Lola’s Rambings is a feature on Lola’s Review where I talk about me. Usually these posts are everything that doesn’t fall under any standard header, like blog tours, book blitzes, cover reveals or reviews. Lola’s Ramblings posts are are personal discussions of a certain topic. Sometimes about book related topics and sometimes about non-book related topics. If an Lola’s Ramblings post is about a non-book topic it gets the non-book content posts tag. This feature was previously known as About Me. The banner for this feature is designed by Michelle from Limabean Design.
When I signed-up for Blog Ahead in November 2014, I was thinking about scheduling posts and how I handle it. I also wondered if everyone scheduled posts or if they also post things on the fly, so I decided to use that topic for this week’s Lola’s Ramblings posts.
Do I schedule posts?
Basically every post posted here on Lola’s Reviews is a scheduled post. I like to write a post at least a few days in advance, just because I like to do things in time and it makes me feel organized. In the case of cover reveals it might be a day before the post is scheduled to go live, but most other posts I have scheduled earlier ahead. In fact I am writing this post on 16 October, 2014. For my Lola’s Ramblings posts I write them when the inspiration strikes and I decided to schedule one Lola’s Ramblings post a week, so basically every time I have a new idea I schedule it for the next open week. This system works well for me and so far I can keep up with it.
Which posts do I schedule ahead ad how early?
So most of my posts are scheduled ahead, but it also depends on the type of post how far ahead I schedule them. I often like to be 1 or 2 months ahead with Lola’s Ramblings posts. The same is happening with my new feature Lola’s Kitchen, I have them scheduled up to the first weke of May at the moment. I like working ahead and it feels nice to see all those posts that I have scheduled. With memes I usually schedule my Sunday Posts early in the week, usually on tuesday, for the next sunday and then keep adding things to the post until it goes live on sunday. My monthly memes like Read Play Blog and My To-Be Read List are usually scheduled a week or more in advance. While it might sound weird to schedule posts so far in advance it works for me.
This year my goal is to stay around the 20-30 posts scheduled in advance, having a buffer like that feels nice, although these are mostly Lola’s Kitchen and Lola’s Ramblings posts it still feels nice to have those scheduled ahead already.
Do I schedule review posts?
Review posts are an unique type of post as I usually write my reviews right after I finished a book. And while I do post my review on Goodreads immediately I like to schedule it on my blog, usually I schedule review posts for the next open slot on my blog. I like to limit my posts to one a day and keep track of it all in my google calendar, so if I have written a review I check for the next open day and schedule the review on my blog for that date, usually these will be monday, wednesdays or satrudays. In the case of blog tour reviews I simply schedule them for my scheduled date.
How did I work in the past and how did this change?
In the past I sometimes scheduled posts on the fly, if I finished a book I simply wrote my review and posted it on my blog. nowadays I don’t do that anymore as I prefer to schedule them for a new day. I always schedule my posts for 9AM in my time zone, CEST or CET (Central European Time). It just feels right to have each post go live on exactly the same moment and every morning when I wake my post for the day is live already and I promote it somewhere on that day. Scheduling my posts gives me a sense of structure and it’s also the reason why I switched from posting on the fly to scheduling. I also like it when each posts can be the top post for a while day and thus why I only schedule one post a day and make sure they go live at the same moment every day.