A day inside the life of a book blogger

Good morning, good afternoon, good night everyone!  I hope your week has been going great so far. Today’s Wednesday, and I am back for this semi-regular feature where we will discuss all things blogging together…

blogging ways

 

Last week, I talked about the hard times you can have while taking an hiatus, the struggles, the fears and questions you ask yourself. For this second blog post, I decided to tackle a lighter subject, and talk about blogging routines. Before anything, I want to link up to one of Cait @ Paper Fury’s fantastic posts, What Does A Book Blogger Actually Do, and highlight that this is not me wanting to copy this incredibly funny yet acccurate blog post.

Book blogging is a crazy, crazy, crazy business, really. We read, we review, we make friends, we think way too much about this crazy blog, as well. In order to keep things… well, in order, we all have some kind of routine, schedule, some things we do when we’re getting into the blogging frenzy, taking hours of our days dedicated to THIS. Today I wanted to share a little bit of my blogging routine with you, and because lists are fun and I do them all the time in my head, but rarely enough on the blog, let’s go!

 ✏️  I schedule EVERYTHING

Seriously, I’m one of these crazy bloggers scheduling everything ahead, because I love being in control and seeing what’s next and, let’s be honest, for me it’s a real time-saver, and I love it. Thanks to Reg’s planner (the amazing lady behind @She Latitude), I’m completely crazy about scheduling blog posts now.


 ✏️ I READ, and…don’t take notes

I don’t know if that’s a good, or a bad thing, but whenever I’m writing a review, I don’t have to go back through my notes, because I don’t take any. I have no idea whether I should, or not, though. I just think back about the books, look at my first impressions thoughts on Goodreads, and go ahead.

typing


✏️ I check out other blogs 

Whenever I’m on my blogging “duty”, I always start by checking other people’s blogs and commenting, before anything else. I really like to see what the others have to say before even getting to my own comments and everything.


✏️  I keep track of all my tags

If you’ve ever been tagged for a book tag or any tag, really, well…you know how these tend to pile up like CRAZY? I can’t keep up, really, but I keep track of everything in one of my drafts. This means no inspiration issue, I can always do a tag, and nothing getting lost either.


 ✏️ I schedule some tweets

I tend to do that more and more often: if Twitter isn’t my main source of traffic, it makes me happy to promote and not let things be dead for a whole day because I’m working/busy.twitter


✏️ I write down ideas and blog posts

I always have a Word doc on my USB key when I’m working, so if I think of some discussion idea, I can write it down quickly in order NOT to forget it. The phone works as well, just anywhere, but I always WRITE things down. So I’m guessing sometimes you will find me drawing a blank at what you said because I’m thinking, yeah, I’d do a blog post on that.


✏️  I take pictures of my books

Ugh, to be honest I admire awesome bookstagrams, while I’m barely able to THINK of an idea to take a picture of a book for my blog. This usually takes me five minutes.

taking pictures

Okay, twenty.

✏️ I ask my sister for feedback

I already told you, and recently introduced you to my incredible sister Nyx. She’s kind of my secret sidekick, and I bother her a lot and she doesn’t scream when I text her suddenly asking her what she thinks about an idea I got. I ask her for feedback about 223435 times a day.


✏️ I check Goodreads

Goodreads comes up before Google whenever I type G on my search bar. That’s how much I am on Goodreads. I’m not updating whenever I read, but only when I start and end, but this doesn’t stop me from checking what others are reading ALL the time. It’s a blogger’s duty as well, because… WHERE ELSE DO YOU FIND ALL THE BOOKS SO EASILY?

reading books



✏️ I freak out because BLOGGING.

Yes, more often than not, scheduling, trying to remember characters’ names when writing a review, losing an excellent idea you just had for a blog post… well, blogging is really a crazy, crazy thing to do, if you ask me.

 

What are some things you do every single day for your blog? Or do you have time-slots dedicated to blogging during a week? Do you just go with the flow, blog with your feelings or are you a crazy scheduler like I am?

Let’s chat in comments! 💬

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73 thoughts on “A day inside the life of a book blogger

    1. I’m so, so glad you’re scheduling a lot, I couldn’t do without scheduling, I love it TOO much haha, it makes me feel so in control of my blog and what’s coming. Kind of a control freak, hahaha. Whenever I see myself tagged in a post, I always write down the link of this post in a notepad (well, copy and paste, haha), it helps me keeping track 🙂 Thank you so mucch! 🙂

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  1. Sometimes scheduling is so important. There are times when I know my routine’s going to be shaken up, and I just won’t have the same amount of time as I usually do to compose posts, so I put together a bunch of drafts, and then often do “re-runs” – posting again posts I already did, but a long time ago, or a short, light read that still keeps my site going that day.

