Why I don’t have a blogging schedule and probably never will

When I started my blog I wanted it to be light-hearted and fun, for me and for you guys too! I just wanted a small space to write about things I care about and have the odd rant every now and again so I never even considered following a schedule.

Some might say I’m disorganised but I don’t plan posts and I don’t have set days of the week when I schedule posts. It’s just not my thing. I’m not going to go months on end without posting but I don’t want to be tied down to a strict schedule either.

I write posts spontaneously about whatever I feel like at the time so it would be impossible for me to follow a schedule. I plan the odd post such as my Valentines Day post but most of them are random and thought of at the last minute.

I’ve got a busy full-time job and there’s college work on top of that because I’m an apprentice so I don’t have an enormous amount of free time and the free time I do have I like to spend with my family and boyfriend.

So because I’m so busy I like to keep my blog flexible. If I publish a cool post on Tuesday one week and the next Tuesday I fancy popping to ‘Spoons for a chilli dog then that’s what I’ll do. Why would I want to limit myself? I could publish a cool post on Wednesday that week instead.

Plus I feel like if I force myself to follow a schedule and post at strict times then it’ll become a chore and I won’t enjoy it anymore.

I admire bloggers who have strict schedules and who stick to them religiously. That takes real commitment. Don’t get me wrong, I’m committed to my blog too! It’s just that by keeping it flexible I can fit it into my life more easily.

Why I don't have a blogging schedule and probably never will

Do you have a schedule? If so, when do you post and how do you plan posts into your week? If you don’t have a schedule, why not? Let me know in the comments and leave a link back to your blog so I can check it out.

63 thoughts on “Why I don’t have a blogging schedule and probably never will

  1. I can 100% sympathise with you here. Between uni and work I don’t have much spare time at all. I love blogging and I really enjoy putting regular posts up but if it ever starts to feel like a chore I step away. Blogs are such a personal thing and unless its your job I don’t think anyone should ever feel pressured to follow a schedule!

    Grace xx

    http://www.gracebee.co.uk

    1. I know exactly how you feel Grace and I completely agree with you. Blogging should be fun and not something you have to force yourself to do!

  2. I love blogging and have just recently stated! : ) I do keep a schedule, but its because i like having one otherwise i am just all over the place! Lol

    1. I understand what you mean Brenna! Sometimes I feel like I could use a schedule because I’m so disorganised but I just know I’d never stick to it

  3. I’m glad that it’s not just me that doesn’t have a blogging schedule! I feel like if I limit myself to one blog post on a Saturday I’ll treat it as a chore and the quality of my posts will drop because I’m forcing myself to do it. Great post by the way, Sophie!

  4. I can very much relate to the things you said, I once had a firm schedule and found it pretty stressful. It just turned blogging into a chore and I stopped enjoying it. I’m now uploading once a week and I’m aiming for two posts a week but that’s all. xx

    113-things-to-say.blogspot.com

    1. Blogging should never be a chore, I’m glad you’ve found a schedule that fits into your life and still allows blogging to be fun xx

  5. You’ve literally covered every thought I’ve had regarding a blogging schedule. My blog is a hobby and so having a schedule would make it less fun, and similar to you I have both college and work commitments that make it hard to even make one. I try to post as frequently as possible, but I have to miss a week then I will and I won’t beat myself up about it either.

    1. I wish everyone felt the way you do Johanna! It would save them a lot of stress and upset over something that they should be enjoying

  6. I’m the same! I don’t really want to have a schedule. Maybe in the future I may have to be a little more organised but right now I may have an idea spring to mind so I type it! I believe the right way is whatever suits you 🙂

  7. Hiya Sophie!

    I do agree with your point of view, but it wouldn’t work for me. I need a schedule, a plan so I know what goes up when and I don’t duplicate my content as well. Keeps me in track, otherwise I don’t think I would get a single post up, ahah!

