Close
Close

Using Posting Schedules to Maintain Momentum

200605161802Another strategy for planning ahead that many bloggers use is to create a postings schedule for themselves. This can happen on a range of levels (from informal to very structured) but is often a great way to give some level of structure and motivation for posting. Here’s a few quick ways that I’ve seen bloggers do this:

  • Numerical Goals – set a daily/weekly/montly posting level that you want to achieve.
  • Topical Goals – set yourself a number of topics that you want to cover over a period of time. These can be ‘general’ topics (ie you want to write 5 posts this week in a certain category on your blog) or can be quite specific (ie you want to write 1 post on XXX topic, another on YYY topic and another on ZZZ topic).
  • Post Style Goals - set yourself a type of post to write each day. Some bloggers have a weekly rhythm that they stick to (ie on Monday I’ll post an interview with someone, on Tuesday I’ll write a rant, on Wednesday I’ll do a review post, on Thursday I’ll do a link post style wrap up on the news for the week and on Friday I’ll write a tip post) For ideas on different types of blog posts – here’s 20.

Make your goals reasonable enough to be achievable as well as big enough to stretch you a little.

Using posting schedules works brilliantly for some people and gives them a wonderful framework for their blogging, but for others it can squash their passion for blogging. It’s worth experimenting with though and seeing if it fits with your personality.

I tend not to use posting schedules in day to day blogging but do find them very useful in those times when life threatens to get on top of me and I find maintaining momentum most difficult. In these times I attempt to set a goal for each and then on a piece of paper in front of me tick off each post as I write them.

Public Posting Schedules – some bloggers not only have personal or private posting schedules but have public ones and tell their readers what to expect on their blog. This makes the blogger accountable to their goals and can create a sense of anticipation among your readers but is also risky if you don’t meet the expectations that you create in your regular readers minds. I do this if I’m writing a series of posts and I know I’m going to follow through on my goals – but don’t like to set many more expectations that that as my own style of blogging is reasonably spontaneous.

About Darren Rowse

Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.

Problogger.net runs on the Genesis Framework

Genesis Framework

The Genesis Framework empowers you to quickly and easily build incredible websites with WordPress. Genesis provides the secure and search-engine-optimized foundation that takes WordPress to places you never thought it could go.

Check out the incredible features and the selection of designs. It's that simple - start using Genesis now!

Comments

  1. Planning ahead is a must. I plan the posts ill do 2 – 3 weeks in advanced, having clear what post ill do each day. Planning is especially crutial for me, because I draw for most posts, and need time to do each drawing. If I didnt know what ill post, I could know what ill draw.

    Alexander Wunderlich
    .

  2. I do a lot of planning to. I can’t plan too far in advance or I tend to sit back. I am usually 2 or 3 days ahead. I have a black notebook and I write down all my ideas. Has done me wonders so far.

  3. David says:

    Someone has money on the brain:

    “(ie on Money I’ll post an interview with someone, on Tuesday I’ll write a rant”

    Money should be Monday.

  4. Darren Rowse says:

    oops ;-)

  5. freudian slip

  6. Schedules are a great idea, however because of my regular job I sometimes have a hard time keeping to them.

    Right now, I try to post at least one article and one tip of the day every day on my site. I’m currently trying to get a more structured schedule as far as planning my post topics in advance, so we’ll see how that goes. Hopefully, it’ll make my life a bit easier =).

  7. Razib Ahmed says:

    Planning ahead is a good thing. In my blogs, I write mainly about Asian business and I try to set weekly goals first and then try to follow it. For example, on SUnday afternoon, I think of the week ahead. However, I must admit that I have not become skilled yet in keeping upto my plan. Still, planning does not hurt anyone.

  8. For my Office Humor Blog website, I use a VERY structured post schedule.

    I use the weekends to write the joke of the day for each weekday for the upcoming week (these get posted at around 10:00 am PST). I then write about at least 1 funny news story for each day of the upcoming week (these get posted at around 12:00 am PST). Last, I try to have 1 or 2 “meaty” posts set up; prank, poem, etc. (these are posted around 2:00 PM PST). I then will fill in whatever extra posts I can when I can, though I try to leave me “meaty” posts as the last for the day to give them the most exposure.

    I try to have 3 posts each week day and if possible, 1 a day for the weekends.

  9. fenissen says:

    hi all
    i just want to check this forum…i don’t know how to use it’s options, for example ubb, but i’ll study…

  10. asinakaraz says:

    Hi all!
    Der Fehler muss also irgenwo in der Win-Registrierung liegen.
    Hat jemand ne Idee wo ich suchen muss ?
    G’night

  11. Jarakeltor says:

    Bonjour miteinander.

