Am I writing this post as I frantically try and post at least once a week? Maybe…
My blogging schedule is a mess. I don’t know what’s going on, okay? I could decide to change a post the day before or frantically write a post the same night. There’s no telling with me. Is there something like mood blogging? Cause that’s me. Earlier I used to fret over not having a proper blogging schedule and I would reprimand myself for not following it. Things have changed now. I don’t follow a tight blogging schedule, and while this may not work for everyone I just wanted to share some reasons for my attitude towards blogging and ways in which having such a loose schedule helps me.
Here’s Why I Don’t Follow A Tight Blogging Schedule
First off, I didn’t realise how some people follow rigid schedules and write their posts way in advance and properly plan their content. As a beginner, I used to write my posts the day I posted them… don’t ask me why. Anyway, this led to me trying to form a blogging schedule and failing over and over again. Something or the other would come up or my heart wouldn’t be into writing the post.
This led to a lot of anxiety and stress and me beating myself up if I missed a day of posting. And blogging shouldn’t be stressful. If your posting schedule is stressing you out to the point where you’re getting anxious on a daily basis and it’s affecting your mental health or writing then you need to stop.
Either you figure out something else or you stop having any sort of a schedule.
The latter doesn’t bode well with many of us, including myself so I ended up lessening the amount of posts I tried to fit in a week and let myself off the hook if I missed a post or two. For a while I had a pretty schedule and then I remember asking my friends one day if they thought anyone would notice that I didn’t post on a Tuesday. It was kind of eye-opening when they said no. They made me realise that not many people notice blogging schedules. Don’t you just read blog posts and smile when you see a new post notification. I don’t think any of us wonder why one of our friends or favourite bloggers didn’t post on a particular day. Our love and respect doesn’t lessen for those bloggers. Their sense of worth isn’t tied to their posting schedule.
What I’m trying to say is, in the long run a schedule doesn’t make much of a difference. If it helps you then go for it, if not, post in whatever manner you want to.
These days I flip between posting every 3 or 4 days or maybe once a week. If I miss a post deadline that I set for myself (this post was supposed to be published yesterday, lol) then I just say oh well, I’ll post it tomorrow. I know that if I make myself and write down a post when I’m tired or uninspired it will simply compromise on the quality of my content. And this is an old saying but quality is really greater than quantity. I know bloggers who post very inconsistently or once a month but their posts are stellar and I love reading them no matter what!
You can also try taking a hiatus or a break from your blog, whether long or short. Yes, people will miss you but everyone in the community is encouraging and supporting of taking frequent breaks. If you don’t take time off you’re going to burn out trying to maintain your schedule and it honestly won’t get you anywhere. Blogging is something exciting and therapeutic for me and the last thing I want is to stress over it. I’m sure you all feel the same way because god knows we don’t need any added stress these days…
And with that I’ll sign off and go edit this post because in classic Charvi fashion I’m writing this hours before I want to publish it.
What sort of a blogging schedule do you have?
Does your schedule cause you anxiety? If so how do you deal with it?
What do you think are some downsides to having a very flexible schedule? I know it leads to me being lazy sometimes but I’m trying to work on that 🙂