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The Argument for Posting Ahead

Whenever I talk about posting ahead, the biggest argument not to is time. "I don’t have that kind of time, Deb. I only have time to do my daily allotment each day." I’m here to tell you posting ahead can be a huge time saver, and can also save you from having to play a catch up game later.

Let me explain…

Recently I accepted a lucrative offer from one of my clients. The money was such that I couldn’t refuse, but my workload, of course, grew. And by grew I mean more than doubled.  Though I made some minor adjustments (dropping a difficult client, for instance) I kept all my network blogs. The problem is that it’s hard to post once or twice a day when you’re working almost full time for someone and maintaining your own busy blogs. So I took a few hours over the weekend to post ahead to my b5 blogs ( I have four of them). On Monday there was no denying the benefit of this as it enabled me to fulfill my other obligations without having to worry about finding the time to post to my other blogs. By Tuesday I was learning another major benefit to posting ahead.

Expect the Unexpected

The flu caught me by surprise this week. I started feeling slightly under the weather Monday night but by Tuesday morning I couldn’t function at all. Tuesday and most of Wednesday were spent on the couch or in bed. Though I probably would have taken a sick day today if  I worked in the real world, the truth is I can function in the blogosphere. Honestly, I don’t know what I would have done if I didn’t post ahead of time. Trying to catch up on four blogs for two or more days would have put me far behind. Taking the time to post ahead proved to be a very good investment.

Now before you bombard me with comments and emails telling me there’s no time for posting, I have a few suggestions. Perhaps one will work for you?

Finding the Time to Post Ahead

Wake up an hour earlier or go to bed an hour later: You know why I get so much work done? Because I wake up a couple of hours before the rest of my family. I know waking at four doesn’t appeal to everyone, but for me it’s only temporary. School is a full day next year and then I won’t have to wake so early. My partner Jennifer Chait likes keeping very late hours, by the way.

Switch off with a spouse: My husband and like to switch off on the weekends. I’ll take our son to the park so he can get some work done around the house, and he’ll take him for a hike so I can work as I need to. This also frees us up to spend time as a family.

Make a sacrifice here and there: Give up on that hour of reading or tv watching one day a week to get a little extra work done. When you see how much time it saves during the long run, you’ll be happy you made the effort.

Posting ahead saved me this week. If I didn’t do this on Sunday I would be in a panic because I’m so far behind. Even one or two posts can save you in the event of illness or an emergency. Do think about it…

Comments

6 Responses to “The Argument for Posting Ahead”

  1. David Bradley on May 8th, 2008 8:07 am

    I’ve now got Sciencetext stacked up to June 4, which covers me for a few scheduled absences. One thing to consider when future-posting is that what seems timely today may be out of date by the time the post appears, so it’s always a good idea to check just before a post appears that everything you say is still good.

    db

  2. Martin Muehl on May 8th, 2008 10:34 am

    I’m also struggling to keep blogging on a regular schedule and posting in advance is definitely a big help for me. My latest idea is to spend a whole day just writing for one of my blogs. This way I hope to get much more in-depth posts done than if I’m only having an hour or so a day.

    To make it even more fun I’m planning to do that somewhere else than home to avoid being distracted. Long story short: Next Monday is Starbucks day (7:30am - 9:30pm) cranking out future posts like a madman :-)

  3. Jennifer on May 8th, 2008 11:07 am

    Well, I almost always post ahead. If I had a set normal schedule, like M-F 8 hours a day, I might not, but since I usually only have full days Sat-Sun pre-posting is the norm. There are perks though. Like the sick deal is a biggie. If I’m sick on a Mon-Wed I usually have all my posts done, so no worries.

  4. Kathie M. Thomas on May 8th, 2008 11:32 pm

    I have a set day a week for writing articles, I take notes during the week, print things off and always have a notebook with me whenever I go out, or even to bed. But I spend one day a week for doing most of my writing - and that is diarised and has become a habit. Saves me heaps of time.

    Doesn’t mean I don’t post at other times if inspiration hits, but this way I don’t have to try and keep remembering ‘I must write, I must write…’

  5. Peggy on May 9th, 2008 12:46 am

    I always post 1-2 days ahead of time. That way I can take a day off anytime I want : )

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