Now I want to talk about another couple of fantastic tools I use for managing the blog.
I’ve kept a schedule since October 2012, which was utilised best in 2013 when I did Project Animorphs.
I used to try to post every day. In 2015 I changed my blogging schedule to post every two days. This means I would do my regular memes Top Ten Tuesday, Waiting on Wednesday and Stacking the Shelves, as well as some of my original features and the good old book review.
I colour coordinate EVERYTHING. Posts yet to be written are red: this is because you have to change the colour from the default blue, so it helps to remind me that I still need to write that post. Once reviews are posted they are changed to orange so I can quickly see how many I’ve posted in a month. Other posts are changed to blue when they’re scheduled.
In January and February I didn’t stick to my post-every-second-day, but that’s OK, because I still fulfilled my commitment and it helps my stress levels. As you can see from the above picture, which is April 2015, I’m not very organised in advance at the moment, but normally I try to post as much in advance as I can. Personal circumstances are affecting my reading.
I switch posts all the time. I can skip any of the memes if I want and slot in a review or discussion post.
Drafting Using Dropbox
On top of the Google Calendar I also have a Word Document I keep in my Dropbox that I write drafts of posts in. My dropbox is linked to my computer, my iPad, and my phone. I don’t like the draft feature on the blog because I’m old school and like seeing everything in a list in Microsoft Word.
At the moment I have the future Top Ten Tuesday posts I can write at my leisure, the rest of the 30 Day Book Challenge, a list of Musing by Moonlight chat topics that are in various draft stages (including basic idea – whenever I get a hint of inspiration I’ll write it down to work on it later), and some other ideas I’m working on but are yet to launch.
When a discussion post is completed, it’ll slot into the blog.