Today Vicki from The Boy’s Behaviour shows us how to schedule a post and suggests a few reasons you might want to…
Both Blogger and WordPress both give you the ability to schedule posts – have you ever used it?
Here on The Adoption Social we schedule posts most of the time. Because we try to have something new every day of the week, scheduling helps us plan and see what we have going live and when, and helps us identify gaps in our planned posts. It also means we can let our contributors know when their post is going live. And of course it means that for timebased posts like The Weekly Adoption Shout Out we can exploit the full length of time that a linky is open for.
On The Boy’s Behaviour I sometimes find that I have a bit of spare time so write a few posts in one go and can then schedule them to appear throughout a period of time rather than flooding my blog and my subscribers with several posts all in one go, then having nothing to post for a few weeks.
So how do you do it?
Write your post as normal and then head over to the ‘Publish’ section at the side. Click on ‘Edit’ beside Publish Immediately:
Here you can change the date of publication, and the time too. Click OK afterwards and if your post is finished, hit PUBLISH as usual. It’ll get queued in you ‘All posts’ section and will automatically go live when you have set it to (just make sure it’s set as published, and not just draft). It’ll have a note by the end to show it’s scheduled and on what date.
On Blogger, it’s not much different…
Once you’ve written your posts, go to the Post settings section on the right. Click on Schedule and then select ‘Set date and time’.
Then you’ll see a calendar where you can change the date information:
That’s it. Once you’ve hit DONE it’ll appear in your list of posts with a little note by it to let you know the day and time it’s scheduled. It’ll automatically appear on your blog at the time and date you input.
If you’re signing up for our Secret Santa then you might find this useful – when you’ve received your gift of a guest post, you can add it to your blog and get it scheduled for the week it’s due (week beginning 16th December) then you won’t have to worry about remembering to add it!
And as always, if you need any help at all, do email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below and we’ll do our best to help.