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Planning and Scheduling Blog Posts

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So, the week before last I took a vacation. Actually, it was a staycation. A much needed break. Not only did our family need some time to chill--I really needed some time away from the techno world. So, I unplugged. At least, moreso than I usually do.

But I still had a few blog posts pop up through the week. And this is where my Works For Me Wednesday tip comes in.

Planning and scheduling blog posts ahead of time.

Truly, I would never survive as a blogger if every day I had to sit down and come up with something new to write about. I just couldn't do it! So, here's what I do:

1. Anytime I get an idea for a blog post, I jot it down in my planner.

2. I keep a rough schedule for my blog posts at least a couple of months ahead of time.

3. When I have a spare moment, I write a rough outline for a blog post.

4. I gather all of my pictures a week at a time.

5. I usually have a theme for each day (Monday is my series post, Wednesday is WFMW, etc.).

6. Just about every Saturday, I write almost all of the blog posts for the coming week.

7. I schedule my posts in Blogger so that they post without me.


This saves me so much time, energy and frustration! This might not work for everyone, but it totally and completely works for me!

Anybody else out there a pre-poster? Got any other tips to share for efficient blogging?


Melissa said...

I tried scheduling some of my posts for this week. I find that I'm still at the computer, though, because I'm moderating comments, linking to memes, visiting other blogs, and answering email. I do find that a list of ideas helps on those days when I'm busy or uninspired!

Erin said...

I am a big fan of scheduling blog posts! I was so excited when I discovered how. When I get a good run of 4-5 posts in a week, its only because I've scheduled them ;-)

Jenny said...

I usually just do a new post each day, but recently I started writing scheduled posts. I have the rest of this week and next week's finished.

The Animator's Wife said...

Totally agree, organized blogging is the only way to go without this becoming a total time-drain. Thanks for the ideas, especially the staycation one!

Mandy said...

thanks so much for posting this, we just found out #4 is on the way, and my posting schedule goes out the door when I am pregnant, or have a new baby. This was really helpful. Thank you!

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