Discussion Day: Schedule or wing it?

Mar
15
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Discussion Day

After the fiasco that was last week’s discussion post (which it turned out NOT to be, thanks to you guys! The comments last week ROCKED!) I started thinking – do you prefer to schedule your discussion posts in advance, or do you like to write them just a few days ahead of time?

So far, I’ve mostly been a pants-er: I wait until a day or two before the discussion is supposed to go up, pick a topic that’s currently on my mind and sit down to bang out a few hundred words as fast as possible. Unfortunately this strategy has bitten me in the butt a few too many times – I’ll either not get anything ready and therefore not have a post or have a mental meltdown and end up with something like last week. I’d like to get around that, and my best idea is schedule my discussions ahead of time too.

It’s not a bad idea. I’m all for scheduling ahead on most things. I usually have my features scheduled at least a month ahead (unless it’s toward the end of the month… I’m lazy!) and I schedule reviews ahead whenever I can. But with discussion posts, I kind of like to have my topics be something that I’ve been thinking about recently. For me, discussion posts are the ones to really get excited about, no matter the topic, and it’s harder to get excited when I’m getting comments and saying to myself “now what did I schedule a month ago to post for today?”

So, I’m curious. Do you schedule your discussion posts ahead? If so, how far? Do you have to remind yourself each week what you posted, or do you get just as excited no matter if your topic is 2 months old (for you) or not?





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17 Responses to “Discussion Day: Schedule or wing it?”

  1. Yael Itamar says:

    I don’t think you necessarily need to schedule it, but it would probably be helpful to keep a list of ideas for those days where you can’t think of anything.

    • Anne says:

      I do keep a list actually, for when I don’t have any pressing issues! It’s just some days I don’t feel like talking about anything on the list either, and THAT is when I get myself in trouble :/

  2. I schedule my discussion posts ahead of time. And usually I write them when they come to mind. I’ll jot down ideas and sometimes when I go to write a certain discussion, another idea will pop into my head. I try to not wait until that week to write one, but I’m sure I’ll get to that point soon. :)

    • Anne says:

      II really need to get better at just WRITING POSTS as soon as I think of them. I keep all kinds of lists of topic idea possibilities, and then I’ll sit down to write them, do a few, and then say “okay that’ll hold me for a while.” And THEN a few weeks/a month later I’m suddenly out of that kind of post and scrambling to make myself write more. I am such a lazy bum! SHAME ON ME! :(

  3. I write (and therefore, schedule) my discussion posts when I have the idea for it. I’m usually far enough ahead in my schedule that I never have to wing it. Sometimes it’s fun to “rediscover” my discussion topic. A good one will get you excited no matter how long you’ve sat on it.

    • Anne says:

      You are always so organized Amanda! Seriously, when I think of who I wish I could be more like, it’s you. I always tell myself that I will get ahead and stay that way… and somehow I always fall off the wagon. I’ll keep trying, at least! I *can* do it (I think) if I just MAKE MYSELF! :)

  4. I really just wing every post that way you get my true feelings.

  5. Stormy says:

    I don’t have specific discussion days, so I don’t make a schedule in the way that I know I have to write something by Tuesday for Thursday, etc., but I do schedule posts(all posts–features, discussions, and reviews), weeks in advance. I’ve always been a big scheduler, and it makes me nervous to have less than 2 weeks of post scheduled in advance at any time. I just can’t do it! I schedule things about 3-4 weeks in advance, then a few days before they go live I look over them to edit & add anything if I’ve thought more about it. I have a spreadsheet where I keep track of my post and what type of post they are, and I just glance at it every few days to make sure I like where I’m headed.

    • Anne says:

      That’s a good idea! As it is, I rarely have more than the week scheduled in advance – I go in on Saturday or Sunday and look at what I have (maybe a review or two and/or a feature) and then add whatever I’m missing all at once). BUT if I could get myself ahead, then I could save some time by just going in and looking at what’s up, reading it through one more time and tweaking anything I need to. Hmmmm… I like it!

  6. When it comes to my homework, I’m excellent in making schedules. I always plan ahead and make sure that I start to learn on time. When it comes to blogging, schedules make me stressed. I don’t know why, but if I try to plan a few things, it makes me feel.. forced and itchy. I just like to post whatever I feel like. I do write my reviews as soon as possible (most of the time right after I finish the book), but I don’t schedule anything. And it works for me 😀 So I keep doing it this way, since blogging is all about fun.

    Mel@thedailyprophecy.

    • Anne says:

      I wish I could stay on top of things enough to do without a schedule, but I just couldn’t do it. I tried – and I’d end up going weeks without posts, without even realizing it. AND since I’m about to go back to school I only expect that to get worse :/ But hey, good for you! Blogging IS all about fun, and you’ve found your way of doing it 😀

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  8. I’ve only just entered the book blogging world (eek!) but I’ve been scheduling mine ahead of time. I have a list of post ideas, and I also have a handful of posts that I have created that are ready to go. What I have been doing so far is scheduling the discussion post in advance, but if something else pops up that I want to talk about, I will put it in for that week and push the other discussion posts back. The good thing about this is there always a post ready if I don’t feel like writing one, and I also have the flexibility to get something out there that’s on my mind if I need to. The bad thing is having to go back and re-read what you’ve written to make sure it all makes sense and is still what you think. But I love scheduling in advance, being the organized nerd I am. 😛

  9. Alexa says:

    I schedule most of my posts ahead of time because I’m a full time med student so I only have weekends to write up posts so I need to do them all way in advance. Right now I’m scheduled out until late May and that makes me happy because it means I can still run a blog without worrying about having posts to write while I’m busy with school and clinical hours.

    Thanks for the great discussion.

  10. Kelly says:

    Oooh I would love to be a scheduler, but mostly I’m a pantser…I’m definitely not organized enough to be a scheduler lol!

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