Happy Monday, and welcome back to Read. Sleep. Repeat.’s Tips & Tricks: Organization! Last week I had the pleasure of unveiling The Official Book Blogger Planner and telling you the vital (to me) supplies I use for keeping my blog organized. This week we’re going to jump into the fun, messy and time-consuming stuff!

 

Schedules & Formatting

This week you’re going to focus on getting your reviews, meme’s, discussions and etc, prepared for you blog.

If you have self hosted WordPress, now is the time for you to run over to Ashley of Nose Graze, Creative Whim site and purchase The Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin. I can not stress how vital this plugin is for us book bloggers. It literally cut 20 minutes off of the time it use to take me to compile book info for my reviews. Not only that but it has some amazing widgets that can help you stay on track when it comes to organizing your blog.

Ok so now that I’ve promoted the THE BEST PLUGIN EVER let’s get to business. Look at your calendar. Now, realistically, how often are you able to post each week? What meme’s do you want to participate in? Are you thinking about adding a discussion feature? How often can you promote those post? Do you have a lot of email subscribers? All of these questions should play a major part in your schedule. For example, my schedule is as follows:

Sunday’s~ ARC reviews

Monday’s~ Organization (Month of December only)

Tuesday’s~ Top Ten Tuesday (sometimes)

Wednesday’s~ Waiting on Wednesday

Thursday’s~ Guest post/reviews

Friday’s~ Reading After Dark Reviews

Saturday’s~ Stop & Chat

Since I have so many post going up, my email subscribers get one email at the end of the week. This way I don’t feel like I’m spamming them, and they don’t miss anything.

You should know that even though I “plan” to have something everyday that is not always the case. I don’t always do a TTT post or have someone to do a guest review. That’s why your schedule should always be looked at as a GUIDE! It’s not set in stone because life happens, and if you “make” yourself do something you typically have a higher chance of giving up.

So look at that calendar and don’t kid yourself. It’s fun to dream that you’ll have 6 reviews a week and all the meme’s but not only is that a huge load on you, it can be overwhelming to your followers.

Once you have a schedule thought up, you have to do the hard part. Formatting. It took me 9 months to come up with a post format that I was happy with. Luckily I have the UBB plugin so formatting is done automatically for me but for those of you that don’t have it, I suggest you get to work. If you have self hosted WordPress and would like a free plugin that can help with formatting I suggest Simple Post Template. You create a post, review, meme, whatever, the take the HTML and paste it within that plugin and then save it as “blah blah blah” template. The drawback is that even though the bones are here you have to go in and adjust quite a bit. You have to continually update the cover image to the book, the info and all that other tedious stuff that makes you not want to schedule in advance. If you use blogger or wordpress.com then I’m sorry sweets but you’re going to have to bite the bullet and go through the motions each time. You can save the HTML for some of it and input the info each time like the plugin I described above but it can and will be pretty time-consuming. But it will always be worth it.

The only thing I can say to keep you going is, there is no better feeling than going to your post calendar and seeing that EVERYTHING is already done for the upcoming week/month. All that time and energy you spend getting your blog ahead of the curve will come back as reading time, or T.V. time, or “I just want to sit on my ass and drink wine” time. Whatever you put into your blog is what you’ll get back.

You have a whole week to start dreaming up that schedule and working on your format before we jump into the next barrel of scorpions. So get to work guys and I’ll see you next week!

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11 thoughts on “Organize Your Blog! Pt 2.”

  1. Super helpful post! I have 3 days set up, well 4 with Showcase Sunday that I intend to pick up again, and then 3 days that are free and can get extra posts here and there, with blog tours or promos or random stuff!
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  2. These are great tips! When we were on free wordpress site we basically copied a previously published post each time we started a new one. That way the format was ready and we just had to change things, kind of like that template plugin you mention. It wasn’t as quick as things are now with self hosted WP and UBBP, but it worked for the time. I think having a plan for the week, like what specific features are being posted, really helps in staying organized and planning. Plus if you tell yourself you are only posting reviews on specific days, it helps schedule reviews in advance and not try to post one each day.

  3. Thank you and that’s exactly what I mean! Telling yourself “hey you have this ARC’s release coming, you need to get that schedule missy” it helps you schedule in advance which is so helpful for you later and it looks great to publishers!

  4. I’m trying more and more to get ahead of my post scheduling and it is indeed nice to see most of the week already filled! I like the post Calendar plugin to help with that since I’m a visual person 😉
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  5. As much as I love to stay organized, I just can’t set such a strict schedule for my blog. I mean, I do follow a loose schedule. There are certain posts I do around the same time each month, and I usually post my reviews on Thursday or Friday, but beyond that I just don’t have enough regular content, I guess. I’m way too eclectic, lol!

    Am I the only person that doesn’t enjoy the weekly digest style of blog subscriptions, though? Whenever I get those, I automatically delete them. I just don’t have time to look at every single post listed in that one email — all at once. I’d much rather get an email every day, with a single post in it, so I can more easily and systematically work my way through them.
    Kelley (Another Novel Read) recently posted…Immagica Map Reveal (+ Giveaway!)My Profile

  6. There’s nothing wrong with that though! A loose schedule works really well for most people because it’s not as much pressure and it still gives a sense of complete freedom. 😀 I go from one extreme to the other sadly. I went from having no schedule at all to a super strict “unchangeable” schedule. 🙁 But I’m finding a middle ground lately!

    And I don’t know…I guess I could do a poll and see who would prefer daily digest I just hate the thought of spamming someone’s inbox! I post way too much sometimes and I feel guilty. 🙁
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  7. Yeah, I know what you mean! I think there are some email subscription services that let the subscriber choose if they want individual emails or weekly digests, but I dunno. And I wouldn’t worry about it too much. I basically use Feedly as my main way of subscribing, so I can see each post individually, and then I use email subscriptions as backup, just so I don’t miss anything, lol.
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