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To Schedule or Not to Schedule

I have been blogging for almost 8 years. In this time, I have learnt a lot about blogging and my writing has grown and changed just as I have. One thing I have heard time and again, through professional bloggers and blogging conferences is the importance of scheduling blog posts.

Back when I started, I wrote about my life and whatever popped into my head based on my life or things I heard and read about. I wrote about things that outraged me or things that made me think. While I continue to do the same even now, I think a lot more in depth about what I write. I try to write more carefully with more meaning and more feeling. Back then, if I had an idea, I would churn out a post on the day, usually after work.

In the last two years, I have started scheduling posts but only once or twice a week. These are mainly for the purposes of link ups and so I might schedule my post the night before. I have scheduled posts for the April A to Z Challenge too. But that’s as far as I’ve gotten with scheduling. On the other hand, I know some bloggers who swear by editorial calendars and scheduling posts for the month ahead.

I can see the benefits of scheduling posts a month or so in advance. I loved the editorial calendar when I scheduled my A to Z posts. It means you have more time to engage with readers by replying to their  comments and visiting other blogs. It also means you are not staying up late at night trying to finish a post or writing something that’s a bit half-arsed in your lunch break at work.

On the other hand, I find myself wondering, for a blog like mine which relies on current issues sometimes, it makes no sense to schedule a month in advance. I could be feeling something completely different in a month’s time and it wouldn’t be relevant to the blog. More importantly, it wouldn’t be me at the time and therefore, it wouldn’t be genuine.

So while I can see the convenience of scheduling, I think personally, I am going to continue to stick to scheduling maximum two days in advance unless it’s for the A to Z challenge and based on a theme. Sure, it might mean half-asleep posts or none at all, but at least I’ll feel that it’s true to me.

Are you someone who schedules your posts? If so, how far in advance do you schedule posts?

Or do you just prefer to blog on the day?

Do share!

***Linking with Jess for IBOT***

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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  • Ashleigh Mills - My Meow
    September 22, 2015 at 6:39 am

    I have an editorial plan where I know what type of posts I want to write ….. But the content isn’t sorted. That way I can be creative but I know what I am going to write. I think it’s hard with a personal blog to plan that far in advance!
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  • Ashleigh Mills - My Meow
    September 22, 2015 at 6:39 am

    I have an editorial plan where I know what type of posts I want to write ….. But the content isn’t sorted. That way I can be creative but I know what I am going to write. I think it’s hard with a personal blog to plan that far in advance!
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  • Carol Graham
    September 22, 2015 at 7:55 am

    Instead of scheduling I merely draft the post and then can always change my thoughts or whatever before it goes live. Bottom line – it is nice to be organized and it sounds like you are.
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  • Carol Graham
    September 22, 2015 at 7:55 am

    Instead of scheduling I merely draft the post and then can always change my thoughts or whatever before it goes live. Bottom line – it is nice to be organized and it sounds like you are.
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  • Zita
    September 22, 2015 at 8:16 am

    I don’t have an editorial plan and not sure my blog even needs one at this point. I’m like you and do a bit of both but if I’m honest I’d say is love to schedule more post but it’s my lack of time management and organisational skills at the moment that hold me back… And I’m not even currently working so I can’t use that as an excuse!
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  • Zita
    September 22, 2015 at 8:16 am

    I don’t have an editorial plan and not sure my blog even needs one at this point. I’m like you and do a bit of both but if I’m honest I’d say is love to schedule more post but it’s my lack of time management and organisational skills at the moment that hold me back… And I’m not even currently working so I can’t use that as an excuse!
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  • Clare @ Clare J Lucy
    September 22, 2015 at 10:03 am

    Well, a newbie blogger here so I’m still experimenting, but…with a toddler running around I need to have some kind of schedule otherwise nothing gets done. So I’ve made the commitment of blogging once a week, and I schedule those posts out so that I know I’m hitting that minimum. Then if something really fires me up in between, I have the freedom to do an impromptu post.

    Probably my bigger challenge is social media and getting that sorted out!

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  • Clare @ Clare J Lucy
    September 22, 2015 at 10:03 am

    Well, a newbie blogger here so I’m still experimenting, but…with a toddler running around I need to have some kind of schedule otherwise nothing gets done. So I’ve made the commitment of blogging once a week, and I schedule those posts out so that I know I’m hitting that minimum. Then if something really fires me up in between, I have the freedom to do an impromptu post.

    Probably my bigger challenge is social media and getting that sorted out!

