It’s Monday again which means it’s time for another installment of Read. Sleep. Repeat.’s Tips & Tricks: Organization, post! Last week I told you guys that my first hurdle when I’m scheduling post are meme’s/discussions/tours. Well this week we are going to focus on the meat of our blogs…..

Tackling those reviews!

While I tackle my reviews in a similar fashion to my meme’s/discussions/tours, I do one thing that some people may feel is a tad “taboo”. I draft all my review post. I don’t write the reviews until I have finished the book of course, but I get the post ready by getting the format done and picking a date to publish it. This is probably the main reasons why I review a book as soon as I finish it. All the work is done, all that’s left is for me to ramble! For instance, look at my January calendar (which is not complete as of today 11/27).

On Sunday the 5th I “plan” to have All That Glows by Ryan Graudin reviewed. So, I have the post all good to go (excluding the actual review of course) and scheduled to go live at 00:01am on the 5th. The synopsis is pasted in, the purchase links are there, the cover has been 3D-ed, the banner is made and ready to go via the slide show. The only thing missing is the rating and the actual review!

I do this for ALL of my reviews, but I find that doing them for ARC’s gives me an extra boost to get the book read, and the feedback submitted quickly via EW/NG! So take a look at your ARC Tracker, click on February and decide what ARC’s you’re going to review in January. Once you have those decided you can input any “me” reads you would like. Then I go and do the same thing I do with meme’s! As I finish the post I highlight them and use my calendar as a checklist.

Then I sit back and let all the smug feelings wash over me.

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Then I look around, at all the empty cups of tea, and the highlighter, and pencils thrown about and I get excited that for an entire month, I am DONE! Then I break out the “hell yeah, I’m amazing!” dance!

beyonce dancing

Which honestly looks more like a very awkward penguin. But who cares! I’M DONE!!

Next week will be the last organization post and I’m keeping it simple! So see you next week!

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18 thoughts on “Organize Your Blog pt. 4!”

  1. I’m not sure why it would be taboo, but I draft all my reviews this way beforehand, too. It makes it so much easier to have the “technical” stuff out of the way, so all I have to do is write the review when I’m done.
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  2. That’s how I feel! But I told someone once and they acted like I wrote an entire review before I even opened the book! I kept stressing that I only put the miscellaneous stuff but it wouldn’t get through their thick skulls lol.

  3. Wow you actually straight up schedule them as in if you don’t get back to fill them in a review post without the review would go live?? That terrifies me D: I got back and forth between order of review versus technical stuff. For a while I was doing the technical stuff beforehand while watching TV or something, but now I’m enjoying writing the review and doing the technical stuff afterward since I like filling in the boxes >.>
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  4. Yeah I’m a bit of a wild child! Kidding. I always schedule them yes, and I have had a post with no review go live once or twice but for the most part I’m really good at not letting that happen. If I haven’t read a book I have on my schedule I push it over to drafts and tackle it another time. I just like the extra push to stop procrastinating. 🙂
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  5. I do this too 😉 But, I have 5 reviews planned and saved as drafts with all the deets but still haven’t gotten around to writing those actual reviews. *sigh*
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  6. Lol! It’s a vicious cycle! I write reviews as soon as I finish the book, not because I’m productive but because if I don’t I’ll forget everything and then my review will suck eggs. 😀
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  7. I do the same thing. But right now I have like 6 reviews that need to be written. *sigh* I love reading your organizational posts. They definitely help. 😀
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  8. Aww thanks! I’m happy you like them! I write my reviews as soon as I finish the book, but that’s more so because that’s when my feelings about the book are clearest since I don’t take notes.
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  9. Yeah lady, you rock!
    I’m not that organized with reviews, so I don’t do drafts for them but if I find myself being able to stick to my schedule better I’ll probably start doing that too!
    Great post again!
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  10. I do the same! Usually once I near the end of the book I’ll draft a review, just so that I can put it down and go “Alright, this needs to be talked about NOW” and not have to worry about formatting or putting information in.

    I used to not schedule my TTT or WOW posts, so a lot of days I didn’t even have them written until halfway into Tuesday, but lately I’ve been scheduling them and it makes it SO much easier to just sit back and actually read. I no longer worry so much about posts being published.

    Honestly, I’m not sure why people don’t schedule book reviews more. It makes sense to me!
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  11. I should probably make the point of drafting my reviews first…because it’s one of the main reasons it takes me so long to get reviews done. Of course my readers don’t know that some reviews took me like 4 months to write because I take a lot of notes while reading, but I know and I get tired of it.
    I’ve been working my butt of these past two weeks getting January ready to go, so I might just go a head and get those review book drafts ready to go.
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