Here are some of my tips for keeping organized in book blogging::
- Format posts in advance. Holy you need to be doing this. When I'm reading a book I will take a few minutes and format the post well before I write the review. It is sitting there waiting for me whenever I'm ready to write. I also format Top Ten Tuesday, The Newsstand and other posts before the time to actually write. This free's up SO much time!!
- Write reviews as soon as possible after finishing a book. Because I've already formatted the post I usually go straight to my computer to write something down before all the feelings of the story leave me. I personally don't ever start a new book until I've finished writing the review. In doing this I've never actually been behind on reviews.
- Update blog once per week. I usually put on a movie or audiobook and update master review lists, discussion page, goodreads, amazon, etc. It is a mundane task but it needs done regularly. This is really enjoyable for me. I'm able to make sure everything is in order before I start my next week's blogging and know that I'm never really behind on blog maintenance. While also getting caught up on TV shows and movies.
- Take one evening per month and write a few blog posts in advance. They might be discussions, interviews, guests posts, giveaway's etc. Whatever they are write them up. You can get them written and be free for the month!
- Schedule posts in advance. I'm usually scheduled 2 weeks in advance. Right now I have enough reviews compiled and scheduled to go until mid December. Hallelujah! This means I'm stress free. I'm not worrying about posting something when I don't have the time. Often I give myself a read-a-thon to get myself on track when I'm running low on reviews.
Now some of you may be saying, "That looks great but I'm behind now. How do I catch up?" I have a few tips to help with that too.
- Don't sweat it if you need a blogging break. You're readers will still be there. There is nothing wrong with taking time for yourself. I do it often and I don't feel ashamed about it. Blogging is supposed to be fun and if it isn't for you then you should take a little break. I can usually take a break and nobody notices because I have enough posts scheduled in advanced that I don't lose a beat.
- Ask a few friends/relatives to write up a review of their favorite book. Get them scheduled and take the week off. Give yourself a read-a-thon and get to work.
- Take a break from posting but not blogging. This is when your blog is quiet but you are busy getting posts ready for the next week or two. You can tell your reader's you are taking a week or two off and you'll be back to blogging at a certain date. Save those posts from friends and relatives and use them to start your 1-2 week advanced scheduling.
- Take one evening per week and write up some advanced posts. I can usually write up 4 Top Ten Tuesday posts easily and then I'm done for the whole month there! Winning!
I like to keep a notepad around for ideas when they come for discussions, events, or whatever ideas I have for my blog. This way I won't forget and can get to it when I have time. I hope that even some of you will be able to relax a little bit more in blogging and know that by scheduling in advance you can really free up your time. Before you know it you'll be caught up on posts/blogging and you'll be scheduling posts in advance. Good luck and let me know how it goes!
Fantastic post! These are such great tips - there's always a time when real life takes over so preparing posts in advance is a great idea. Thanks for sharing :-)ReplyDelete
it really is isn't it?! I have a toddler so I can't just take the time to write up a blog post for that day or the next whenever I want. I need to be ahead of the game. This makes it easier so I'm not pressured in reading and I can take it all at my own pace.Delete
Great tips on staying organized. I agree about writing the reviews soon after reading a book. Otherwise I forget the details to include.ReplyDelete
These are great, practical tips, thanks for this post. I do some of these, and others I wish I did more. I had a short break recenlty and felt guilty about it, even though I was unwell. I have since asked a few trusted readers to write guest reviews and am so glad about that. Thanks for this post.ReplyDelete
Awesome post! Too bad I don't do very many of these!ReplyDelete
Although, I have found that having Wordpress instead of Blogger has helped tremendously when it comes to formatting posts. I have a plugin that allows me to create templates. OMG, I LOVE templates! I have one for reviews, blog tours, Stacking the Shelves, WoW, Teaser Tuesdays and so on! I would never go back to Blogger w/o having a template plugin. With the push of one button my posts are formatted and ready to go.
I just need to dedicate more time to my blog. With being in school right now the time I did have has disappeared! :(
Great ideas! I agree with everything you just said. Review templates do help a lot, and so does scheduling posts. :)ReplyDelete
What a great post Mary, I'm terrible at letting reviews pile up and then I have a mini panic and every time I swear I won't do it again! I do always schedule in advance and I think I've relaxed a bit more this year about blogging I absolutely agree it should be fun not a chore.ReplyDelete
I love scheduling my posts. I usually get all my week's posts ready on Sunday. That way I don't have to worry about what's going up during the week. If I have time to write extra posts I do that too. Makes blogging life so much easier!ReplyDelete
These are some great tips! I definitely need to spend an evening a week to write up posts, I hate scrambling the night before attempting to get everything written before it has to be posted! I have got a lot of my meme posts scheduled, namely because they are so quick to write when I use a template. I've created templates for everything, haha! I'm all for things that makes blogging easier! :DReplyDelete