I post religiously Monday, Wednesday and Friday, some weeks I end up posting more, but you can guarantee there will be at least three blog posts up on Sarah in Wonderland each week. I think in the last year I missed maybe three days out of my routine due to things associated with my chronic condition. It used to frustrate me if I didn’t get a post up on my scheduled day, but it doesn’t really bother me now as my blog isn’t going anywhere. However, I do like to stick to a routine, I work best when I have a plan.
I use a ban.do agenda to schedule, it has two pages of notes before each month and a monthly planner, as well as the weeks spread across two pages. This means I can organise my life (lets face it, it’s usually hospital appointments) alongside my blog. I like having them both in the same place, it makes things much easier for me.
I use one page of notes for health/disability related ideas, and the other for beauty and lifestyle. This way I can sort through my notes quick and easy. I usually get an idea or more each day and I’ll always write it in my planner, or on my phone if I don’t have it with me.
Monday = Lifestyle
Wednesday = Beauty
Friday = Health
Using a pencil, I plan out my monthly posts (sometimes two months in advance) in my agenda. I do it in pencil as I’m forever swapping things out, especially if I’ve been sent something to review, or I’ve been shopping and want to post a haul. I always make sure that my content is varied; I never post a review of blogger mail on consecutive days, and if I write a negative post regarding chronic illness one week, the week after I’ll make sure there’s a positive or funny one. It may appear random, but I have it all meticulously planned out.
Each week, I’ll check what posts I have planned and write a post-it note detailing the pictures I’ll need. I then spend an afternoon photographing. This takes quite a lot of time as I have to pace it and my hands/back/hips/everything end up hurting. I try to take two weeks worth of images, but if something has arrived in the post, I shoot it in the first few days so I can begin using it. I edit them over a few days as they’re not usually needed right away.
When it actually comes to writing, I tend to get the words on my laptop screen the day before. I like making sure I have my pictures ready before I start to write, I can’t do it any other way. The writing part is always the easiest for me, (unless it’s particularly personal) the words seem to flow naturally as I know what I want to say. I usually have more notes in my agenda if I’m reviewing something as my brain isn’t great at remembering everything.
And stickers. How could I forget? My agenda is covered in cute, brightly coloured stickers! Stationery haul coming soon 😉