When you start blogging there is this abundance of tips from other bloggers. Big bloggers, small bloggers. Tips that might make sense at the moment but then, when you get in the groove start feeling weird. And this is why I think it’s the case: We are all different and what works for others might not work at all for you.
I’ve mentioned before in my post about writer’s block that I think our blogs are evolving over time. Because we evolve. We change, the world around us changes, the things that bother or make us happy change. And that also means that things that might have worked for us in the beginning might no longer work for us now.
I took it all in in my first weeks of blogging. All the tips and all the good examples. But very quickly I made one decision: I will not limit my blog to one specific niche. It’s something I’m still happy about.
The other thing I decided very early on was, that a blogging schedule will never work for me. Now here I’m a bit torn as I have some features that appear on a schedule on my blog. One of them is My Picks Of The Week, which I started very early on, and the other one is the new Tell Me Something Good. Other than that I tend to stay away from a blogging schedule. And here is why:
I find it very limiting.
When I write I write from my heart. I write about things that bother me or make me happy, things that inspire me or I find interesting or worth sharing in the very moment. Yes, sometimes I write multiple posts in a short time and rather then posting them all at once I schedule them over the next couple of days. This style of writing and posting gives me the freedom of voicing my opinion in the very moment and I feel that I would not have that chance if I would write according to a schedule. The idea alone makes me feel like a bird that got it’s feathers clipped.
I’ve written guest posts before and of course they had a deadline. The difference though is, that I had a couple of days to come up with a post I wanted to write or maybe I already had it ready in one corner of my head somewhere. So in this case I never felt pressured.
I understand of course that a blog of a certain size needs more organization. You need more control of what is happening in order to keep going and this might also be the case if you earn money with your blog. Some people also deal better with a schedule better than others. This is actually something that surprises me. I consider myself an organized person. I like schedules. But I simply can’t deal with one blogging.
What about you? Do you like a blogging schedule? And if yes, is it detailed or not?