Everyone blogs differently, how do you do it? Do you schedule posts long before they’re published, how long? Do you write several drafts of a post and edit them, or do you not edit at all? Perhaps you simply write a post and put it up for the world to see immediately? There’s no right or wrong answer!
My blogging schedule is an indispensable part of the blogging process for me. I usually have posts planned out as far as two months ahead of time, which not only helps me organize my TBR, but is also very useful in identifying which days are going to be busier (this usually happens at the beginning of each month when there are several days of back to back posts scheduled). While I do have a schedule, I don’t usually write any of these posts in advance, with a few exceptions.
How I write a post depends a lot on what type of post it is. For book reviews, I like to sit down and finish writing it all at once, which means I draft, edit and finalize it in one session. I prefer not to go back and modify book reviews before publishing them unless it’s something grammatical because what I write in my first draft is usually the most honest opinion I have of the book and that’s the version I want to share on my blog.
My monthly wrap up posts are usually started at the beginning of the month and then updated regularly throughout, so I only need to do a cursory check the day before it’s posted. My weekly WWW Wednesday is written the night before and I have a template I use for it, so no edits are necessary. Posts featuring new and anticipated books each month are usually written and scheduled several weeks in advance and I try to do the same for discussion posts like this one too. Discussion posts, I think are the only ones that go through several edits because I always come up with new points later.
The one thing that is consistent in my posting style though, is that I never publish a post as soon as I am done writing it – and this is mainly because of convenience. After experimenting with different posting times over several months, I found that midnight and noon usually work best for me and seem to gain maximum reader interaction. It’s extremely unlikely that I’d be writing that late into the night, and noon is the middle of the work day so that’s not possible either, so all my posts end up being scheduled at least a day in advance, if not more. It also has the bonus of giving me some room to fix any errors or rearrange things if I want to substitute it with a different post.
What is your posting style? Share your thoughts in the comments below!