Scheduling Sucks (Why I Hate It)

Scheduling Sucks (Why I Hate It)


If you're like me and are addicted to how-to posts (there's just so many!) then you know that a common phrase worshiped among book bloggers is, "Have a schedule and post often." Now that may not be exactly how it goes, but I don't care enough to go look it up. It captures the essence of what I'm talking about.

That statement stated (lol) above is bullshit, and here's why. 

I'm a Rebel.

I've always been different. It's one of the many qualities that I am proud of. I always strive to go against the crowd because being normal is boring. I'm spontaneous and adventurous, and, one of my best qualities by far, rebellious. I never like to go with the crowd. I'm a dreamer and aspire to do so many things. Having a set schedule just doesn't work for my personality. 

See, I don't like being told what to do. I try to respect teachers (with the whole in charge of my grades and such), but you can ask my parents. Eventually, I'm bound to do the opposite of what I'm told. I don't know why; I've always been that way. 

When I have a set post schedule (which I tried in the month of November), I don't stick to it. With schedules, I feel as if I'm forced to do something or worse, being told to do something. I abandoned my schedule fairly quickly. I try to do all of this stuff that people say will make your blog the bomb-diggety yet it almost always clashes with my personality. 

Now don't mix up scheduling with planning. 

Scheduling is not the same thing as planning. It's really not in the same area, and I hate that they are so often confused and mixed. Scheduling is having certain blocks of time for a feature or post that you have to create on your own. It is starting from scratch. Planning is working with someone else to make a post that can be normally already written. You plan what you are going to do and then do it

That's how I see scheduling and planning. I get that it may be confusing, so here's an example. 

My nifty little blogging planner on the computer. I have another for paper.
Above is the online planner I use for blogging. I use this to plan when I have posts. I have a review planned for the 15th, which is already done. I have a Blitz ready to post on the 15th and another on the 16th. (Actually, I haven't scheduled those yet. Oops!) Everything that I am planning for is already done or has very little tweaks that need to be made. I'm not forcing myself to write these posts; they are already done. 

I support planning 110%. (That's so cheesy but accurate.)

Why?

Whenever I have a schedule, I feel as if I'm forcing myself to do something. I'm not getting my full worth by writing a scheduled post. It's going to be sucky because I'm just not that into it. 

You're not putting your best out there when you schedule. 

You aren't giving yourself room to be spontaneous which can sometimes be essential to a blog. See, I'm not forcing myself to write this post. I'm writing this post because I got the idea off the top of my head, and it's actually coming out pretty quickly. I'm not lollygagging because I actually want to write about this topic

This is what non-planning gives you. It lets your mind wander and think about stuff that wouldn't normally come to you on a scheduled post. 

Also, it's great for blog ratings. My readers never know when I'm going to make a new post. (Unless they subscribe to my RSS feed.) (Even then, you only get it on three days.) It keeps people guessing and checking back to see if I've written about something new. 

I cannot stick myself to a schedule, not even with weekly features. I've tried and failed multiple times. I don't like feeling as if I have to do something. I'll do it if I want to do it. 

What are your thoughts on scheduling? What are your definitions of scheduling and planning? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. Great post. Every blogger has to do what works for them. I kind of have a schedule. I post reviews on Mondays and Wednesdays, and I post a weekly recap on Sundays. On the other days, I post whatever I want (or I don’t post at all). It all depends on how much time I have to write posts.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Thanks! I was reading a post the other day saying that every piece of advice may not be suitable for everyone, and I find that completely true. It's great that you give yourself some room to post whatever you want! Some bloggers don't, and I really don't see how they do it.

      Thanks for stopping by!
      -kayl

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  2. I'm naturally obsessive with schedules, I have to plan or it won't get done. I figure the upside of that is that readers know what to expect each week and what to come back for. But quite honestly that can get boring, which is why I have a 2-week schedule. So week 1 I do a top ten tuesday, quote on thursday, and review on sunday. Then the next week I do my usual review on sunday, then have a slot on thursday for a "special post" that way I leave myself room to be spontaneous.

    I think really the mistake is to box yourself in which schedules to the point where you feel like you can never deviate. Because then blogging isn't as much fun as it should be.

    Liselle @ Lunch-Time Librarian

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    1. I can't do schedules. I can sure as hell plan, but for some odd reason I treat scheduling like the devil. I find it extremely boring (hence my post on it lol) but I guess it can work for some people.

      That's a good schedule, it has plenty of wiggle room! Being spontaneous is always good. It helps you live longer (no it doesn't but it does make you happier.)

      I don't understand how some people plan every hour of every day! I would go crazy! That seems to me more like a job, well not even a job, so like prison. It's not fun, and that's what blogging should be. If you make a living off of it, great, but it's still just a hobby.

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  3. It is a bit semantics, but I like how you distinguish between scheduling and planning. I prefer the term "editorial calendar" because you plan out your posts and when they go up, and then you 'schedule' them to publish at a particular time.

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    1. That's actually a perfect term for it! Thanks for introducing me to it lol
      -Kayl

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