Saturday, August 23, 2014

Blog Staycation: Scheduled Posts

Welcome back to another day of Blog Staycation 2014! Yesterday I talked about why it is so important to interact with your readers. Today I want to talk about how to manage a blog with a full time life. For me personally, it is REALLY hard to post everyday on top of social media to go along with it.. I work a very demanding job that keeps me in the office about 10 hours a day. However, I still manage to get my post live AND social media in all day while I am working. I do this with scheduled posts.

Scheduling your posts ahead of time does not work for everyone, but I find it to be a blessing When I get free time I sit and write all of my thoughts down. Those thoughts become my blog posts for the next week. Now that I have blogs ready to go, all I have to do is schedule them to go live on the specified day. Easy peasy!

We all know social media is a HUGE part of blogging today. We need social media to alert readers of new postings and projects, to inspire, to gain new readers, and the list goes on. If you manage a full time job, have children, other responsibilities, or just want to have a real life outside of your blog, scheduling social media posts is the way to go. It allows you to have a social media presence without having to spend all day at your computer.

Facebook now allows scheduled posts. You have to have a fan page for this option. The option is easy and before you know it all of your posts are ready to go. All you have to do is click on the clock (Diagram below) and choose your date and time. Voila! You are all set. No more sitting on Facebook all day!


There are a bunch of programs out there to help you manage Twitter. I personally have used Twuffer and Tweet Deck. I prefer Twuffer, but Tweet Deck also helps you manage all of your tweets on top of scheduled tweets. I have also heard good things about HootSuite. These programs are similar to scheduling posts on Facebook. You type in your post, pick a date and time and it saves it and schedules it. The picture below shows how to schedule a post using Twuffer.


 Now that you know how to schedule all of your blogging needs, get out there and live your life! I really hope this helps, because I know for me if these options were not available I would not be able to stay up to date with everything. 

Do you schedule your posts? What do you use? What techniques have you came up with that works?  Share them all below!

Thanks for stopping by for Blog Staycation 2014! I hope you are enjoying it! Follow along on Twitter with #blogstaycation. See you tomorrow!


7 comments:

  1. Scheduling is a huge time saver for me! I love it! Especially with my Shine Blog Hop, I share the content of four featured posts... so scheduling really helps with this!

    Thanks for sharing and thanks again for helping to arrange the AWESOME Blog Staycation!

    Wishing you a lovely evening!
    xoxo

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    1. Before you freak out - that comment was from me!!! I didn't realize my husband was signed into Google! Sorry! LOL

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    2. Lol its all good! Thanks for stopping by. I am so happy you are enjoying the staycation! So glad to meet you! You rock my friend!

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  2. Wordpress makes scheduling posts easy, so I just grab that url and schedule it in buffer and facebook! Makes my life a lot easier!

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    1. I have been thinking about WordPress a lot lately.. to make the switch or not to make the switch..

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  3. I use this feature for my blog as well and then I Buffer my posts. I choose this rather than plugins like Publicize because it makes it more personal. Especially Buffer for Twitter where you can pull snackable content out of post and really extend the life of that post. Great post!

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    1. I am deciding on if moving to another platform would be easier with that kind of thing, but I am trucking along now making it work. Thanks for stopping by!

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