Bloggie Wednesdays: Scheduled Posting FTW

Bloggie Wednesdays: Scheduled Posting FTW

I’m the kind of person who has zero inspiration in front of the computer. I’ll be sitting in front of the monitor, staring and willing for an idea to pop up. Come on brain, I need to write something on the blog!

Bloggie Wednesdays are particularly difficult to write. They sometimes require an amount of research and it’s quite a feat making them look interesting enough to read (at least, enough for me not to fall asleep reading and writing it). I have the ideas in my head, but for them to come out in words is like trying to drag a cat to water. Painful and bloody hard.

For me, ideas can come at anytime. I can be on the porcelain throne and suddenly bam! The words flow (and other unmentionables) and right after I’m done, they go on the iPad or computer right away.

This is where scheduled posts come in handy. When the ideas flow, I’ll be on the computer relentlessly typing and hammering away on the keyboard. It can be days or even weeks before my next flow of inspiration come back, so it’s best to write them down and schedule them as different posts for the next few days or weeks rather than post them all in a day. Too much for you to read, and no backup for me for the next few days.

Bloggie Wednesdays: Scheduled Posting FTW

Another reason I love scheduled posting is that I get to see how the post will actually look like before it is published. This is very important to me. I’m a bit of a perfectionist (okay, it’s more than a bit); I must be sure that the post looks exactly how I imagined it to be. Even when I’m blogging something to be published on the same day, I will schedule it to be published an hour later. This way, I’ll be able to see a preview of the post, read it carefully, thoroughly check for spelling and grammatical errors, make sure that the images are aligned properly, etc. It might take a bit more time but it really helps to make sure you’ve written the best you can without realizing a few minutes after you’ve published the post that oops, you’ve made a typo.

Scheduled posting is also crucial in angry blogging. By that I mean the rants, the complaints, etc about something at has gotten you so fired up, you just have to write about it. By all means write about it to get it off your chest. Sometimes the act of writing it down or typing it out is cathartic. But hold your horses before you click on Publish! Schedule it for a week later. During that time, sleep on it.

A day before it’s to be published, go through the post again. Is it worth letting everyone know now? Were the words too harsh? Do you need to rephrase certain words? Always remember that once the post is published, you cannot take it back. Often I’ve read angry words by bloggers who published blog posts, only to delete the post an hour later. By then the post has already been cached by Google, and I would have already read it on my Google Reader.

There are so many benefits to scheduled posting. You can schedule posts for when you’re away on holiday (hence you don’t leave gaps in your blogging). You can schedule posts with other bloggers and write a shared theme with them (e.g. my beauty box, which the #evurl girls and I published at the same time).

Now that I’ve told you how good post scheduling is, I’m going to tell you not to take it too seriously. If there’s a piece of news you want to get out to your readers on your blog, feel free to jump in at anytime. Don’t worry if you already have a post scheduled for that day. That’s the good thing about having an editorial calendar too. It’s good to shift things around when necessary.

If you’ve never given scheduled posting a go, I highly recommend you give it a try. One of the reasons I moved to WordPress years ago was for that capability (of course, little did I know that just a short month later after I did, Blogger came up with that feature too).

Have fun scheduling! πŸ™‚

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  1. Lily

    I always schedule my posts mainly because I only write on weekends. Weekdays are too hectic for me, and too tiring, to be honest. I also scheduled my posts when I was holiday for 2 weeks, but that means working really hard before the break. LOL! Thanks for the wonderful tips again Tine.
    Lily recently posted..Acapulco among Lagoons: Dior Vernis Summer MixMy Profile

    1. Tine

      Lily: The ability to be able to schedule posts is an absolute godsend, especially for those who aren’t able to blog during the week. I’m a terrible perfectionist; even if I’m blogging something to publish today, I’ll still schedule it for an hour before it’s published. Gotta make sure everything’s a-okay πŸ˜›

