So I’ve decided on a name for the catch-all feature I’ve been contemplating for a while now! I’m going to use the ever-so-generic “Merin’s Musings” title for any and all sundry topics I want to discuss. Clever, right? I am going to aim for having new Musings topics each week, which I will post on Thursdays.
Today’s Musing Topic is: Blog Organization (ie. How to Decide What to Post and When)
I don’t know how most of you come up with your blog’s posting schedule – or if you even use a schedule – but I like having new content for my blog each of the five weekdays at the very least. With the vast drop in amount of books read of late (like, two total for the entire month of August; I fail!) for me personally, it’s been a struggle to have those five consistent posts each week. I like participating in memes on Tuesday and Wednesday (Top Ten Tuesday and Waiting on Wednesday, to be specific), but when you aren’t generating any original content, it doesn’t look all that great to new visitors when all that’s on your blog’s front page is memes. I kind of want to make a banner that says “I do review books! No, really!” because that sure doesn’t appear to be the case at first glance. I am well aware of this, and while I wouldn’t say I’m stressing about it – if I were really agitated about it, I would be forcing myself to read even when I’m exhausted and/or trying to do other things (like go to work every day, haha) – it is something I have been thinking about, especially with each day that goes by that I don’t do at least a little reading (like tonight; tonight I was grading papers. Please curb your excitement!).
So that brings me to today’s topic: How many posts per week are your norm? Do you schedule them in advance? Do you have features that you post on specific days, and how far in advance do you write up those posts if the answer is yes? How many reviews do you try to mix in with your other posts each week? How many memes do you participate in? How many more questions can I ask you to answer?
For me personally, like I said, I do two memes per week on the average, and also participate in Stacking the Shelves every other Saturday (although I think I’m going to change this to monthly hauls). I do schedule my Waiting on Wednesday posts in advance; I have a folder in which I keep book covers of future WoW picks, and I’ll do a month’s posts at one time, deleting the covers from the folder as I use them so I don’t have any duplicates. I try to get ahead on Top Ten Tuesday posts, but usually am doing those the Sunday before, just because my week is so busy and tiring and I’m sort of crazy by the end of the day. I do love that they give their topics in advance, though, so that I COULD get ahead if I really wanted to. I think that’s really helpful to folks who are anal-retentive and like to have a lot of posts scheduled in advance.
I also use the Draft feature a lot for my reviews. I’ll start the post, adding in the book information and placeholders for my rating and review, edit the date to when I’m hoping to post the review (of late, I’ve been postponing a whole bunch of posts, of course, but the intention to read and review has been there), and then save the post as a draft so I can just add the final touches and then officially schedule it. I do this so I can see the list of posts and the dates I have things scheduled for all laid out in a nice, easy-to-read format, and also because I’m a tad anal and want things put together in a useful way. I don’t always stick to the posting schedule – in fact, the whole month of August was WAY off – but this gives me a nice foundation to work with, and I don’t worry overly much if I need to make changes.
So there’s a little insight into how I try to do things here at Read and Reviewed. Does anyone else use some of the same ideas I do? Any tips to making things easier? The floor is officially yours!