This weeks BBH question was submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews. She asks:
Do you have an online calendar to keep track of your reviews and posts, or do you print out a calendar or list?
This is something that I have been thinking a lot about. We are still pretty wet behind the ears here at fifty-two, and are trying to find our way in this crazy blogoverse. I have been reading a ton of articles about ‘how to be a book blogger’ and ‘how to increase views on your blog’ and ‘blogging for fame and world domination’ and all of these articles seem to think that I should keep a calendar to organize what I am going to post when.
Now, I have a couple of problems with that.
First, well, it seems like work. As someone who is already writing content 4-6 days a week, I don’t want to make this any more complicated. There is a school of thought, however, that claims that making a calendar can lead to less work because you will always know what you are writing about, and you won’t lose ideas along the way. I don’t know about that.
Second, I’m not good with commitment. I have committed to 52 posts in 52 weeks. Right now, I’m writing way more than that, but New Relationship Energy does wear off, and eventually, I am concerned that a calendar will not only feel like work, but it will feel like pressure. And unlike the cardboard beds in the Olympic village, I do fold under pressure.
Given those two things, it seems that maybe a calendar is a bad idea. And yet, I may not be able to stop myself. I already have a vision in my head of a pinterest-quality idea board, color-coded natch, with all my posts for the month arranged in a visually appealing tableau. It’s quite a fetching vision.
So, Elizabeth, I guess the answer is no. I don’t use a post calendar.
But I’m thinking about it.
What about you, dear reader? How do you feel about post calendars? Hit me up in the comments.
The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the hop on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book-related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog
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I still feel like I’m pretty early in my blogging life, but I don’t ever really see myself instituting a post calendar. First of all, for reviews it’s a bit difficult to say. I don’t always finish a book when I plan to. Maybe calendars make sense with other types of blogs, but there’s a certain amount of fluidity to book blogging, I think. And then I do the weekly posts that are pretty easy to keep track of on their own. Then again, I’ve never been one to do a lot of organizing in other aspects of life either, which is maybe a bad thing. 😬