I Don’t Follow A Tight Blogging Schedule and Maybe You Shouldn’t Either

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 πŸ™‚

47 thoughts on “I Don’t Follow A Tight Blogging Schedule and Maybe You Shouldn’t Either

  1. This is an interesting discussion! I’m a bit obsessed with organization, so I have a schedule set up that I follow pretty rigidly. I have been thinking lately about changing my posting schedule, and I really like your laid back approach to it. This is definitely something I’ll have to consider!

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  2. Love this post. πŸ’–
    I am a fairly new blogger and I’ve never followed a schedule because it can be so demanding and tiring. I really hope that people realise that they don’t need to push themselves so hard to do things they do for their own enjoyment.

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    • Thank you!
      Yes exactly, when you’re new you just do what others are, without trying to find what is the best fit for you. I’m happy you enjoyed the discussion πŸ™‚

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  3. This was such an interesting post! I have a pretty organized schedule, but the reason for this is that I read quite a lot of books in a month so I have a lot of reviews ready to post. So that’s how my schedule gets filled. I don’t think it is necessary at all to have a schedule, you do you!!

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    • Oh that makes absolute sense! I’m the opposite, I don’t read as many books and don’t find myself particularly gravitating towards writing book reviews. Thank you so much ❀

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  4. I kept a blogging schedule with my very first blog, but I had A LOT of extra time back then. Now, I ONLY post on Tuesdays or the 1st of a month for monthly wrap-ups, and my only goal is to post at least once a month. If I can manage at least that with my work/life schedule, then I’m happy!

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    • Oh yes, I used to have a lot of time earlier as well and now uni sucks all my energy lol. I think that’s a perfect schedule and one that won’t stress you out either πŸ™‚

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  5. Yes!! I love this post, Charvi ❀ I don't follow a strict blogging schedule either, and I think that's what really let me be able to keep up blogging consistently without taking on super long hiatuses. Most people I realized don't even notice if you miss a week so as long as you're doing what's right for yourself, that's what matters most!

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  6. To be honest, I normally catch up on reading posts at the weekend so don’t normally notice when they actually post! Personally, I try and schedule mine in, mainly because I’m too tired to do anything when I get home from work during the week. So I’ll try and write at least one post at the weekend and then when there are school holidays I’ll write quite a few!

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    • Omg same! I have specific days when I catch up with blog posts. It’s great how that works out for you, I usually get too lazy during my holidays to write and schedule πŸ˜‚

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  7. I can so relate to this. I have been blogging since three years and I tried multiple times to get motivated by others and keeping a schedule, but i was never successful. And at the end of the day, I would beat myself up that why i can’t create a proper schedule and write posts in advance. But slowly, I realised it is just not for me πŸ˜€ I am mood-everything person.

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  8. I have tried to keep a schedule and do posts in advance, but it always felt like work or more work. And for some reason, it’s harder on the weekends. I think the only time that I scheduled posts in advance is when I’m going on vacation and still want some of the content to get posted. Great discussion! πŸ™‚

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    • Yes, definitely. I agree, sometimes you just want to lie in bed on weekends and not write πŸ˜› Ah yes that’s a good idea, you’ve reminded me that I need to do that as well!
      Thank you so much ❀

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  9. This is honeslty, a breath of fresh air and really helpful. I’m trying to create a healthier relationship with my blog and I’ve decided to post once a week, or trying to at least. However, I’ve decided not to plan what day exactly I’ll be posting. That flexibility has been working wonders for me

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  10. loved this post! at this point i don’t really force myself to follow a strict posting schedule like i used to when i was new to blogging. i just post whenever i am inspired and motivated to blog!

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  11. I love having a schedule for blogging. While I do despise and berate myself when I fail, without a schedule I would fail apart. I do perform better with deadlines and schedule chasing me usually.

