10 reasons to blog ahead

June 20, 2012

Posted by in indie biz

reasons to blog ahead

admittedly, this is something i didn’t do for a very long time. after i recently bit the bullet and started writing posts ahead of time however, i can’t believe i waited so long! since it took me forever (we’re talking nearly 3 years here), i thought you might like to know why i made the switch, and if you’re a blogger, why you should to.

first let’s talk about why i did not plan my posts ahead of time. you see, i fell in love with this idea of spontaneity early on. i liked having the flexibility and empowerment of just blogging about something as soon as it caught my eye. i thought, but what if i wake up to an amazing product in my inbox? or what if inspiration strikes and i can’t wait to share it? so that my friends, is why i subscribed myself to never blogging ahead of time.

fast forward 3 years of what i would consider some stressful writing, frenzied posts and the occasional emergency run to the nearest coffee shop with internet and you’ll fine me here. happily posting ahead of time. and here’s why!

10 reasons to blog ahead (1) wake up feeling ahead of the game. especially when different time zones are considered, it’s a wonderful feeling to wake up and know that your posts have already been read, sometimes all around the world.

 

10 reasons to blog ahead (2) create better content. when you plan ahead you will naturally have more time to put sincere thought and effort into your posts and plan them perfectly.

 

10 reasons to blog ahead (3) freak out LESS! woke up to an internet outage? have no fear, your posts are already scheduled and making their way around the world www.

 

10 reasons to blog ahead (4) stay ahead, even when you’re on vacation. blogging while on the road use to be one of my biggest stressors, especially when internet service was in question. since i’ve started planning ahead, i’ve never had more fun while on the road!

 

10 reasons to blog ahead (5) share better projects, photos and recipes. when you’re working ahead of time, you’ll be able to plan more projects, and most importantly have plenty of time to take great photos (in the daylight!) and edit them to your liking.

 

10 reasons to blog ahead (6) have more time to connect. with your readers, your family and your dog (or kitty!).

 

10 reasons to blog ahead (7) better engage your audience. as you plan ahead you’ll find that you have more time to think about how you want to share your content across social media sites and with your readers.

 

10 reasons to blog ahead (8) press snooze. not all the time, but sometimes.

 

10 reasons to blog ahead (9) be spontaneous. yup, you can still be spontaneous! if you come across something that just can’t wait, just rearrange your scheduled posts or add a new post for the day- your readers will thank you!

 

10 reasons to blog ahead (10) be more flexible. want to go for a run? have coffee with your hubbie? have a little extra quite time? all of it is possible when your posts are schedule and ready to go.

so in a nutshell, that is why i made the switch and why it has totally rocked my world and actually increased my time to be creative. can i get a woot woot?!

do you blog ahead? why or why not? i’ll meet you in the comments section!

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  • great tips! how early do you blog ahead? like a week? what would your typical schedule look like? i’m tryin to work up a system, but i can’t seem to stick to one.

  • Yes! All great reasons, this is something I’m trying to work on now! But at the current moment I’ve got so much I want to blog about, and no time to put the posts together! I really need to set aside one afternoon just to go blog crazy and get it all out and scheduled!

    xo Kayla

  • Interesting! I may just have to incorporate this into my own blog! I was wondering how, no matter how early I wake up, you always have two posts in my feed! ;) haha!

  • @madisconcary: good question! usually i’ll do my posts on monday and tuesday for the whole week, then take notes the rest of the week on ideas for the following week (make sense?). i use teaudeaux which really helps!

  • hey kayla! can’t inspiration be overwhelming sometimes? :) i use teaudeaux to keep track of all my post ideas, and it seems to make things easier having them all in one place, rather than all in my head!

  • anna, sneaky sneaky i am! ;)

  • thank you kindly! :-) i will check it out! have a great day!

  • GREAT tips! I have been able to get ahead a few times in my posts, and always feel better when I do. I need to bite the bullet as well, and just make it a habit! Keep up the awesome work!

  • I need to start this! All too often, nighttime rolls around and I haven’t even started a post yet. Also – sometimes I am just in the mood to write, you know? I should embrace those moods and put together multiple posts.

