The answer to the question is YES. You should definitely try to schedule as many posts as you can. It will really make your a whole lot easier. Building a reserve of posts is a good idea too. Now, you might say that scheduling posts ahead of time require too much effort. You have to plan ahead and everything… When I say schedule posts and build a reserve of them, it doesn’t mean you have to schedule three weeks in advance. Even one week is good. Write the posts as you go, but instead of publishing them right after you write them, publish them the next week. By scheduling posts and building a reserve, some of the stress you get because of blogging will disappear. And they aren’t that hard either.
Schedule a Post
This literally involves less than three steps. All you have to do is write a post then click on “Schedule” on the right, below “Labels”, pick a date and a time and you’re done. Note: Instructions are specific to Blogger.
Build a Reserve
This one is a bit harder. It not only involves scheduling posts in advance, it also involves writing enough posts to give you a cushion. Do it during the weekend. Do it during a blogging hiatus.
There are, however some drawbacks in scheduling posts ahead of time, especially if you have built a large, pre-scheduled reserve. One of those drawbacks is that it is kind of set in stone when those posts will be published, if you don’t like posting more than one post everyday. Like I mentioned before, scheduling posts ahead of time involves thinking ahead and planning what to post and when, which can also take some time.
But, it does have a lot of benefits. I can tell you right now, sitting at my desk and writing this post that scheduling posts will help you in the long run. I want to do other things and go to sleep, but instead I’m writing this post because I felt like I should post something
tomorrow today. Had I taken the time to build a reserve of posts and schedule them, I wouldn’t have this problem. That also means this post is kind of rushed and therefore not the best piece of writing that I’ve written… Which is another reason why scheduling posts is a good thing.
What do you think?
Do you schedule your posts?
Do you have a reserve?