While blogging might seem like a creative work, it still requires structure. Sure, some bloggers (especially the beginners) might think there’s no reason to limit their creativity to a strict schedule. However, a schedule actually can help you not only build an audience but also become a better blogger without affecting your creativity in a bad way.
How? In this article, I’m going to explain it to you, offering 10 reasons to create a schedule for your blog and stick to it.
1.You will be able to manage your time better.
Writing only when inspiration strikes isn’t always convenient. This way, you have to put aside all your other tasks for the sake of these random moments of inspiration – or ignore the inspiration and miss an opportunity to write something because you have other tasks to do. When you create a schedule, you understand exactly how much content you have to create this month or week, and so you are able to arrange all your other tasks according to this schedule. This will allow you to do all the things you need to do!
2.You will be able to write better articles.
When you have a schedule, you are able to plan your writing ahead, and that’s a very good thing. This way, you won’t need to rush your article and so, will be able to spend more time on the preparation, research, writing, and polishing your post.
3.You will be able to set your priorities right.
It’s harder to see the whole picture without a schedule. You might think that you have plenty time ahead to write a post and choose to do other tasks as more urgent ones, only to find yourself on Sunday quickly writing something so you can post at least one article by the end of this week.
Of course, I’m not saying that such deadlines won’t happen if you have a schedule. It depends only on you and your ability to do things on time. However, it’s easier to organize yourself with a schedule.
4.You will feel less stress.
A schedule requires thorough planning and testing: you have to find out how many posts you are able to write a week, when you should post them, etc. However, once the planning is finished, you will feel less stress as you will be able to write at a pace that is definitely comfortable for you.
5.You will be able to write longer posts.
There’s no time to write longer posts when you are in a hurry, and that’s a bad thing: often you have to sacrifice the idea, not explaining it well enough simply because you don’t have much time. With a clear schedule, you will have more time to write posts, and if you write them in advance, you will be able to add some interesting details to them.
6. You will be able to control your schedule.
One of the best things about a schedule is that it allows writing posts in advance. This way, you are able to write enough posts for a month and concentrate on something else (for example, on writing a book) without having to worry that you’ll lose your audience. You can also go on a vacation while your blog is still functioning and bringing you income: that’s what auto posting function is for.
7. You will be able to use the most of the best posting time.
Some days and hours are simply better for posting than the others, though this can differ for different blogs and niches. Not all of these days and hours are actually convenient for posting, especially if you live in a different time zone, but auto posting function can solve this problem too.
A schedule can help you make the most of these days and hours. All you have to do is choose a day and time, write a post beforehand, and get more views and comments that you probably would have gotten without a clear schedule.
8. You will become more successful.
If you view blogging as your business, you simply shouldn’t do anything spontaneously. Yes, sometimes it still can work, but most of the times a good business requires proper planning. You schedule posts, time to reply to comments, time to check your email, and so on. This allows you to focus on ideas for your blog, knowing that everything else will be definitely done.
9. You will look more committed.
You might think that no one pays attention to your blogging schedule; however, it’s not like that at all. Your loyal readers probably check your blog from time to time looking for the new posts, and they definitely notice if your posting is not consistent. By creating a schedule and sticking to it, you will be able to demonstrate to your readers that you take your blog and their loyalty seriously and do your best in order not to disappoint them.
10. You will build up your audience.
A schedule will allow you not only to please the existing audience but also to build a new one. If you make the most of the best posting hours, you will probably attract more new readers. And if these readers notice that you update your blog regularly, they will definitely want to stay with you!
As you see, a schedule is a really nice thing. It helps in keeping you more organized, allows paying more attention to a content creation process, finding time for rest and other things that are important to you, and also building up your audience. That’s why you should definitely try it!
However, it’s important not to rush here. As mentioned above, a creation of a schedule requires a lot of preliminary testing and research. For example, you should try posting once or twice a week to see if the result is different and then decide whether the result is worth the effort or not. However, I’m sure that you’ll be able to do this well. I wish you good luck with that!