Planning blog posts. And it’s an incredibly smart and sensible thing to do. I’ve been given that advice countless of times by fellow bloggers, but no matter how hard I try, it never works out for me. Which is definitely not for the lack of trying, because it would be so incredibly handy for when I go away for a week or when I just don’t have the time for reading or blogging. Instead, whenever I go on holiday or have a blogging slump, my blog remains either painfully quiet and empty or it doesn’t (which means that I have brought my laptop with me, and am writing and posting my posts on the go).
I really want to be able to plan my blog posts in advance, like I said, it would be incredibly handy. But no matter how I try, I just can’t make myself write them. As weird as it sounds, I need to be in the mood to write my blog posts. If I’m not feeling it, the result won’t be up to ‘my standards’ (that sounds so weird, but really I’ll end up not liking the result and not posting it). I love writing my reviews and other bookish posts, but I can’t force myself to write them.
When I just started out, I managed to write my reviews right after I finished a book. I wrote them and immediately published them. Later on I managed to schedule them as well, divide the posts and spread them over the week. That’s as far as I got. One week ahead. But along the way, I found myself writing my posts throughout the week and publish them after writing them (or the morning after writing them). Which isn’t necessarily bad… but I don’t really feel productive and sometimes it really makes me feel like I’m doing something wrong.
What bothers me most is that I would like to be able to plan my posts ahead. I’m good at planning… I plan ahead for homework (studying overall really), traveling, and more. So why doesn’t it work for my blog? It’s incredibly frustrating. Especially when I go on a holiday, am busy with all kinds of fun stuff, then take a quick peek at my own blog and see that I haven’t updated it for about a week!
Is that bad? I always feel like I’m letting people down by not posting anything. I’ve come to terms (kinda) that planning doesn’t really work out. Blogging is a hobby, and maybe by not planning everything ahead (like I do with -mostly- everything else) it continues to be that. I don’t want to put any pressure on myself, blogging about books should be and stay fun, and maybe this is the way to do it.
I guess what I ‘d really like to ask is: do you have the same problem? Or does planning work for you? Or do you have another system that you use and works out for you?