I’ve always subscribed to a laid-back method of blogging. Basically, I have no specific schedule I stick to (except in the case of blog tours, which I rarely even participate in anymore). I also almost never write posts in advance or have specific days or times that I blog hop and comment.
There are several reasons for my lack of a schedule:
- I’m horrible at sticking to a schedule (in life as well as blogging)
- I enjoy the freedom of not feeling like I have to post anything specific or on any specific days
- When I do write a post, I’m usually excited about it and I want to publish it right then
This haphazard blogging style has worked surprisingly well for me for the last eight years (my eighth blogoversary is next week!). I would just blog when and if inspiration hit me—and it usually did! I didn’t have specific days that I posted, but I would generally put something up at least 3 times a week, often more. I had ideas for discussions (and I followed through on them), I wanted to write reviews, I liked participating in a few specific memes occasionally… I could go on.
And then 2020 happened.
I don’t know exactly what happened (I mean, the year was sort of a blur, right), but 2020 was bad for me creatively. If I had been getting tons of writing done instead of blogging, that would be one thing, but that wasn’t the case. I just wasn’t managing anything. And some weeks the only post I’d manage to publish was my Sunday Post.
But I realized that I did always get my Sunday Post up. Why? Because I felt like I had to. It was Sunday, therefore the Sunday Post needed to go up. And it got me thinking: maybe I do need to try putting myself on a blogging schedule for a while. I mean, the state of my blogging can’t get much worse, so it’s worth a shot, right?
I have no idea if this will work (check out my aforementioned issues with sticking to a schedule), but I’m going to try to post every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday for the foreseeable future, whether I’m feeling inspired or not. The only exception I’ll make is when I have posts that need to go up on a specific day for some reason. In those cases, I’ll allow myself to change the days I post, but I’ll still aim for three a week.
Can I do it? We shall see. Wish me luck!
Do you stick to a blogging schedule? I want to know!