My Blogging Routing (Part 2) | Scheduling & Color Coding!

Hi, guys! As promised, here is Part 2 of my blogging routine! ๐Ÿฅณ

In the first part, I spoke about the tools I use every day that help me to stay on track with blogging, but also with other numerous daily tasks. I shared with you my love for Google Calendar and Google Docs and explained a little bit about what type of events I track on my calendar, how I color code my blog posts, and basically how I attempt to stay organized. So you can find all of that here: My Blogging Routine (Part 1)

Today, I wanted to dive a bit deeper into my organization method and share my weekly schedule when it comes to blogging. Or at least, the schedule I try to keep up with, but it doesnโ€™t always go the way I want it to. ๐Ÿ˜€  Also, Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books recently posted her organizational tips and how she plans book blog content! Make sure to check out her post as well. ๐Ÿ™‚


WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Itโ€™s not easy to figure out a schedule that works for you, and mine undergo many changes over the years. There was a time when I didnโ€™t have a schedule at all and was posting whenever I had a post ready. This meant that sometimes I posted every single day, and other times I skipped a day or two [or a week]

I donโ€™t really think that having a schedule is mandatory. We all have different amount of time that we can put into blogging, and thatโ€™s something we need to figure out for ourselves. Personally, I always tried to keep a steady schedule, but it never worked out well until the end of last year.

As much as I love blogging and interacting with you, guys, and as much as I would love to post every single day. Itโ€™s just not possible for me. I often work until very late and on the weekends, which makes it impossible to keep up with 7 blog posts every single week. After much thought, I decided to limit myself to only 3 posts per week

The second dilemma was on what days of the weeks Iโ€™d be posting. I love participating in Top Ten Tuesday meme, so Tuesday had to stay. On the other hand, I donโ€™t like posting on Fridays or the weekend, because thatโ€™s usually the time I dedicate to next week prep. It turns out, that my โ€œidealโ€ schedule to post is Monday, Tuesday and Thursday! ๐Ÿ˜€

Besides figuring out the days when I wanted for my posts to go up, I also needed to figure out when I would be writing posts, editing them, taking photos, blog hop, etc.:

  1. When do I write and prepare blog posts?

Usually on Friday evenings! Thatโ€™s why I like to not have any posts go up on Friday, so I can dedicate the evening to preparing blog posts for next week. Sometimes this doesnโ€™t work, particularly on Fridays that I work late, then I try to get everything done on Saturday morning [morning often leads to afternoon and evening ๐Ÿ˜€ ]. 

I know that if I at least sit down and write all three posts on Friday evening, then on Saturday I will only need 2-3 hours to edit and prepare photos / graphics, and then Iโ€™m free to read or do other things.

  1. When do I reply to comments & blog hop?

Blog hopping, as you all know, takes a long time. I try to blog hop every single day to stay on top of my WordPress notifications. Iโ€™m usually better at it on the week days and slack a bit on the weekend. Lol 

I also try to reply to the comments every single day, but sometimes itโ€™s not possible, and thatโ€™s why I donโ€™t post on Wednesdays so I can have that day to reply to all of your lovely comments on Mondayโ€™s and Tuesdayโ€™s posts.

There is a reason for everything! Ahaha 

  1. When do I take book photos?

I used to post on Instagram every single day, but itโ€™s been difficult to maintain this schedule ever since my internship started and I prefer to dedicate more time to my blog and blog hopping, over Instagram. But I still take book photos to use on my blog. I always try to take a bunch of them in one go, this usually means that I only need one Saturday or Sunday morning to take enough photos that will last me at least 3-4 weeks. 

COLOR CODING

I already mentioned this in my previous post, but very quickly:

  • Red = post not yet written;
  • Yellow = written but not edited;
  • Green = edited and scheduled to go live! 
  • Gray = book releases (mostly to keep track of ARCs);
  • Purple = personal events (i.e. birthdays, anniversaries, etc.)

OTHER ORGANIZATIONAL TOOLS I USE:

Google Keep used to be one of my main tools, but I slowly drifted away from it. I still use it sometimes to write down notes on books as Iโ€™m reading them to later use in my reviews.

