Hi guys, I hope you are all well. I had a pretty good weekend and I hope you all did too. I saw Marie at drizzleandhurricanebooks talk about how she plans for her blog the other day and I was inspired to talk about my own process of blogging. I’m going to be talking about coming up with post ideas, planning and scheduling my posts, as well as posting and promoting them. Let’s get started.
Coming up with new post ideas is a key part of blogging and it’s one that I struggle with on a semi regular basis to be honest. After over four years of blogging, I sometimes find it hard to keep things fresh and interesting. I am always looking out for new post ideas to try out.
I get most, if not all, of my inspiration from reading other blogs. Obviously there is a huge difference between inspiration and plagiarisms – do not copy other blogger work and credit the blogger/creator if you are doing a book tag or something like that.
Other places you can look for inspiration include Twitter, Instagram or simply by googling blog post ideas. If you know other bloggers, you could also bounce ideas off each other. Check out my post on bookish blog post ideas.
I am the type of person that likes to plan things in advance so I like to know at least a week ahead of time what I will be posting. That’s what works for me but if you prefer posting spontaneously then that’s good to – whatever works for you. There is no set way to blog.
I typically plan ahead of time, although there may be the occasional post that is more short notice. I start planning roughly a month a head of time, or at least a couple of weeks ahead. I started planning for my April posts at towards the end of last month. This may not mean that I have all the posts written but I will at least have an idea of what I will be posting in the month ahead.
I post twice a week on Monday and Friday – I always post reviews on Friday and then on Monday it’s generally some other kind of bookish posts. I occasionally post on Wednesday too but generally it’s just twice a week. I’m seriously impressed with people who post everyday because I would not know what to post.
I use a monthly spread in my bullet journal to organise my schedule. I also have a list of all my reviews to keep track of all the books I’ve reviewed and a list of blog post ideas that I can refer back to.
The time it takes me to write a post will depend on what the post is. Full reviews, recommendations and author exploration posts all tend to take longer, while mini reviews and lists will take less time.
I personally like to write out a post and then take some time to read through it, as this gives me the space to make any necessary changes. Depending on the post I will also add images as well.
Posting happens automatically as long as I’ve scheduled the post. Promoting my post is probably the hardest thing for me. I’m not very good at putting myself out there, even after four years of blogging, and it is something that I need to work on.
My WordPress account is linked to my Twitter and Bloglovin accounts so whenever I post it immediately goes up onto both of them. I also share posts on Instagram occasionally – I should definitely be doing it more. These are the three places I primarily share my posts. You can also use Pinterest to promote but I don’t really use it myself.
A great way to promote yourself and your blog is to interact with people in the community. Commenting on other blogs and getting into discussions on Twitter are two examples of things you can do to become a part of the bookish community and promote your blog. As I’ve already said, I am rubbish at this but I’m hoping to improve this year.
That’s it for today. I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for over four years now – it doesn’t feel like it’s been that long. Anyway do you guys have a blogging routine? I’d love to know how you all do it. Let’s chat in the comments. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.