Last year on March 1st I wrote a post about how I blogged every day for a year.
It’s now a year later and I’ve been daily blogging now for two years.
I went into detail in my post last year about how I managed to stick to my schedule and what helped me stay organised. Now it’s a year later, I’ve managed to give myself another blog to worry about and I have a steady schedule on my fitness blog now, rather than just posting when I feel like it.
Let’s just look at what my schedule is like on each blog:
- Skinnedcartree: New post daily at 7am.
- Slimmedcartree: New post 3 times a week at 7am. Monday, Wednesday and Friday or Saturday.
- Geekedcartree: New post once a week at 7am, usually Wednesday.
So that’s 10 blog posts a week.
Ugh, I’m starting to wonder what my life is when I think of it like that.
I just wanted to make this post to talk about things that have changed in the past years, things I do different to what I did a year ago and how I keep up with 10 blog posts per week alongside my full time job.
What’s changed in the last year?
I think the biggest thing that has changed in the last year is that while usually I’d have each post scheduled and ready a week in advance, I seem to have more posts about 80% finished but need final touches which I’ve been doing a day or so before.
I also keep one or two backup posts for emergencies. They’re just general posts that I might need just incase something comes up and I can’t get a post finished in time. Which I haven’t had to use yet, but I feel so much, I guess, in control knowing I have that safety net if I need it.
It makes everything much less stressful and if something last minute pops up, like a friend asks me to go for drinks after work, I can actually continue to have a life rather than being a slave to my blog.
Another thing is that I am not strict with the time I post on my fitness and tech blog. There has been a handful of times that I’ve not had time to complete the posts, so I’ve posted them at say, 1pm in the afternoon rather than scheduling for 7am. And I’m okay with that. It’s happened probably twice but it’s a way to allow myself to be flexible rather than putting all this pressure on myself.
My average week:
I’m going to use this week to give you an idea of what I’ll have scheduled for then and what I’m working.
Today is Saturday, I’m not working so I will schedule and finalise a post for Sunday and Wednesday and my 3 fitness posts – they have the images done already. My post for the tech blog is already complete.
I can’t finalise Monday’s yet because on Monday I post about the #socialbloggers chat which is on Saturday night, so I’ll do that tomorrow before work (I start at 3pm). I will do Tuesdays post after work on Monday as it’s an Instagram roundup so I can’t do it now because I’d have to edit it if I took more pictures between now and then – though I’ll start putting parts of Tuesdays post together.
My next day off work is Wednesday, so I’ll finalise the posts for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and maybe Sunday then.
After work on each evening, I’ll spend an hour or so writing posts or doing the photos but not finishing them. I have a batch of about 7 posts worth of photos to edit, so I’ll send one evening doing that.
So basically every week I’ll look at my shift patterns and if I have any social plans to decide when I can plan each post to make sure I don’t get behind. Some evenings after work I have to write a post, some evenings I don’t so I’ll have a bit of time to myself or work on social media.
Some evenings I have plans, so I get everything done beforehand. I also some of my breaks at work to manage e-mails, comments and proof-read posts.
Rocks in my diary.
Rocks in my diary are things that are always there, so some posts I always do or a blog related task I do without fail. Here are my rocks:
- Every Monday I do a #socialbloggers roundup of the Saturday night Twitter chat.
- On the first of every month I do an Instagram roundup.
- On the first or second of every month I send out a newsletter to my e-mail subscribers with my favourite posts of the month.
- Every Monday I write a fitness update on my fitness blog.
- Most Wednesdays I do a What I Ate Wednesday post on my fitness blog.
- Every day I comment on blogs of people that have commented on mine.
- Every day I schedule tweets into buffer.
So how does this make me feel?
Well, I’m not going to lie and say this is easy. I do a LOT of stuff.
But how does it feel? It feels okay until life happens, or I get addicted to a TV program or something similar.
If I have a lot to do in a week, I get a bit stressed and overwhelmed, which can be stupid when this is just a blog that I run. I don’t have anyone forcing me to post daily or stick to the schedules I’ve set myself, but if I missed a day, I think I’d feel really sad. I might even die.
Okay, that’s a bit dramatic, but when you do something every day and you kind of feel like you’re on a roll with it, it’s hard to break that streak.
Admitting that it makes me a bit stressed and overwhelmed isn’t an easy thing to say. Because blogging has become such a part of my life that it’s almost a routine. It’s like brushing my teeth before I go to bed, it’s something that seems natural to me and 95% of the time I love it. But I’m only human and there are times where it all feels too much. There are even times when I wonder what the point of it all is, all this hard work I put into it. But then I remember all the good things. And I remember the e-mails, DMs, Tweets and comments I get.
I think if I let myself not post for a day, I’d worry I would become to complacent about it and maybe not post for two days. Or even a week.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but I think the satisfaction that daily blogging gives me is enough to keep me going. I know it’s not realistic for the rest of my life, but I’m not ready to think about that just now.
While I can keep making it work, I’ll make it work.
I know a lot of people think that daily blogging isn’t achievable, but it is. I work full time, exercise, socialise and manage it. The trick is to be able to plan in your week when you can get posts done for and be strict with your diary. The trick is to figure out what works for you.
Make up your rules and give yourself flexibility in a way that works for you. Also allow yourself to change your rules you need to.
It’s something you have to be committed to.
And you have to be willing to give up some other things to make time for it. I rarely watch TV, I rarely play video games, I rarely read books. Those are things I’d love to do, but just don’t have time for. If those things are just as important to you as blogging is, then maybe daily blogging isn’t for you.
This post isn’t trying to tell you that you SHOULD be daily blogging. It’s trying to tell you that YOU CAN DO IT if you bloody well want to. And if you don’t want to because other hobbies are just as important, or even more important, then that’s fine, too.
What’s your blog schedule like?