About Planning Ahead

Planning

Planning blog posts. And it’s an incredibly smart and sensible thing to do. I’ve been given that advice countless of times by fellow bloggers, but no matter how hard I try, it never works out for me. Which is definitely not for the lack of trying, because it would be so incredibly handy for when I go away for a week or when I just don’t have the time for reading or blogging. Instead, whenever I go on holiday or have a blogging slump, my blog remains either painfully quiet and empty or it doesn’t (which means that I have brought my laptop with me, and am writing and posting my posts on the go).

I really want to be able to plan my blog posts in advance, like I said, it would be incredibly handy. But no matter how I try, I just can’t make myself write them. As weird as it sounds, I need to be in the mood to write my blog posts. If I’m not feeling it, the result won’t be up to ‘my standards’  (that sounds so weird, but really I’ll end up not liking the result and not posting it). I love writing my reviews and other bookish posts, but I can’t force myself to write them.

When I just started out, I managed to write my reviews right after I finished a book. I wrote them and immediately published them. Later on I managed to schedule them as well, divide the posts and spread them over the week. That’s as far as I got. One week ahead. But along the way, I found myself writing my posts throughout the week and publish them after writing them (or the morning after writing them). Which isn’t necessarily bad… but I don’t really feel productive and sometimes it really makes me feel like I’m doing something wrong.

What bothers me most is that I would like to be able to plan my posts ahead. I’m good at planning… I plan ahead for homework (studying overall really), traveling, and more. So why doesn’t it work for my blog? It’s incredibly frustrating. Especially when I go on a holiday, am busy with all kinds of fun stuff, then take a quick peek at my own blog and see that I haven’t updated it for about a week!

Is that bad? I always feel like I’m letting people down by not posting anything. I’ve come to terms (kinda) that planning doesn’t really work out. Blogging is a hobby, and maybe by not planning everything ahead (like I do with -mostly- everything else) it continues to be that. I don’t want to put any pressure on myself, blogging about books should be and stay fun, and maybe this is the way to do it.

I guess what I ‘d really like to ask is: do you have the same problem? Or does planning work for you? Or do you have another system that you use and works out for you?

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7 Comments

  1. 01/08/2014 / 00:29

    I don’t think that this issue is a bad thing. No. 1 reason, you have a standard for your blog, so you want to make sure that it is going to be the best. I can totally relate because if I don’t think a post is going to come out good, then I spend extra time to make sure that it will come out to what I want it to be.

    I would have to say that I used to have the same problem. I didn’t know how to plan my posts ahead of time and have them come out like I want. I worked until I figured out what was going to work out best for me. I do plan on my blog now but there are days that I just don’t feel like blogging so I take a break. Sometimes I am a little behind on my book reading then there are times that I am scrabbling trying to get the post ready for the next day. If I am ahead on my reading then I will write the review and set a date. I find it easier to write reviews as close to around the time that I finished the book because that is when it is fresh in my mind.

    I think one just needs to find out waht workds best for them. I also don’t think it is a terrible thing if you aren’t producing a post everyday unless that is what you want to do. You can always participate in memes and plan those ahead of time so there are less posts to do in a week. As long as the system you want to do works for you. I say try it.

  2. 01/08/2014 / 09:59

    I like to plan my posts ahead also, but now I also feel that I consistently need to check that they are up to scratch which can be obsessive and a waste of time.

    I wouldn’t worry if you don’t update for a week, we all do it – sometimes we just need a little break. I’m a new follower to your blog and I love it, I can already tell that your posts are quality rather than quantity.

    If you’re in a bit of a slump I recommend visiting some book blogs on tumblr though for inspiration :)

    amelia from wonder reads

  3. 01/08/2014 / 15:43

    I think everyone blogs a little differently. Some people rock at coming up with ideas, writing reviews immediately, and scheduling posts weeks/months in advance. Other people post more on a whim. They publish a post as soon as it’s ready because they’re never quite ‘ahead’ in their schedule.

    I think both ways are perfectly fine and it just depends on your blogging style.

    For me, I’m a massive scheduler. I’m usually scheduled 3-4 weeks in advance at all times. But if I fall behind, I don’t worry about it. I don’t stress over missing a day or two and I only post content when I have an idea for it. I don’t make myself stress over always being ahead or anything like that, and I think that’s the most important thing.

  4. 02/08/2014 / 04:02

    I was in a blogging slump during the week before Christmas break because I was busy studying for finals. When I was finally done and could relax, I made the resolution to plan posts in advance so that when I’m busy, the blog still goes on. I actually did follow through for about 2 months before I ran out of planned posts because I was even more busy lol. Now, I just post when I have the time. The only planning I do for my blog is to keep a list of future DIY posts I want to write. A lot of bloggers struggle in keeping up with blogging because it can take a lot of time to maintain a blog. I think other bloggers are very understanding of being too busy to blog because we all go through it =)

  5. 02/08/2014 / 16:42

    Perhaps you are good when it comes to important things, because blogging is after all still a hobby :) and you shouldn’t stress out too much about planning/scheduling. I don’t have a schedule and I just write posts when I feel like it, haha.

  6. 03/08/2014 / 11:18

    I’m really starting to make sure I plan ahead, and when I’m in the mood I try to write as many posts as possible.

    However, if you don’t feel like it you really shouldn’t push yourself! Or you end up making blogging feel like a chore :(

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