Book Blogger Organization Challenge: January

Book Blogger Organization Challenge

I’m participating in the Book Blogger Organization Challenge, which runs from January 1 through June 30. The challenge will be focusing on different areas each month.

For January, the focus is on reading challenges, scheduling, & resolutions.

Challenges
I’ve already posted signups for Series Ender Challenge, Debut Author Challenge, and Audiobook Challenge and I’m still considering doing one or two more. I’m also participating in fiftyfifty.me, which for me basically means just keeping track of the first 50 books I read this year and trying to watch 50 movies. I’m not a movie person so that’s going to be the hard part. They have a forum/community, but I’m not planning to get involved in that way.

I also do shorter challenges throughout the year. I’m currently participating in COYER. I usually don’t do more than one of these shorter challenges at a time but you never know. COYER ends March 6, so sometime in February I will start looking to see what’s coming up.

Scheduling
I don’t plan my reading, but I am trying to get to most ARCs before release date. I’ve already missed one (and it’s only the 7th day of the year!) but it was kind of planned/kind of an accident. 25 Roses was released earlier this week. It’s middle grade and according to my biweekly schedule I’m not doing another middle grade review until next Thursday. I already have the skeleton of the post drafted and in that slot. But I also didn’t start reading the book until the night before because I had gotten it mixed up with a different book and thought it was due out later in the month. I wouldn’t have posted the review anyway, but I wish I had been able to get it in.

For blog scheduling, I use both Editorial Calendar and a paper planner. I don’t really need to do it since I have Editorial Calendar, but I like filling in the calendar part of the planner with my posts. I use another page in it to keep track of ARC release dates and other events, like when signups open for challenges.

I currently have posts for most of next week written or partially written (that 25 Roses review), so I am working on the week of the 18th. I would like to get that week finished on Sunday and start working ahead into the week of the 25th. Eventually I would like to have posts planned out roughly a month in advance. When I do have posts prescheduled I’m always moving them around as different things come up, but at least I’ll have some to work with.

Resolutions
I posted my goals in last week’s Top Ten Tuesday. It’s really too soon to tell how things are going, so I’ll update about that with next month’s Book Blogger Organization Challenge post.

Jenna

Comments

  1. I had my doubts about this one, but I think I’m going to sign up. It looks like some good motivation, with not a lot or pressure.

    I took a look at Editorial Calendar. LOVE the idea of being able to move my posts so easily. I’ve been considering moving my blog to WordPress…maybe this is just the motivation I need!
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    • Editorial Calendar makes thing so easy if you like to schedule things in advance. You can just see where you have an empty spot to put a new post. There are so many great plugins that you can use with WordPress.
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  2. This seems like a good challenge to be part of, I think I might sign up to it a bit later this week and start trying to get organised (I am hopelessly flaky when it comes to my blog sometimes). Thank you for linking to Editorial Calendar! I was thinking the other day that WordPress makes it difficult to see when I’ve got everything scheduled for and wouldn’t it be nice if it was easier. Phew!

    Good luck with the rest of the challenge 🙂
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    • I don’t think you have to do a post like this, but I want to so I can help keep myself on track. I hope Editorial Calendar helps you. It’s one of my favorite plugins. It might be obvious, but I didn’t realize it at first…on the calendar page itself you can drag and drop posts if you have something scheduled and want to change the date without having to go into edit and change the date manually.
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