Showing posts with label queue. Show all posts
Showing posts with label queue. Show all posts

Thursday, January 21, 2016

How Queuing Posts Makes Blogging 200% Easier | Book Blogging Tips (#35)



What's a Queue?

A super convenient blog function that enables you to schedule posts days, weeks, months, or even years in advance.


Why is a Queue Important?

90% of my blog runs on a queue. 
I couldn't imagine running my blog without it. With a queue, you don't have to worry every day about coming up with a new topic. When you're feeling down and not feeling like writing, your blog will just write itself. Isn't that nice?


Regardless whether your blog is more memes or original posts - you'll probably face creative blocks sooner or later. If it wasn't for my queue I would have quit blogging very early on or just only published posts sporadically. 
A queue is a super handy way of staying on top of things and give your readers content regularly.

You do not have to queue!
I'm not saying that everyone should, but it helped me personally tremendously. I wouldn't be blogging anymore if it weren't for my queue. Sometimes I just face creative blocks and just can't write any more posts and don't have the energy or motivation to write up anything.

How Big Should It Be?
My queue is usually stacked with about thirty posts, spanning maybe two or three months ahead. Obviously my blog doesn't run completely on queue.

What Should You Queue?

Everything that's either:
  • timeless (aka original posts like discussions or personal stuff)
  • memes (if you know the topics in advance)
Avoid queueing posts that are relevant right now (tackling a topic that's all over social media right now for example). Only queue posts that you know won't get fewer or more hits regardless of when you post them.

When Should You Queue?

I started queuing when I noticed that I couldn't keep on writing up posts the same day they'd go online. That was maybe in my first or second month of blogging. Try using your creative highs to write up as many posts as you can! You don't have to stack your queue with a few dozen posts at all times like me, start small. Draft maybe five or more posts and keep collecting before you start queuing.

Do You Queue Posts in Advance? 



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Thursday, November 19, 2015

How To Queue Posts Months in Advance | Book Blogging Tips (#26)



I was actually asked to share my take on the topic with you guys, because I mentioned in one my previous BBT posts how heavily queued my blog is.

To me, queuing is essential if you want to publish nice content frequently. Here some tips on how I manage to keep on queuing.



1. Use Your Creative Highs

Sometimes you will feel like blogging and sometimes you won't. The key is to notice when you feel like writing and to write the heck out of it. Write until you feel like puking at the thought of writing another post. 
I've actually written twenty posts in a day before, just because I forced myself to keep on doing it. You'd be surprised how fun it is to and how satisfying it is to see the number of your queued posts rising up!

2. Have Set Content 

If you know what your blog is supposed to be about it will get way easier to queue in advance. Reviews are obviously excluded from this. Find a set schedule for every day of the week, or just every week.
Based on memes, an example schedule for bloggers that aspire to post every day would be this:

  • Monday: What are you reading? or Mailbox Monday 
  • Tuesday: Teaser Tuesday or Top Ten Tuesday
  • Wednesday: Wishlist Wednesday or Waiting on Wednesday
  • Thursday: Freebie
  • Friday: The Friday 56 or Friday Finds
  • Saturday: Original (personal post or own feature)
  • Sunday: Sunday Salon or Weekly Wrap Up

As you see, if you're a friend of them there are memes for every day of the week. A great source to find more memes is the Book Blog Meme Directory.

3. Launch Your Own Memes/Original Content


Since I started Book Blogging Tips, I noticed that it gets way easier to schedule stuff in advance. Sometimes when I'm writing up a post, an idea for another one just pops into my head. Having your own feature will surely inspire you to make a lot of posts at once. It's also extremely satisfying when the first people start linking to your posts.


Beware: Don't copy other people's stuff, give it a new name and pretend it's your own content. Especially with memes you can easily slip into the direction of plagiarism and this isn't good for your reputation and it will cost you a lot of readers.

Also, it's illegal. So stay away from that. Your own ideas are way better than the copied content anyways.

4. Reviews: Write Them Immediately


I know this can get super tiring and it's annoying and sometimes you don't even feel like writing a review. Believe me, I know.
You just have to go through it, because:

  1. Your thoughts are fresh when you just finished the book
  2. You won't remember as many details in two days time
  3. Depending on the book you may have even forgotten about it altogether!
..and we don't want that. A great idea is to read other people's reviews on Goodreads if you don't feel like you have anything to say. You'll quickly notice that you agree or disagree and there you go - your first thoughts are waiting to be put on paper. It's not a shame if you only write half a review, you can still write the rest a few days later, it's just important to get the first draft done.


