When I first started blogging, I used to sit in front of the computer or utilize my smartphone and produce my material for my fellow bloggers to read; the way I went about it was somewhat tedious. I would look at the time on the computer or on my smartphone and eagerly await the moment to press, Publish; at times it worked out the way I wanted it to and a few times I had issues because the internet signal fluctuated and I had to wait until the internet signal was more reliable in order for me to publish my post.
What really inspired me to change the manner in which I posted was when my service provider was unreliable; I couldn’t get to publish my post at the time I wanted; I found that to be a minor annoyance and I learned how to schedule my posts.
Some of you might be asking: “So, what is the big deal about scheduling posts?”
Well for starters, you know that when you schedule your posts, they are guaranteed to be published at the times you programmed them to go out.
Believe it or not, it also saves time, because you don’t have to be directly in front of your computer, tablet or on your smartphone in order to send your posts out at that very moment.
Another important factor:
Many of us are busy people; we have to carry on with our daily affairs, we have to attend to our jobs, do our chores around the house, engage in shopping, etcetera.
A person, if they so desire, can take a day off from blogging, because they scheduled their posts way ahead in advance (In my case, I don’t do days off when it comes to blogging, because I am highly devoted to the blogosphere).
I believe that I mentioned in the past about the importance of letting your readers have an idea as to what time you post.
Let us say that your first blog post is at 7:00AM, your loyal readers would know to check your blog at that time.
If you are observant, you would have noticed that radio and television stations broadcast segments at particular times. For example: you can expect your favourite broadcaster to come on at 9:00AM to entertain you.
Having your blog published at a certain time of the day can work in your favour.
I have gotten so good at this that I am usually one week ahead (This is like child’s play for me).
For those of you would like to know how to schedule you blog on WordPress, you can follow these simple instructions:
Whenever you are in Add New Post, and you are finished with your article, look at the right hand side; in there you would see, Publish Immediately; you would also notice the word, Edit behind it; click on it; you would notice that when you click on Edit, the month, the day, the year and the time shows up; put in the desired information (which would be the date and time you wish to have your post sent out) and press, OK at the bottom of it. You would notice that the word, Schedule appeared; click on it and your job is done; it’s that simple!
Here is some important advice before you do that:
Please make sure that you have the correct time zone; this information can be found in General Settings. Once you have the correct time zone programmed, you are guaranteed that your post would be published on the particular day and time that you programmed it for.
WordPress is a lot of fun and you can have additional fun and more time for yourself by scheduling your posts.