    Craziness seems to be the way of book blogging! And the recommendations! My library doesn’t have most of the books I hear on blogs I “have to” read “immediately!” So I’ve put in a lot of requests.

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    1. I do the exact same thing. I feel better when I know I have things planned, and that I’m not leaving my blog “alone” during my time away.
      Haha well we are ALL crazy I guess, and we’re all in this together 😛 I have to get so many books as well. Recommendations are awesome, but my wallet isn’t so happy haha.
      Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

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    1. I do know some people that do, they like remembering their thoughts while they read a book I guess, or some messages they want to remember, quotes, etc etc. I don’t like to interrupt my reading to write though, so I’d rather read the whole book and write my thoughts down afterwards 🙂 I guess everyone does what suits them best 😀

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    1. Following a schedule, and keeping drafts of my ideas really helps me when I’m not feeling inspired, or when there’s an hiatus coming soon. It’s always good to write down some ideas, even just little ones, you never know when you can develop a great idea from just a couple words 🙂
      Thank you for stopping by! 🙂

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  2. Love this! I try and schedule things in advance but I’m usually all or nothing – I have like 30 posts scheduled or I have about 100 half finished ones just lolling around in my drafts haha! 😂 so unorganised. I do check Goodreads, NetGalley, WordPress and Twitter every day even if I’m not posting though, just to keep on top of what everyone else is upto. 🙂 x

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    1. 😂 😂 I guess it depends on your personality, and I know some people don’t like to schedule, they’d rather go with their inspiration 🙂 I check those all the time as well, but I don’t update that often ahah. It’s good to feel in the loop and know what everyone is up to 🙂 Thank you so much for your comment, Sammie! 🙂

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  3. Great post! So true.. haha.. I don’t take notes either.. because I feel like I’m reading for homework if I take notes. Blogging should be fun and reading for fun don’t need to be so serious like taking notes.. haha..

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  4. I am so in awe of everyone who successfully schedules their posts. I totally fail at that. Mine come up at random, whenever I do find a scrap of time to write. And how do you keep track of all your tags? I have like 40 in my drafts and I am drowning and I feel like my answers are all the same all the time hahaha
    However, I don’t take notes while reading either, which is why reviews are the only thing I am up to date with. My memory is like swiss cheese, so I have to do it soon-ish after finishing a book.
    Also, I SO envy all the bookstagramers as well. I don’t know how they do it. And they always have such perfect lighting. How is that even possible?

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    1. I feel so much better when I can schedule things, so when I’m not home, like right now, I feel better knowing there are posts scheduled haha.
      Thing is, I don’t start a draft for every single tag I’m tagged in, I just copy and paste the blog post link in which I am tagged, and I have a draft with ALL the links in it. Whenever I need to do a tag, I just have to choose from there 🙂
      I wonder, I wish I could have their talent for taking my bookish pictures haha.
      Thank you so much Kat! ❤

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  5. Great post, Marie! You’ve got the right ideas. I am the worst with tags. I have forgotten almost every tag over the past two months because my pingbacks don’t work and I’m missing most of them. 😂 I also need to start scheduling things. I do schedule maybe a few days ahead but I never get enough done that I can schedule weeks in advance. I wish I was that kind of blogger. That would be nice. I’m sort of a fly by the seat of my pants kinda girl! 🤗

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    1. Thank you so much! 🙂 Oh that sucks! I sometimes find myself tagged in things days afterwards, or I’m sure I forget some of these as well. I do my best to track them down, but there are too many haha.
      I try and plan as much as I can, but two or three weeks ahead is my maximum, it takes SO much time to plan everything out.
      Thank you so much Jillian! ❤

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  6. I loved this post Marie ❤ and reading more about your day-to-day blogging life! 😀
    I don't tend to schedule much but I do try and write a few posts before I need to post them, mainly ARC reviews and the weekly features I take part in. I'm the same though I don't write notes when I read; I just think back on what I read, what I enjoyed and what I didn't.
    I think I'm pretty good on working out what I want to post when, and keeping track of my tags! I have a notebook where I write everything down; tags and what posts I need to write when!
    Also I definitely freak out because of blogging. I love it so much and honestly I can't imagine what I'd do if I wasn't blogging now. It's become a massive part of my life! 😀
    Great post!

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  7. I love this post! Some of them are exactly what I do, i.e. the checking out other blogs in particular because that’s kind of what I do the moment I have any sort of free time. I really should keep better track of my tags, though! Sometimes I’m at a loss of what blogs to follow and my feed is getting a little bit quiet. 😛

    And super glad that my planner has been working for you. Thanks for the shoutout! ❤

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  8. I do most of these things too.
    The scheduling is pretty recent though, as in the last month or so. I now have between 6-8 schedules posts at any given time so I don’t have to worry about having to rush some content out. It’s liberating!

