Sunday, April 14, 2013

Setting a Schedule for Blogging

This past week was spring break.  I had my lovely daughter home with me all week and we had a lot of fun working on craft projects, but I got so behind in my blogging and networking.

collage of daughter with clearance craft from walmart 
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As the week was winding down I thought, “Oh yay! Things will get back to normal, at least until summer,” until my husband approached me about working part time at his office.  His office needs someone astute in computers to do some data entry on a part time basis.  The company will be flexible about my daughter’s school schedule so I don’t have to hand what ever I make straight over to day care.  How could I refuse?
So I thought, as I usually do, “Oh crap.”  I need to make a game plan!!  I need to get back into my scheduling; otherwise you guys will get half posts and hastened ideas without the appropriate amount of forethought.  I sure as heck am not going to give up my blogging, so I need to hit the calendar

samsung galaxy s3 android calendar

I started by setting aside one hour (though I think I am going to have to make that 2 hours) every Sunday to work on my schedule.  While I have used the calendar with Google in the past, I am finding I really enjoy the look of the Outlook/Windows Live Calendar.  I also really like what they are doing with their free e-mail service now (outlook.com) and I am considering switching to them.  It syncs up well with my Android phone, so there is no concerns about that.

windows live outlook microsoft calendar
Purple=Blog or Personal Stuff.  Yellow=Twitter Parties. Other colors mean other stuff :-)

First thing I did was look through my blogging ideas and set up dates I wanted each post to show up.  See I am a big fan of pre-writing as much as possible.  What I mean by that is I write a post, then set it up to be visible on my blog at a later date and time.

schedule blog post in advance

Once my topics for each day were considered, I then chose a couple blocks of time to set aside for writing.  For the most part this is on a Sunday, but depending on my topics, I know I need to set aside some time at least on Monday – and from there I can schedule more.
Because I set up to write all of my posts at the beginning of each week any surprises that happen later in the week won’t affect my posts, just my networking and twitter parties which are variable items anyway.  Now I am ready for anything!

blogging from drafts to scheduled


What do you do to make sure you are meeting a regular blogging schedule?  How do you make sure your posts don’t get lost in your day to day life?

melanie miller content writing mom of my imperfect



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30 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing Melanie!! I need to set up a schedule for mine.

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    1. that and using evernote to jot ideas have been a lifesaver! the evernote/ideas will be another post .. I think I have it scheduled next week or the week after, can't remember - closed the calendar, 'cause I really should go to bed! LOL

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  2. It's like you're in my head! I was just thinking today I need to start using my calendar again, like I did when I worked in the "real world" to make sure I join all the hops I should, post about important things like I should, hit all the social media like I should. Oh yeah, and when I should pay bills, do doctor appointments, vacuum and do laundry. Oy. I need to go to bed. :) And I still need to make a blog button so we can swap!

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    1. Get the button done yet?? :-D And I try to be organized, just don't look in my sink :-)

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  3. Hi Melanie!! Found you over at the Naptime Review Mom's Mingle Monday and am now following you via GFC!! I love your blog! Come visit me if you get a second! Hope you're having a fab week!

    Best,
    Jen @ Yummy, Healthy. Easy.

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, I am glad you enjoyed your visit :-D

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  4. Thank you for the info. I definitely need to budget my time.

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    1. Any time Vashti! Thank you so much for stopping time - and if you think of any tricks to keep you on track, please let me know! I can always use a reminder :-D

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  5. Oh, if ONLY I could be this organized. I usually just open a new blog post, give it a title and throw some ideas in the body. Then I post whenever I feel like it! (or when I am pressured by challenges like the A to Z!)

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    1. I will let you in on a little secret - I am a little anal retentive from time to time. :-) I also do just like you say - usually on my shorter posts - but there are some I just can't do that with, LOL I go back and read like 10 times and find something wrong then have to edit - I am trying to do that pre-post now :-) Keeps me sane :-D

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  6. I am a new follower and would love for you to follow me :)

    http://littletidsandbits.blogspot.com/

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    1. Well, thank you for following! I will go check you out now.

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  7. I always set up a schedule, written one in my planner, then one on google calendar on my phone. The only problem is actually accomplishing everything on it. I fall short most of the time, but I get more done than I would have if I didn't make a schedule at all :)

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    1. I am the same way! For instance I got to my writing late today b/c I was catching up on networking, and didn't get finished! No biggy though, I can work on it tomorrow - just need Thur-Sat written now :-) But if it wasn't on my schedule I doubt I would have even gotten Wed. done today like I wanted.

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  8. Hi there - following you back from the mingle! :)

    Darla
    http://camomsworld.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much for the visit - I am going over to check out your blog now.

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  9. Thank you very much for the information...you are the best.

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  10. This is the issue I'm having right now. I want to get to a place where I have some posts in advance but this is not happening simply because for the past couple of months I have been having great trouble coming up with a post until the very last minute. And I mean, very last minute. Can't seem to get it together. Any tips will not fall on death ears and thanks.

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    1. Thanks for visiting. I do plan on writing a post about getting idea etc. later this month or earlier next month. Basically it is in my idea notes, but not my schedule just yet - so keep an eye out :-) I know what you mean about the last minute thing though - I ran into that last week, and it gets stressful because you know you need to update, but can't think of how to do it and/or what to write about. For me that is when more of my post become sponsored posts, which is not the point of the blog :-) I do wish you the best, and perhaps we can help keep each other inspired!

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  11. wow!!! you are so impressive and organized! i write a post whenever I get a chance.

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    1. LOL - well, I have one child compared to your eight - so I have some more wiggle room (though I know some are grown, I am sure you are still busy)

      And I try to stay organized, but I sabatoge myself often - that is the good thing about these posts, they help remind me to stay on the ball! gotta practice what I preach & all!

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  12. You have no idea how much this will help me. Thank you so much!

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    1. Thank you, Ami, for this wonderful feedback.

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  13. This is a fab idea--I am already getting overwhelmed with blogging deadlines as it is! Thanks for sharing your clever idea. Following you back via Blog Lovin.

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    1. Glad this helped :-) & I appreciate the follow back.

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  14. agreed that i love to write posts ahead of time, but i never seem to get more than a few done in advance at a time and then i'm scrambling to write new ones. ahhh. i like your idea of using a calendar. might help me to better see my ideas and what i already have scheduled. and thanks for stopping by my blog - following on bloglovin now!
    -- jackiejade.blogspot.com

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    1. LOL - I know what you mean. Sometime when I only have ideas for a few post, I try to schedule them for every other day - so it is more consistent - then fill in where I can. I also use Evernote a lot for ideas, I love that I can use it on my phone and desktop.

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  15. Very helpful post for this new blogger - thank you!

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    1. Thank you! I am glad I could be of some help.

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