining new content ideas or just writing down keyword ideas, writing, even for a few minutes, is an important part of getting a good schedule.
2. Set goals for yourself.
I love setting monthly goals for my blog. These goals typically pair with content that interests me as well as content that will increase traffic. I know my body positive posts get a good response, so creating fresh ideas with high quality are apart of my goals. This allows me to go through and schedule how and when to share certain posts.
Just like anything blog related, do what works for you. Set goals that will push you but that are also achievable at the same time. That will create a balance, so you don’t burn yourself out. Setting goals will help you figure out an actionable schedule, so you stay organized and reach your goals.
3. Map it out and make a visualization.
I’m an journal loving lady, and I map out all of my blogging basics for my scheduling in a notebook. Knowing I publish 3 posts a week means I need to map out when I will research, write, edit, and create graphics for each post. Preparation for publishing as well as promotion for the post are all apart of creating your schedule.
Figure out what days work best for you, and try it out. Trial and error will be your best friends, because we aren’t perfect. Getting that schedule sweet spot might take time, so don’t stress if you have a few missteps.
I have days where I make post outlines after doing keyword research. Also, I try to dedicate at least one day to all of my graphics for the upcoming scheduled week. So, figure out how to prepare and create all of the content for your post in a way that makes sense and is DOABLE for YOU.
4. Rest days matter.
I know I said you should write and do something blog related everyday, but that doesn’t mean do it all day every day. Rest days are equally as important, because if you burn yourself out, you’re quality will suffer. On my rest days, I try to create 2 new pins for older posts, and I also share a post on my social media accounts.
You can still be productive if you’re resting. It’s not easy to blog everyday, but consistency does matter. Also, you can be consistent and productive on blogging breaks with scheduling ahead. Check out this post for more tips on being productive on breaks.
5. Hit publish, and make adjustments as needed.
Once you have the work laid out and you hit publish, you can observe your stats and how you feel about it. Evaluate yourself, and make adjustments as needed. It’s okay to make changes as you go, because you need to find what works for you so you stay consistent.
Don’t sweat the small stuff, because bloggers make mistakes. That’s how we learn and grow. If something felt off about your prep days or publish days, switch it up. The key is to take these strategies and apply them in a way that makes the most sense for your daily life and blog.
There are tons of tools to help bloggers with scheduling, but as I’ve mentioned, you have to find what works for you. Honestly, when it comes to social post promotions, I prefer to do it all manually, but tools like Tailwind have done wonders for other bloggers.
One of my favorite parts of blogging is that you can blog YOUR way. Sure, there are a lot of blogging tips and guides out there, hello this post, but taking those guides and personalizing them is the fun part in my opinion.
When it comes to scheduling tools, I prefer a handy dandy notebook and a planner print out if I’m feeling overwhelmed and need to do even more mapping. You can find a large variety of blogging planning tools on Pinterest, but I try to make my own so it fits my needs.
Canva is my favorite place to make anything blog related. There are a lot of templates and options offered in the free version, so you don’t have to pull from your blogging budget. You can see an examples of a different printable planners I made below.
Free Blog Planning ToolsA-Month-of-Blogging
Now it’s time to craft that blogging schedule you need to keep you organized and churning out quality content. I know there’s great things ahead, so let’s bring in the new year with fresh ideas while supporting each other in our blogging journeys.
Have a wonderful weekend.