    Clare
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  • Shailaja
    September 22, 2015 at 11:48 am

    You’re just reading my mind that it’s kind of creepy 😉

    I had this entire yearly calendar scheduled on my blog posts based on the topics I would cover all year long. But soon after that I landed a job , started working on my book and my personal blogging just went out the window! So now I fall back on what I do best- write short posts when I feel like it and perhaps one long post once a week since that gives me time to put my thoughts down in complete detail. You should work with what you feel most comfy with. Anything else is pressure 🙂
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  • Shailaja
    September 22, 2015 at 11:48 am

    You’re just reading my mind that it’s kind of creepy 😉

    I had this entire yearly calendar scheduled on my blog posts based on the topics I would cover all year long. But soon after that I landed a job , started working on my book and my personal blogging just went out the window! So now I fall back on what I do best- write short posts when I feel like it and perhaps one long post once a week since that gives me time to put my thoughts down in complete detail. You should work with what you feel most comfy with. Anything else is pressure 🙂
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  • Deborah
    September 22, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    I used to schedule book reviews. Once upon a time most of the books I got were electronic and not being published for months. I’d need to upload my review onto the ebook preview site as soon as I’d finished it but the publisher doesn’t usually want reviews published until a week or two before the book’s out. So I used to schedule quite a lot of my book reviews, so I’d have them done and they’d be ready to go.

    I’m less organised now but would prefer to have a post or two up my sleeve each week!
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  • Deborah
    September 22, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    I used to schedule book reviews. Once upon a time most of the books I got were electronic and not being published for months. I’d need to upload my review onto the ebook preview site as soon as I’d finished it but the publisher doesn’t usually want reviews published until a week or two before the book’s out. So I used to schedule quite a lot of my book reviews, so I’d have them done and they’d be ready to go.

    I’m less organised now but would prefer to have a post or two up my sleeve each week!
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  • Nibha
    September 22, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    For me, I never did that. Even not for AtoZ (Except a handful of starting ones)! Always write them on the go and publish them at ease! 🙂
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  • pracz
    September 22, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    I am a newbie to blog world…so cant schedule and I post as and when it pops in mind, sometimes for days its in drafts for editing….but yes scheduling is a good option.
    But then i feel when we are writing as writers and bloggers there has to be no dead line, its our creative ideas that we express, so let them flow with the wind….
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  • Nabanita
    September 22, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    Oh I don’t schedule posts at all…Sometimes maybe but usually it’s on that day or a day or two before … I agree when you say scheduling too much ahead, I might end up publishing something about which my views would have changed…
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  • Toni @ Finding Myself Young
    September 22, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    I feel the same way. I love the idea of having everything scheduled in advance so I don’t need to worry about it, but the majority of my posts are very personal and need to be shared when I write them or they just wont be relevant anymore. I only really schedule my review posts and my photography challenge posts with all my other posts being written on a whim. It means I’m still up late a lot writing posts, but they’re a lot more meaningful. I think scheduling works a lot better for niche bloggers {and not personal bloggers}. Visiting today as part of #teamIBOT.
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  • Beat About the Book
    September 22, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    Scheduling doesn’t work for me either. For similar reasons. I like the spontaneity of what I write. It has to be something i’m feeling now. Also, I ‘m just not organised enough.
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  • Sulekha
    September 22, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    I didn’t schedule my posts during A to Z challenge too 🙂 I blog on the fly, spontaneous but nerve-wracking but so satisfying.

  • Pinky Poinker
    September 23, 2015 at 8:53 am

    I’m like you and just write whatever strikes me on the day. The only change I’ve made in the (almost) three years I’ve been blogging is not to blog every day. If I don’t feel inspired I don’t force it anymore. I wouldn’t know where to start scheduling really!
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  • Vanessa
    September 23, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    I think of scheduling in two ways: one, writing the content and scheduling it; two, scheduling other parts of my life (eg bulk cooking and freezing meals for lunch) so that I can write and publish one a more day-to-day basis.
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  • stephanie@stephsjoy
    September 23, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    I have posts that I schedule and ones that are more spontaneous. I reckon you do what works best for you.

  • Rajlakshmi
    September 24, 2015 at 11:30 am

    I admire how some bloggers can be so disciplined about scheduling posts… it’s something I have failed at miserably. So I just jot down ideas or topic names in notepad or todo list in phone and then later on elaborate. I love how your writing strikes a chord with me… and I am sure with many other readers.
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  • Aditi
    September 24, 2015 at 11:33 am

    I never could schedule, not even during A to Z! I think, I’m the least organized person ever! :-/
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  • Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages
    September 24, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    I try to have ideas penciled in for the coming month and try to write in bulk for the week ahead. Emphasis on the try.
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