Tuesday, August 26, 2014

My Posting Schedule Breakdown

You might have noticed that I'm posting a bit more regularly now. That's because I've established a posting schedule here on FivEleveNinety in hopes to provide more content, challenge my creativity, and make sure that I'm actually taking time out of my daily work grind to do something I truly enjoy - blogging! :)

I've always been a sit-down-and-wing-it kind of blogger, but over the past month, I've been planning entries in advance and posting on Tuesdays and Thursdays (as well as Sundays for the College Survival Series in August). I gotta say - this schedule has definitely been working for me! I've been taking the time to sit down with my planner and think about the topics I want to talk about on what days and surprisingly enough, I can pretty easily plan out an entire month! (As of now, I'm into October already with what I want to blog about!)

I try to keep a good balance of updating the featured series on my blog as well as staying up-to-date of all that's going on in my life. I make sure to block out a day for a "life update" once every 2-3 weeks (I keep it as general as that because I'm never to sure what I'll be getting up to in the future) and make sure to highlight any major events in my life with it's own post (for example, I'll be getting my wisdom teeth out as well as running my second marathon in the coming months, so I know I'm going to want to chronicle those!). In addition to writing down what I want to post about, I make a note of when I want to film a coinciding video to go along with a particular post as well.

I make sure to put my schedule directly into my planner (both monthly and weekly views), as well as putting an additional note into my electronic calendar. My favorite view is the monthly version of my paper calendar (shown below), so I make sure I'm not posting too often about one topic and know when a larger post would be coming up so I have time to plan it all out (photos, picture editing, videos, the written post itself).

Planned posts are highlighted in green. It's great to have all my ideas laid out in front of me on my calendar!

I enjoy that even though I already have many posts planned for my Tuesday/Thursday schedule, I still have many other days during the week to play with if I'm in the mood for a bonus post here or there. Giving myself a schedule has helped SO IMMENSLEY with sitting down and just staring at a blank white screen with a flashing cursor. I know that my blog is getting plenty of thought and love and I'm proud of what I've put into it these past weeks. I'm hoping that I can stick to my schedule without stressing out too much through the school year (nothing worse than when your hobby stresses you out!) but I think it'll be a great new approach to keeping up with one of my favorite personal interests! :)

Do you have a schedule for your blog? How do you plan out your posts?
Leave your blogging strategy in the comments!


  1. When I ran a book blog I did the same thing! I had a general review on Monday, participated in a meme on Wednesday, & had a recurring special feature on Friday. That way my blog was consistently updated, it was spaced out enough for my needs & anything outside of that format was like a bonus! Can't wait to see where you got this semester.

    1. Doesn't it make things so much easier? I'm loving it so far! Glad to have you reading along!