I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that my blogging goes through a lot of ups and downs. There are some months where I have SO many ideas for posts and discussions that I find myself moving things around so I can post them all ASAP instead of waiting. I’m excited, eager, and creative.
Then, there are some times where I wonder where that energy went. I look at my month and it only has a bunch of reviews from books I read forever ago, plus a few TTTs and wrap-up posts. These months make me loathe myself because I regret not pacing out some of my discussions a little better, and beefing up later months. I’m usually the person who has too many posts scheduled (especially because I always read ARCs super early then write and schedule my reviews as soon as possible). There is absolutely no in-between for me.
My biggest issue in general is how much I schedule ahead. I read a book in April and wasn’t able to schedule the review post until June because of the amount of ARC reviews and other posts I packed in. I love having a full schedule because it means I don’t have to worry. I sit back and chill. AND THEN all of a sudden I look at the calendar and the next few weeks are empty. I don’t have much scheduled because I used it all up. It’s an endless cycle my friends.
Sooo instead of continuing this cycle, I’m going to try some of the following ideas to break out. I want to better spread out my posts and even leave some flexibility in my schedule to move things around or add something in at the last minute.
Fixing My Problems
1. Remember THIS ISSUE when I try to post a discussion right away instead of waiting.
Most of my blog readers probably aren’t going anywhere. They’re never going to know or probably care that I wrote a post three weeks ago and didn’t post it right away. It’s my blog to plan around and make posts for, whenever I want. I need to just remember how annoyed with myself I become when I try to push something up for no reason. Don’t waste the post if you don’t need to! It’s okay!
2. Continue to combine reviews for multiple books into one post.
I read about 180 books per year, which means that I would have to post 3-4 book reviews each week if I wanted to fit them all on the blog in that year. I don’t like posting too many reviews because I love wrap-ups and TBRs and Top Ten Tuesday and discussions and other things on my blog instead! I have a lot of fun features that I don’t show enough because I usually have 3 review posts per week. It’s kind of annoying. I love being able to consolidate similar books into one post. Lately, because I’ve been somewhat binge-reading series, I start the post and leave it in my drafts until the books are done. You’ll see this soon with Throne of Glass and recently (2) saw it with A Series of Unfortunate Events. I didn’t want to post reviews for all 13 books individually, so I combined them all.
3. Remember that it’s okay to post on weekends.
For some reason, I don’t like posting 7 days a week. I do it sometimes if there are things I really need to add in, like a sign-up for something or a wrap-up that falls on a Saturday or Sunday. I have to remind myself that if I really want to squeeze in that extra post or review that I CAN feel free to use Saturday or Sunday or post! There are countless people that post on the weekends. What is wrong with me?
4. Conversely, it’s okay to leave days open.
I always feel like I need a post every single weekday too. I can’t leave anything open. It’s a weird quirk of mine that doesn’t make any sense. Even if I have something on a Saturday, I feel like I need to put things in other spots. I’m not sure what my issue is, but I hope I can move on from that stupid feeling.