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What's your blogging routine?

Back in 2009, when I first started posting here on An Englishman in New Jersey, I soon learned the value of establishing a blogging routine.

Including my regular Friday links list, I try to post here at least four times a week. Barring unforseen circumstances, I expect to blog about something on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Whenever possible, I post at, or about, 11:00am (US Eastern).

Not that I don't blog on the other days of the week too, but those are usually reserved for guest posts, interviews, Puddle-related entries and news announcements etc.


It's never fun to write a journal entry against the clock, so I make sure there are always several half-written posts and about a hundred ideas to choose from in my 'Ideas' folder, which saves me from that awful 'Oh God, what am I supposed to blog about?' feeling.

Probably the oldest journal entry in my blogging trunk is a post called 10 things my old gran taught me about blogging. I started it last summer, as a companion post to 10 things my old gran taught me about writing. I've got the '10 things' down, I just haven't fleshed it out yet.

How about you?

What's your blogging routine?


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Aug. 22nd, 2011 07:59 pm (UTC)
Used to be story a day, but now I'm expanding and assigning a different type of post to each day of the week. Having an idea folder seems handy!
Aug. 22nd, 2011 08:56 pm (UTC)
It's very useful, especially for those good ideas that just aren't ready to post yet :)
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Aug. 22nd, 2011 10:17 pm (UTC)
Re: fairly routineless
'looking forward to what gran knew about blogging.'

Thanks, Sue. She was surprisingly inspirational ;)
Aug. 22nd, 2011 10:15 pm (UTC)
Aside from Friday's UFFDA, I try to post two other times during the week. Sometimes I get more in, sometimes less, but it averages.
Aug. 22nd, 2011 10:18 pm (UTC)
Whatever the routine, it's helpful to have one, don't you think?
Aug. 22nd, 2011 10:22 pm (UTC)
Without one, the blog tends to fall by the wayside, methinks.
Aug. 22nd, 2011 11:27 pm (UTC)
There's always something else demanding attention.
Aug. 23rd, 2011 12:34 am (UTC)
Every Wednesday I post something about writing. Monday posts cycle through food, books I've read, fitness, and gardening.

For me, setting a writing schedule was more important than the posting schedule. I write both posts every Monday before work, though I sometimes have to finish the Wednesday post later. When it was "I'll write the blog later" it never got done.
Aug. 23rd, 2011 10:42 am (UTC)
'When it was "I'll write the blog later" it never got done.'

Whether it's writing blog posts, writing fiction, or any other goal, routines are especially useful for laying guilt trips on ourselves :)
Aug. 24th, 2011 02:07 am (UTC)
Not even a guilt trip. Just a habit, so I don't think about it any more than I think about going to work every day.
Aug. 27th, 2011 01:00 am (UTC)
My blogging days grew up on LiveJournal. It's how I found my husband in fact, and then I got out of the habit, unfortunately. I used a paper journal for a few years but I missed the whole social aspect. I miss hearing about my friends lives that I've never met but feel I know more about them than their own Mother's do sometimes. I miss that. I'm trying to get that back myself.
Aug. 27th, 2011 01:11 pm (UTC)
I like the camaraderie (hope I spelled that right) you get here on LJ.
Aug. 28th, 2011 12:26 pm (UTC)
That's one of the things I've missed the most. It's hard when it's a friends only journal but I might mess around with that sometime to get a larger crowd.
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