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  12. I co-write my blog with a writing partner so we keep to a schedule to keep things equitable. Kathleen always posts on Mondays and I post either on Thursday or Friday ( I have a bit more wiggle room because I’m a mom working full time). Occasionally one of us will throw up an extra post on a Wednesday. If I were the only one writing for the blog, I believe I wouldn’t keep to such a rigid schedule, but our writing partnership has stayed strong because of the boundaries we set for ourselves.

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    • Oh wow that sounds great! Co-blogging is honestly amazing and I’m always in awe when people find bloggers who they can cooperate and work with together. Almost sounds impossible hehe but I love how it works out on some blogs 😍

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    • Omg I couldn’t imagine writing my posts the day of posting them. I used to have a rigid schedule when I first started… Idk why since I hate restrictions being put on me πŸ˜‚ anyway when I’m not on hiatus and am posting I usually plan out the months content in advance and will write it in advance. If there’s one thing I’ve gained from giving myself space let posts sit and steep a bit longer. It’s knowing that they’re quality posts that I’m proud of and not one I’ve rushed or called it quits on just to meet a self imposed deadline.

      A downside to a flexible schedule at least for me is the slight panic of not knowing when a new post will be up. We spend more time working on the posts but they may take several days or weeks before we’re ready to share them. In the meantime if we haven’t prewritten anything the blogs gonna be silent… which for me is something that can make me worry that everyone will have forgotten about me πŸ˜‚

      I will say whilst I don’t notice posting schedules as much with blogging I do notice and take note of it with YouTubers πŸ€” I know which day roughly I can expect a post and which YouTubers don’t really follow a schedule. Either way I’m just grateful for all the wonderful content to consume.

      Whilst I definitely miss blogging and engaging more consistently with everyone, I know that taking this hiatus is what I needed otherwise I’d just be burned out πŸ˜‚ thankfully like you said this community is so supportive and encouraging of taking breaks πŸ’•

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  13. […] Another big difference I notice, is that I now have a consistent blogging schedule. When I first started out, I just posted a blog post whenever I felt like posting one. Sometimes I published 4 blog posts a month, sometimes 8, it was pretty volatile. Now, I have a pretty organized blogging schedule, I post around 3 times a week and (I’m proud of this, I really am) my blogging schedule is full until the end of May. I can’t believe I have so much reviews and random posts written, that my schedule is full until May already. At times, I even think it’s awkward to write a blog post and then only be able to schedule it in May? But on the other hand, it really takes off some pressure for me, I always have a blog post ready so when I’m not feeling the blogging vibe some time, I don’t have to worry. I just want to make clear that it is not necessary at all to have a blogging schedule. You do you! Please don’t put too much pressure on yourself, blogging should be fun. I recently read a really interesting post regarding blogging schedules, you can read it here. […]

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  14. I agree. I like deadlines and schedules for me to see how far I should aim in doing something but as a new blogger, it would be hard for me because I am some sort of what I call MOOD WRITER. If I don’t feel like writing I couldn’t write with enthusiasm and I feel like the stories I write are dull and senseless.

    I guess, I just am trying to balance. Lately, I just schedule when to post something I am currently writing based off on how I feel about it while writing.

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  15. “Blogging shouldn’t be stressful” – yes! That’s the core of it, hey?? I have a theoretical schedule in which I post on Wednesday and Sundays…or something like that (one weekday, one weekend). I don’t know the last time I followed it πŸ˜› The point about readers not really noticing schedules is also a good one. I only notice if someone posts like 5+ times in a week…that’s too much for me to keep up with.

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    • Hehe yeah schedules often get tossed aside. Omg right? I look at my email notifications (I follow mostly through email than WP reader) and see someone’s name appearing thrice a well or more and I’m just completely in awe!

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  16. came here from tiff’s post & i absolutely agree !! in fact i just took like a year long hiatus LMAOO but yes… my blogging schedule was not great… and i really tried to post three times a week & i can’t think of a time that i did that successfully!! LMAO anyways i definitely think that just doing Whatever is fine and overall better for your personal mental health :’))

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