by Cara Lumen
WordPress is so cool. You can schedule your posts so you look productive even when you’re at the beach.
Automate your posting
Even though our intentions are good, let’s face it, life happens. So what better way to keep things going than to automate?
We automate our autoresponders in our shopping carts so people get a response when then sign up regardless of what we are doing at the time.
We change our email message when we leave town to indicate we can’t answer right away.
And wonder of wonders, you can write the blog posts for the period you are unavailable and just schedule them for dates you are gone. It keeps the momentum going on your blog.
Consolidate your writing and posting time
But scheduling your posts is not only for vacations, it’s for managing your blog posts to keep a steady supply of them going out. For instance, I write posts at all sorts of times, often first thing in the morning when I want to figure something out, or when a client asks me something that the answer would make a great post, or when I read a sentence in a book or a blog and want to elaborate on it in a new post. So I write in Word and in front of that file name I write “ny-“ which means not yet posted. Then I write the name of the blog post on my Blog URL page where I keep the blog titles and URLs handy for adding an internal links in my posts. Then once a week I will post and schedule a week or ten days worth of posts.
I could also write directly into WordPress but I prefer to keep my posts in Word so they are easy for me to reuse. I can track the keywords I use, the internal and external links I use, and the promotional paragraph I want to use in my Passionately on Purpose emagazine. Sometimes I use my posts ar part of my radio show, in an information product or as a separate article submission. I keep track of where each article has been posted on the file where it is written. But that’s just my tracking system.
Of course, once the post is posted I take off “ny-“ in front of the file name.
It’s in publish area
Under the Publish section there is a line that says “Publish Immediately” and beside that is an “edit” link. Just go in there and set your dates.
Now you can write ahead for any occasion and keep those great posts coming.
© 2010 Cara Lumen