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Pros and Cons of Scheduling a Blog Way Ahead

Hello, Creative Writers! Today is August 27th, 2019. Or… is it? Well, it is when I’m writing this blog 😝

I love to do my blog posts way ahead of time, usually weeks or months in advance. I do batching, which means I write several in a day, then schedule out. Today, I’m going to share with you the…

Pros and Cons of Scheduling
a Blog Way Ahead

Pro #1: Full Focus on Writing

It’s hard to focus on your WIP when you have a blog deadline coming up. It feels like someone creeping up on you, breathing down your neck 😵 But if you schedule your blogs ahead of time, you can rest easy knowing the deadline is weeks away.

Con #1: You Still Have to Batch

However, at some point you’re going to have to top-off your blog. I still need to take time to brainstorm blog topics, then take more time to write several of them. But even so, I still find batching easier than a creeping deadline.

Pro #2: No Worrying About Big Gaps

When I schedule my blogs ahead of time, I don’t have to worry that I’ll be missing from my blog for weeks at a time. You know, when writer’s block hits, it can take a while. But by scheduling, I can be sure to blog weekly or biweekly.

Con #2: You Won’t Be Talking About What’s Trending

I’m an old lady that doesn’t have social media, so this isn’t a huge problem for me. But if your blog involves current events, or if you like to keep up with what’s trending, scheduling ahead will have you missing all those hot-for-15-minutes stories.

Pro #3: You’ll Be Covered During an Emergency

Life can be unexpected. If you fall ill, if you have to take care of someone else that falls ill, if you’re giving birth, or if you’re going through grieving, it can be hard to even care about a blog. If you schedule ahead of time, your blog will still be going– and you can take some healing time of your own.

Con #3: If Someone Beats You to the Topic, It’s Awkward

Sometimes I read a blog and, to my horror, I realize that I have a scheduled post about the same thing in a week. It’s like showing up to a party with the exact same dress.

If you’re friends with the blogger, it can be like a fun little thing. If you’re acquaintances, it can be a little awkward. If you don’t really know each other… well, one of us is going to have to change! 😠


What about you? Do you schedule ahead
or are you a last-minute blogger?
Let us know in the comments!


Take care and blog on,


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24 thoughts on “Pros and Cons of Scheduling a Blog Way Ahead

  1. Most of my posts are done in advance of 3 days to 2 weeks and then manually published but when I have an idea, I sometimes make a rough draft which can then sit for months. On the other hand, such posts are something I can wrap up when there’s nothing fresh on my mind.
    I use scheduling pretty much only when I know I won’t be at home the day I post to mask that fact.

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      1. Yes. One type of drafted posts are ideas I failed to evolve into a full post yet and waiting for a poke of inspiration to finish them. Another are those I am unsure about in one way or another or just can’t seem to make them fit at that point. And the last type of posts drafted ahead are mini-series on some theme (such as my ‘seasonal inspiration’ and ‘death in writing’ series that I’ve wrote at once and then released later, after a few checks, in set intervals).

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  2. I can’t do them in advance for some reason! I meditate/mull over a couple of days ahead of when I usually sit down to write one, then get it done there and then, followed swiftly by posting it. It’s like it has a life of its own and as soon as its written it wants to be shared. Odd really, as I would consider myself a planner, but maybe not for blog posts!

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  3. Good points, Yari! What I do is sort of in the middle between scheduling way in advance vs. not scheduling at all–I write at least one rough draft per week, and every week, I pick which rough draft to edit, polish, and publish for the week. 🙂

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  4. Hi Yari. I enjoyed this blog. It’s always fascinating how different personalities work. As you mentioned in the final paragraph, I am generally a “last-minute” blogger. This goes back to my sportswriting days when I had to cover an event and had to have a full story, from scratch, written within 90 minutes. I suppose one has to be born with both the ability and personality to work under such pressure, but I thrived on it.

    I still write my blogs like this. I get an idea, research what I have to, jot down a few notes, then pound out the first draft as fast as I can. (I slow way down for the rewrites.) I know others, however, who take a week to write their posts.

    Have a great 2020, Yari!

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  5. Lol I’ve had the last one happen a few times. I usually reschedule it for a month or two and if possible include a link to the other bloggers post for “more on the subject”.

    I find that takes away some of my awkwardness.

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