Discussion: Posting Schedules

If you’re not a blogger like most of the people reading this are, you probably don’t know how much work goes on behind the scenes to keep a blog organized, especially for book bloggers.  Even small book bloggers like myself with a little over 500 followers are sometimes booked up one or two months in advance!  So how do I keep everything straight and make sure the right posts are published on the right days?

I have print out calendars and actually pencil in the posts I’ll be doing for each day.  Yes, I’ve tried doing this digitally but it doesn’t work.  Having the calendar staring me right in the face helps because I can easily ignore digital calendars.  So every Sunday I sit down and pencil in what posts I know I’ll have to do for the week.  If I’ve sent out a review to an author who requested one, I’ll have to pencil in that review for exactly one week later.  If I’m doing a blog tour, I have to make sure that I have a) read the book,  b) written the review for it and c) make sure I don’t schedule anything else for that day.  Sometimes it’s hard.

So what I want to know is (whether you’re a book blogger or not): how do you keep your posting schedule straight?  Do you have a physical calendar like I do or are you more tech-savvy?  Do you even bother having a formal schedule for your posts or do you just have certain days you know you’ll post and wing it?

16 comments

  1. Kayla Sanchez

    Right now I only schedule my posts about a week in advance, but I keep a rough schedule of what I want to do further after that in my head and make sure I think about what I want to say when I actually sit down to write my posts. I can’t imagine being a month or two in advance – that’s some serious preparation right there!

    • Carrie Slager

      Yeah, I’m definitely big on preparation! Right now I’m solidly booked up until mid-October and have a few tentative dates beyond that. But your scheduling makes sense for you and that’s good. Each to their own. 🙂

  2. The Masquerade Crew (@MasqCrew)

    For the most part, I’ve been able to manage the crew’s site without a formal calendar. Guess I’m a whiz at winging it. Not completely, though. I’ve missed things from time to time. It wasn’t all in my head, though. I used lists or some form of documentation to remind what I needed to do, while the schedule itself was off the cuff.

    As the website has grown (and will continue to do so), though, a calendar is needed more now than ever. I’m still going to keep my lists, but some scheduling is being done via Google Calendar. I understand your issue of not looking at it, so I’ve been trying to remind myself to look at it every day, even if I think it hasn’t changed. Make it a daily routine.

    • Carrie Slager

      Really? I can’t imagine managing something on the scale of TMC without a formal schedule, but that’s probably just my meticulous nature talking.

      I think using Google Calendar would be nice, but it’s sort of redundant with my physical calendar. Looking at my physical calendar is sort of a daily routine anyway and I really see no advantages for myself in switching over to digital. Maybe one of these days, but not anytime soon.

  3. Rebecca Vance

    I have a page, just a word document, that is listed chronologically from when I downloaded the book (all my reviews are from e-books) and I take them in order. I wish that I was only about 2 months behind. I made the biggest mistake when I started my review blog. I said yes to everyone. It didn’t matter what genre it was. I ended up with way too many in queue. By the time I finally did suspend submissions, I had about a year’s worth of books waiting for me! It is incredible. I will get to them though. I made a promise and I will keep it. It is hard though, because I am still learning the craft, writing my own debut novel and all the research and work that goes into a first draft, and trying to keep the blog afloat as well as to keep up with all the social media. It isn’t easy. I could do nothing but reviews 24/7 and it would take the whole day. I have over 100 books in queue now. I love it, but it is tough. I am going to revamp my blog completely once I get through the queue. I have learned. This won’t happen again. 🙂 I also have health problems to deal with, and I know you understand that. I will keep on though. I need to read more. Is it possible? haha

    • Carrie Slager

      I made your same mistake, Rebecca. I said yes to everyone and look where that’s got me! I know I’ll get to most of the books eventually, but the list is daunting. That’s why tight scheduling makes sure I get my reviews in to authors in a sort of timely fashion. Part of my reason for scheduling is that I always let authors look at my review a week in advance of publication as a matter of common courtesy. It gives them a little preparation for if they want to publicize the review or some preparation for a bad review going out if that’s the case.

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  5. Jemima Pett

    After my first A to Z Challenge in 2012 I started to organise my blog posts so that I had news on Monday, trivia or stories about my characters on Thursdays, and I can’t remember what else. I started including book reviews on occasional Saturdays, and after this year’s A to Z realised that I get more visits on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays even when I’m blogging daily, so now I do News Mon, haiku Tues, Wed free for emergencies, Thu free for spare news or reviews, Friday flash fiction, Saturday Book review, Sunday off. But I’ve been signing up to more book tours, so I put a draft post in as a place-holder as soon as I know a blog tour date, or any other fixed dates that I want to ensure I do. Since I don’t review ‘for a living’ (I know you do it for love, but my main focus is writing) I can move my reviews around a bit, for example I’ve just postponed one I’ve just read because I want to post another in time for the next Kid Lit Blog Hop. But my reviews are now backing up – they are listed to the end of October, and that’s even with putting some of the adult book ones out on a Thursday.
    I suppose I’d better stop reading… but then I’ll have even more unread books on my kindle :O

    • Carrie Slager

      See, that schedule makes sense! You do certain things every single day whereas I sometimes publish a rant on Monday or have five straight days of book reviews before I rant or post a discussion piece. I’ve tried to make my Discussion posts a regular Saturday feature, but that’s about it. Most weeks how many reviews I publish depend on how much I read the previous week. If I haven’t read much there’ll definitely be a rant that week.

      • Jemima Pett

        It does mean I’ve got book reviews written all the way through to the end of October, though. In the summer I was hunting for a Monday post but those are flying in at the moment. I love your rants. They are always so reasonable 🙂

  6. Jenna @ Rather Be Reading YA

    I have both a written calendar and an online one. I use the written one to keep track of what I want to post and I’m also using a calendar plugin for my WordPress blog. I like it because I can see what’s FINISHED and ready for posting. If it’s not finished, it “draft” after it. I can visualize it better than I can just a list of posts.

    • Carrie Slager

      That would actually be a handy plugin! On my physical calendar I have the titles of all the posts written in and when they’re finished and scheduled I put a little check mark in the bottom right hand corner. It works for now, but I have made some mistakes with that system in the past.

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  8. DoingDewey

    I used to be able to do this rather informally, just tossing the (very few) book tours I was doing on my calendar. Lately I’ve gotten to the point where I’m receiving more ARC offers and I’m so bad at turning them down that I could easily become over-scheduled, so I’m looking for a new solution. I just started using ToDoist a few days ago, as recommended by Book Bloggers International but I’m not sure yet if it will be something I stick with.

  9. StacyHgg

    I also use a written calendar. I tried the digital ones and they just don’t work for me. Now I use google calendar for New Releases only, not post dates. I coordinate with other reviewers on my blog in a secret facebook group to let them know when certain posts are due. It makes it so much easier than emailing back and forth like we used to do. Great post! ( ˘ ³˘)♥

    • Carrie Slager

      I like seeing how other people keep things together and I love the idea of a secret Facebook group if you’re doing a group blog. Whatever works for you, I guess! 🙂

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