Sunday, May 15, 2011

More on the search for blog/life balance - do you schedule posts?

My blog and I are off on a slight tangent at the moment. As you would have guessed if you read my last post The Unbalanced Mummy Blogger I've been thinking a lot about the way I go about blogging, how it eats up such a lot of my time and how I can be more balanced about my approach to it.  I loved all the feedback and comments from yesterday.  Thank-you so much for sharing your own ways of balancing life with blogging.  If you to are interested in life/blog balance Louisa from Everything is Edible and Kym from A Day In the Life of Us have also written great posts on the subject.   So today I'm hoping I won't be stretching the friendship if I ask one more question.

(Thanks google images - you make it easier since I lost all my blog pics on my RIP laptop)

Do you schedule posts regularly?  I've struggled with this as my writing style is very much that I write what I am feeling right now and I'm not sure how that would translate to planned writing.  I don't pretend to be a 'writer' of any type and I have no formal training greater than high school English (and years of writing work reports, but I'm a social welfare worker so not so creative more informative.)   I'm just a gal who is good with words and loves to write about what is going on around her.  To be honest the thought of pre-writing and scheduling is a little scary (it's okay I scare easily) but it seems it may well be the best way to create the blog/life balance I want/desire/need and enable me to keep doing what I love.  And that has to be a good thing - right?

Do you pre-write and schedule posts?  Does doing it make a difference for you?  Is there a special secret that makes sheduling work for you?

Caz

19 comments:

  1. I have very occassionally scheduled posts - like when I was on camp, and sometimes my friday night post if I've already chosen the photo I want to use. But mostly, because on the nature of my blog, I write everyday. But I can certainly see the advantage to writing a block of posts then scheduling them to just appear throughout the week...that would be bliss sometimes!!
    xxxCate

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  2. Thanks Cate - so sorry if you coped a heap of typos - accidently pressed publish!!Still hadn't had time to iron out the dyslexic slip ups :)

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  3. I do schedule, yes.

    Becasue I generally post at 6am ish, I like that to be as consistant as possible. But often I don't have the time or inpsiration at 5am. Most times I do, but others, not.

    I have a havit of writing, like you, when I am inspired a post to write. Then I schedule that post for a day that I need a post.

    So not so much pre-writing and scheduling but more of writing then postponing the publish...

    When I have been away I have scheduled a whole 2 weeks worth of posts - but they were all image posts only...

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  4. I have been doing this more of late and it's been really good - sometimes I pre-write and schedule (more for MBB than everything is edible), sometimes I write and save it in draft til I feel like posting it. Mostly I make a list of things I want to write about and so when time is limited I have something I can turn to for inspiration, posts I already have in my mind and it heps me get the words out and sometimes something else pops into my mind to write about and because I'm in the groove the words just come... I am finding that because I have so many things on at the moment if I haven't made a note of what I am going to blog about then I will go days not writing because I just can't get my mind to switch over to that writing place that's for me. Does that make sense?

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  5. I mentioned scheduled posts to Mr SJW just minutes ago Caz! I don't and never have, but am considering it. I like to post in the mornings first thing before anyone is up but I'm getting lazy now that it's so cold and choosing to stay in bed a bit longer! Squeezing in a blog post is getting a bit frustrating so I'm toying with the idea of scheduling but, like you, I like to write what's current so it's a tricky one! gxo

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  6. I don't schedule anything..what ever is in my head/heart at the time just pours itself out on the blog! It only takes a short time..but then I don't tend to have very long posts..or on specific topics so I am probably not the kind of person you need to hear from here!

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  7. I do schedule posts if I have a few that I've wanted to write and a day that allows for it. Rather than hitting publish on all of them right then and there, I keep them for times when I don't have much to say. Some posts I won't ever publish I guess but others I go back and play with and then post later.:D

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  8. I don't schedule. I post when I can - bearing in mind kids and other commitments - and also when inspired. I would post every day if I could, but just don't have the time. So I tend to post whatever is trying to leap out at me when I have the chance. If I could make money from blogging (and I hope one day I might) I would definitely schedule, as it would be part of my job.

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  9. I love scheduling posts, especially for things like wordless wednesdays/link roundups and sharing etc. I also have a lot of american/european readers through online classes I've taken, so schedule posts for afternoon/evening our time to be morning/afternoon for them.

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  10. I'm another non-scheduler. My blog is about keeping track of things when they happen, so if nothing noteworthy happens, there's no need for me to post. Sometimes my posts will be very short, and othertimes they are quite long an involved. All depends on how I'm feeling. :)

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  11. Lovely question Caz, I have wondered the same. I don't do scheduled posts but I sometimes write up my guest released homes and place them in my draft box ready to post. I would love to be able to write scheduled posts but struggle to write a block of posts in one night and I have to wait for the release of each home..this makes it hard to schedule posts.

    Love all the comments and different ways of blogging Caz, great topic.

    p.s - I love your writing.

    Kellie...x

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  12. I schedule very occasionally... And sometimes in Blogger it doesn't work, so you always have to check has it actually happened or not. If I have more than one post sitting in my draft folders (which is rare) I prefer to wait and publish it manually when the time comes. I am on the computer every night anyway.

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  13. I write what I'm feeling now, then schedule the post - for example, I've just written a post and it will be published at lunchtime tomorrow. There are times when I reschedule posts, one about depression & medication was rescheduled 3 times as I had more topical posts to publish. This way I also have at least a post a week, instead of 3 in one day and none for 2 weeks! I hope this helps.

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  14. Thank you for these two posts. I am new to blogging but can already see how much time I am sitting here with my laptop and not wanting to do anything else. I was starting to ask myself the same questions so it's great to read everyone's perspectives.
    Thanks
    Jane
    http://thisisnoordinarykid.blogspot.com/

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  15. I find it really hard to schedule anything as my time is rarely free enough (little people's demands being the main reason). So I always carry a notebook around with me and whenever an idea comes to me (for blog, diary, article or website) I write furiously where veer I am and then when I get the chance once kiddies are in bed I write up the blog. Since number three was born though I let go of the pressure and accepted I might only get one blog done a week. As things are getting easier with her now, I'm finding more enthusiasm for writing more. But the notebook helps - I still write when the mood takes but publish when I have the peace and time.

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  16. I do wish that I schedule post on a regular basis, and sometime I am on a role of ding that...but like everybody else..things happen in life...and other priorities take over..and I have to deal with those issues first..Yes I agree that you have to be in the right frame of mind to write. My part as my blog is a business blog as well as a personal blog, I can schedule things that I know I am going to promote like for example, I offer a special with free shipping every Thursday different states each week which I randomly draw...or about articles about my products...but other like reviews or any random posts that I would like to write about they seem to fall into place when I an find the time...Good luck with your journey:)

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  17. Thank-you all so very much for sharing with me how you handle this blogging balance stuff. It's been really helpful for me to hear - as well as very interesting. It really is an ongoing journey and we're all learning every day. Look forward to continuing to share the journey with you all :) Cazxx

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  18. Really thought provoking Caz. I never used to be a scheduler but now I'm tending to lean that way. I'm reading an ebook 'Simple Blogging' by Rachel Meeks at the moment and it's got me more into scheduling as well as writing at times that impact less on my family time. It's a real relief when you don't have time to put a decent post together to already have a few up your sleeve ready to go.

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  19. I schedule my posts sometimes but I write on a word doc. I only write when I have something to say so it doesn't feel like work. I write for a living but blogging is for fun so I do it when I want to.

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