1st Blogiversary Week Day 6 – Blogging Tips #9 & #10

It’s the final pair of tips today.

  • Write as much as you feel like writing.

Of course, if people expect you to do research for a topic because that’s the format of your post or that’s the style you’ve built up, then take your time and cite properly. However, if you’re not feeling up to a big analysis post and just want to update, then write as much or as little as you’d like. It’s your blog and your rules.

That also means if you have a blog schedule, you need to have some posts to fill in the gap for when you don’t know what to write. It’s a good thing I sometimes get on a writing roll and then end up with some extra posts I can use for those times…

For collabs, the rules change again. Make sure to delineate a comfortable boundary between you and your partner’s writing styles and lengths, and if you’re the one who writes less, make sure you don’t lag behind! If you don’t have the endurance though (because you have a 9 – 5 job or similar commitments), you might have to sign on to collabs with less of a commitment factor.

  • When deciding on collabs, make sure you have enough time.

This one, I think, is one of the biggest lessons I learnt from the Spellbooks and Horoscopes collab. I jumped in at the mere mention of “magical girls” (as I do) and wasn’t aware of how much time it was going to eat up…Admittedly, I don’t think Astral saw it coming either, because he just thought up the idea and then threw it out there…

The collab ended up walking the two of us through hell and back due to unsynched timezones and constantly dropping out on each other (not to mention the fact the episodes came out at the start of the week while posts came out at the end, meaning there was never really a moment of peace until the post for the week went out). Even though our communication was a lot faster than other bloggers’, since we used Discord rather than email or another social media system, there were still lots of things we had to do damage control for.

You may not be able to foresee what a collab could do to ruin your life, but if it’s something you can get your collab partner on board with, make sure to alert them as early as possible!

Lately, collabs have been pretty popular and I’ve been seeing people get more and more inventive with how they treat their collabs, so I bet there’s some good collab tips out there. What are yours?

Otherwise, here’s an interesting question: how much should a blogger rely on the Scheduler? Stocking the Scheduler up too much can cause you to forget about your blog, but stocking up too little can cause people to forget about you or for inconsistent blog output…

6 thoughts on “1st Blogiversary Week Day 6 – Blogging Tips #9 & #10

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  1. Admittedly, the difference in timezones made that Magical Girls collab rather more difficult than we’d expected, But I still very much enjoyed working on it, and I think it turned out to be a lot of fun in the end. And I agree, it can be pretty difficult finding the right balance of posting schedule to actual free time; i’m still working on figuring that out even now.

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  2. I think the scheduler is very good for posts that you have coming out weekly or the like that aren’t time sensitive. So generally things like my top 5 lists are written and scheduled for weeks before they come out (occasionally a list is inspired and I’ll shift things around to fit a more timely one in). I also tend to schedule whole season anime reviews well in advance. But with things like episode reviews, I usually turn them around within two days of seeing the episode so while they are still scheduled, there’s a much more immediate time consideration with writing, drafting, editing, scheduling and posting.
    As to collaborations, I think as long as both you and your collaborators really want the project to happen, you’ll find a way to make it happen. They certainly take work and a time commitment but they are a lot of fun and most of us got into blogging to talk with others about something we love so collaborations are really just another way of getting the opportunity to do that.

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    1. Actually…my first blogoversary is Wednesday (the 21st of November). The “1st blogoversary week” series of posts was just to build anticipation for the actual day and the idea to have a week of tips was originally the Pantsless Anime Blogger’s, so thank him for the idea. Nonetheless, thanks for your kind words.

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