Lately, especially since I started this new blog, I have found that I can never strike the balance between making content, commenting on other peoples content and “researching” in order to gather information in order to make content. Like many types of blogging, in order to blog about books, you need to read them! I have found that over the past few weeks that I can’t have my cake and eat it when it comes to my blog and posting. I either post and comment everyday or I read loads of books and only post once in a whole week. Not there is anything wrong with that, however I only work a few hours each day so I have no excuse!
The fact of the matter is, if I don’t read, as a book blog I will run out of content. I can comment on news all I like but I won’t be doing the things what I actually want to do. Commenting can take me anything from 30 minuets to a few hours. It is one of my favourite parts but it takes the longest. By the time I actually sit down to read, I am ready for bed!
So today, I had a brainwave. I decided to dedicate certain days to blogging and others to reading. The Blogger scheduling system never worked for me for some reason so a review would en up being posted a few days late or early. However with WordPress it is so much easier to schedule posts by time and date. Basically I have made a proper time table. A bit like the one I have in my sidebar.
Monday: Blogging (comments and scheduling posts)
Wednesday: Blogging (comments and scheduling posts)
Saturday: Reading/updating GR shelves
Sunday: Blogging (comments and scheduling posts)
Sometimes this won’t work and some days I will need to log on to add something to a linky (ie Feature and Follow Posts). I feel incredibly babyish writing a post like this. To be perfectly honest I don’t have the willpower, self-discipline or time to do both in equal measure on the same day. I was thinking one week on and one week off (blogging + scheduling and then reading the other) but that would be a little too much I think. Also I would miss it!
Off the back of this, I would love to find out how all of you strike a balance when it comes to blogging your own posts and commenting on others? Or do you just go with the flow and hope for the best?
Disclaimer: This is not me moaning. This is a loved hobby of mine. If anything, I am just sharing my lack of discipline ;D