  • I am a new blogger so it is just “for fun” for me…but I also teach middle school and I HAVE to plan ahead (at least two weeks at a time), to stay sane. I try to do the same with my little baby blog. You are right it makes life much less stressful:)

  • Oh I want to do this!! I always have good intentions, but it doesn’t happen as often as I’d like. I will get there, just haven’t gotten good about it yet.

  • yikes but i blog daily so can’t really plan ahead :(

  • Those are all good suggestions/reasons for blogging early. I have done that a couple of times but this past month has been a little crazy and I haven’t been able to focus on blogging much. I do love the feeling of posts all ready to go and if something else needs to be said that, day… well then I have 2 posts!

  • dervla, sure you can! i blog twice a day every day and that’s why planning ahead is so wonderful. i encourage you to try it!

  • melodee, well your baby blog is beautiful!

  • courtney, isn’t that the best! i love sitting down when i’m ultra inspired to write. then it seems i never have to write when i’m one of those ‘ugh, i have to do this’ moods..

  • meagan, i was hesitant to get in the habit as well, but as soon as you do just one extra post, then you’ll be one post ahead!

  • Ah, thanks for a great post Bonnie. I’m doing my nest to stay ahead and right all my posts for the week on a Sunday, so I have more time in the week, although I must admit I do love a bit of self-sabotage and find myself procrastinating with other stuff. However today I have written 4/6 posts for the week – woot!! Thanks again!

  • This is a great post and something I’ve recently started doing in the last year! I’m a paper girl so I print out a monthly calendar (one month per sheet) and then schedule out what post will go live on what day. It usually gets moved around a little but it’s nice to know if i have enough posts to fill or not. I have a couple of regular features (sweet finds and friday favorites) that i do every other week so those help to fill in some days and then i can plan the others accordingly. I usually am working on multiple posts at once! :)

  • Thanks for the idea! I didn’t even know posts could be scheduled. Really helpful!

  • Blogging ahead is great! I discovered it after a year of blogging and it was the best thing ever. I wanted to stay consistent but sometimes things were happening that kept me away from the computer (work stuff, doctor appt, vacation, etc). On average, I have about 5-10 posts that I have already written and ready to go “just in case”. It’s helped a lot!

  • THANK YOU! I have been trying to figure out this posting ahead idea myself and had the same feelings you experienced. I am going to try to put this to the test and (with fingers crossed) hope it works out as well as it has for you :)

  • I just started doing this, and yes! it’s helped tons! I am curious how you balance your time…I saw ahead that you blog on mon and tues…what other things do you do pertaining to your blog on a weekly basis?

    Great tip!

  • danya, i spend time each day connecting with readers and sharing on social media, but use the bulk of my extra time to work on designs. it’s great!

  • great tips! I often post ahead but then sometimes I forget and yes… let the freakouts begin! =)

  • Great tips! I try to blog a week ahead as often as I can. It’s just nice to know it’s squared away. :)

  • Hi Bonnie, I love your blog! It’s made me very happy because your article about creating posts ahead of time really fits in with my decision to spend more time on my blog and make it more enjoyable for myself. I always feel it’s rushed and want to make it into something I love, rather than becoming a chore! Thanks so much :)

  • Desiree | August 24, 2012

    Ack, I’m starting a new website with a blog, and a new etsy business. Sometimes I wonder if I’ll drown. This is good advice, it may keep me from sucking in water.

  • Yep! I Totally agree. I’ve been blogging ahead for almost 2 months now and love it!! My post are more creative, I actually have time to post my own DIY projects … pretty much everything you posted about in your article. :)

  • Hi Bonnie! Tutorial request please: is there anyway you could possibly do a tutorial on the Pin It button on images. I think your blog runs on WordPress, how did you get the Pin It button to hover over every image on your site in a blog post? Could you do a tutorial showing how you got that, and also how you customized the imagery?

    ~Shae

  • Great advice. This also has been essential for Internet marketing for me as well. With so much social media out there, its been difficult for me to focus time away from sewing to Facebook or Pin things. And for small business owners who want to utilize social media, I can’t stress enough how important a role it plays in boosting business. When I spent time online early this week to schedule some facebook posts, I really didn’t realize how much good it would do, until here I am at the end of the week looking back and feelin like “Hey, it’s been a good week for business”. In addition to that, I’ve quite enjoyed the web browsing time. ;)

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