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Are Blog Schedules That Important?

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Ever since I started writing on the blog again, I have found it difficult to know whether I should stick to a blog schedule or not, so it’s a topic that I would like to discuss, to see if it resonates with anyone else. 

I used to be really proud of my schedule; I posted every Wednesday and Sunday for months without fail. I felt my content was working for me and I felt motivated. I believe this was more to do with the fact that I wasn’t stuck to one subject; I have a range of topics on the blog so it makes it easier to broaden my horizons. More recently since the beginning of the year, I didn’t mind too much if I didn’t post on my exact days because I would rather write zero content rather than “write for the sake of writing” and I made my peace with that. I believe that made me a better writer, because I only want to write when I feel like I can bring good content.

It got me thinking, “is there a point to having weekly schedule?” I don’t have a big following, certainly not enough where people are patiently waiting for my post to be published but I know that I do have readers. I don’t think anyone would mind if I posted on a Sunday one week than a Thursday the next, then maybe the next Tuesday. What is more important to me is consistency but in a different perspective; while keeping to a schedule is consistent, so is having at least one blog go out a week on any day.

The blogs I read or the YouTube videos I watch, I don’t necessarily look at the dates (However, if someone posts in a group about their new post but you look at the date, and it’s a year old then that’s where I have an issue… it’s not new content) I look at what they’re talking about. It’s really as simple as that. I choose carefully what type of posts I read like we all do really; we’re not going to read blog posts we don’t like, are we? It’s a waste of time.

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As we always hear, quality over quantity and I’ll admit that I used to rush posts to get them out in time to make sure I had a post for a particular day. I was never proud of those posts but I thought because I had my set schedule, I HAD to do it. I never “had to”, no-one was holding me accountable apart from myself. I put too much pressure on myself every week to commit, which I thought would make me a better writer, but it would often burn me out instead. I’ll give you an example; my Sunday Saves that I did for over a year, I was really proud of that series but it started to get tedious. Don’t get me wrong, it was so easy to write because I read quite a few blogs so I always had new content to write about and include, but I got bored of the process. It took me quite a while to move on from it but looking back now, I’m glad I did because if I had have continued that, I would have lost my creativity for the blog in the long-run.

I can certainly see the positives to blog schedules because I often look at it like other every day routines; having a schedule lets you get back on track faster if you “fall off the wagon” and if you have a deadline set, your brain can often get “in the zone” because it knows it has an expiry coming up. I can completely understand it but we all work differently when it comes to trying to get into “your zone” and that’s something I’ve been learning about in one of the books I have been reading recently.

I’m not saying I do have a schedule but I’m not saying I don’t; I’m figuring that out at the minute but I know that my content is much more important that what day of the week it has been posted on, so I know I’m on the right path at least.

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Is a weekly schedule important to you? Does it matter when a post has first gone live or as long as you are consistent, does that matter more? Please let me know your thoughts on this either down below, on Twitter or on Instagram.


SS: Sunday Saves (#44)


Happy Sunday everyone and welcome back to another Sunday Saves where I try and spread a little positivity into your Sunday morning. This week I’ll be talking about transferring your own blog, my favourite face mask and style worries.

1) Tea Is For Tina (The Simple Guide to Transferring Your Blog from WordPress.com to WordPress.org)

For the past year, I’ve wanted to have my own website but I have no idea how to do it on my own. Tina’s guide is so simple that I think I could even do it. So if you’re looking a quick and easy guide on how to move your blog,  Tina’s post tells you how!

2) Black Coffee Breakfast (Holy Grail Face Mask – LUSH Cosmetics)

They always say great minds think alike and that’s no different when it comes to bloggers. Like Elen, I am in love with the Cup O’ Coffee face mask from LUSH. It is probably the best exfoliate I’ve ever used and I tent to treat myself once or twice a week with it. I do disagree with Elen on one thing though; I tend to find it a pain to get off if I’m standing over the sink with a flannel but if I’m in the shower, it’s easy peasy! But if you’re looking a really good face scrub and don’t have really sensitive skin, you should give Cup O’ Coffee a go!

3) The Little Plum (Dress For Your Style, Not Your Shape)

Let me just start this off by saying I have no style. Okay, everyone has style, I just don’t know what mine is. I’m a jeans and jumper girl and recently I’ve pushed the boat out by rolling the bottoms of my jeans up, wearing a pair of white trainer socks and white shoes, and you’ll be amazed by how “stylish” I feel. I know, not exactly groundbreaking but we all have to start somewhere. I loved Chloe’s post because like her, I’m petite and it doesn’t matter what height or size you are, we’re always told “Oh don’t wear that, <insert body part here> won’t look very flattering”. It can be frustrating so maybe that’s why I lack any sense of style. Chloe’s post is definitely one to read if you feel like you’re stuck in somewhat of a rut because you’re being told you shouldn’t wear something because you don’t have the shape for it.

