Quick Tip Thursday | Planning Posts

When I first started blogging, I thought that people who blogged every day were just plain crazy.  Who the heck has that kind of time?

As I've been creating and blogging over the past few years, I've been posting more and more frequently, and now I'm up to a standard 4-6 posts/week.  I'm posting often because I love it.  I love writing, I love creating, and I want to keep up with all of the creative thoughts that I'm having every day.

But I'm also posting often because I've found ways to make it a less time/brain power-consuming process.

1) I plan ahead.

Whenever I get an idea for a post, I put it in my posting calendar.  I keep track of all of my past and upcoming posts on my Google Calendar.  I track them as "Tasks" so I can have the great satisfaction of checking them off once they're ready to go!

Adding a planned post as a Task

Here's my posting calendar for the month of April - still have to think of something to write about on the 27th!
I never have to sit down at my computer and think, "What am I going to write about"?  I am always thinking of things to post about, and I am always ahead of the game.

2) I write all of my posts for the week on Sundays.  

Did you know that you can schedule posts in advance?  Learning this helped me to channel my writing energy.  Sometimes it's hard to sit down at the end of a long day and be ready to post.  I find it's better for me to get in the zone and write them all in one relaxed sitting.

Every Sunday morning I sit down to blog while watching Sunday Morning on CBS.  I write all of my posts for the week! (I posted a picture of this ritual here!).

I schedule them to be posted daily sometime around 1:00pm - for some reason, that's the time I like to post them.  I've always wondered if my boss has noticed, and if she thinks maybe I'm blogging at work!

Here's how to schedule your posts (in Blogger):
Write your post
At the bottom of the page, click on "Post Options"
Under "Post date and time" check "Scheduled at"
Fill in the date and time you'd like your post to go up
Click on "Publish Post"
From there, you'll be brought to your "edit posts" page, and you'll see the date and time it's scheduled for.

Easy peasy!

How do you make blogging less time consuming?



  1. I didn't know you could schedule your posts ahead of time! That is so smart! I mean, I don't post nearly as often as you do, so there isn't as much need for it in my life...but that would definitely make the whole thing less time consuming.

    And yes, I am making the Oh, Fransson! quilted advent calendar...it is super time consuming, but I LOVE advent calendars and christmas in general so this is a good project for me. We never do a ton of holiday decorating, so I'm looking forward to having something nice to put up - make some new family traditions now that I have a new family!

  2. I'm still trying to figure out how to make things less time consuming. I like the idea of writing a post a head of time if I find myself with creative inspiration. Then at least I will have a few "in my back pocket" for those weeks when life gets crazy and unexpected.

    Thanks for the insight!!!


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