I don’t have a blogging schedule.
I have a good reason for this.
I see three types of people with blogging schedules. The first type post on time almost every single week (whether once or three times), they schedule posts when they go away, and their posts are meaningful and make me jealous. The second type have some great posts, but also a lot of ‘filler’ posts because they had no idea what to blog about. The third type start every post with “this should have gone up yesterday” or “I’m sorry it’s so long since I blogged”.
Though type one is a wonderful person and has a great blog following, I’m not them. I never will be them. My overcrammed schedule means I write blog posts quickly, powered by lemonade (I’m ill and tea makes me feel worse, so it’s lemonade at the moment. Fizzy helps).
Type two is the sort of blogger I don’t want to become, though I’m aware that several of my posts a month probably seem like ‘filler’ posts, if not all of them. I open my laptop to write blog posts if and when I have an idea for a blog post. I generally have quite a few ideas, so that’s not too much of a strain. I also make vlogs and I manage to have enough ideas for both, which is good.
Type three … I’m that sort of person. I used to try and keep to a blogging schedule but I rarely did because some weeks I was free on Wednesdays and some weeks I wasn’t, and that’s just how it worked out. The same thing happened with my history videos – I promised a new one on Tuesdays and Saturdays, but that didn’t always happen.
I realised I needed to stop apologising.
Recently a few bloggers to whom I have subscriptions have written a post that starts with, “It’s a few months since I last wrote. You’re probably wondering what happened to me.”
When I see that, yes, I’m glad that they’ve come back, and I remember fondly their posts and blog. But I don’t look at my inbox every day thinking, “Where’s so-and-so? Where is their post?”
The chances are if you don’t post on time, I don’t notice. I’m a busy person. I expect most of your readers are busy too. They probably won’t notice.
Maybe if it’s a month or two, they’ll begin to worry, especially if you’ve just vanished without warning, but a week when you told them you were going on holiday? They won’t start pining.
So I unapologetically refuse to stick to a blogging schedule, despite all the social media gurus telling me to. I write blog posts when I have ideas for blog posts and don’t stress if a few days go by when I don’t. I rarely schedule posts, unless it’s for the Teens Can Write Too! blog chain (the one post where it matters if I post it on a certain day), and sometimes, just occasionally, I write two days running.
And I’m not sorry.
You don’t want filler posts and apologetic pictures of cute animals and/or actors (okay, maybe you do. Go to my Tumblr. I’ll meet you there). You don’t want me writing some drabble about my life that you really don’t care about. You want vaguely meaningful stuff, right?
Okay, I’ll give you meaningful stuff.
Just don’t expect me to tell you when I’ll give it to you. It shall come from nowhere, like the Spanish Inquisition. It shall be quietly meaningful in a corner. And then it shall go away.
Because that’s how I do things around here. It seems to be working okay so far.
Oh, and if any of my less than complimentary descriptions match your blog, please don’t be offended. A lot of you, I like the filler posts. They’re infinitely better than my filler posts would be. Just because it wouldn’t work for me, doesn’t mean it doesn’t work for you. It’s how you like to run your blog that matters, and how I like to run my blog, and you shouldn’t listen when people tell you to do it differently (unless they’re right).
This has been a vaguely meaningful post containing several blog-related rants.