    I usually spend one afternoon during the week to write my posts and one weekend evening to take photos and edit them.

    http://www.thisissimplyme.com/

    Marta x

    1. I wish I could be as organised as you Marta! Everyone’s different I guess and we all have our own way of doing things x

  8. I am the same way! I work retail and I am really busy so I never know from day to day if I’m going to post or not. I’ll “schedule” posts, meaning that I write something the night before and then set it not to post until a certain time the next day but It’s not really planning it. I’ve tried saying I’ll post this topic on this day but then I don’t always want to write about that! I have a word document list of possible topics that I’ll go to for inspiration but otherwise my posts are spontaneous. It’s funny that I don’t follow a blog plan since I plan the rest of my life out meticulously with a planner.
    Kiersten @ Autumn Country Girl

    1. I’m exactly the same Kiersten! Normally I can’t do anything without having it all planned out weeks in advance but my blog is completely spontaneous. I think if it works for us then that’s all that matters!

  9. I completely agree. I was actually trying to come up with a schedule last week but ultimately decided against it. Usually I schedule everything and am very organized, but when it comes to blog posts I need more flexibility. I publish a weekly “Music Monday” playlist on my blog, but besides that nothing is scheduled. My fiance works on a ship and has a very odd schedule so when he actually is home, I focus on spending time with him rather than writing blog posts. Some say that having a set schedule helps to combat writer’s block, and it may for them, but it just stresses me out and I don’t like to force my posts if they aren’t coming naturally to me.

    1. I completely agree Amanda! I think if you have to force a blog post then it probably won’t be a good one.

  10. I write everything in one day and schedule it all so don’t actually write anything in the week. It’s the best way when you work full time

  11. Hi Sophie!
    We actually see eye to eye with each other. Me myself don’t have any precise blogging schedule. I post stuff when I have a great topic to share. For the reason being that if I were to set up a schedule it wouldn’t be ‘willingly’ however, seem ‘force’ to blog (despite the fact that, blogging is a hobby).

  12. This is exactly what I needed to read right now – I just started a new job and have a wedding to plan, so trying to stick to a strict blogging schedule too has left me with hardly any free time, I think I need to worry less about the whole thing, so thanks 🙂

    1. You’re more than welcome Zoe! I’m so glad my post has reassured you. Your blog will be fine but you must always remember to take care of yourself ❤

  13. I don’t have a blogging schedule either. I have thought about it on and off over the years, I have been blogging for about 7 years, but I don’t think I would be able to stick to it. Like you I am a busy person, I work full time so I write my blog at night or on my days off. Sometimes I just don’t feel like doing it. I like the freedom. x

  14. Really like this post! i love to be spontaneous too and I find that if i try and follow a schedule i get stressed out if I end up missing a day!

    1. That’s what I’m scared of Sophie! I’ve got so many other things to be stressed about, I don’t need to be stressed about my blog too. Thanks for reading!

  15. It’s so nice to see a post like this! You see so many blogging tips telling you you need structure to cultivate success- but more often people start blogging purely for enjoyment and leave growth/success to come second. I completely share your view, it should be kept as something to enjoy 🙂

  16. GIRL there’s pros & cons to having a scheduled time to post! I’ve tried it, well scheduling my tweets/posts…it takes off some steam but the pressure is there. I think that random posts are pretty dope! Spontaneous ideas, in my opinion you get more out of it sometimes. Not bashing either one because I do both! Haha.
    Be sure to check out my blog Hun!
    Keepingupwithmj.com

    1. That sounds cool Marikah, I didn’t consider having a mix of schedule and spontaneous posts. Thanks for reading!

  17. Like you, I totally admire those that have a schedule and can stick to it every week, but I couldn’t hack it. I’m so unorganised and like you said, I would worried it starts to become a chore! Maybe one day I’ll get my act together and have a schedule, but for now, I post when I have the time. 😀 Great post! xx

    Ashton | http://www.beautybooksandbabble.co.uk

  18. I think its cool that you don’t have a schedule especially since you have a lot of other things going on in your life. I don’t really have a schedule per say. I make it a goal to try and post twice a week (failing miserably lately) ,and I do like to plan out my post for the upcoming week. Nothing too major or anything.

    1. I might start planning posts a little more. I don’t think I’ll have a proper schedule but, like you say, having an idea for next week’s post would be good I think. Thanks for reading!

