Blogging Tips: Why you should plan your blog posts ahead of time

Happy Monday everyone! Was it a crazy weekend for you too? Where does the time go?! Today’s blog post is focusing on scheduling posts for your blog. Scheduling posts ahead of time can be a really useful way to keep your blog organized. I find it much easier to keep my blog from becoming a chaotic mess by having at least some plan of action. The very ironic part about this post is that I roughly “scheduled” it on my calendar a month ago but I just got to it last night. Life is busy, and my best intentions still get away. It was still nice to log in and see what I decided on ahead of time to write for tomorrow. Half the battle for me is coming up with content. Scheduling ahead of time has helped me to keep my blog from getting way too unorganized and difficult to keep up with.

Below are some reasons it is good to schedule posts ahead of time:

  • You can focus on making posts high quality. For example, if you want to post a certain recipe in a month you can start preparing by spending a day making the recipe and taking great photographs and not feeling rushed to have it published tomorrow. 
  • You have a rough calendar of blog posts but can always squeeze a new one in or push one back. I love having a list of dates and topics to look at so that at any time I can work on a post without feeling like I have to come up with content ideas. 
  • Consistent and regular content makes readers happy. 
  • Planning link-ups, giveaways, guest posts, reviews, and sponsor highlights ahead of time is much easier. 
  • If you get an opportunity to go on a last minute vacation or get sick you don’t have to pull an all-nighter writing. You’ve got content ready to go! 
  • Less stress and peace of mind knowing you have several posts written ahead of time. 
  • You can focus on some other projects or spend your alloted blogging time during the day tweeting, promoting other bloggers, or making new blogging friends. 

Here are some practical ways to get in the habit of scheduling posts:

  • Decide how many posts you want per week. 
  • Decide on your content (example: Monday- recipe, Tuesday- personal post, Wednesday- linkup, etc). 
  • Write rough drafts for your posts to get momentum going. 
  • Get out a calendar and write down a topic for each day. Then go back and fill in more details. For example: January 15th: Recipe… Grilled Chicken Panini. 
  • Hire a babysitter or plan a day at Starbucks to write several posts in one setting. 
  • Keep a journal or app in your phone to store blog post ideas when they come to you. Then schedule those ideas on your calendar. 
  • Take advantage of those “creative days” and write more posts when you have lots of energy. Then on days when you are experiencing writers block you can skip and it won’t matter. 
  • I have had my blog scheduled up to a month in advance. Those months are glorious. They do not happen all the time, but I shoot to at least know what my content will be for the next week. 
  • Try and do a couple of the same types of posts on a weekly basis. Doing a weekly link-up, for example, helps you to have one post a week figured out in advance! 
Are you wondering exactly how to schedule a post ahead of time? Here is a brief and easy tutorial (for Blogger):
Under post settings click on “schedule”. Select “date and time” instead of “automatic”. Once you select the correct date and time, click “publish”. Your post won’t publish until the date you scheduled so you can go back and edit if you wish.
I hope you all have a happy, healthy, and productive week! 

Comments

  1. Amanda Z. says

    Great tips!! I enjoy blogging even more when I have a schedule. I hate wanting to blog and trying to come up with content last minute!

  2. astrollthrulife says

    Oh I so agree, I have mine scheduled out about a month in advance also, it saves me so much time. Hugs, Marty

  3. Katie says

    I schedule sometimes, but lately, I’ve found it difficult to come up with content to schedule…Maybe I’ll work harder to make it work for me.

  4. says

    LOVE this!!! I’m a big fan of planning ahead and lately I’ve been trying to schedule at least a week in advance as well. Or when I have a REALLY good blog post idea that I want to post, I will sit down and write it then and get it scheduled because a lot of times I’ll write the idea and then when I go to actually put the post together, it’s not as awesome as I originally imagined it. 😛

  5. Tiffany Cutcliff says

    Hi Amanda. That is what it is all about in the end- enjoying blogging and it not becoming a chore! thank you for your comment. 🙂

  6. Tiffany Cutcliff says

    Hi Kyom! So true. The posts I throw together last minute can tend to have some grammatical issues or sentences that don’t flow. Thank you for your comment!

  7. Chloe says

    I agree, scheduling posts is so important!! Helps so much with making better content. I’m much less stressed when I’m thinking “What should I write about for next week?” Rather than “What am I going to write about for tomorrow?!”

  8. says

    Pre-scheduling my posts is a life saver! I don’t know where I would be without it some weeks. You named a lot of really great reasons to use it!!

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