    I also don’t take notes when I read lol! Sometimes, I’ll leave a sticky note with a few words of note, but I definitely don’t take extensive notes. I’d rather be reading!
    Twitter is my life now…:p I don’t schedule tweets anymore. Most of my tweets are personal, and thankfully I have a job that allows me to be on it 24 seven, so I’m ready to reply to comments and engage with other people’s tweets in a jiffy!
    And of course, checking out other blogs is crucial. You’re so great about this, Marie, which is why you’ve done so well. People know you’re reading and that you care! So they reciprocate in turn. Well, some of them do :p
    I loved this post. It’s so relatable. :]

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    1. Scheduling really is liberating, well…when you manage to do it, because it takes so much time as well, ahah. But knowing your blog is staying alive while you’re busy with work or other things, it feels great , I agree 🙂
      Oh that’s so great! I love twitter so much, but when I am busy I don’t think about tweeting so much, and I like being able to schedule a couple things.
      Oh thank you, that’s so, so sweet of you to say, I’m doing my best, there are so many lovely blogs out there 🙂
      Thank you so, so much for your comment, you’re the sweetest and I am so happy you’re enjoying this post 🙂

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  9. I love this post it’s so relatable! ❤ I'm also… ahem, crazy with schedule. I schedule everything on my google calendar and I draft post as soon as I got the ideas. I may publish it the next couple of months, but I have to draft it soon 😛 I also don't take notes while reading. Sometimes I do, but I end up not using it either because when I think about the book, I can recall most of my experience and write it down. Also, omg, I brainstorm blog post idea all the time?? Hahaha I have a notebook solely for it and I have a virtual notebook in evernote also for it! I haven't used most of them, actually :') But unlike you, I reply to my comments first, visit their blogs and drop some comments, then check my readers feed and see what other bloggers just post 😀 Great post! ❤

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    1. Thank you so, so much, so happy you enjoyed it! And I’m glad I’m not the only crazy blogger having everything scheduled ahah. I couldn’t do without it anymore, it’s just SO great to plan things out.
      Ohhh that’s so awesome! I really want a blogging notebook as well, for now I just write down ideas on my phone or in a draft, but I’d love a notebook dedicated to blogging as well 🙂
      Thank you!! ❤

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  10. I loved reading this post, Marie! I admire you so much as a book blogger, so it was really nice to get some insight into your blogging methodology (if we can call it that??)!

    Before going on my hiatus, I NEVER scheduled. It was almost like chasing my tail every time, because I posted only whenever I had content ready. But now I have tons of posts prepared. I was also inspired by Reg’s AMAZING blogging schedule, so I made my own – which has helped me a lot and lessened my anxieties.

    I mostly do my blogging on the weekend, but whenever I get the chance on the weekdays, I am probably catching up on my illustrations. 🙂 (I’m still super behind with that… again…)

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    1. Oh you are way too sweet, I don’t know if I’m that good of a blogger ahah, I’m a bit obsessed at times, haha.
      It’s so great to schedule things! A lot of the blogging pressure before came from not scheduling at all, as well, and I am glad to take some of this off. Plus, I love planning 🙂 I do most of my blogging on the weekends as well! And your illustrations are absolutely GORGEOUS. I love those so much ❤

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  11. I schedule nearly everything too; more because my life is a crazy mess and consistency is something I have striven for, but haven’t reached, YET. I generally will blog in chunks (on the weekend for many hours in one day) because school is crazy and work is crazy and TIME IS SUCH A TRICKY LITTLE THING TO FIND. It’s probably not a very good idea, but I don’t know how else I would keep up with *anything*. Great post!

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  12. I love this list!!! Also I am a terrible blogger because I never schedule anything! *cries* I really need to work on that… I think it would relieve a lot of stress.

    Also, I check Goodreads and comment obsessively! (In fact I’m going on a blog commenting spree and it is 1 am here…)

    Emily @ Reader Rising

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    1. Thank you so, so much, glad you like it! Oh, don’t feel bad about not scheduling, some bloggers don’t and are perfectly fine. You need to find what you prefer, and how you feel less stressed and everything. Scheduling does take off a lot of the stress 🙂
      I LOVE goodreads and blogging sprees. I just love the blogging community! 🙂 Thank you Emily! ❤

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  13. hey there! just saw your post and wanted to add my comment 😉
    First of all, really cool post 😀 I’m actually rather new to the whole blogging community and have started my own blog a little while ago (ribbonreviews.wordpress.com)
    I don’t take notes eather but I do make lists of basically everything that I want to check out of accounts I want to make (like Goodreads :D)
    And I though about using a twitter scheduling app and I whish there was one for Instagram.
    Do you have and tips for busy times? Because honestly, when Uni starts again I’m not sure how I will manage.

