Batching & Automation Challenge, Day 9: Blog Posting
Something I’ve struggled with recently, as you may have noticed, is blog post frequency. This is mostly a function of my work schedule (which looks like I probably only have 1 more week of being extremely busy). However, I do think there’s a partial way around not having enough time to make daily blog posts.
Blogging platforms such as Blogger (what I currently use) and WordPress (what I plan to move to within the next month) allow you write posts and schedule them to be published at a later time and date. If I take a typical Sunday night where I might have a bit of free time to blog, I generally think about what my next day’s post will be, even if I already have my next three days in mind and have the time to write them. What winds up happening is that I write Monday’s post on Sunday, and then don’t get to my other ideas until later in the week, or possibly the next weekend if I’m as busy as I am now.
To counter this issue, I can batch and automate blog posting. If I have the time write three blog posts on a Sunday night, I should do them all at once, and schedule them to automatically post on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
I don’t know if batching my writing saves me much time, but it sure will help to increase my post frequency by forcing me to write more when I have time, which saves me from the days where I simply don’t have the time. I think there are probably some efficiencies gained by writing in batches, but I also think there are benefits to writing something, putting it down for a few hours or a day, and then picking it back up later to reread before posting. I’m not out to sacrifice quality for quantity, so I’ll have to play with this idea and see if it’s actually helpful.