20 October 2014

WHY I STOPPED MY BLOGGING SCHEDULE


I have a love /hate relationship when it comes to me and my blog schedule. Ever since I started blogging I have tried so hard to find a way to juggle everything by having posts scheduled for the upcoming week or having all my tweets scheduled informing my readers of when a new post goes live but I have failed every time. I praise any full time workers who post everyday on their blog without fail because I have tried many times and each attempt has failed. I always thought scheduling was such an important aspect to blogging and yes it is but for me it's just isn't practical and leads to counter productivity rather than what it's meant to achieve. The amount of times I have read posts on blogs discussing how to stay organised and keeping a schedule that works for your blog but they have all went straight over my head even when I am trying to make a conscience effort to improve my blogging schedule.

Once I decided that things on this blog were sort of drying up and becoming very repetitive I made the brave decision to abolish my blogging schedule. Yes some of you fellow bloggers may gasp in shock and others may be asking why. Well let me explain...

Apart from my school life I am a very disorganised person and everyday tasks for me can take me longer than usual. It's not something I'm proud of  and I do try and improve this bad trait of mine but for me blogging is a hobby and there is no point being organised in something that I don't want to be organised in if that makes sense especially if it's adding stress to my life. If I'm being honest being totallyorganised to me makes me loss my creativity so if I was to sit down right now and try to write up this weeks posts they would all turn out rubbish. 

I have enough things to schedule in my life without having to schedule a hobby of mine too. I should be able to come on my blog and write up a post when I feel inspired not when my schedule says so. I have found personally that when I stopped my schedule and payed more interest in what I was creating my followers and audience shot up. I began to take on the mind of frame that I would only post when I felt like it . This means that the content I create is the best that I feel I can achieve.

I'm sure scheduling has many bonus' ones in which I could probably take advantage of. If I  could sit down for hours and type out numerous posts I would do it and couldn't recommend it enough but what I have learnt about myself is that my creativity comes in short out bursts and can't be worked with like the academic side of my brain. I personally feel that there is too much emphasis on the whole scheduling thing and for some it works and others it doesn't and if you find it does nothing for you or your blog then you shouldn't try and continue with a schedule because it looks good in your planner!

What are your views on blog scheduling ?
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  1. I have never stuck to a blog schedule, it's just not for me. I just post when I feel like it, it takes the pressure off. After all I stated blogging as a hobby and I would hate for it to turn into something I feel like I have to do :)
    xxx Claire
    http://wwwclairabelle.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. this is exactly how i feel if i force a post when i don't want to do it the quality of my writing gets really bad

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  2. I am trying to post every second day, but as I am a full time student it's more of a "goal" than a rule. I sometimes do feel bad when I don't post for a couple of days, which is a habit I need to kick. Scheduling definitely could take the hobby out of blogging, so I think it's better to not be so strict about it.

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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    1. i always felt bad when i didn't blog and it just added pressure and worry on me which wasn't necessary

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  3. I think it all comes down to how you like to work. Some people work best if they have a deadline some don't. I personally like having a schedule because it kind of takes the pressure off of coming up with content on the fly and the guilt of not having a post up. I work a full time job so having a schedule has really helped me organize!
    But, like I said I think it boils down to the individual!

    x beauty, style, life | bespectacled

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    1. yes i agree it depends on the type of person that you are and once you have figured out whats best for you then you can alter what way to work and produce new blog posts

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  4. You have to do what works for you. For me, I need a schedule, or everything goes to pot. If I don't plan ahead, I will forget, or fail to plan efficiently. I have each blog post topic as an event on my calendar, so I know what post I'm planning and when. I usually post in advance and schedule, too, so I can have them appear at the most productive time.

    I have ADHD, though, and I would seriously fail without that routine/deadline.

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    1. i think its important to do what suits you as a person a schedule really doesn't help me at all for some strange reason but for a lot of people they like a structure

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  5. I think do whatever works for you!

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    1. i agree you can then work to the best of your ability

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  6. I write a blog entry for every day and would ideally write each evening for the day before (i.e. write Monday's blog on Tuesday evening) - in the school holidays, this is absolutely no problem but while I'm at work, it is more of a struggle.

    Lizzie's Daily Blog

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    1. yes i agree i done this for a while too and it worked when i didn't have to go to work but failed when i did added lots of pressure

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  7. I tried to stick with a blogging schedule, it lasted a week if that. I just can't do it, I have the drafts ready to publish I just don't actually feel like posting them at that exact point. For me blogging is more of an emotional thing - if I'm happy and in a really good mood, chances are I'll post/write for future, if I've been at work and I'm tired, chances are I'll just go hide in bed from the world. Having the pressure there just makes me feel bad when I don't want to post a half hearted post, I'd rather just post a good post, when and as I find myself.
    Lou Barker xo

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  8. Found this link on another blog. I never thought of it that way, that scheduling takes the fun out of a hobby. Not that I schedule anyway, I am far too disorganized for that!

    Amy at Amy & More

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  9. I've been struggling to stick to a blog schedule and just post when I can. This post was really great, I've been reading posts about how important a tight schedule is and they've been making me feel really guilty to be honest so this was really refreshing! Totally agree that blogging is a hobby so it shouldn't cause unnecessary stress x

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  10. It s quite refreshing reading a post like this, as I'm always reading posts about how to be better organised with blogging, and I put so much pressure on myself. Since I have decided to try write four posts a week, I have found sometimes I do more, sometimes I do less, but when I said to myself blog everyday I would just shut down and not be able to write at all. Some weeks I get lots of inspo and want to right loads, and that helps out on the days when I just can't type a single word of sense. KBxx
    www.beautybykaris.com

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