Sunday, April 15, 2012


I've seen several posts recently about how people schedule and I thought it might be fun to share mine. I used to use a written calendar with different colored markers denoting source so I'd know whether it was a library book that would need to be returned or an ebook that would require me to charge my nook. But it was hard to move posts around whenever I changed my mind and wanted a post to go live on a different day (I used to be about two weeks ahead, now it's barely one week although I do schedule my reading a month in advance.) So I started looking around at other methods.

I soon hit upon using iCal on my mac. I assigned different colors to the sources and it is very easy to move posts around. If you look below, you will see my schedule for February of this year with blue representing library books, green for Netgalley, orange for books I own, and pink for Amazon Vine books. Purple stands for these Sunday "ramblings" posts.

This is a great method for me as I always blog from my laptop and thus always have easy access to my calendar unlike when I had a paper calendar that I would have to remember to bring with me when I traveled if I wanted to keep track. It is also zero mess for changing the dates of posts.

It's not perfect; I haven't figured out a way to note which reviews are done and which are not so I have to consult my drafts section in blogspot but that's not too bad. I am also using the To-Do list section of the calendar to remind me of what books still need to be read. But so far, this is the system that works best for me.

How do you schedule? Or, if you don't schedule, how do you work out your posts? Any tips for iCal or other recommended (free) programs?


  1. Oh I love hearing about how other bloggers do things like this.

    I schedule using Google Calendar and try to schedule about 2 weeks out. I read books in order so I tend to know what isn't done. There are times that I try to squeeze in an extra book or two if I get really ahead of schedule

  2. Wow! You guys are so organized!! I don't really have a schedule or anything... maybe because I'm a new blogger? Anyways... I'm a new follower and just wanted to drop by and say hi :)

    Feel free to check out my blog & follow too!!

    -Riya (The Teen Book Guru)

  3. Making a schedule is such a smart idea! The only planning I usually do for the month is think about what reviews to write up for that week, what book to choose as my WOW, if I'm a part of a blog tour, if I'm doing a cover post and what books to include in it, etc... Basically, I usually do most of my planning the weekend before haha x) Sometimes it's crazy-busy like that though since there are times when I have NO CLUE what to write about.

    I love seeing how you colour-coded everything and such -- it's definitely better than using a handwritten calendar! The awesomeness of technology, right? ;) Since my mom's boyfriend is very anti-Apple, I don't have a Mac computer so I'd probably use Google Calendars or something :)

    I hope you're having an amazing weekend, B! Thanks for reminding me that I need to starting getting organized haha! x) <3

  4. I love seeing how other people organize! We use something similar, with different colors for each blogger in Google Calendar. Once the day has passed, Google automatically fades the color so it's kind of handy. :) We also keep planning documents separately, but we're still not as organized as I'd like, hah. But I suppose none of us ever are.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden


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