As of June 2018, I have been book blogging for one full year. It has proven to be a great way to 1) keep in the habit of writing regularly, 2) keep an account of the books I’ve read & reviewed, 3) connect with others who love reading and discussing the books they read.
I haven’t learned everything there is to know about the process but as I reflect on my year, there are some things that I’ve picked up along the way that I thought I would share through a series of posts about book blogging. I hope you’ll find these tips helpful. Feel free to tell me what you’ve been learning too in the comments.
Today’s post will cover Tip #1: Blog Regularly, including binge-writing and scheduling blog posts.
Reflecting on My Journey | How have I been doing at blogging regularly this year?
As of today, in the 12 months that I’ve been blogging, I have posted a total of 86 times. I’d had it in my mind to be at a solid 100 posts by the time I wrapped up one full year.
Q: Am I disappointed that I did not reach my goal?
A: While I would have loved to reach 100, I am thrilled to have had the time to write 86 blog posts! Most of them were book reviews so that means I did a fair amount of reading since last June (2017).
Q: How did I set my goal of writing 100 blog posts?
A: It honestly just sounded like a good number to go with. I felt like I could make it if I stuck with a steady pace of reading and then reviewing books.
Q: What made me fall short of my goal?
A: Consistency. I simply needed to work at being more consistent in my writing. My pace would slow down a bit because for a time I felt like I had to review every single book I read. This made my blogging more irregular as a result and I would let weeks go by before posting anything else. When I gave myself permission to not feel like I had to review every book I read, that helped.
Time was another factor. I could easily come up with a list of reasons that I sometimes feel like I don’t have time to write but it all boils down to one thing. Balance. Figuring out how to properly balance family, work, and writing. I know of no magical formula that will help with this one. It’s really a matter of prioritizing and working with the ebb and flow of the intricacies of your own day-to-day life. But when you do make the time to write, WRITE!!! That’s it.
When you have time to Write, just Write, Write, Write!
Work Smarter, Not Harder at Blogging Regularly | Binge-Write & Schedule Your Posts
When I am on my A-game, I spend time writing every day. Granted, some of that writing might be in the form of a social media post but it still counts towards my goal of writing consistently. Every day is not an A-game sort of day though. Often times I sit down in front of my laptop screen with some serious writer’s block that goes toe-to-toe with me, round after round until I want to throw in the towel. When I get stuck like this, my consistency fizzles out.
On the flipside, there are those days where my creative juices are just bubbling over and spilling out onto my screen. These are the sort of days that I want to capitalize on because it is on these days of creative abundance that I can hammer out a few blog posts at one time. Binge-writing. That’s one of the goals I’ve set for myself as I consider the next 12 months of blogging. Just to be clear, I don’t mean posting 10 blog posts in one day. The idea is to write as many as you can at once, during your super creative days, and then simply schedule them as you see fit.
It is highly likely that I will write a number of these blogging tip posts at one time and then schedule them to post weekly. Regular, consistent blog posts will give your readers something to look forward to each week. Good luck to you and let me know how you’re doing with blogging regularly in the comments.
Good tips! Initially, my goal was to post 2 times a month, which I was able to keep that first year. I think another tip is to try to switch things up so you don’t get bored with your own content. A little (not too much) variety can help keep me motivated.
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I know what you mean about adding some variety. That’s something that might be both beneficial to us as the blogger and to our readers.
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This is very helpful and can realistically be done! Thanks for the tips cuz!
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