Google Task on the other hand is very useful! Especially because you can pop the bar next to the calendar. I keep track of all my book tag nominations there. ๐Ÿ™‚ [Thank you everyone who nominates me on book tag! Iโ€™m really horrible at doing them, but one day I will finally sit down and answer all of those fun questions! instead of coming up with my ownโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ˜€


And thatโ€™s it for my blogging routine – from tools to organization! I hope you enjoyed this little series and found some helpful tips! Also, if you have any other questions or anything else youโ€™d like to know about my routine, feel free to leave your questions in the comments below! 

I would love to hear how you organize your blogging! Do you have a certain routine you try to keep up with? How do you feel about blog schedules? Letโ€™s chat in the comments below!

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32 thoughts on “My Blogging Routing (Part 2) | Scheduling & Color Coding!

    1. It helped me tremendously, so hopefully, you’ll find the planning method that suits you as well ๐Ÿ™‚ I try to keep the colors to a minimum, as I don’t like when the calendar looks too much like a rainbow ๐Ÿ˜€ but green, yellow and red definitely work for me and help me produce more content. Lol

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  1. This is really cool! ๐Ÿ™‚ So pretty and organized! While I do have my spreadsheet that I mentioned in your last post, I am definitely not this organized haha. Right now, I kind of just do what I can, when I can. I feel too much pressure lately, so Iโ€™m trying to go with a new approach to make it feel easy and fun again.

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    1. A spreadsheet is VERY organized! ๐Ÿ˜€ I was afraid of excel for years, didn’t know how to work with. It was rather intimidating tbh. Lol [and still is sometimes]. That’s a good approach! I also try not to stress myself out too much atm, as there are already too many stress triggers in the world. โค

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  2. youre so organized!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ๐Ÿ™Œ i only got into blogging last summer so its been a steep learning curve ๐Ÿ‘€ – blogging takes so much work and effort; im always like let me just write a quick blog post and then 3 hours later im still working on all the little details lol

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    1. Ahaha, I definitely try to stay organized, but it very often fails me ๐Ÿ˜€ And omg, that’s so true!! I always try to prepare a bunch of blog posts in advance in just a couple of hours and then feel sad that I’m not able to even finish one of them. Lol

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  3. I thought I was organised until I read these posts… ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ I do all the organising in my head but I do have a steady routine I guess.

    I draft all of my blog posts (weekly memes and reviews) for the week ahead on a Sunday but I suppose my big difference is that I write my book reviews on my tablet as soon as I finish a book. They get transferred to my blog on a Sunday so Iโ€™m not spending ages trying to recall the books I read in the past seven days.

    But I also take a full day out of every month to write up all my tagged posts or any discussion posts I feel like writing so I always have at least 10 drafted posts that get scheduled as and when I need them…
    I like to post every day:
    Sunday is a weekly wrap up
    Monday is GR Monday
    Tues is TTT
    So Wednesday through Saturday are for book reviews of books I read that past week and/or my tagged posts.

    Complicated? I donโ€™t know.. but it works for me lol!

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    1. Let me just say that your head seems like a VERY organized place!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ I used to have such a great memory, but now if I don’t write something down, it’s gone, forever. Lol

      Uh, I like the idea of writing reviews on a tablet! I’ve never really thought about that before :O I might try it this month.
      I wish I could sit down and write a bunch of posts… I always try to, and then write one or… none ๐Ÿ˜€

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  4. I’ve been doing pretty well with my bullet journal, but this is a great idea! You inspired me to give the Google calendar system a shot – it might be nice to plan in more detail more than a month in advance.

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    1. I looove watching bullet journal videos on YouTube! Everyone make them look so pretty, and I always failt to recreate ๐Ÿ˜€
      Hopefully you’ll like this system! ๐Ÿ™‚ I sure can’t live without my google calendar anymore. Lol

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      1. Thanks! That’s definitely one thing I love about the bullet journal – I’m not the best artist, but it’s still fun to try different themes every month. It’s definitely fun to watch all the YouTube videos!
        I just inputted all my upcoming posts into google, and I think I might like it! Thanks ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  5. It’s good to have a schedule isn’t it? I love having a schedule! ๐Ÿ˜€
    I love the colour coding… you make me want to create a Google Doc spread and make my plans look pretty! I still use a paper planner for scheduling because I can’t say goodbye to paper just yet.
    I start to get my posts ready on Fridays too! I usually have to finish on Sunday night, as I refuse to blog on Saturdays; I need one day away from my blog. But I blog hop every day, like you, to keep up with everything, and on the weekends (namely just Sunday) I get everything ready for the following week. It’s been working for me so far! ๐Ÿ˜€
    Again, loved reading this post ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Yay!!! Even our “blog prep” schedules are similar! โค I try to take one day off blogging as well, so if I can have everything done on Friday night, which doesn't happen often, I usually dedicate more time to reading on the weekend and less time to social media. Then on Monday I already feel the urge to check what everyone else has been doing, it's an addiction. ๐Ÿ˜€

