Do you guys ever log into WordPress (if you log out, that is. Because I never do) and go to write a new post just to realize that you have absolutely no idea what you should write about? You don’t have any reviews you should be posting or discussions ready to go. This might lead to a short (or long, depending on how much these things stress you out) period of you being really worried and trying to figure out what on earth you are supposed to do.
Well, this was basically me recently while trying to figure out what I wanted to post for the last week of September. As I looked at the little calendar in WordPress I realized that I had no idea what to post about. Luckily, I realized that it was the end of the month which meant that I should post both my monthly releases post and my wrap-up for September which covers two posting days for me. And as I was going through that thought process for myself, I got the idea for today’s post!
I’ve always been quite curious what people thought about regularly posting a certain type of post, be it Top 10 Tuesdays (and other similar types of memes) or monthly wrap-ups/releases, etc. so I figured I would write this post and discuss the idea with all of you guys! First, let’s talk about some positives!
Less Stressful For You
To me, whenever I know that a particular post is supposed to go up (in my case it’s my monthly releases and wrap-up posts) it takes a good deal of stress off my shoulders to come up with content for a particular day or week. I know for a fact that I want to post my monthly posts during the last week of any given month. That’s part of my routine after nine months of blogging. And since I’m not worrying about an entire week worth of posts and instead just one more, I can tackle that easily.
Knowing which posts you do regularly also means you can work towards them throughout the month which reduces stress! I’ve started writing my monthly wrap-ups halfway through the month to make sure I didn’t have a massive post to write in a matter of a day or two.
Source Of Inspiration
One of the greatest things I have found in doing weekly memes (other than discovering awesome blogs!) is that they offer a great source of inspiration! I’m sure we’ve all been stuck for ideas on what to post at some point and weekly memes give you a prompt on what to post about for any particular day. I know that I have taken past prompts for a meme and turned it into a post for the blog before. Both Top 10 Tuesday and Top 5 Wednesday share upcoming topics weeks in advance, so you also have enough time to come up with unique spins on any given topic – which is something Cait does really well!
Your Readers Know To Expect A Particular Post
I don’t know how many of you guys know that I do certain posts monthly and if you expect to see them in your readers or not, but for certain blogs, I know that they will be posting certain weekly memes and I look forward to them! With Mikaela, for example, I know that she is going to have a ton of fun chats or discussions throughout the month and it’s most definitely something I find myself looking forward to and wondering about what is coming next!
Getting Into A Rhythm
When we first started out this blog, Sandra and I both often joined weekly memes and it really helped me get into a rhythm of writing new posts without doing too much at once. I’ve discovered that I need a rhythm when it comes to how often I write new posts for the blog because if I don’t do it regularly, I fall into a blogging slump. This happened in the middle of July when I had written and scheduled so many posts in advance, that I was writing for August already and I suddenly had absolutely no motivation to write anything anymore. I feel like I had burned myself out a little bit by writing that far in advance.
If you’ve been reading this post and wondering ‘Hey, surely there aren’t just positives about posting weekly/monthly posts?!’ – that’s exactly what I’m going to cover next! Because yes, there are definitely negatives too!
Possibility Of Things Getting Repetitive
This is something that I discovered rather quickly when I was actively posting a certain meme each week. I was including the same books over and over again and the process of writing each post became quite repetitive – which is no fun what so ever. Quickly, writing up posts for T10T or T5W became a chore that I dreaded. But it wasn’t just the writing and the featured books that became repetitive. I was also getting fed up with the fact that on a Tuesday or Wednesday (depending on when we were posting that week) a particular meme post had to go up.
And that’s the last feeling you want to have when it comes to your blog. Because even though it’s great that your readers can expect a certain post from you – if you aren’t enjoying writing that post? It comes through in your writing and your readers will be able to tell. Don’t force yourself to write content just because you think you should.
Less Original Content
I’m sure all of us bloggers want to offer some degree of original content on our blogs as often as possible. But by doing a lot of weekly memes, I feel like you lessen the amount of original content you post. Unless, of course, you put a unique spin any given topic! As I mentioned before, Cait is someone who really stands out for me as far as unique spins go. And her blogging voice definitely contributes towards it too!
Quite often, my reader on a Tuesday is filled with post upon post for that week’s Top 10 Tuesday and it can get a bit boring rather quickly. Especially when people just include a cover image and quick synopsis without sharing any of their opinions as to why they decided to feature that particular book. I always want to know why people choose something rather than just what they chose.
Pressure To Come Up With Weekly Ideas
If you’re reading that and thinking to yourself ‘Wait a second! Didn’t you just say weekly posts were less stressful?!’, yes. And they are less stressful in the sense that I know what I kind of posts are supposed to go up when. But coming up with ideas every week for a particular topic can be quite difficult and stressful. It’s why I decided to stop participating in memes a few months ago! I no longer enjoyed thinking of books to feature or trying to think of different books to feature. And as I just said, you should do what makes you happy!
How do you guys feel about weekly and/or monthly posts? Are they something you include on your blog? Or do you prefer not to include them? Why or why not?
Has your opinion on these regular types of posts changed since you started blogging? Are there posts you enjoyed writing when you started out but no longer post? Or have you taken up posting particular type of posts more recently? Let’s discuss in the comments below!