Organize Your Blog pt. 3!

December 16, 2013 Features & Spotlights 17

Welcome back to Read. Sleep. Repeat.’s Tips & Tricks: Organization, lovelies! I hope you all have your schedules dreamed up and the Ultimate Book Blogger plugin installed because this week we are jumping into the hard stuff! What could be harder than making a realistic schedule outline, you ask?

Knocking out those meme’s, discussions and tours!

Now of course of the three mentioned above tours will be the easiest….maybe but there is STILL work involved!

When I’m going through the torturous process of scheduling my post, meme’s, discussions and tours are the first things I tackle. For three really good (to me) reasons.

  1. It makes my calendar look less depressing
  2. They are EASY to do in advance
  3. They aren’t as time consuming to draft up as reviews.

Not bad reasons right? What I suggest is pulling out your planner, looking at the “month at a glance” section and determining just how many WoW/TTT/Showcase Sunday post you have to prep. For instance, if there are 4 Wednesday’s this month instead of 5 go through and pick 4 books to feature on Waiting on Wednesday. Drop by The Broke and The Bookish and see what Top Ten list you’ll be making for the month. Triple check your email for any tour reminders you may have missed. Then take all this information and start filling it in on that pretty calendar with your pencil. As you go through and draft these post take that ONE highlighter (told you I’d explain!) and highlight the ones that are completed and scheduled. Now your calendar just became a checklist too! See the big picture? You get a full view of what you “want” to post vs what you have ready to go.  And the cool part? If you decide that you rather post something else, all you have to do is erase and replace! So, this week I want you guys to look at January (a clean slate!)  and get to work on those meme’s, discussions and tours. Tweet me pics of your progress, leave your thoughts in the comments, whatever it takes to stay engaged!

Next week we’ll look at drafting reviews and the big no no I do anyway. Bah bah BAAAHHHHH!

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17 Responses to “Organize Your Blog pt. 3!”

  1. Pili

    Now all of this is reassuring me that I’m doing some things right! I have all my WoW posts scheduled in my calendar in advance (I think the list goes time Feb) and then I do them in batches!
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  2. Miranda @ Tempest Books

    Memes are usually what I tackle first when it comes to blog scheduling, too. I only really participate in Top Ten Tuesday, so I have a whole bunch written in advance and already scheduled to go live on their certain days. It’s also easy for me to schedule regular reviews, too. Because I always make sure to write a book review right after I finish a book, and then I just immediately place it into my book review post template and schedule it to go live.
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  3. Ashley @ The Book Addict's Ramblings

    This is exactly how I handle my memes. I usually take a night at the beginning of the month and plan them out. Otherwise it’s 11:30 pm on a Monday night and I am scrambling to find what to put on my Top Ten Tuesday posts for the next day. Plus I like seeing all the posts I have scheduled, so I don’t stress out. Reviews on the other hand or always last minute as I don’t schedule what to read next.
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  4. Leanne @ Literary Excursion

    I admire so much that you’re able to organize your blog to the point of scheduling it and sticking to it. I just can’t make myself write anything if I’m not in the mood to do so, even if I need to!

    I do tend to at least jot down the beginnings of discussions when I have ideas, or I may forget all about them. But most of the time I never end up finishing my drafts. My posts page is a MESS!

    I love that you’re promoting your planner in these posts as well. 😉 I just wish it would work for me – I would have all good intentions but lack motivation most of the time.
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    • Octavia

      lol I understand that! I’m really stubborn so when I “have” to do something I immediately dig my heels in. I think that’s sort of why this works for me. I might schedule it all out but if I say “nope don’t feel like it” i just erase it and move on. I’m fickle like that lol! 😀
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