That’s all from my Sunday Saves this week. Remember to click on the girl’s links and give them a read, they’re all worth it, I promise!





SS: Sunday Saves (#14)

Welcome to the fourteenth Sunday Saves post! I’ve been absent from the blog for two weeks now! ): I’ve really missed it. Something accidental happened to my laptop so I’ve been without it for a while, but now I’m back. I’ve still been on my social media though so I didn’t completely disappear.  If you’ve missed any of my other Sunday Saves, click here to discover new blog posts that I found interesting and wanted to share.

1. See The Stars (Olsen Twins DVD’s: Childhood Favourites)

This was a post I seen a few weeks ago before my laptop went bust. It’s such a cute post! I think everyone was a Mary-Kate and Ashley fan at some point when they were younger, I loved them. Two of my favourites were “Switching Goals” and “Winning London”, and I loved their TV show, “So Little Time”. And I always wanted all their merchandise! Sarah Lauren talks about her favourite films of the sisters and tell us little mini stories of what she can remember about the films and how she got them.

2. Tally Rye (10 Healthy Habits I Swear By)

For the first time, I’m introducing YouTube videos into my Sunday Saves! My first one comes from Tally Rye who I discovered through Zanna Van Dijk, they co-own the company “Girl Gains” and I didn’t actually know that Tally had a YouTube channel until I seen her blog. She talks about the ten healthy habits she swear by each day; now some are ones you will have heard before like drinking your water, eating a balanced diet but Tally just talks to you about it and isn’t aggressive or over-powering with it, she’s just very chilled but informative. Can’t wait to go through more of her videos later.

3. Katy Belle (Why It’s Okay To Not Have A Ton Of Friends)

As soon as I read Katy’s post, it had to be included. I am in the exact same boat! I don’t have a lot of friends. Sure, I have friends but I have the very minimal amount and that’s taken me a good few years to make peace with. Katy talked about watching Friends and wanting a group of friends like that for yourself and I couldn’t agree more. It’s the same for me when I go on Facebook and I’ll see all these night outs with “the girls”. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not a “going out” type of person, but I think it’s more the fact that it’s a group of supportive women surrounding each other, having a good time. It’s all about quality, not quantity and I would much rather have three really great people in my life than twenty not-so great people (and yes Katy, I’m waiting on a Tinder style app for new friends too!)

4. Hollie Wakeham (What is a VEGAN? Why so much hate?)

If you’re looking for a video that talks about veganism, the ethics behind it, the story of why a person goes vegan and just a friendly looking face who you won’t feel intimidated by, please watch Holly’s video. I’m not vegan myself, my boyfriend is, but watching videos on veganism or plant based diets do interest me even though I hadn’t made that change myself yet. Holly doesn’t shout at you, she gives you the facts but with a smile and with the knowledge that you know she is passionate about her choice and all she wants to do is share it with the world.

5. Memoirs and Musings (Musings: Can Everyday Be Special?)

Char talks about something that almost everyone does, and I can agree, it annoys me too but I do the exact same thing! “Oh I’ll keep that for a special occasion” but then, realistically, does that occasion ever come around? Probably not. I have the perfect example! So a few years ago, I used to buy myself a few sets of really fancy underwear then for every day use, I would just buy ordinary underwear and bra sets. The really fancy ones would never get used and they were just sitting there gathering dust. So one day after I had gotten paid, I went into Ann Summers and bought myself fancy bras and fancy underwear and I wear them every day. Yes, every day! Why? Because if I feel like I can feel special and really pretty on special occasions with underwear, why can’t I do it every day? Now, I’m not saying I wear a really gorgeous dress everyday or I glam up my make-up every day but I feel like with underwear, you can get away with it because really, it’s just you that’s seeing it.

6. Allison Anderson (How to Organize Your Life and be Productive)

Lately I have been so into organisation videos and blogs, mainly because they motivate me to clean and sort out my life (which I have still to do!) I found Alison through Ingrid Nielsen but I tend to watch Alison more now because I feel like my interests have grown with Alison and I find her more relatable now. She talks about minimalism which is a subject that fascinates me, much like a plant based diet, I love reading about it, I just haven’t taken the plunge yet. In this video though, she goes through tasks you can do to try and make it so much easier for you to be clean, not just you but for your home and your life, so everything after that, is just a little easier.

And that’s it for this week’s Sunday Saves! I hope you enjoyed reading (and watching) this week’s post. Let me know if you like the YouTube aspect to my Sunday Saves, and if you have any posts you want to send my way, tweet me at @RetroSnowflake 

SS: Sunday Saves (#12)

This weekend has flown in! So happy Sunday, it’s another one of my Sunday Saves, a weekly post I do on Sunday’s to highlight some of my favourite blog posts I’ve read over the week. If you’ve missed any of my other Sunday Saves, you can see them all right here! This week on my Sunday Saves, I’ll be talking about goals (again!), eyebrows and food guilt!

