Why I schedule my blog posts in advance

17th October 2016
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Why I schedule my blog posts in advance >> Simply Adrift
Why I schedule my blog posts in advance >> Simply Adrift

One thing that I absolutely have to live by with my blog is: Scheduling blog posts in advance. My life schedule doesn’t give me the luxury to leave things to the last minute and I like to be an organized person. Especially when it comes to meeting deadlines.

Disclaimer: I’m not an organised person anywhere else in my life, only when deadlines need to be met…

The reason I’m writing this post is because I’ve seen a quite few bloggers recently casually state things like:

Just writing my blog post for tomorrow!‘ or ‘Whoops, I was meant to post a blog post today but I forgot to write it…‘ or ‘I’m so stressed! I don’t have any content planned for tomorrow!

And I am baffled at how everyone has time to leave things this last minute! Of course not everyone leaves it this late and I’m sure not everyone blogs and posts content as they write it. But for the ones that do I am amazed that they can be organised to do so!

This definitely comes down to everyone’s schedules and what they do on a regular day-to-day basis.

However, I think scheduling posts in advance is very effective, I think it’s a less stressful way to blog, and I know it takes the pressure off.

Why I think you should schedule your blog posts in advance:

1. It saves time

It saves time!

If you manage to have up to a month or more of posts scheduled and planned, then this would save you time in the long run. This allows for life and other things to get in the way so if you suddenly find you have no time to write a blog post, or you’re just really not in the mood, then there is nothing to worry about because your deadline is ages away.

I feel like this also gives you the opportunity to socialise more with friends without feeling guilty about not being at home blogging. I can’t be the only one that sometimes feels guilty because I do this?

Having your posts planned and scheduled gives you more time for other things.

2. It’s less stressful

If a particular life thing pops up and takes up your time, or if you feel uninspired and don’t want to write mediocre bull crap, or if you would rather go out to dinner with friends and go to sleep early instead of writing – you have no need to worry if you have your posts already scheduled.

This has helped me a lot over the past, something has come up and I haven’t written the posts I planned to. It was alright because I wasn’t in any rush to have them completed since I had a months worth of posts already scheduled on my blog. It’s a lot less stressful and you don’t feel guilty about not writing those posts.

3. More time to edit

One thing I really enjoy about scheduling posts in advance is the ability to go back, re-read and re-edit that post.

Maybe two weeks after you’ve scheduled that post you suddenly come up with more points you want to discuss, or even better, you think of a companion post to write alongside it. This allows you to chop and change the already scheduled post to fit better with your companion post.

Or you just have more time to spell check a post. As they do say, when you want to check your writing, leave it for a while and then come back to it with fresh eyes. I always find I catch error’s in my posts if I come back to it a few weeks later and check it again.

More time to edit never hurt no-body!

4. Better quality content

If you have more time to write your content, then naturally you will produce much higher quality content because you have more time to spend on it. Who can fault that?!

You might come up with a post series for that one post if you have more time to think about it, plan it, and draft it. You can edit it more often and add ideas. You also may come up with a new idea on how to structure the post so it comes across more effectively to your readers.

5. Consistent blog posting

Of course this means that you will be posting content consistently. Which I think is pretty important if you want to keep readers around. Readers always come back if your content is posting every few days a week. They will see you as a reliable blogger and will know that when they come back in a few days’ time there will be more content to read.

Scheduling your posts in advance can really help a blogger out who has a busy work and social life. For me, if I didn’t schedule posts in advance then my blog loses out because I always feel like I have last minute things pop-up that stop me from writing my content when I plan to.

Of course, having so many posts scheduled in advance means that you might feel sometimes that the content is now outdated, but that really depends on you and what content you’re posting. If I feel like I need to move things around to work better then I will.

However, it’s your blog and you can ultimately post whenever and as often or less as you like. There’s no ‘wrong’ way to go about it.

Do you schedule posts in advance? How far in advance do you schedule? Do you hate scheduling your posts in advance and go with the flow? Do you find it a limiting way to blog? What are your thoughts?


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14 responses to “Why I schedule my blog posts in advance

  1. Haha, I’m like you. I’m so unorganized when it comes to most things, but I’ve always been strict with schedules and deadlines (I just accidentally typed schedulines—I think I made up a new word, we should totally use that lol). And with blogging and review copies, I’m SUPER organized. And I completely agree, it’s a lot less stressful, and I do end up editing everything a lot, especially discussions and reviews, after I’ve let them sit for a while. You just can’t properly edit things right away, but when you go back two weeks later you suddenly realize how awful certain parts sound lol.
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    • Omg I’m all for using Schedulines and making it a real thing haha. Schedulines are definitely my thing with blogging! I have to have a schedule and think about deadlines otherwise I’m screwed when my life gets too busy. Which happens all the time. Also, sometimes I fall out of the blogging and reading phase and all I want to do is watch TV shows.