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    1. Thank you so, so much, I’m so happy yo enjoyed this 🙂 and Goodreads is so, so useful to keep track of all the books you want to read, and to find new ones to add to your TBR as well. I think there’s a website and app to schedule Instagram posts as well, I think it’s called Latergram? Though I am not sure about this, I’m not using it but maybe you can look it up 🙂 I find that scheduling my blog posts really is useful for busy times. I tend to spend a lot of time scheduling the coming week, the weekend before, so I know I’ll have a couple posts up even when I don’t have time to write these during the week. I use, as I mentionned in my post, Reg’s planner, which is SO useful to know what you want to write next, and what you need to plan out 🙂 Happy blogging! 😀

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      1. Thank you 🙂 I’ll check out Latergram 😉 I think I’ll set up a Goodreads profile today, I’ve heard so much about it not, I have to try it out myself 😀
        I try to schedule posts about a week ahead so I have enough time to read books without pressure. It’s also good to look around the bookish community. For example, so many people love subscription boxes that I realized I have to try them as well and share these bookish themes on my blog,too.

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  14. Ah I could use some more scheduling so I’ll definitely check out Reg’s planner and see if that helps me anything. I guess I do kind of make a schedule of what I want to post and when, but I’m so behind I always end up scrambling in the weekend to get my posts for the next week written :s I’ll get there someday though 🙂
    Also, you’re not alone in the no-notes taking! I feel like it takes me out of the book if I have to stop and take notes every few minutes. Downside is I have to write my review as soon as possible after finishing the book or else I may forget things (memory of a goldfish) 🙂
    And yes, Goodreads is pretty much amazing ❤

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    1. Reg’s planner has been a huge help for me, it’s got the whole YEAR on it, and really helps me see all of the week ahead, that’s why I love it so much. I hope it helps! 🙂
      I have the memory of a goldfish as well, yet I always wait to write down my reviews ahah, maybe I like to think about it a bit before? Or maybe I am too lazy haha. Thank you so much!! ❤

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  15. I just blog whenever I can, and yeah it takes time. But now that I’m into it it’s like my preferred leisure activity you know (besides reading and TV of course lol). And I do schedule ahead, it makes it so much easier. And I don’t take notes when I read either, or at least not usually- occasionally I do , but usually I just go from memory and wing the review. 🙂

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  16. UM OKAY I LOVE THIS! My blogging life is like: freak out because I’m behind on blogging. Freak out because my blog post sucks. Freak out because I published a post and I then found a typo. FreaaaAKKKK OUTTTT!!!
    But you are posh omg! You have a schedule and everything! I’m trying to do that as well (also thanks to the incredible she latitude! She is truly amazing) but I’ve already failed…haha…time to freak out…
    So now my blogging goal is: try to be more like Marie. Because you rock!!

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    1. AHH BECCA you are WAY too sweet seriously what did I do to deserve such SWEETNESS ❤ ❤ ❤ I'm currently freaking out because I am behind on blogging and my schedule is completely messed up right now haha so I'm not really perfect at all, haha. Freaking out is every day for book bloggers, but we LOVE to blog so…let's freak out together?! 😀

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  17. Every single day I go through Twitter + Instagram and try to interact a bit, even if I’m not posting. When I’m at uni though, I’ve taken to taking the whole of Sunday off to do purely blog related things, like getting posts written + scheduled, commenting on other people’s blogs, making sure I’m up to date on all comments on my blog etc etc.

    I’m not sure how I feel about taking notes while reading either! I have never really done it before but it’s something I would like to do, because I think it’d be helpful for me in writing reviews (which I do way too rarely). I started – literally today – but I’m finding it a bit difficult because I don’t really know what to be noting down…

    Glad I came across your blog, I really enjoyed this post!
    Zoe @ Readabilitea

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    1. I have the same routine, well I always try whenever I can to go on Twitter, not to lose touch with everyone. Some days are easier than others though, but that’s life I guess 🙂
      Ohh well I understand. I’m not taking notes because I don’t like to stop reading to write things down, but I understand how it could help to write down reviews. I always do a short review of my feelings right after I finished a book on Goodreads, and whenever I actually write my full review, I try and think about the book as a whole, the plot, the characters, what I loved the most, what frustrated me/could have been better. Basically, it’s just a bunch of feelings for me 🙂 I hope you’ll find the way you want to write your reviews! 🙂
      Thank you so, so much for stopping by and for your sweet comment, Zoe! 🙂

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