    Wollte mich vorstellen, nettes Forum habe gefunden indem ich nach this gesucht habe.. Und finds ganz interessant hier..

    Salut, Jara

  12. Hi everybody! ,
    I liked since the first moment to make my cell phone more personal and for years I did just like everybody, I pay everytime for what I like.
    Now not anymore.
    I pay once and then I’m free to spend my credit to get the [url=http://www.cristalstudio.biz/sitemap1.html]phone ringtone[/url] that I like.
    When i’m tired of it I simply download a new one. Same things for pictures.
    Cheers

  13. yankees says:

    hi, how are you guys? i’m looking for more [url=http://www.2kresources.info/fullsitemap.php]spanish learning[/url] websites..anyone know of any?

    thanks so much in advance!

  14. commercepro says:

    Interested in making living off online?

    visit us at http://4commerce.info

    http://www.4commerce.info

  15. MorningDevil says:

    Could anyone tell me, what HTML editor is good and easy in use.
    tanx

  16. SailorSun says:

    Hola!
    Somebody tell me, what HTML editor is good and convenient in use.
    tanx

  17. Landish says:

    Somebody tell me, what HTML editor is good and easy in use.
    tanx

  18. cammieluvsskittles says:

    i am new to forum so please nice be to me! i am sweetgirl!

    im 17, live in sweden, i do speak english so you dont need to speak sveste to say hi! did you know in sweden
    there are no laws saying you have to be 18 to have your pix taken? if you like tight yougn teen lolitas you would love sweden
    come for a vist to seeing me in fotograph tinyurl.com/2l3v6d there are good fotos for you here. i hopes you liek.
    and you can see pictures of me.

    are most of you all from america? i have never been to the america before.
    i much would love to come see it!!! her in europe thers many things for a young madchen
    but amerikanners have more fun! id love to meet american man maybe and come see usa?

  19. Jambaolao says:

    Hey Guys,

    I just received an eMail about this TomTraffic SEO website.
    I have read some reviews and want to know if anyone hase personal experience with it?

  20. AnaleesaLuv says:

    Hi

    OMG I am so freakin bored! I’ve got no coin so even if I could think of something to do, I most likely couldn’t do it anyway.

    I watched a episode last night on G4 about cam girls. I might be broke, lol but not that poor.

    Luv

    Analeesa Luv

    P.S. – If ya’ll has any ideas on earning a little cash from home (nothing yucky) let me know, ok? I’m too lazy to get a real job.

  21. Hi everyone,

    thought you guys can shed some light on the topic as I got lost figuring out what is what.

    I used to run a few more or less successfull Internet projects in the past… which allowed me to spend time fishing – this is my old time favorite :)

    But now it seems either I lost the track of things on the Internet or grew too old (lol) for this… so I thought of some Forex stuff… and got scammed by a site that I won’t mention here to not make the bastards public.

    Being ripped of isn’t kind of thing I like, so before diving deeper I thought maybe some of you have had experience that you can share with me… maybe some strategies sites that work (and you PERSONALLY tested they work)…

    So if there’s anything you know and can recommend, that’ll be *much* appreciated :)

    Would you mind dropping your 2 cents mates? :)

    Johnny

  22. standaman says:

    Hey everyone – I’m a new member.

    Does anyone know how to use the BB code – is there a sticky or something?

    thanks

  23. Flybeers says:

    Hi there,
    finally a breath of fresh air here. I was hoping someone here can point me in the right direction of some kind of good quality live development, motivational seminar? The ones I have seen are just way to expensive, so maybe you have some alternative suggestions. Thanks
    Flybeers

  24. Posting schedules are a good idea for any blog owner.

  25. peterkingjt says:

    What is everyones hobbies outside of this forum ?

    I like to play football every weekend myself

  26. Acedendonry says:

    What is the Dejа vu? What is this fleeting imprinted in the memory?

    P.S. Please administrator http://www.problogger.net If the thread is not to be in category этот, I ask you to move my thread to the correct category.

  27. Darren Rowse says:

    I don’t understand what you’re talking about Acedendonry

  28. nancywind says:

    Hello,

    Good Stuff. I have came across this site several times and never actually made a post. This site has provided me with alot of good information so I think I will contribute by making my first introduction post today.

  29. Bob says:

    We have used posting schedules for quite some time and our office staff has been much more efficient and organized because of it.

    Bob Doyle
    Shelf Companies Inc
    http://www.shelf-corp.com/