Fairytale News | Concept posts.


'Mel on reading' is a little feature I created as part of my Fairytale news. It's my way to show my thoughts on topics that go from pet peeves in reading to my favorite things in books.

I’m always interested to see how everyone handles certain aspects of blogging. I already shared some of my tips in my blogging methods post, but today I would like to talk about how many reviews/posts you have as concept (or scheduled post) and how you manage them.


As we speak, I have 18 concept posts on my blog and 12 on my Windows Live Writer program. The concept posts on my blog are good to go. The only thing I have to change is the title and I add a little text and catchwords to the ‘Search description’ box. I don't like to schedule, because I want to be in control and I like to pick my posts randomly.

The concept posts on Windows Live Writer are different. When I’m not satisfied with a post, I keep it and adjust it until I’m happy – then I send it as concept to my blog. This prevents me from having a chaos on my blog with half finished and good-to-go posts.  Sometimes I only have a title and some random questions, just to make sure I don’t forget about my ideas and the point I want to make. This post was one of them. I named it ‘Fairytale News XX. concept posts’ and I had these questions with answers typed down:

-How many? (What is your ideal number of concept posts?) –> X and 8.
-When do you write them? –> Whenever I feel like it.-Where do you keep them? –> Blog and Windows Live Writer.

I often have ideas, but then I don’t feel like writing. By making these type of concepts, I can return when I feel inspirational and use my guidelines to write the post. I like having at least 8 concept posts, ideally 5 reviews and 3 others. I think having many concept posts helps me from getting a slump. It gives a lot of freedom and I’m definitely a mood writer. There are days where I type reviews/posts like I’m a good oiled machine, there are days where I do nothing and where I feel like Michael Scott.


So, now on to you. How many concept posts do you have and is this your ideal number? How do you manage them?

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  1. Very interesting how you call them concept posts! I'm rather very lax so I just post whatever comes to mind. My scheduled posts are mainly just reviews, my discussions are usually written on the spot and my other features would be prepared in advance.

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    1. Oh, how would you call them? They have a fancy 'concept' in orange next to them when I look on blogspot, so I thought that was the 'official' name for them?

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  2. I'm the complete opposite: I hate having too many concepts. Usually concepts are posts I came up with on a whim and never finished or posts I took down. I write every post in a Word document, copy into blogger and then schedule it. If a post isn't finished yet, it stays in Word.

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    1. Words is also a good way to keep things separate :)

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  3. I still don't know how the schedule thing works on blogger, so I just write them and leave them in concept and I just randomly post them whenever I feel like I need a nice post coming up. I usually write my posts in the HTML part of blogger, because I usually use HTML to make the posts look all pretty and stuff :3

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    1. I'm not nearly advanced enough to work with HTML, so kudo's for you!

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  4. There are blogs out there at have posts that inspire me to write a similar or response post and those are the ones that stay in a draft until I need something new for my blog when I feel I'm in a slump.

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  5. Right now, we have posts scheduled for one month after today. They're not all done, and we only officially schedule using the blogger tool for the posts of the current week. In general though, we put a title in like "wip" "not done" "this sucks let's get rid of it". I think it's because the work load at school is so inconsistent that for TSC to really prosper, we can't do stuff at the last minute. I generally like having posts for three weeks in advance planned out. This way, we can discuss edits and stuff.

    This also makes scheduling easier because maybe I won't read a lot during one week but the next I'll read a lot, so now the blog can have a better balance of reviews and not reviews. We also have a draft in blogger for "post ideas" that we add and subtract to so if I'm really lost with no ideas, I'll take a look at that.

    Our blogger drafts is a bit of a mess tbh, but the calendar looks good. ;) Cool post!

    -P.E. @ The Sirenic Codex

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    1. Way to go! I like the fact you guys put 'this sucks' in the title, haha.

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  6. I never heard of that concept, I just type what I want to, whenever I feel to. That's why sometimes I review books way too early because the timing always relies on what I read.

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  7. Wow, you're a lot more focused than I am. I have a little list that of ideas, but nothing too crazy and nothing developed or organized. I like your idea though, I'll have to experiment!

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  8. I have a word document where I keep my unfinished and unpolished review, but as soon as I'm happy with them, I schedule them according to my Google Calendar. I usually have a month of posts scheduled in advance, but now that I've been away sick for so long, I'll have to work harder to catch up.
    I find that it helps to have many posts scheduled. It reduces the stress significantly and makes it far less likely that I'll get tired of blogging.

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    1. Exactly :) It's a nice feeling to know you have enough posts for a while.

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  9. You're so organised, Mel! I'm starting to feel a bit inferior. Haha. I do have a few "draft" posts that only contain some hastily jotted down ideas and I get back to them (sometimes) but I'm more of a
    spur-of-the-moment kinda blogger who pushes publish as soon as a post is finished ;)

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    1. Not really, I've been lucky I had enough time to work on it, but I've had times where I had not one concept post!

