How to keep a consistent blog schedule
Blogging is hard work; but the hardest part of blogging is not the actual writing and research, it’s the time. Keeping to a consistent schedule is hard, and consistency is a very important factor to a successful blog.
I have a system, which on most days helps, but I do falter from time to time; nothing is perfect.
Keep a Notebook
It doesn’t matter where you initially write. You can write directly in WordPress and save as a draft, or you can write in a note taking app, like Evernote, Google Docs, or One Note; it really doesn’t matter. The important thing is that you write somewhere.
Once you start to write, ideas will flow. When I start writing an article, I’ll get about five to eight ideas for other articles, because no one wants to hear me ramble for 2000+ words; so I write it down, and continue from where I left off. This will provide you with more articles to add to your blog schedule.
Determine a Schedule
Then you have to do is determine how often you want to blog. You don’t have to blog every single day, you can have a weekly blog, or a weekday blog, but the important thing is that you determine how often, and then (here’s the key part) you have to stick to it.
This blog has never been able to really stick with a schedule, and that’s 100% my fault for not making it a priority. I’m a serious blogger; I love writing and this is how I get to help people. But sticking to the schedule is the hardest part, and it takes some sacrifice if you’re already pretty busy.
The Editorial Calendar
WordPress has a nifty feature of allowing you to schedule blog posts; which is great if you’re like me, and don’t have time to blog every single day, but you write on weekends. There is a gap in this system, because you have no visual reference as to when your posts are actually scheduled for.
There is a plug-in called WordPress Editorial Calendar and this solves this problem. It gives you a full month where you can see exactly where your posts are scheduled for, and you can drag and drop them to change their order, which is great.
I *try* to have an article published every day. It’s not easy, but I try. I fail, a lot. But I try.
I write in Evernote; and I have about 2000 original blog ideas just waiting to be written, and quite a few are added every day.
I set aside a day on the weekend (either Saturday or Sunday) and dedicate this to writing and other blog maintenance work. Sometimes I write during the week, if I really feel like it.
Then I schedule articles, one a day, for the week, or two, depending on how much I wrote that week.
The editorial calendar really helps in this process, because I can see where I’m missing articles for. And a visual reference is always a lot more serious, for me at least, than a list of scheduled articles.
This is how I get blogging done. It’s a sacrifice I love making, because I love blogging. It’s not a part time hobby, this is a full time career for me (because blogging is so much more than just posting articles). So, good luck with sticking to your schedule!
What methods do you use for blogging? Write to me and let me know!