For the past two weeks I’ve been working on a series of posts for October. I’m planning on a big Halloween-centered month and working on them in advance is going to make October a whole lot less stressful. Or at least this is what I imagine it will feel like. This really got me thinking that I don’t prepare enough of my posts ahead of time.
Okay, so that’s not exactly true. For the two blog memes I participate in each week (Top Ten Tuesday and the Friday 56), I actually post them the night before. This is simply because I live on the West Coast and by the time morning rolls around for me, the day is almost over for half the world, so it just makes sense for me to post them early. Even so, I end up putting them together the same night rather than a day or two ahead of time. Please don’t judge me, I’m one of those people who thinks not showing up early somehow counts as showing up late.
When I first started blogging, I actually did start out working on the TTT posts early, but somewhere along the lines I stopped. I don’t know exactly why this is. Ideally, the weekend would be a perfect time to set up posts for the week and not stress to get them done. So why am I not doing this? A part of the reason is that when I do have free time, I want to read and blogging plays second fiddle to that. After all, I blog because I love reading, not the other way around. Another reason, and this might sound terrible, is that if I can get away with preparing these posts at the last minute, then I do. This is probably a really bad habit to learn and somewhere down the line, I’m going to need to unlearn it, especially since I really do want to make an effort to prepare more posts in advance.
I do make an effort to work on posts that are more involved or absurdly long, but I usually don’t end up finishing them until it’s almost time to post. For example, this post. I’ve been working on it post sporadically since Wednesday and as is my usual routine, I’ll be taking a moment to edit it some time on Saturday before scheduling it. Also, wrap-up posts, those can take forever, so I usually start working on them a few days before posting them.
In my mind, putting together posts and scheduling them in advance sounds so ideal. I imagine less stress and even more time to read throughout the week without worrying about getting certain posts done. Besides book reviews, which are usually written right after I finish a book, and thus have no set schedule to them, all the other posts on my blog have a specific time they go up. I should be able to work on these beforehand, but for some reason I don’t and I really want to change this.
Do you work on blog posts in advance? Do you ever schedule a week or two worth of posts ahead of time? Does this alleviate the stress? Or are you more of a procrastinator? Share your thoughts in the comments!