The key to that enjoyment is scheduling your posts in advance. So here we are, halfway between the start of the year and the start of the A to Z, and I find myself doing double blogging work, remembering to work through my plans for April, which are more or less on track, and then finding I haven’t written the post for tomorrow… or next Monday, as the case may be.
And in the time I have left I am publishing my Dad’s memoirs, White Water Landings. I seem to have been blogging about publishing that for over a year now. In the topsy-turvy world I live in, I’m going to do a cover reveal and release date next Monday (I’ve just decided that), which will put me under all sorts of pressure to get it out!
Meanwhile, back to scheduling posts. What I do is to draft a new post and put the right date on it whenever I think of a suitable topic, or have something to say on a certain date. The draft consists of the title and the date, with maybe some note to me in the body of the text. So that could be
- a blog hop or giveaway hop I have or want to sign up for
- a book review tour or key date for a specific review
- an event of some kind like the Read An E-book week, which I did a draft for on the day I noticed it would be here soon when making a coupon for another book on Smashwords.
- regular features like #Fi50, which occupy the third Wednesday of the month through to June – just the heading and the month’s prompt; Reading Challenge update, on the last Wednesday of the month
Having these things drafted and put for the right dates means I can see in my list of posts what needs to be done before then. Then I try to get them written and published for the scheduled date at least a week ahead. That means that if something goes wrong, the blog will have a week of posts until you notice! If I want to change the post for a certain day, I can either change the scheduled date, or set it back to draft, or delete it, depending on what I think of the content!
I find this particularly useful with book reviews, especially when I get ahead with my reading. Scheduling the Saturday review posts is a real motivator for finding time to read them!
If you aren’t sure how to schedule your posts on WordPress or Blogspot blogs, leave a comment below and I’ll talk you through. I didn’t learn until I did my first A to Z Challenge, and it’s been the best thing I ever learnt about blogging!
Now – I’ll just schedule that post for next Monday about my cover reveal, and then I’ll get to work on the cover.