What are your tips on queuing posts in advance?

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Things No One Tells You About Book Blogging | Book Blogging Tips (#25)


I had no idea what to expect when I just dove into blogging head-first. I didn't even read other blogs when I first started and just decided to do it my own way.

A lot has changed since then and I'd like to say that my blog has improved since then. Here are some things that really surprised me when I first started blogging.



  • Success won't come overnight: Good content ≠ Readers

No matter what you post, you won't become a successful blogger within six months. There are exceptions to the rule, but don't assume that you're one of those. Readers are earned and that takes time.


  • Queuing WILL save your blog

Honestly, if it wasn't for my well-stacked queue I'd probably have quit already. It's hardly possible to keep posting as much as I do (almost every day/ every other day) without actually planning posts in advance. I use my creative highs to schedule posts in advance. I suggest you make a habit of queuing, too, because it really does help a lot.


  • Themes matter, period.

So many people say it's all about the content, but honestly: there are certain themes that I just can't stand to see anymore. At this point I actually click away when I see an awful blog design, no matter how interesting the posts sound.


  • You will lose motivation

..and that's perfectly normal. Blogging is a full-time job and after months and months of writing posts, you may get tired of it. Don't give up. The big names in the blogging community are the people who never gave up. You can do it.


  • It's a competition - you will get jealous of others

Yeah, yeah, yeah, you shouldn't try to be like other bloggers or try to be as successful as them. I've heard it all, but the truth is I do look left and right and try to improve my blog constantly. The internet changes and so do the habits of the people who visit my blog. 

  • Of course you'll get discouraged to see a blogger that has barely started surpass you with their statistics.
  • Of course you'll get jealous when someone gets an awesome ARC that you didn't get 
  • Of course you'll constantly ask yourself why someone else has more followers, has more commenters, has better statistics
  • Of course you'll try to be more like the people you admire. And eventually plan to be a better blogger than them.
That may sound a little conceited, but it's the truth. Why are you blogging? Because you think your voice matters. When it ends up being unheard it's frustrating and annoying and it will make you question everything you do. 

BUT:
Don't listen to that little voice that says you're not good enough and you're never going to make it. 

Persistence is the key to success. 

One day people will look up to you and ask themselves why they're not as great as you are. 


What are things that you didn't expect about blogging?
Do you sometimes get jealous of other bloggers?

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

How to Simplify Your Blogging Experience in 5 Steps | Book Blogging Tips (#10)


Over the past couple of months I noticed that I changed my blogging habits a lot. I decided to share some things with you that helped me become a better and more relaxed blogger. 

Blogging is about you and enjoying yourself, so you're responsible for making the best out of it! Here are five tips that will hopefully help you out:

  • USE THE QUEUE

It's there fore a reason, I'm serious. It took me ages to figure out that I don't have to write posts the day I want to publish them. I don't even know how I managed to live like that. It's super stressful to have to come up with a post at the top of your head and it's even more stressful to think for the rest of the week about what you're going to write. You'll run out of content every fast if you do that.

  • GIVE YOURSELF SOME REST

You should give yourself a vacation from blogging sometimes. Trust me, even when you don't think you'll need it, it won't do any harm to plan one. If you've got a well stocked queue, nobody will even notice you were gone.

  • MIX IT UP, GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE

You'd be surprised at how many new and helpful things you're going to discover. Never considered doing a certain type of posts, or a new social media platform or a starting your own feature?
Just do it. What can go wrong?

  • BECOME AN OBSERVER

You can learn from other bloggers.
Imitation is the highest form of flattery. I'm not saying you should flat out copy content - I'm saying that you should take a close look at how they're blogging and how it's working out for them.

Examine your fellow blogs closely and maybe change things about yours that aren't working out well for you.

  • ASK FOR HELP WHEN NEEDED

You can't excel at everything. Even the top bloggers whose names everybody knows started out little. If you need help, go ask for it. Get somebody to help you instead of getting frustrated and trying to fix the problem on your own for hours (especially when it's theme-related stuff - the amount of hours I've wasted on that...)


What are Your Tips To Simplify Your Blogging Experience?

More Tips:
Book Blogging Tips (#6): Should I Be Commenting Back?
Book Blogging Tips (#7): How to Not Advertise For Your Blog
Book Blogging Tips (#8): 6 Things Your Blog Design HAS TO Have
Book Blogging Tips (#9): 6 Commenting Systems and What Sucks About Them

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