Developing Your Blog

In this free lesson, learn how to develop a blog of your own using goals you can set for yourself and options available online.

Deciding how much time to commit

Using a calendar to schedule two posts a weekUsing a calendar to schedule two posts a week

It's difficult to get people to read your blog if you don't update it regularly. While it's easy to be enthusiastic about your blog and post frequently when you first get started, you may find it more challenging to keep up with posting as time goes on.

Having a posting schedule can make it easier to find time for your blog. How you create your schedule is up to you. Some people work best with a strict schedule and may prefer to set aside a little bit of time every day to work on their blogs. Others might be happier choosing a loose schedule. With this type of schedule, they might post twice a week but not always on the same day or at the same time.

When you're deciding how much time you want to commit to your blog, make sure to consider all of your other commitments, and be realistic about the amount of time you actually want to spend writing. Remember, blogging is a hobby. If you treat it too much like a chore, it may become less enjoyable.

Using drafts and scheduling posts

You can also manage your time by writing drafts of your blog posts ahead of time, then posting them at a later date. Most blog services even include a feature that lets you schedule saved posts. Once you've scheduled a post, it will automatically be published at the time you specified. Scheduling posts can be a good way to guarantee that you post about the same number of updates each week.

Scheduled posts in a WordPress blog

These drafts and scheduling tools can be especially useful if you find it difficult to set aside a particular time of day for writing. You can create drafts when you have a lot to write about and post them later, when you're feeling too busy or uninspired to write.