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      1. Yay! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ’žWe’re very like-minded ๐Ÿ˜€
        Haha! That’s a way to put it; I agree though it is an addition, but a good one, you know? ๐Ÿ™‚
        Oh I know come Sunday afternoon I’m like gotta check the blog! Catch up on what I missed this weekend! But I love taking Saturdays to just chill. There are some Saturdays were I don’t even turn my laptop on… those are good days!

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  6. This is actually ridiculously similar to what I use. My blogging schedule is the only thing I really track using Google Calander, everything else has to go in my physical planner for me to stay on top of it. In addition to the calendar, I use Evernote (instead of Google Keep) for my reading notes. I also have a physical review ‘to-do’ list in my planner for book reviews I need to catch up on.

    I always love seeing what other people are doing organisation-wise because it’s great to find things you can tweak into your own routines. Great post!

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    1. So cool!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ That’s why I love to share these things, so (1) I can find people who use a similar method and (2) to maybe borrow someone else’s ideas and try them myself. โค
      I used Evernote before as well, but I like how convenient Google Tools are, that I basically only need to log into my e-mail and have everything accessible on any PC. And thank you so much! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Again, these are great!! ๐Ÿ˜€ I try to simplify my blogging method so I use the same tools I use for planning my normal life (Google Calendar and Notion) and I color-code my Calendar too, but not between the blog posts. Creating a schedule was the hardest so far. Life is unpredictable most times, and I can’t possibly post more than three times per week, and that’s hard already. I’ve managed to post twice weekly lately, but I don’t have my post for tomorrow ready yet (will I have? hahaha) and that’s lowkey stressing me out. I should probably start blog hopping a little bit every day, but I know, deep down, I wouldn’t keep up with it! xD

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      1. Everything, really! Right now, I use it for blogging (I write down my ideas, I can organize them, I can plan my content on a calendar there,…), I have my school schedule there, I used to keep track of my expenses when I was in Germany, I keep track of my to-do list for the Students Group, I used to keep track of my searching for an internship, etc ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Ahh Alex you are so organized, I love seeing your color-coded schedule so much ahh it’s amazing. Thank you so much for mentioning my post as well, that’s so sweet of you โค โค
    I'm amazed that you try to blog hop and answer to comments every single day. I used to do that, too, but I've stopped a couple months ago because I just couldn't handle it every day, I didn't have time and it just made me feel bummed out and stressed out, so… I try to take it slower ๐Ÿ™‚
    Loved this post! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. Ahhhhh I can’t believe how far behind I am catching up on blog posts! It’s absolutely incredible that you’re able to produce such a wide variety of quality content (and your photos!! They’re always GORGEOUS ๐Ÿ˜) on top of working a full time job with late hours AND sometimes weekend work? KILLING IT ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป One of these days I will be this organised ๐Ÿ˜ญ Thanks again for sharing your organisation tips! ๐Ÿ’›

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    1. Thank you so much, hun โค This means so much! I love taking bookish photos but I definitely struggle as well quite a lot, so hearing these things is like the best praise ever! ๐Ÿ™‚
      I feel like this might have made me look more organized that I actually am, lol. I don't actually think I'm THAT organized, but I definitely try.

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      1. Well I definitely can’t tell that you’re struggling with your photos – they’re always so gorgeous & it’s obvious you put a lot of time & effort into them! ๐Ÿ˜ Ahahaha well you’re definitely more organised than Nish & I, so that’s something at least ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  10. COMPLETELY off-topic, but I just stumbled on your blog, but are you Portuguese? I noticed the Portuguese notes on your schedule ๐Ÿ™ˆ Also, it’s funny how we have pretty similar methods, but I do it strictly on my bullet journal while you do it on your computer.

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    1. Ahah, sim ๐Ÿ™‚ I just noticed recently that I tend to write all blog-related tasks in English, but other staff – work, life, study usually in Portuguese. ihih
      I wish I could make my bullet journal look all pretty, but I just…can’t. Lol So I gave up and moved on to the digital calendar instead.

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