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We have one of the best buddies a blogger could ask for in Sandy @ You've GOTTA Read This! She stops by to visit most every day, entertains and informs us with her personal and book related posts, sends us kind tokens in the mail and is always good for a Bumble Town Chat (P.S. - please see updated note about tonight's chat in the sidebar to the right) or e-mail conversation. But more than anything from a blogging support perspective, she is a loyal Monday Movie Meme participant and one of our original and enthusiastic participants. What does any of this have to do with a blogging tip? Let me explain.
Sandy is taking a little trip next month to visit family overseas and didn't want to miss out on those beloved movie posts. So she kindly came up with topics for us to use while she is away so that she could write her posts for them in advance and schedule them for while she is away. Her prepared topics will make life easy for us for a few weeks, and will give her fun posts of her own choosing to prepare and run while she is gone, keeping her blog from becoming dormant.
Sandy is the advance posting Queen. This wonder woman writes her book reviews well in advance and gets stressed out if she does not have a few weeks worth of posts all ready to go in the hopper. I don't know how she does it to be honest. I have a hard enough time writing a post the night I plan to post it, much less writing chunks of them at a time in advance. I do manage to write a couple here and there in advance for my paid restaurant reviews at the UpTake Restaurants Blog. But even that is a challenge to motivate and coordinate with my schedule.
I think that having a reserve of posts pre-written to draw from would be quite the luxury. It would be wonderful to kick back and not have to write something most every evening either for here, UpTake or Quirky Girls Read. But then again, having something to write every day keeps the creative juices flowing. Advance posting and scheduling can be a great way to stay organized, freeing up your time to visit other bloggers, work on that blog design, learn something or catch up on your other favorite hobby (such as quality time with my DVR). It is something worth working towards.
I'm good with plotting ideas for posts in advance. I'm just too lazy or stubborn to actually write clusters of them in advance. I would love to hear from you about your posting techniques and thoughts on advance writing and scheduling.