How to create an effective blogging schedule

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What do you want from your blog? Do you want it to grow? If you are looking to build your blog and your audience having a blogging schedule is vital in achieving that. Having a blogging schedule allows you to stay organised and plan your content ahead of time, this leaves you with time to promote those killer posts you have written and to engage with your audience, these steps are also important to build a successful blog.

If you have set up and post on your blog as a way of journaling or to enjoy the hobby of writing then you can share those posts at the times you wish and you should not concern yourself with a blogging schedule. However, if you are reading this post and you are looking to take your love of writing to the next level, a blogging schedule can help you become that little bit more organised and professional.

I have shared 5 things that you should consider when you are looking to implement an effective blogging schedule.

1. Decide how many posts you would like to share

Your blogging schedule needs to include how many posts you want to share, how many posts per week or month depending on your other commitments, When you are considering the amount you want to post it is important you choose a number that is going to be achievable. If you choose to post multiple times a week and find it difficult to commit, you will be left feeling frustrated and overwhelmed, you do not want your blog to feel more like a chore than an enjoyable experience. You can always increase the amount you post, but you should start with the amount you know you can accomplish in the time you have.

2. Decide what day/s and time/s you would like your posts to go live

When you have decided on the amount of posts per week/month you are wanting to show, you need to allocate a specific day and time for the posts to be shared with your audience. When you are allocating those days make sure you will also have the time to promote that blog post and engage with your audience. Keeping the same day and time you post means you blog will be consistent for your audience and help with your DA score. By having a consistent schedule you will be more organised and this is where you will be able to plan ahead with your blog content and you will be able to manage your time better for all areas of your life too.

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3. Blog promotion on your social media platforms

In your schedule you need to plan when you will be taking the time to promote that awesome content you have written. Writing the blog posts is the easiest part, you have to really graft and spread the word to bring the readers to your blog posts, Some of your upcoming readers may not even know your blog exists yet. There are 7 successful methods to promote your blog posts effectively.

4. Write down your blog schedule for reference

Once you have created the schedule that your feel is going to work for you, I definitely recommend you write it down. Writing something down makes you more accountable! This will help you post more consistently on your blog and therefore your posts will gain traction and your posts are likely to be more successful. When you have written down your schedule it can also help you plan your blog content ahead of time, which is super helpful in staying organised.

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5. Evaluate and measure

After you have had the schedule in place for a while, it is important that you evaluate how it is going and if you find that certain aspects need to be altering that is the time to do it. For the evaluating and measuring stage you can check into your insights and analytics to see if you are maximising the busiest days and times on your blog for your audience.

These are simple steps that you can follow to create that blogging schedule that is right for you. When I started blogging I didn’t have a schedule, thank goodness I quickly realised how much can change when you have that schedule in place. If you do not have a schedule I definitely recommend putting one in place.

Do you have a blogging schedule? I’d love to hear in the comments.

90 thoughts on “How to create an effective blogging schedule

  1. A blogging schedule helps so much. Having that deadline on my schedule motivates me to get things done. I don’t know what I’d do without it.

    All the best, Michelle (michellesclutterbox.com)

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  2. Great post! I used to post three days a week, but realized that I can write much better (and more in depth) content if I only post twice. I also write mini posts on my Insta to build up that following as well 🙂
    Jenna ♥
    Stay in touch? Life of an Earth Muffin

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  3. I have a blogging schedule and I love it. I have a spreadsheet where I document what I’ve scheduled etc. The good thing is you can always mix up your schedule. For example, I was posting twice a week but I’ve cut it down to once because I feel like that’s right for me right now!

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  4. I love this Lauren. I have really found a schedule helps to keep me focused and on track. I have spent a lot of the summer working on mine and it is a thing of pure beauty!

    Great advice here, it really does make a huge difference x

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  5. Great advice. I used to have a great schedule in place, however, I have really slacked off as of late. This is a good reminder that I need to get back on track again! Everything has been so crazy this year. I’ve really been struggling to maintain a schedule in any area of my life lol

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  6. Thank yo so much for this, Lauren! Keeping a schedule and being consistent is one of my biggest blogging issues (besides thinking of content ideas), so this is an immense help.

    Loren | plaidandsugar.com

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  7. I definitely need to re-evaluate what time of day I post my blogs. I currently publish two per week, early in the morning. But I should really check my analytics to see if there is a better time of day I should be posting to reach more readers. Thanks for prompting me to do this!

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  8. This is such a helpful post. I have been debating sharing my blogging tips on my design agency’s blog soon – perhaps I will! I create a content calendar on Google Sheets and constantly jot down ideas in a list on my reminders phone app! Something that I should probably plan more is the time of day that I post blogs – I don’t really pay attention to this.

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  9. I definitely have to do better at effective blogging. I was doing well before quarantine, but with everything happening in the pandemic, I’ve been feeling very unmotivated and blah. I would love to go back to posting twice a week. I definitely have to tweak the way I organize my blog! You motivated me to get my blog back on track. Great post Lauren xxx

    Melina | http://www.melinaelisa.com

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  10. Thank you for these tips! I never used to have a blogging schedule, I just published posts whenever they were ready. But nowadays, I post every 6 days and if I have extra blog posts I sometimes fit them in between on the 3rd day. I agree that it definitely helps to write down your blogging schedule! I keep track of mine in a notebook. xx

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  11. I use google calendar to map out when I want to post with TBD titles then fill them in as I get ideas. I try to write two weeks ahead of the current date and if I get inspired in between I work on something a few weeks away.

    Unless something is date specific I tend to move posts around as needed.

    Thanks for the other tips. Definitely going to check out the social media tips.

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  12. Absolutely helpful advice! I am always looking for a better plan for my blogging schedule. Now with 3 websites…yes 3…what am I thinking. My time constraints are that much more, but I still plan on rotating a post for each of them at least once or twice a week. This information will help me make it much more viable. Thanks so much for sharing! All the best!

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  13. This is excellent advice for those starting out blogging and those of us who have been blogging for a while. I have bounced around with various schedules and not having ones for my blog and I have found that when I have a set schedule it’s so much easier to keep up with everything and not to feel overwhelmed. Writing it down is the key to me, if I don’t have things written down then they aren’t happening in a timely manner or at all.

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  14. I always make a schedule and then try my best to keep up with it daily/weekly as I schedule all my tweets via the twitter scheduler now! Thanks for sharing these tips gal x

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