The funny thing about this post is that it’s been bouncing around for months. It was mostly being used as a filler post, which will make sense when I explain how I plan my posts below.
I began blogging more seriously/consistently last year, and I wasn’t really planning to. But I got a lot of response on the few posts I did in January of last year, and I liked having somewhere to share all of my thoughts. And I’m so glad I did because I met all of you awesome people!
Since I’m a crazy person, I created a sheet file in my Google Drive—which I live and swear by—and within that file have individual sheets for each month. My 2018 one is much more filled out than my 2019 one, so I’ll use that as an example. Somewhere along the way, I found that a Monday/Wednesday/Friday schedule worked best for me. Not too many posts but manageable with my busy schedule. I’ll let you in on a secret, though—most of my posts are pre-written and scheduled out. I try to write them over the weekend before the upcoming week and schedule them if they’re not time sensitive (like sports-related posts).
I make a calendar within the sheet—I feel like that’s pretty obvious—and on the left, I have three rows for each week: post, Instagram, and Twitter. I’ll fill out the post first and now that I have a Twitter for Strikeouts + Sprinkles, I’ll share the link once the post goes live. If there’s a picture that I can post, I’ll add that to the Instagram section.
It’s nice to see the month at a glance, and as I work on posts, I’ll mark them off with the green cell color. Half of the time, I can plot out which posts will go where; in this case, I knew I’d do one on Christmas Eve, a running reflection, 2018 recap, and resolutions. Plus a NaNoWriMo recap and a post about Christmas decorating. The Spotify and Christmas Tag posts weren’t originally planned but popped up, so I could schedule them when they would fit and also still be timely.
I keep a list of filler posts running around in my head, and this post was at one point, I think, written in one of those cells but it kept getting bounced. But since it isn’t time sensitive, I was okay with that. I’m not sure if any of you guys were interested in the behind the scenes of Strikeouts + Sprinkles, but hopefully one of you will find inspiration? (Also if you have any other questions about the S+S operations, drop them in the comments. I can tell you that it’s a one woman operation and is kept on the down low. And runs on a lot of snacks.)
Knowing that a post has to go out every Monday, Wednesday, or Friday helps me be consistent because if I just wrote when I felt like it, then I don’t know how often anything would get done. And I find that I can get the posts written fairly quickly because they’re things relevant to my life—whether me yelling about sports or a thing that I did—so I can just kind of word vomit and the posts seem to turn out okay.
There’s really no magic or man behind the curtain here. I like organization, and using a Google spreadsheet helps keep me on track.
Do you use any system to plan your posts? Do you use a regular schedule or just write whenever thoughts pop into your head?