Good morning everyone! It’s time for another Coffee Over Books. You may have noticed a bit of changes made throughout the past few days.
Today I’m going to be discussing those changes and how I manage all of my social media accounts.
Let’s get right into this and I hope some of these tips can help you out!
To start out, let’s go over my social media.
If you don’t know, I am obviously the face for A Court of Books and Love. I run everything on my own and plan everything on my own. For the A Court of Books and Love “brand,” I have an Instagram, this blog, and a YouTube Channel.
The main focus for me is definitely my Instagram and blog. I try to post on each of those platforms daily. It’s a lot of work for each, but managing them both is something I adore doing.
My YouTube Channel was added back into the mix recently. Hey, I’m home and have the time. I just need to make sure I can get it to continue to fit into my schedule.
Anyway, let’s get into the first tip I have.
Here’s the thing. Coming up with posts on the fly is fine if that works for you. If that’s what works and you want to make sure you still have stuff going up even if you get sick or lose motivation, have backups.
I’m a planner. I have to have a plan or I go crazy and just don’t do anything.
I plan a week ahead with all of my social media. I have ideas for posts and if I’m in a creative slump, then I have time before I would have to come up with anything.
Having a plan ahead of time saves you time and energy.
Have a specific place where you plan everything.
This can be either in a planner, on a calendar, or just in your notes app. Either way, have somewhere specifically dedicated to your social media stuff.
I use my Apple Calendar to track what I’m going to be posting when. This allows me to move things around if something comes up that I need to push back or if I just don’t want to post that on that day. If I accidentally miss a day, I can easily move the post to another day.
I will say that I also use the Plann app (yes, two “n”s) for Instagram. It’s an app that I know is on Apple, I’m not sure about Android. It connects directly to your Instagram and then you can upload the photos you want to post and rearrange them in the order you want.
You are able to set specific date and time reminders so that you’ll be notified when it’s time to post the photo. You can add a caption to it as well. It’s a way to get notified every day when you’re supposed to be posting the photo.
Once you are ready to post the photo, you can click a button in the app and it will bring you to Instagram and automatically copy the caption you had planned. It preps the photo so you just have to paste the caption and then post it. It allows single photo posts and multiple photo posts.
I don’t specifically use it much for planning when I plan on posting things so I can see at a glance what I’m posting each day, but it does make it convenient with the reminders an automatic stuff.
This app is free to use and I use the free version, but there are options for paid upgrades to improve what the app can be used for.
(No this post is not sponsored, though I wish it was)
Utilize post scheduling
This kind of goes along with me mentioning Plann. I’m able to prep the photos, put them there and have the captions ready to go so I don’t have to think of something the day of.
Same goes for blog posts and YouTube videos. Don’t try to do it all the day of. You’re going to feel rushed and most likely lose motivation.
How do I know? Because I’m doing it right now. I’m not ahead of the game like I like to be. That’s my goal for today. It’s currently 1:40am and I’m writing this post. I need to get my crap together and get ahead of these posts again.
But that’s it. Get it all ready and instead of posting it immediately, set a time for it to automatically post. If you don’t know, WordPress and YouTube (the two platforms I use) both have the ability to schedule it for a future date. This works still because it can be changed.
If you need to push a post back, then just change the time you have it scheduled. It’s barely an inconvenience. But for the most part, unless it’s something that you have to work with someone else on, if you have to post ready to go and have it scheduled, there isn’t really any reason to change it.
Lastly (for now), don’t stress if you get behind
This is something I struggle with the most. I absolutely LOVE posting daily. It not only helps my insights and traffic on my social media, it also makes me feel good. It makes me feel good that there are things that I “have” to do daily and according to a schedule.
Not everyone is like that. If posting daily is becoming too much for you, then cut down until you get a handle on things. I save my “not as important” posts for the weekend so that I don’t feel bad if I don’t end up doing them.
I ended up changing up my general posting schedule and I’m going to share that with you all. This week is a bit of a mess because I’m switching over to the new schedule, but let’s talk about it.
My new posting schedule
So, Sundays are going to be when I post my Weekly Updates here on my blog. Outside of posts going up, that’s the day I will decide on what I’m posting throughout the week and get some things ready. Its when I’ll be taking, editing, and planning my photos. I’ll get them all setup in Plann and written into my calendar. I’ll plan my blog posts from Tuesday through Monday the following week (I’ll get into this more). And plan my videos.
Mondays are Manga Mondays. I’ll be posting something manga related on my Instagram and on my blog. This can be manga or anime related. These are things I’m passionate about, but I don’t seem to ever really find time to talk about. Mondays are also when I will take the time to caption my photos and get those ready in Plann. I’ll start writing Tuesday’s blog post. This is why I plan Tuesday through Monday. Sundays aren’t blog writing days outside of my weekly update.
Tuesdays are Coffee Over Books blog posts. These are blog posts that aren’t bookish for the most part. Usually it’s lifestyle stuff or movie/tv show related. Tuesdays are also YouTube post days. (This is different this week because I wasn’t able to plan ahead and didn’t get anything filmed and since I posted yesterday, I’m not worried). Sometimes it will be related to a post going up sometime that week. Sometimes it won’t be. The beginning and ends of the months may be different depending on what I plan on posting.
Wednesdays are for my Top 5 Wednesday Rewind series on my blog. This is when I look back to T5W prompts from 2017, my first year blogging and revisit my answers if I still have them on here or give new ones.
Thursdays are my free post days. I can post anything I want that day that may not fit into another category.
Fridays are for a series I’m bringing back, Five to One Fridays. I started this a long time ago with a friend, but we stopped doing it. I decided to bring it back. I’ll post the following month’s prompts at the end of each month. Make sure you all let me know any prompts you’d like to see me do. Fridays are also for YouTube videos where I will most likely do the same thing as my blog posts.
And finally Saturdays are for Shoutout Saturdays here on my blog where I will shoutout to anywhere from one person to five or ten different people that fit into a certain “category.” Again, send recommendations for what you would for the categories. Don’t limit it to just Bookish things. This is a free for all, so to speak.
So that’s it! That’s my general schedule for posting. Don’t hesitate to recommend anything for any of these categories that you would like to see me talk about.
That’s going to be it for this one! I hope you all enjoyed and maybe got something from my tips. Probably not, but hey! This was mainly just my way of explaining why the past few days and the next ones will probably be a bit sporadic.
That being said, I’m going to go and go to sleep. Thank you all so much for joining me and I’ll see you soon.