People have limited amounts of time and/or energy and they should be used wisely. At least, that’s my story and I’m sticking with it. Here’s three reasons why I schedule my blog posts:
1) When I Blog
I blog after dinner (as well as do all my not-actually-writing-writer-things like visit blogs and update spreadsheets). Sure I could post right then. However, I find blog posts put up later in the day get fewer eyes. And some posts are meant for the morning of the next day (ROW80 check-ins for example) and I’m just writing them early because nothing (for me) changes overnight. I am not the news. Most my posts aren’t late breaking bulletins. And from when I eat to when I wake, little happens. (I hang out with the kids, watch television, and go to bed by 10pm, or sometimes earlier because sleep is awesome.) So what I write at 6:30pm while Jeopardy is on is going to be true when I am drinking my coffee watching the morning weather for the fifth time.
2) Bad Stuff and Stuff Happens
If I hadn’t scheduled posts, after Queenie passed away this blog would have been silent. Antisocial behavior due to grief. Other times, I have a busy week ahead. Like this week, there was the my daughter’s music program Thursday, Christmas Parade (daughter in it) today, and tomorrow my son has a doctor’s appointment. If I didn’t write this ahead of time, I would be blog silent. So, I stole time from when I had time for when I didn’t.
3) To Make More Time For Writing
I used to take my actual writing time (mornings most days and Friday nights) and write blog posts. I felt that time was better spent writing, so I moved my blog writing. After dinner I steal quick moments where I fling my thoughts and feelings (in the form of words) at the screen. I title a post and then go for a walk with my daughter. I find that thing for my son after the first paragraph. I re-read it during commercials and between answering Jeopardy questions (I’m okay at it). I don’t regret this move, as I feel I get more writing done. Though, I often regret not writing down my blog topic ideas as my tired brain sometimes forgets them.
Do you schedule your blog posts?
When do you write your posts?