Why Plan Ahead?
So we’ve talked before about planning what you’re going to blog about over a month, and how you can schedule social media tweets, but why? What exactly is the point in planning ahead what you’re going to blog about? Is it really a good idea, or just a bit too controlling?
If you’re a casual blogger, then you might wonder if it’s really worth planning ahead, but once you start scheduling ahead, then you’ll see it’s really useful!
By scheduling posts, it doesn’t feel like every post is a rush. Feeling like you don’t have to hurry to get a post done, especially when it’s something you’ve agreed to post because you’ve received an item to review or payment is a great feeling! This also allows you to be a bit more flexible with posts – if something comes up that you think can be posted quickly, then you can just move the prescheduled post to another day.
Planning your posts ahead of time means that you can make sure your posts are amazing. (More amazing, we mean) If you’re going to do a recipe, for example, you could choose to make the recipe at a time of day that you have the best light in your kitchen. If you’re doing outfit posts, you could get a few done at the same time and spread them out over the week – the same goes for make up posts, nails of the day, etc etc.
Of course, planning ahead and writing one extra post a week means that when you go on holiday, or when you’re feeling a bit blogged out, you’ve got some posts ready and waiting so it doesn’t look like you’re not doing anything!
Finally, by scheduling your posts and tweets about the post, that gives you a bit more time to talk to your readers – instead of panicking about getting that post up and promoted, you could take that lunchtime to tweet to new people, or maybe reply to some comments!
Do you schedule posts? Whats your main reason for it?