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  10. I usually have an idea of what I want to write about, but I don’t type it up until the day before I plan to post it. It’s a really bad idea, but I'm more motivated to do it when I'm on an extremely tight deadline. It would be great to have posts written out beforehand so I don’t have to worry about typing up something last minute, but I am actually unable to do that. IDEK why.

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  11. I never plan anything LOL! OK well ... my Project Disney is planned and I do have to read a book for that every two weeks. But otherwise ... everything is a whim. Last night I was up late and a discussion post came to mind so I just got out the computer and started typing it up. I wish I could plan the discussion posts better but they just come to me.

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  12. I tried the whole scheduling thing last year. It burned me out. I kept stressing over having to schedule all my posts and having a nice leeway, but it was just pressuring myself into filling up the days. Now I just write reviews when I feel like it and barely ever do I do discussion posts and the like, cause I everything has basically been done already so I don't see the point in repeating myself and when I do have an original idea, I don't have the time to write it out in the moment, try to keep it for later but then my inspiration just fizzles out and there went the brilliant idea lol.

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    1. I don't have a schedule, but I love having pre-written posts :)

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  13. I think I have concept posts in my head, haha. I suck at planning them, mostly because I dedicate myself to starting at least three drafts the day before, finish them, and then go on with my week.

    I just have this concept-the barest concept-floating around in my head and then I just write everything that pops up in my head. Brain vomit, really. It doesn't help that I haven't mastered the routine of editing yet.

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  14. I take notes of my post ideas and I used to think about them a lot and plan them during the weekend. But last January I decided not to do it anymore because I got way too stressed with blogging. I only write or schedule if I'm in the mood to do so and *gasps* I only have one draft right now hahaha. I write all my posts on Ms. Word because Blogger sometimes mess up and create multiple posts with the same title automatically *facepalms* Does this also happen to you? :O

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    1. I don't really like typing in Blogspot, so that's why I use Windows Live Writer!

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  15. Scheduling posts?

    *COUGHS*

    Hate to admit it but I'm super disorganized xD Unless it's a blog tour post/something with a stipulated deadline, I just post when I feel like posting something that day. It doesn't work very well in terms of keeping up with the blog (judging from the fact that my posts are sometimes months apart), but I love the "AWW YEAH" feel when I hit the "Publish" button and see my post up on the blog immediately. Kind of grown accustomed to this way of blogging, but maybe it's time I start thinking ahead and planning!! I'd love to know how you organize your blog, it's always so rich with content!

    Alicia @ Summer Next Top Story

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    1. In short: I don't schedule, I read whatever I want but keep up to date with ARC's and I write concept posts when I feel like it :p haha.

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  16. I think I have around four concept posts as of now, lol! There's this new feature I want to run on the blog, as well as two discussion posts and one review. I really want to do more, though. I'm usually the type of person that posts something right after writing it, so I don't draft reviews, which is really bad. I really need to start drafting my reviews so that I won't forget the story details! Just like you, though, I don't schedule them and just post them whenever. :)

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    1. Posting whenever you feel like it is such a good feeling huh :D

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  17. It was one of my blogging goals for the year to work ahead of time and schedule posts. I actually did a good job of that for awhile, but have fallen behind on that now. I don't keep many drafts in my blog. I usually create the post when I'm ready to sit down and write it. I do keep a little text file on my flash drive with a list of blog design tips/tricks and discussion ideas though. Sometimes I'll just write on a sticky note with a list of reviews I still need to write.

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  18. I just want to shake your hand and congratulate you on how organized you are! I'm in no way, shape, or form remotely organized. Every so often (read: practically never) I get inspired and come up with a discussion post topic or two or three and write them down for later. Other than that, if I'm planning on posting a discussion, I'm wracking my brain the night before it goes up, writing it, reading through once, and pressing "Publish". Even reviews I rarely get ahead on, and if I'm ahead at all, all I've done is set up all the formatting without the review text.

    I WISH I could be as awesome as you. Seriously.... I might be Michael Scott every day. :)

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    1. Haha, I'm not awesome or organized at all, but I seem to have a disorganized organisation :p

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  19. The only thing I really schedule is reviews because I typically have more than one to write at a time. Everything else I do a few hours before I post it. My organizing isn't that great!

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  20. I guess I just type whenever I think of something. I really suck at scheduling, and end up writing posts 5 mins before they were originally planned to go up and everything. I fail lol.

    Great post! <33

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  21. LOL...I usually just write a post whenever I think of something or when I finish a book. I'm horrible at scheduling posts / reviews...I guess I'm just a very unorganized person. ;) I mean, c'mon, how do people get so organized? It baffles my mind... Anyway, thanks for sharing, and, as always, brilliant post Mel! :D

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    1. I don't really am an organized person when it comes to blogging. I don't use a schedule either :p

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  22. I'm like you, I don't like having draft posts. If I go to schedule a post on my blog, I usually write it all at once, or if I have to stop I don't write up any new ones until I go back and finish it. (It's meant I've had to adjust with this group blog since Kelley and Leanne like their draft posts :P). I attempt to schedule as far as I can (with OTB, since I only post twice a week and will soon have one of those days covered by the Bookish Games, I'm actually done scheduled until May). I feel better that way!

