I’m not sure how fascinating anyone else will find this, but for some reason it’s been on my mind a lot so I thought I’d jot it all down and see if anyone else manages their blog the way I do, maybe get some blogging tips from how others.
I was obviously heavily influenced by my time at Badass Book Reviews. Co-blogging is really scheduled, and we used Google calendars so I got really used to working that format, monitoring it and scheduling everything in advance. Following that schedule has become like second nature and now I still check and work it, probably more than I should. Birdie Bookworm lives and breathes by that schedule.
The way I work my calendar is actually pretty simple. I don’t have too many categories. Blue events are planned, green are for those that are drafted, red is for those that are scheduled. I use pink to note release dates of upcoming releases That’s it. I found when I used too many colors I would get too confusing.
I’ve heard other’s find using this system difficult, but for me it’s so easy. I can pop over to Google and look at the calendar, and I can have it as a widget on my phone. Easy access and simple process, even on the go. I tried using a spreadsheet, but found it far too cumbersome to maintain.
Here’s where my obsessiveness kicks in. I have rules about my schedule. For instance, I don’t like two similar topics back to back, if I can help it. (Sometimes I can’t.) I don’t like to read two genre’s back to back. I also only prefer two reviews a week to be scheduled. I only do one meme a week, or try to, and Tags only on Sunday. I have no idea where these rules came from. I didn’t read them anywhere, like a how to of book blogging. It’s just my own parameters that I’ve made up. The things that make me feel good about how Birdie Bookworm flows. When something doesn’t fit the way I want it to, I obsess about it until that date has passed.
The easiest way for me to handle ARC reviews is to immediately put them on my calendar, somewhere between the week before the release date preferably. Because I adhere to the schedule diligently, I won’t read the book until right before the review date so that everything is fresh in my mind and I don’t have scheduled posts sitting around for months. That means that no matter how excited I am for that advance copy, I’m going to make it wait.
I know that sounds strict, and sometimes it does feel stifling, but it helps me keep the stress of reading and blogging down and it simplifies my online life. Plus, there’s something nice about knowing exactly what you’re reading next without having to hem and haw like I used to. I have a ready made plan at least a month in advance. If I want to read something spontaneous, then I get a couple weeks ahead on the schedule and read what I want.
That’s it, those two things are the secrets to Birdie Bookworm. This is how I keep everything straight, and it works for me. Now I’m curious, what works for you?