To put it simply, I schedule all my blog posts because I work full time, have a long commute and don’t have the time to sit down and write a post every day. Or, if I did make the time, it would be by sacrificing something I care deeply about, such as sleep. And that’s just not going to happen! So that’s the short reason I schedule all my posts.
Why I Schedule All My Posts
The longer reason I schedule all my posts is more complex:
I find it hard to write at home. I need a strange combination of distractions and quiet to write – and when I’m at home I would rather be kicking the ball for my dog or hanging out with my husband. You know, having a life.
I get blog post ideas ALL the time. I keep a notepad on me at all times to scribble down post ideas. If it’s a persistent idea, I pull out my phone, type away and then email it to myself. The post then generally goes into wordpress as a draft for finishing and polishing.
If I’m bulk writing posts, I used to use Evernote. This is mostly for the distraction free nature of it – if I’m writing in WordPress I will get distracted by updates, comments and site maintenance, let alone that I will be looking for a photo to include in the post, be optimising it, uploading it…you get the drift. These days I do less bulk blog writing – partially because my “pending” area in WordPress is full of blog posts to edit from when Bloggers and Bacon was its own blog!
What I’ve taken to doing is spending a night away from home every now and then. I book myself into a hotel with comfy beds, a good desk and most importantly, free wifi. It gives me a mental break from home, space to write, and content for my travel blog. Actually, I’m well overdue for one of these trips now…
How do you manage your blog and life? Do you schedule posts?