I love to schedule my posts ahead of time. I love knowing that my post are ready to go up and I don’t have to worry about it. On a good day, I have the entire month scheduled and I’m working on posts weeks ahead. I got started scheduling FAR into the future during the Blog Ahead. It really helped me create a habit that I have stuck with. I love the illusion of freedom that being scheduled makes me feel. Like I don’t have to worry about the blog because it takes care of itself (even though we all know that’s not true.
However, lately, I’ve noticed that there are real negatives toÂ this habit. It’s not all roses and I get annoyed with myself about it.
The first negative is an inability to be spontaneous. Sometimes things come up in the blogging community. A big event happens or some drama. Something that EVERYONE has an opinion about. Unfortunately, these community kerfuffles happen with some regularity. When I’m scheduled so far ahead, I don’t have the free space to just whip up an opinion post about it. There have been times this year that I was envious of people who said on twitter, I’m upset about something, I’m going to write a post and then they did! These people had a post about what was upsetting them up in an hour, not a week. This is something I’ve never done.
Another big negative is about having to reschedule and post shuffle ALL. THE. TIME. Even if I’m scheduled a month ahead it always seems like there is something that I forgot I needed to post and I have to shoehorn it into the existing schedule. I’m always shuffling my posts around and rescheduling what is posted when. It’s such a pain in the butt because I have certain things that have to be posted certain days, so I can’t move those. Then I have to adjust all my prescheduled posts both in wordpress and all of the corresponding promos for the posts. It seems like I am forever rescheduling everything. If I didn’t write stuff so far ahead, I wouldn’t have this problem.
Just like everything in life, it’s a trade off. Which do you choose? Are you scheduled months out just for the convenience that it affords you? Are you a fly by the seat of your pants kind of blogger who is always open to talk about anything that may arise? Are you some combination of the two options? I want to know! Maybe your way is better than mine.