About a year and a half ago, I first discovered the importance of having an editorial calendar for my Geeky Musings. While I had certainly read posts about maintaining a queue on several of the other blogs that I follow, I didn’t think this site was big enough yet to warrant that, so I flew by the seat of my pants instead. As a result, I was a lot more stressed out and there were several occasions when I missed a post or two because I either didn’t know what to write about or I didn’t allow enough time to read that book, watch that movie, or bake that cake, and then write a review of it.
Once I started using a calendar to plan out my posts, I was able to blog more regularly and set a schedule of 9:00 am on Mondays and Thursdays. That eventually changed to 12:00 pm on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays – which is the schedule that I think works best for me (for now) since I have a non-blog-related job that takes up much of my time, not to mention a wedding to finalize in the next three months!
But though things were going pretty well for a while, Geeky Musings was completely dark last week, primarily because I had planned two dessert posts and completely messed up the timing of when the Mysterious Mr. C and I needed to eat/take pictures of said desserts! I thought I had mapped everything out quite carefully, but in reality, we would have had to take the pictures and throw some things out, or eat two desserts in one evening, which didn’t sound that good either! Clearly I needed to rethink my posting strategies!
So, I did some thinking and brainstorming with C, and I think I’ve come up with an Editorial Calendar Part Deux that should work out pretty well.
First, I’m going to keep my posting schedule the way it is, but I will also be better about recognizing the fact that sometimes life gets in the way and posts (like this one) may go up a little later in the evening. And while my goal is to be consistent, I need to cut myself some slack too and not compare myself to professional bloggers who get paid to do this and can post everyday and give their blog the kind of attention I would love to give mine. Plus, as much as I love my Musings, I love my sleep more and staying up until 3:00 am to try to get something ready to go is just not going to happen.
Second, I have a great resource in C – he is the one who exposed my latent geek-like tendencies after all – but I haven’t really been turning to him like I should. While he has always been supportive of my blogging, I’ve been a bit more self-conscious about asking him to take pictures, try recipes, etc. for some reason, but I’m working to get over that! Since all blogs benefit from second opinions, I’m going to talk to C more to get his thoughts on what he thinks would be an interesting post, geekynerdy news I may be missing, etc.
Lastly, while scheduling my posts on a calendar is helpful, I (admittedly) haven’t been nearly as good with social media. Some weeks I feel pretty on top of my game, posting on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, but other weeks there’s nothing. And then there are times that I end up going down a social media rabbit hole while I’m at work – oops!
Since I am lucky enough to have a job with a mandated lunch break, I have revamped my daily schedule to make sure that each of those blocks are dedicated to blog work, whether that’s posting blog links to my social media accounts, looking at possible stories for the “Nerd Alert,” and drafting posts so I can get ahead of the game. I’ve also been looking at a couple of blog planners to help make sure I’m doing everything I can to stay up-to-date with all of you guys!
At the end of the day, Geeky Musings is a really fun hobby for me right now, but that doesn’t mean I don’t take the blog seriously – because I really do! I just need to be better about giving it the care and attention that I can right now, and build a stronger foundation so that as I am able to expand, I can!
But what about you? What tips and tricks have you learned that help you stay on track with your posts?!