Thursday, April 4, 2013

D is for Doing it Ahead of Time - Schedual Your Blog Posts

Hello dear readers and fellow A-Z participants. It's day four of the blogging challenge and I'm continuing my blogging tips by talking about how to schedule your posts. I know it's a bit of a stretch for the letter theme, but I couldn't fit this topic in anywhere else.

I've taught a couple of social media classes before and been surprised at how many people are unaware that you can schedule your blog posts ahead of time. It's great because you write it, then it posts consistently. In my experience, this consistency has given me more comments.

I actually wrote this post on March 5th. I'm getting ready to pitch my book at a writers conference in two weeks so I don't have time to write posts right now. See how nice that is?

So, How do you schedule posts? It's simple - when you draft in the right sidebar, you select Schedule, pick your date and time then click done.



Now your post is ready to go, and you don't have to freak out by trying to write posts the day of. Easy peasy and stress free. Have fun posting!

26 comments:

Bames Pabla said...

I agree with you. Posting ahead of time really helps especially when joining a challenge like the A to Z Challenge. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I pre-schedule all of my posts and usually at 5:00 am EST. (I'm posting a little earlier this month due to the Challenge.) I can't imagine getting up early in the morning and trying to put together a blog post!

Cathrina Constantine said...

Excellent post and idea. I started Doing it ahead of time, but now I'm slacking like always!

Nick Wilford said...

I always schedule things like guest posts etc but a lot of the time it's just as and when. I can't schedule anything during my Challenge so it's just whenever I get it ready in the morning. I'm finding it exciting though!

Erin Shakespear said...

Ys! I love scheduling posts. But I need to get waaaaay better at it since I've been so horrible at blogging.

I blame it on my children and their need to eat more than once a week. Sheesh. They're so pushy. :)

John Wiswell said...

What with all the medical tests I've been going through this week, and winding up quite sick with this insipid cold, I'm very happy to have scheduled posts through today. I have several more written and will load them after my next doctor visit. Scheduling posts has made blogging life so much simpler.

Ava Jae said...

Scheduling posts makes life SO much easier. I also schedule all of my posts (although I usually only do it a day or so in advance), but as another commenter said, it's a lot easier to schedule the post for the next morning than actually getting up to put it up yourself. :)

Blue Skies said...

So, not that my blog is for anything but keeping up with family and friends that are far away, but I have learned so very much from you. Thank you!!

Misha Gericke said...

It's a good idea to schedule posts ahead if you know you're going to be busy, but I just don't have the discipline to do it all the time. ;-)

ilima said...

This is the only way I can survive the A to Z challenge, lol.

Julie Luek said...

I write posts ahead of time, save them in drafts and then half the time, feel inspired to write something different they day I'm going to post. I'm a planner pantser. ;)

Rena said...

Yes, posting ahead of time is crucial in the A to Z challenge, but I never do it. I'm always afraid that the world will collapse and I'll need to change something in my post.

Mark Noce said...

Wow, how organized:) I try to do the same, but it only works half the time. I tend to like to feel things in the moment and write whatever I'm feeling on that particular day.

Cassie Mae said...

I always schedule my bloghop posts ahead of time. Sometimes I just post whatever is on my mind whenever I write it, lol. But with A to Z, gosh, ALWAYS schedule these babies.

Carrie-Anne said...

Most of my posts are pre-scheduled these days, though sometimes I've had to re-schedule posts if something like a bloghop comes up. It makes it so much easier when a post for a weekly bloghop is already taken care of well in advance. I wrote all my A-Z posts in advance last year, and this year all but my X post have been written in advance.

Donna K. Weaver said...

It was for my first A to Z that I learned how to schedule posts. So useful!

Robin said...

I'm a scheduler-I have 16 days of A to Z ready to post at 5 am EST. It is much less stressful than doing it the day of or rushing the night before (although that might happen on a few of this month's posts:D)

michelle said...

It's very important to schedule posts, especially with a blogfest of this magnitude.
And I am a planner, by nature...

Samantha May said...

WHAT?! Where the heck have I been to not know that this was a thing? :D

I just have a bunch of drafts saved that I went back and posted at a later time, but this seems to be so much easier!

Elisabeth Kauffman said...

Def posting ahead for A to Z, but in real life (not A to Z madness) I like to be a little closer to my material, and usually write and post the same day.

Anonymous said...

I wrote most of my posts ahead of time and posted them the day I chose. But for the A to Z blog I didn't want to worry about what time I would eventually get around to being able to post. I didn't realize you could schedule them until I read about it in one of the posts I read last month. It still took me to the end of March to figure out how to schedule ahead with Wordpress. Now that I have I love it. It is so much easier! I like to plan out my posts because I want to make sure what I have to say or share is useful to others.

Denise at Organization and Inspiration for Fellow Writers, participant of A to Z Blogging Challenge

Sue Ann Bowling said...

Posting ahead is great, but different platforms look different. In wordpress you edit the time to be posted.

Krista McLaughlin said...

I definitely pre-post most of my blog entries. Especially the A-Z. Most of mine were written in March and a few of them were written February. The only thing I don't prepost is something I just thought up or a spontaneous book review. :)

Elise Fallson said...

I have scheduled posts ahead of time, like if I'm going to be out of town. But I don't know if it's because I'm such a control freak, or because I don't trust blogger, or what, but if I'm aroudn, I'll find myself hitting the publish button minutes before it's scheduled. Kinda defeats the whole purpose, lol.

A-Z participant blogging from Elise Fallson

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Been doing it for a few months now and yet it's easy and stress free.

Donna said...

Yup. AtoZ was set to go in March. I usually check on the post the night before if I get a chance, just to make sure I really finished it! I even have one done for my anniversary in September, ready and scheduled to go up. It's a really good deal, I think! Write when you have the time, post when you don't!