  19. I see pros & cons for having a schedule and not – I don’t have one at the moment as I found it really stressful trying to stick to it. I completely admire those that have a strict schedule but for me it took away the pleasure of blogging and it became a chore. I would fret over not having any content for the next day!!

    1. That’s why I don’t have a schedule Emma, I don’t want to make blogging a chore for myself. Thank you for reading!

  20. I try and post every Thursday and Sunday but I recently due to college I haven’t been able to keep to my schedule!
    I like to plan posts purely because I don’t like not uploading at least once a week! Xo

    Blog: whattabithaloves.blogspot.co.uk

    1. I think the fear of having nothing to post is the only thing that makes me consider a schedule. I’m very disorganised when it comes to my blog so I almost always write my post the day it’s due to be published which isn’t ideal. Thank you for reading and commenting Tabitha!

  21. Oh this post is a breath of fresh air! I don’t have a schedule and I keep thinking that perhaps the reason hardly anyone reads my blog is because I’m so inconsistent and that I should probably have a schedule. But I work full time and volunteer on Sunday mornings so it doesn’t leave me with alot of time for blogging, plus like you say, schedules would turn it into a chore!

    Hayley
    http://www.quirkylittleplanet.com

    1. It sounds like you’re too busy for a schedule Hayley! Schedules aren’t for everyone and you can still be a great blogger without one. I say keep blogging whenever you can but don’t push yourself too hard. Thanks for reading!

    1. You’re exactly right Michelle, I’m the same as you! My best posts are usually the ones that are the most spontaneous.

  22. I’m glad I’m not the only one! I try to stick to a schedule but it makes me so stressed because I’m so focused on getting a post up on time that I dont really focus on the quality I just rush to get it up when I need to. So I just try to do it when I have a good idea or something I want to say! ☺️

    Megan xx | itsmeganrose.blogspot.com

    1. You’ve got the right idea Megan! There’s no point in rushing out an average post on time when you could publish a great post a couple of days later than you originally wanted to x

  23. I’m also in the same boat! I used to blog a few years ago on another blog where I tried to stick to a blogging schedule – and I hated it. Blogging felt more like a chore because I felt like I had to write XYZ post because that’s what my editorial calendar was telling me. Now I just write what I want, whatever I want. I might not be consistent but at least I still like blogging after a month!

    1. Couldn’t agree more with your last line! Blogging should be fun, not a chore. We’ve all got enough of those anyway!

  24. Totally get this! I have a full time job in London that can be demanding and I want to have a social life too, seeing friends, doing things with my boyfriend and going home to visit family in Dorset on weekends. I don’t always want to come home and spend the evening working on my blog (although I often do ’cause it’s addictive), but every now and then it’s nice to have a break or be spontaneous and decide, that actually, I’m going to go for a few cocktails in South Ken. or go and get last minute tickets to a play etc. I do have a loose schedule but I have never ever stuck to it..

    1. I think that’s exactly how it should be Chelsea! Sounds to me like you’ve got it down to a T. Thank you for reading and commenting!

  25. Thanks for writing a post that I couldn’t have said better myself! Starting blogging as a hobby, I didn’t want it to become a chore. Sure, a one month challenge here and there is fun to do, but I don’t tie myself down to a specific schedule. I tried that and it lasted all of one week before I gave up so now I try and just post if and when I feel like it. Thank you for putting into words what I couldn’t! I love your unscheduled blog

    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment! I’m glad you can understand how I feel about schedules. Thank you for reading.

  26. I used to be of the same mind but, personally, I find the structure of having at leas ta set day for writing makes all the difference. I’m trying my hand at a book at the moment and that lack of structure is telling. I’m having the hardest time sitting down and actally writing it, not because of writers block, but because the world is so damn distracting!
    I post every Sunday afternoon at the moment and have missed just once this year. That was because my wife had a stroke wwhich I count as a valid excuse. Thanks for the read. Great to hear a different perspective

    1. Good luck with your book Mark! I’m so sorry to hear about your wife’s stroke, I hope she’s okay? Thank you so much for sharing your views.

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