  2. Nikki

    I’m a queen of scheduled post too! πŸ™‚ I love it that I can keep on writing until I lose all the inspiration and just go back a couple of days after to reread and to add what I missed! That makes me more inspired to write and more inspired to share what I know! πŸ™‚
    Nikki recently posted..AMW Reviews: Seche Vite Dry Fast Top CoatMy Profile

    1. Tine

      Nikki: My point exactly. I love that we’re able to go back, reread, add, subtract the post before it’s actually published πŸ™‚

  3. Paris B

    Yay for scheduled posts! I made the WP move mostly for this function too. Would never be able to keep up with life if not for scheduled posting (and some form of system) πŸ™‚
    Paris B recently posted..Her World Beauty Awards 2012: Judging Beauty Products with the People’s VoiceMy Profile

    1. Tine

      Paris B: Exactly. We need a system that works for scheduled posting, and I know the WP one does. I find the one on Blogger rather buggy and unreliable, which was also one of the reasons I moved to WP.

  4. Megan

    I love scheduling my posts, I’ll try and get as many blog posts completed as possible and then set them in my editorial calendar so I have a good mix of posts about different topics and set them to come out in a nice regular schedule. At the moment I’m very far behind since I’ve been flat out with my relocation to Melbs but I can’t wait to clear the backlog and get ahead with my blog posting again!
    Megan recently posted..Beauty in the Sky has been featured on iFabbo!My Profile

    1. Tine

      Megs: Scheduling rocks, doesn’t it? Keeps us organised. Editorial calendar + scheduled posting = one organised and happy blogger πŸ˜›

      PS: How is it that you’re already in Melbourne and we haven’t even caught up yet? Let’s fix that pronto πŸ˜€

  5. gio

    Scheduled posting is a lifesaver for me, especially in busy times. I wouldn’t be able to keep up otherwise!
    gio recently posted..Product Review: The Body Shop Moringa Beautifying OilMy Profile

    1. Tine

      Gio: I know, right? It’s one of the only ways to even keep up and maintain consistency of posts on the blog. Scheduled posting FTW! πŸ˜€

  6. Raylene Barton

    Thanks for the tip! I will definitely be doing it from now on πŸ™‚

    1. Tine

      Go for it, Raylene. Once you discover the joys of scheduled posting, you won’t go back! πŸ˜›

  7. Swati

    I always schedule my posts!!! I get so uninspired at times and then I like to post at the same time everyday so I prefer scheduling. just a small question, isn’t the preview available for all posts irrespective of whether you are scheduling or not???? even I like to see my posts in a preview…proofreading is better in that πŸ˜€
    Swati recently posted..Ponds White Beauty Daily Spot-less Lightening Cream SPF 20 PA++ {Product Review}My Profile

    1. Tine

      Swati: Haha yes, the preview is available irrespective of scheduling. But it’s good to still check the preview when scheduled, especially if you’ve changed the title of the post and want the permalink to reflect the same title. Oh I’m pedantic that way πŸ˜›

  8. Annabella Freeman

    It’s rare that I write a post in one day so I always come back to it. When I’m happy with the layout, pics and words I will preview it one last time and then have my husband proofread it.

    I don’t like sloppy writing and I think my readers deserve some care and attention to what they see on my blog which is why I love yours!

    As far as scheduling I have a mixture of both but ideally I would schedule for the entire week.
    Annabella Freeman recently posted..James’ review – Noble Isle Whisky & Water Hand wash and lotionMy Profile

    1. Tine

      Annabella: That’s exactly what I do as well. Write, read, review, review some more, and review even more. Sometimes it seems like a lot of work, but like you said, no sloppy writing. Our readers and our blogs deserve better πŸ™‚

  9. coco

    i only do schedule posts for reviews. somehow they take longer to write and i usually write them on weekends. and also because i like to space out review posts. for other posts like like makeup looks i do for the day, it makes more sense to post on the day rather than days after. just personal preference.
    coco recently posted..seven wonders moroccan argan oil skin serum reviewMy Profile

    1. Tine

      Coco: Good point Coco. I do that for most of my FOTD shots too (unless I’m going to be busy the following days, then I schedule those as well). Makes more sense to post them on the day.

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