Back in December, I excitedly tweeted that I was scheduled up on the blog until March. I've talked before about why I like to schedule my posts - there's less pressure, and if I'm busy elsewhere my blog won't be neglected. Some bloggers don't like to schedule posts and that's fine, but this is the best way for me and it works nicely with my lifestyle.
I'd just like to add that I don't always schedule posts, because sometimes life just doesn't work out that way. For example, I don't tend to schedule event reports, and sometimes if there's a current hot topic going around, like when it was made public that Zoella's book was ghostwritten, I'll publish my thoughts straight away rather than schedule it to go live when it's become old news.
However, someone replied to my tweet and said that she hates when posts are written ages in advance and that she couldn't understand why bloggers schedule posts because it "takes away the honesty." I asked why, because I was baffled and because I'd never thought of it that way before.
Here's my scheduling process:
- Write blog post.
- Schedule it to publish within the next two months (I don't like scheduling ahead any further than that.)
- Briefly read over it about a week before it's due to publish.
- Read over and occasionally tweak it a little bit the day before it's due to be published.
See? Even if a post was written ages before it actually goes live, it's still up-to-date because I make sure it is. I don't think it's dishonest - just because I've written a review or a discussion two months before it actually appears publicly on my blog doesn't make it any less genuine. They're still my thoughts and it's still me who wrote it.
I never got a reply from the person who thought it to be dishonest, so I'm putting the question to you guys. I'm genuinely interested and I'd love to know your thoughts as it's good to see things from another perspective. Maybe I'm missing something?
Do you schedule posts? Do you think scheduling posts in advance takes away the honesty?