    Oh, and like post ideas? I do similar things to you. I use Evernote on my Mac now and just add new notes every time I get an idea for a blog post. Then whenever I'm in the mood to write a post, I just look through my ideas to see what inspires me the most at that time (if I don't already have something in mind to write about). I have no specific number when it comes to these though. I probably have like two or three ideas for each feature right now, which means I have like... thirty ideas? Something like that lol.

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    1. Thirty ideas! That's a lot :D I tried Evernote before too, but I always seem to forget about it and end up not using it, haha. So I decided to leave it.

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  23. I am not nearly as organized as you! I've got posts ALL over the place! Little stickies saved to my desktop, a notebook full of half-thoughts and ideas, and then a bunch of drafts in Wordpress. I did download a plugin that changes the color of my posts, so I can tell at a glance what's scheduled (done) and what's a draft (needs work).

    I recently had to get a calendar widget too, so that I can see my month at a glance. Fortunately, it lists DRAFT in big letters on any post I haven't scheduled, so I can see quite quickly if I need to work on something ASAP or if I've got a little time. Currently, I've got posts scheduled into April/May, but I couldn't tell you the number. Probably 20+, but some of those are reviews.

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    1. Ohhh, that sounds like a handy plugin! :) And the calender widget too, I just use the Google agenda from Windows 8.

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  24. First I have to say that I adore the fact that you quoted Michael Scott! His hilarity knows no bounds. ;)

    I love the idea of concept posts! What I do is I make a calendar in Microsoft One Note and try to schedule out posts for the next couple months. But I only have ideas written out not any guidelines, so while I generally know the direction I want to go, if I'm feeling unmotivated I find it difficult to keep up.

    But I love the idea of writing guidelines for posts fresh in my mind (and having multiples on hand) so that even on those writing block days I can produce a post. You may have just changed my life! Thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. Hahah, I love Michael Scott. The show is awesome.

      I'm happy I could help! :D

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  25. I do this, too! Well, not the same exact way, but it serves the same purpose. Whenever an idea strikes me for a new blog post, I'll create a new post and come up with a general title and maybe type a few words/sentences about what I want to say. Then I categorize it under "discussion" or whatever it is. So later, when I'm looking to write a post for a certain day, I just go to the post drafts for "discussion," pick one, and write more about it and maybe change the name! This really helps me stay organized and motivated.

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  26. hah I love the Michael Scott reference! So funny :) So I have a running list of post ideas that I keep in notes on my phone. I don't think this is the best approach but I always have my phone with me so it tends to be the tool I use when inspiration hits. But if I actually write something, it's typically in draft on my blog until it goes liv. I don't keep things in limbo for that long so it's never that cluttered. And on the flip side, I don't often start writing something without finishing it.

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    1. That's definitely a good side to your method! I sometimes have so many that I don't know what I want to start next.

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  27. Personally when I come up with a discussion topic I usually write it and keep it in an email draft. I also have an email draft that has topic subjects. Like you I dont like to clutter up my blog drafts section because those are all posts we plan to format and schedule soon.

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  28. We have about twenty posts in draft at any given time, but a lot of those are reviews we're working on. I have been using unscheduled posts to keep track of ideas or discussion topics for awhile, though. It's easier for me to have them all in one place than spread across different platforms. We also use a shared Google calendar for the blog to keep track of posts, reviews, discussions, and events.

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  29. At the moment, I have 12 scheduled posts, and then 25 draft posts (most of which are ready to be published whenever I want them to be).
    When I first started blogging, I was simply a mood writer (still am, but will get to that in a sec). I wrote reviews as soon as I finished the book, and then published them as soon as I had written them. If I had a discussion idea, I'd type it up and publish it immediately. I soon realised that it was not going to work. I couldn't just mood write, especially with university commitments and the such.
    But I am still a mood writer. I cannot sit down and write a discussion just because I want one done. I have to be inspired. I have to WANT to write that post.
    Luckily, over the Christmas break I dedicated all my free time to reading and amassed HEAPS of reviews. So I know I am pretty much okay with reviews for months from now. I like this feeling. I like knowing that there will be content for the blog, and that when things get busy, and I don't have as much time for reading or blogging as I'd like: I still have something to post.
    I don't have as many discussion posts/life posts scheduled or drafted, though. That's because of the mood writing thing. Sometimes, I'll get on a role and write a few, but that doesn't happen a lot. Luckily, somehow it's working out and I have alternating life and discussion posts, so hopefully I can keep it that way!

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  30. I have a ton of half drafted posts in my WP calender, I love scheduling in advance but I only just this weekend got fairly caught up. Ideally I like to have two weeks scheduled out because I like to have some leeway and not worry about drafting posts and reviews the night before. I try to sit down on the weekend and get a fair bit done because I stress easily haha. Sometimes I type random bits of reviews and then come back later, they are definitely my hardest post to write ebcause I'm fairly picky and sometimes the words won't come for me :P

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