1. In Ella’s Element (July Goals)

Everyone knows I love a good goal and when it comes in a blog post, it’s even better. Everyone’s goals are different and even though I don’t relate completely to all of Ella’s goals, I do love that she wants to be more creative, try new foods and have a blogging schedule. I’m totally with her on the blogging schedule, I’m currently just trying to spruce up my blog in general but I think it’s a lovely idea to make a habit of trying something new out of your comfort zone (especially food!) Good luck with your goals this month Ella!

2. Miel and Mint (Benefit Ka-Brow! & Ready, Set, Brow! Review)

After hearing Benefit had revamped their brow products, I wondered if they still had the product I use. I’m not sure what it’s called but it’s in a duo, it has a wax and a brow powder with tweezers and two mini brushes. It’s great, I love it BUT I’m so close to finishing it. So I’ve been thinking “Do I go back to Benefit or do I try and find something similar somewhere else?” When it comes to eyebrows, it’s very important so I found this review by Nadia and she explains about the products she got, how she chose which ones she got, which was exactly what I was looking for. It really helped me so I think I’m going to go to a Benefit counter this week and see which one is right for me. So thank you Nadia!

3. My General Life (Ditch The Food Guilt)

Jordan posts about food guilt and I think this is something we all struggle with. I’m sure I’ve spoke about similar posts before but it’s always an important thing to talk about. Her post talks firstly about a podcast that I’m really interested in finding out about now. I’m really into podcasts and even though I only listen to about four or five podcasts, I’m always interested in finding  new ones. I like the angle that Jordan comes from with this, she’s saying that it’s not about choosing unhealthy or healthy foods, it’s about being healthful so choosing foods, good or bad, that will change your mindset as well as looking at the psychological impact too. She also talks about being vegan and the perceptions that has, particularly the view of “depriving yourself”. Her post covers so many bases so if you’re into looking at food from a different perspective, I’d really recommend you read her post.

That’s it for this week’s Sunday Saves! The whole post of these weekly posts is to help others discover bloggers they may not have heard of before and read into topics that might not have interested them at first, so I hope I’m continuing to do that. 

Also, I’m a July advertiser on Bronagh’s blog, Bronagh’s Beauty and Books so make sure you go check her out too. She’s another Northern Irish blogger, just like me!

SS: Sunday Saves (#6)

Hello from Finland! As you read this, we’re getting ready to get the boat to St. Petersburg tonight, so if you’re not following me on Instagram or Twitter, you should, you’ll see all my updates there! Anyway, onto this week’s Sunday Saves:

1. The Curvaceous Vegan (How To Get Back On The Healthy Track)

It’s coming up to that time of year when most people are wanting to get back on track with their health and fitness for Summer. We all know that this should be an all year round job, but we all fall off at one point or another. Amie’s tips are simple and simple is all we need, especially if you’re new to thinking about your health and fitness seriously or if you don’t want to jump in all at once. So whether you’re starting to drink more water, eat more fruit and vegetables or helping yourself set little goals, Amie’s tips will be there to help you along the way.

2. BYKRounceField (How To Get Your Blog In Order)

This post just came calling out to me once I discovered BYK’s blog. I’m having a real problem with my blog at the minute. I like the content I’m posting to it, but I feel like I’m all over the place with it. It doesn’t feel very organised and I don’t think it’s very nice visually either. BYK’s post will definitely help me organise it more and I know that once I get some time, I’ll sit myself down for an afternoon and go through the post thoroughly and see what I can add to mine from her tips, to help me.

3. Tea Cups and Button Drops (Gingerbread Energy Balls)

For anyone that follows me on Instagram or Twitter, you’ll know that I talk about energy balls all the time! I’m obsessed with making the almond chia balls from Deliciously Ella’s first book but I’ve found an interesting twist on these. First of all, Amey’s blog name, Tea Cups and Button Drops, can this get ANY cuter? And secondly, I haven’t tried this recipe yet, but it sounds delicious! Energy balls are great for the house, great for work and generally great when you’re out and about. It also means you don’t have to spend lots of money on something to go with your tea. Perfecto!

A quick update!

Just posting a quick little update; I’m back on my blog (again) and I’m no longer going to apologise for not being around on my blog all the time, because I’m sure it gets really irritating when I’m doing it every few weeks.

The truth is, I’m just busy and when I’m not busy, there’s always a chore to do or I can just never think of what to blog about next. I do love blogging, I’m trying to find my ‘niche’ if you will and I’m discovering new things everytime I blog, and I am trying to get on top of it, but if I disappear and come back, life has just held me back for a little while.