      Being organized is a really good trait to have in my opinion!

      Arghh I so agree! I can never edit a post right after I finish writing it! I actually end up getting bored with the post, so I know that I should leave it for another day. It always works out so much better. I’m glad we can relate!
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  2. Great post! I am a super organized person and I love to plan everything in advance, including blog posts. Last month I did well planning my post two weeks ahead of time and like you said, it really helped with consistency and the quality of the post. This month was a total disaster. I planned all my posts for this month (but I haven’t actually written the post) and suddenly life got in the way. I had more pressing things to do and I feel guilty if I use my time to blog instead of that other thing, but I also feel guilty if I don’t post or reply to comments on time :’) today I finally got the time to write and I am gonna be drafting my posts for the rest of October 😀
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    • Yay! I’m glad you’ve found time to write those posts! I definitely think that you should never feel guilty if you’re behind on blogging, but I also completely know what you mean. I’ve been trying to post more than twice a week but I never have enough time to write that much content. I can only ever write maybe four posts at one time and then the rest of my time is spent formatting those pots and creating graphics for them etc. But at least I have 8 posts going out a month, that’s still consistent.
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  3. I agree with this so much! Sometimes I slack and write things like a day or two before, but 99% of the time my posts are scheduled at LEAST a week ahead of time. I don’t like feeling like I have to rush. I usually just won’t post anything until I feel like it’s ready, even if I’ve gone a few days without posting. I understand falling behind, but writing the day of EVERY time seems so stressful to me! Yikes.
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    • I wish I could write my posts a few days before! I think as well I can be a bit pedantic so it takes me extra long to write and format a post… So it works really well for me to have a few weeks leeway to work on each post. Being able to relax and not worry about it is really good though!

      Yeah I couldn’t imagine leaving it so far behind that you find you’re having to write the post on the day every time! I get stressed out enough as it is when I don’t have a months worth of ideas!
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  4. Yes I definitely schedule!! Although I have like set days I post on so I always know I’m going to post at 7:00pm on those days…buuuut, I have been known to have the post only ready to go 10mins in advance.? #FAIL But mostly I have them scheduled about 24hrs in advance! I’d love to schedule up for a week, but honestly I’m just never really sure what I want to post about…eeep. But I do try to get the bulk of my writing done on the weekends when I have time. I haaate feeling rushed and pressured about blogging, so scheduling and organising is a LIFESAVER for that.

    • I hate feeling rushed and pressured as well! I usually mind blank, so I don’t think I’m the best under short time constraints.

      I too have days and times I post! I’ve been trying to post way more often but I have no time to write that much original content :/ Haha fair enough about not knowing what you want to post! And you would be able to keep your content relevant when not scheduling so far in advance like me… But that’s the risk I take to be consistent because I know my time is often taken up by other things at the last minute! I can never guarantee time to blog these days…
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  5. So many great points here. I really need to get better about scheduling posts. For awhile I was doing pretty well because I would have posts scheduled for at least a week or so in advance so while it still wasn’t as scheduled and organized as I would have liked, it was enough to keep me from falling behind or panicking haha But then I got lazy and now I’m back to writing posts the night before or even the morning of the day I want to post them. It’s so stressful! I think over my winter break I may try to get ahead on some blog posts so that next semester I don’t end up rushing posts last minute.
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    • Eee I feel like I’m in the same boat as you! I’m only a few weeks ahead now and I can’t see any time in the immediate future to catch up on writing posts… I honestly feel like I’m always playing catch up with scheduling posts in advance. I just never have enough time to write the amount of content I want to write!
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  6. Ugh I’m the worst when it comes to organized blog scheduling. One week I’ll be posting like crazy and the next one I’ll be MIA but I do save up draft for those days that I have zero stuff to post and of course my blog tours and ARC reviews that I have to write otherwise I’ll totally forget about it.
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    • I use Evernote to help keep track of my draft posts and post ideas. It’s such a lifesaver! I’m always adding ideas to Evernote so I can write the post when I actually have time to write it. But I’m trying to get better at actually writing the post and formatting it to have it ready to schedule! I’ve fallen behind this month and I have no posts scheduled for next week.. oops. It’s so stressful falling behind like this!
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  7. I love scheduling my posts in advance! But I only manage to do a week or maybe two ahead. My recent bout of sickness has made me rethink this. I had no posts scheduled for this week and was too sick to even edit some of the posts in my drafts folder. I’m going to start shooting for scheduling a month in advance. 🙂
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    • Eek aw no! I hope you’re feeling better!

      I definitely have to have a months worth of posts available because I find my life get’s spontaneously insanely busy ALL THE TIME. If I didn’t have a months worth of posts scheduled in advance then I could easily slip into having no posts at all ready to be scheduled…
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