Today is a different kind of post day. Some of you asked me how I can post everyday, some times even twice a day, while always having inspiration for things and take the time to write.
To start with, I am not going to lie: it does take time. But it is time I don’t think is wasted, since I love to share all of this with you and talk about books and mental health. The thing is, some times, you don’t have the time. And when you don’t, it is always very great to have some posts planned. Which I have, most of the time.
To tell you a bit about myself – oh gods, I never do that, this is a bit scary. I am a full-time student, prepping my bachelor. I have papers to write, folders to build and scripts to read. I work every day for this diploma, some times a bit too much, and write blog posts the rest of the time. I am telling you all this because my advice might not all work for everyone since we’re all different.
Without further a-do, let’s dive into my tips on How I plan my blog posts for a week !
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Prepping weekly posts
This is the hardest thing, of course. Always. The big struggle, the big monster. Well, first of all, in case you didn’t notice, I have weekly articles on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. For Thursdays, I decided to do mainly bookish tags, because there are a lot out there and it is very fun to write and share with you all, you can even make up your own tags if you can’t find anything. Wednesday are the hardest since I don’t have a particular theme to talk about. I have an idea on my mind for some time and I think I will try it out very soon. Here are the weekly posts I do – and it is not the only ones, of course.
- Monday: It’s monday, what are you reading?
- Tuesday: Top ten Tuesday.
- Wednesday: Freeby day !
- Thursday: Bookish tag day.
- Friday: First sentence friday.
- Saturday: If I received books, I will do a Stacking the Shelves.
- Sunday: Week wrap-up!
For those posts, I created a layout that suits me and I use it every week, filling it with the books I talk about. Having layouts will help you write those because you will spend less time creating your article and you will have more time to write and talk about what you want to talk about. Those are the ones I use but there are many more, which you can find by following some Bookish blogs.
Prepping monthly posts
Monthly posts are easy to prep, but you will need to work on it through the month not to have to write everything a few hours before posting your article. Articles you can plan each month can be about monthly releases – on a specific theme or not -, monthly to-be-read piles, monthly wrap-ups, favourites of the month… If you don’t have any ideas, maybe try to start a journal, on which you can write the things you watch, read, do. It will make it easier for you to write your articles.
I love to write posts about books coming out next months, based on certain themes. For example, you can check my April books I am excited for article. For those, you will have to make researches that take some time. Scan websites such as Goodreads or The Storygraph on which you will find the books releasing at any months you want. But the thing is: you will have to commit to it because it is long.
Checking other blogs
I am not telling you here to recreate articles to see on other blogs, because this is not okay if you don’t ask or credit the author. BUT reading other blogs will always help you analyse what you like to read online, and what you wish you could read. Like many other things, I do believe you can’t blog if you don’t yourself read blogs and interact with bloggers.
Here are my biggest inspirations:
- Clara from The Bookworm of Notre Dame
- Stephanie from The Expresso Edition
- Kristin from Kristin Kraves Books
- Amy from A fangirl’s opinion
Using good old Pinterest
People on Pinterest are amazing – and not only for the amazing mug-cake recipes out there – because this is the place they share everything on. Everything they find on blogs, Twitter, Instagram, Tik-Tok is here. Which is amazing when you need inspiration. Moreover, there are some very interesting articles and pins about blogging and statistic which can help you find inspiration, as well as work tips.
Balancing school and writing
This one is not as hard as it used to be now that I figured how to balance between my school work and my blog (and my reading, and writing my personal projects, my Animal Crossing island). But it took me some time. At first, I used to write my blog articles on the evening, after school, and I couldn’t even read anymore. And this was not working for me. So I made a decision: my blog will never come before the things that bring me joy. And since my blog is something that makes me happy now, I don’t struggle this much now.
I organize my week work in my bullet journal, layering everything I have to do for school and then the things I have to write for the blog. Usually, I write for my blog on the weekends, because I can’t really go anywhere due to lockdown. I prep all of my articles for the week and write those I can already fully write: the weekly posts. Then, I look for inspirations on other things, and I know I will write them later. And it is okay. You are not machines. You are people.
Also, I some times have blog ideas while in class or in a meeting or calling with someone. In this case, I write it down, with the big lines, and work on it later. You shouldn’t write your articles in class, since you might want to follow your lectures and stuff. But also because an article you didn’t put a bit of focus on is going to feel empty. It is a harsh way to say it, but it is almost always true.
Find what works the best for you: do you have a lot to do for school and work? Are you willing to make your blog a priority? You will have to make decisions. For me, even though I love to write on this blog, it won’t ever come before my mental health and the breaks I have to take to feel okay.
Keeping a blogging journal!
This is the best advice I can give you: writing down the things yo have to do. By keeping a journal, you will be able to see everything you have to write in a month. And this is great. This is amazing. Because if you have some spare time, if you are bored or anything, you will know what you can write to take some advance.
Another amazing thing about journals is the fact you can decide what it is it. The layouts, the prompts, everything you need. And this is something you can use. Once again, you can look at Pinterest for some inspirations on journal layouts, this is very useful. You can find pictures of mine over on my Instagram.
See, I do not have as many advices as I thought I would. To sum it up:
- You need to decide what place your blog is going to take in your life.
- Do not ruin your mental health on this.
- Find inspiration on other blogs.
- Use a journal.
- Be yourself!
I hope this has been helpful for you all. I always try to be honest and transparent in my work. Some people will tell you that as long as you have your passion, it is fine. But it is not. You should not ruin your mental health over things you take as passions. I will soon write an article about this because I think it is healthier to keep to put distance between your social media work and personal life.
As always, thank you very much for reading and supporting me. Sharing and having interactions with you all is my favourite thing ever, so you always make me happy. For more bookish and mental health content, you can follow my Instagram page or check out my Ko-Fi! If you’d like to support me a little more, please consider leaving me a little tip as well!