Lately I’ve been hearing a lot about people wanting to “get their blog organized” (this is a popular New Years Resolution). They talk about calendars, notebooks, memos, and planners. This totally works for some people, and I’m thrilled for them! Different strokes for different folks, and all that. You have to find what works for you. But today I’m going to talk about why blog organization freaks me out.
Blogging is not my job
As soon as I start hooking my blog up with calendars, schedules, and memos, it’s going to feel like a job. When I request an ARC or contemplate buying a book, I don’t want to have to stop and think, “Wait, let me check my reading calendar.” I like the freedom that comes with disorganization. I like requesting books on a whim, I like reading ARCs published in May before the ones published in January (if that’s what I want to do). I like going out of order and following my mood when it comes to choosing my books. I’d rather follow my mood than a calendar.
For me, having a calendar and a schedule makes it feel too official. I associate those things with jobs, and blogging is not my job.
I actually did try having a calendar for a while and I hated it. Whenever I received an ARC, I would mark its release date on my Google calendar. Then I’d try to make sure I got them all reviewed and read them in a reasonable order so that I didn’t miss deadlines. But it turns out, that’s what I don’t like: the deadlines. I don’t want to feel like I’m reading on a deadline. If I’m in the mood for a contemporary, I’m going to read the contemporary released in May before the fantasy book released in January. If I don’t follow my mood, whims, and cravings, I’m not going to enjoy reading or blogging anymore.
Yes, sometimes that means I do miss “deadlines” (release dates). And sometimes that means I do 5 Bitchin’ Book Blog posts in a row without a single review. But I’m fine with that! I’d rather post what I want to post whenever I want to post it, than follow a strict schedule (like reviews on Monday, blog tips on Tuesday, meme on Wednesday, another review Thursday, etc.). I wait for inspiration to strike, then I roll with it.
Find what works for you!
Some people have schedules and calendars and it totally works for them! It makes them feel organized and they like that feeling, so that’s great! But for me, having a calendar or a schedule stresses me out. It makes me feel like I have to do things in a certain order and I can’t miss my deadlines. And that’s not how I want to feel about my blog!