Earlier this month, in anticipation an incoming snow storm slated to drop 4 to 9 inches of snow on eastern Iowa, I did much of my Sunday routine (grocery shopping and lunch prep) on Saturday before the storm hit. Usually on Saturdays, I wake up around 6:45 AM, head to the kitchen, make a cup of coffee in the Keurig, head into our office and begin working on upcoming posts for Second Run Reviews. I thought, then, on Sunday I could just enjoy a lazy morning watching GMA and Sunday Mornings on CBS as I had gotten everything done on Saturday including my weekly blog work.
However, as I settled in front of the TV around 7:30 with my cup of joe half listening to the Super Bowl chatter, I couldn’t sit still. There must be something about my routine, that even though it was Sunday, my body and mind must write in the morning hours before my husband starts stumbling around, coaxing me to watch silly YouTube videos as he becomes fully awake. So there I sat, in front of my screen, cup of coffee in hand, thinking about my blogging routine and how I manage Second Run Reviews while holding down a full time job.
My Blogging Routine
Wake up on Saturday at the same time I do Monday through Friday. 6:45 am.
I’ve heard for ages that a consistent sleep routine (getting up and going to bed at the same time every day) is healthy. Now this doesn’t mean I get up and shower and eat the same healthy breakfast on Saturdays as I do during the week. This just means, I’m rolling out of bed around 6:45/7:00, stumbling to the kitchen for coffee and into the office.
Review my upcoming posts for the week.
- Log into WordPress and sort my scheduled posts by date.
- Turn on some music. I recently moved things around in my office so our spare surround system/stereo is now positioned by my desk. I love, love, love this setup.
- Read each post, revise and proofread as needed; adding pictures, links and editing the Publicized details to include hashtags and Twitter handles.
- If it is a review, making sure I copy, paste and update the review in the GoodReads area of the Ultimate Book Blogger plugin so it displays properly when it posts.
- If the review/post is for a book tour, I add in the necessary tour elements provided by the tour company. Because of my experience with HTML and CSS, I try to format the posts myself rather than using the company provided HTML.
- Review Categories, Tags, Authors, etc.
- NEW! Using the WordPress SEO by Yoast plug in, make adjustments to the posts to improve Search Engine Optimization.
- Read the post again and either marvel at my genius or fret about the stir it might cause or lament that no one is going to read it.
- Update/Publish the post.
- Update my Google Spreadsheet to indicate the the post has been proofed and published.
- Schedule my Social Media pushes for the week using Hootsuite.
Usually I only post 3 to 4 times a week. So if I get started on these steps right away, with a cup of coffee in hand, I’m usually done reviewing my scheduled posts by 9:30 AM or so. Depending on the status of the natives (my husband), I may work ahead on writing reviews, discussion posts, or the occasional meme. I’ve found that once my husband gets up and enters the office, my distraction level increases and I lose the ability to focus.
If he is starting to stir, I’ll start surfing the web, looking for interesting posts, leaving comments, and making tweaks/updates to my blog and learning something new. Later in the day, if he decides to game on the Playstation 4 out in the living room, I might go back to what I was drafting before he woke up.
Why My Blogging Routine Works for Me
- Most Saturdays, I’m done with my blog work by 11 AM and I can spend the rest of the day doing fun things with my husband if we feel like venturing out of the house.
- If the scientists are right, I’m creating a healthy sleep routine.
- It allows me to work ahead. This routine happens almost every weekend without fail. As a result, I’ve got reviews scheduled out into April.
- I feel less stress about taking a weekend off or going on vacation.
- Leaves time to read, nap and snuggle with the kitties.
So what’s your blogging routine? What food or beverage do you need to have at hand to get the creative juices flowing? Do you have a playlist you like listen to while writing?