Sunday Coffee – On Pre-scheduling

IMG_1721Back when I first started blogging, I would draft posts whenever they came to me, and publish them whenever I finished drafting. It didn’t matter if it was morning or evening, if I’d already posted that day, or if I hadn’t posted for weeks. As my awareness increased and my focus narrowed, this changed. I began drafting posts and scheduling them. I spaced them out so that there weren’t too many days in a row with posts, and made sure to alternate reviews and other kinds of posts. I chose to schedule for the mornings, which seemed the best time to reach my audience.

I think there are pros and cons to both of these methods, and I’m not here to advocate one or the other. For me, pre-scheduling quickly got out of control. Back then, I was reading so quickly that I had weeks of reviews lined up. By the time I posted about a book, I was no longer as excited as when I’d read it and drafted the review. Having a few days or even a week pre-scheduled was okay, but having months ahead lined up made me feel anxious and boxed in. It left no wiggle-room for meandering, spur-of-the-moment posts. And I like rambling!!

When I disappeared from the blog world and created my private book journal, I returned to my original way of posting. When I finished a book, I immediately posted a review – any time of day, with reviews coming as seldom or often as the books themselves. If I took a few days to review, I’d at least make a draft to coordinate with the date/time of finishing the book. That way, there was no delay between when I read something and when it was dated on the blog.

On reopening The Zen Leaf, my intentions were to find a comfortable middle ground. I could pre-schedule date-specific posts like Top Ten Tuesday. I’d pre-draft reviews and schedule them for the next available morning. On Sundays, I’d have a leisurely cup of coffee and write whatever came to mind. This worked well – until the move. Knowing I’d have little computer time in June/July, I pre-scheduled tons of posts, including Sunday Coffee posts. My reading levels doubled, as they often do in the summer, until mid-August, when I was startled by the realization that I’d fallen into some really bad habits again. I felt constrained by several weeks of pre-scheduled posts.

Time to dial it back a bit. Time to return to a more leisurely kind of blogging that doesn’t involve several dozen drafts lined up (maybe just a few!). Time to share my excitement about books while I’m still excited, and time to write about other stuff when that stuff occurs to me. Time to remember to give myself breathing room. Time to find balance between posting willy-nilly and boxing myself into a pre-scheduled timetable. Time to live in the moment, rather than the future.

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8 Responses to Sunday Coffee – On Pre-scheduling

  1. Shaina says:

    I try to post three times per week (usually every other day), and I’ve found that pre-scheduling can really help keep the flow going, especially during my slower reading weeks or less creative/thoughtful periods. Though I’ve never managed to get more than a week and a half or so ahead, I know what you mean about seeing all those scheduled posts lined up and wishing you could just post something you’re excited about right NOW. Balance really is key here!

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    • Amanda says:

      Balance is very much key. I don’t mind scheduling out things like Top Ten Tuesday posts. It helps me to think about those ahead of time. But yeah, I kinda want to do more go-with-the-flow posting!

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  2. Megan says:

    If I can get just a week pre-scheduled, I’m pretty excited. I can’t imagine having the problem of having a few week’s worth of posts lined up, but I can guess that it would be a little claustrophobic. On one hand, I feel like I’m always a post away from “dead air” but on the other, it’s nice to write posts as they come to me, when I’m feeling more inspired. Hope you hit a rhythm you like soon! 🙂

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  3. Michelle says:

    I am one who loves to pre-schedule. It works best for me. At one point in time, I had a month’s worth of posts scheduled. It was awesome! The problem is that I don’t have anything pre-scheduled and cannot seem to find the energy or time to write enough to get ahead. I miss having all of that prepared in advance. It made blogging more fun for me, but I can see how it might work for others. I hope you find that happy medium soon!

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    • Amanda says:

      I know people who love having months of stuff pre-scheduled, and that’s totally cool. I just can’t do it. It takes the fun out of blogging for me. I like that feeling of interacting-now, I suppose.

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  4. Lindsey says:

    Oh yeah, I’m a pre-scheduler too. I tend to read two books a week and blog three times a week. That quickly leads to reviews scheduled for several weeks ahead of time (note I said scheduled and not written…whoops). I’m trying to leave space for spur of the moment stuff too and I’m trying to think of lots of non-review stuff to include.

    I’m glad you figured out which kind of blogging works best for you!

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    • Amanda says:

      Yeah, I try not to be too picky about the number of posts per week these days, too. Sometimes more, sometimes fewer. This week I have something six days in a row! But then after that I have nothing lined up at all, which is kinda nice. 😀

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