Sunday, May 24, 2015

Discussion Post: When do you do your blogging?

Linking back to Feed Your Fiction Addiction, and to It Starts At Midnight who host the 2015 Discussion Post challenge.

My Discussion Topic This Week - When do you do your blogging?

So anyone who reads my blog or follows me on social media may notice that I'm up at all hours of the night.  I'm a night owl for sure and always have been.  Once upon a time, that meant I stayed up and greeted the sun and then slept until after noon.  As I got a bit older and started working, I realized I was sleeping my day away and kind of mourned it.  So my habits changed.  I'm still a night owl, but I don't greet the sun, I just stay up really late.  Yet, I still get up at about 5:30 every morning.  Yes, those of you computing... that means I only get about 4 or 5 hours sleep a night and that's horrible.

The up side to this is that it's super duper for my blogging habits.  Blogging helps me unwind... so after a long day at work, pounding away at the keyboard and staring at a computer screen, I come straight home and do what?  Yes, that's right, I pound away at the computer and stare at a computer screen!  Yeah, I never claimed to be smart.

So here's my blogging schedule...when I sit down to blog, write posts, look for new books to buy, read other blogs, post comments and other things:

  • As soon as I come home from work, I get on the computer and clear out my email.  I usually get up to about 50 emails a day for The Tale Temptress.  So this can take about an hour to an hour and a half, generally.  I'm pretty fast at email.  But the emails usually lead to:
  • Finding blog tours participation invites, finding ebook ARCs sitting in my email that must then be logged on my spreadsheet, finding posts from the blogs I follow by email, which then usually leads to me having to add a few books to my "Must Acquire" list, and then I have to add things to Goodreads, etc. 
  • I comment on other blogs.
  • I eat dinner.
  • I get back on the computer, pull up my list of books that are out but not yet acquired and pick out a few to buy that I've been dying for.
  • I write up a couple posts to schedule for the blog...that's usually if I'm a tad behind.  Generally, I schedule everything out at least two weeks in advance.  But some posts can't be scheduled, so I'll do those now.
  • I spend time with my husband, watch some shows during this.  I usually stop at about 9 and then generally do fun cuddling things with my husband.
  • By then it's about ten pm. I put up the computer and go read until about midnight.
  • I get up at 5:30am.
  • On breaks at work, I scroll through my Bloglovin app and read posts.
  • During lunch break, I read.

That's the weekdays.  On Saturdays, I'm off but my husband works.  This leaves me all day to blog. So here's how it goes:

  • I wake up at about 5:30am and have coffee.
  • I see my hubs off to work with a kiss and a cuddle.
  • I get on the computer and do all items previously mentioned above.
  • This is also the day when I do my two weeks worth of scheduling blog posts.
  • Then I go to the meme sites of the memes I participate in, go to the linky list and start visiting and commenting on blogs.

I know not everyone does it like I do, of course, and there are probably better, more efficient, or more sane ways of doing it.  So what's your method?  What time of day do you do your blogging?

Let's discuss...

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