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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

WFMW - Scheduling Posts

For those who haven't played around with the Post Options on blogger, I'm here to encourage you to use it!  It has really helped my posting.  I've had SO many times when I've found something that works for me and think "I need to post that for Works for Me Wednesday!".  But then by the time Wednesday rolls around, I'm either super busy or I can't remember what the tip was.  I'd heard others mention writing a post in advance but I didn't know how to do it.  I figured it out a few months ago and it really Works for Me!

So here are the steps....

Click Post Options at the bottom of your draft post.  It will open up some options for you.

If you are using the updated version, in the expanded area, on the right, you'll see "Post date and time" with the options of "Automatic" and :Scheduled at". 

Click Scheduled At and then set the date that you want it to publish, even the time.

Then click "Publish Post".

If you are using the older version of blogger, when you click Post Options, you'll see a post date - just change it to be the date you want it to publish your post.

Note:  When I was figuring out how to do this, I tried using Help because I wasn't always successful.  The Help section said they were trying to figure out why it didn't work for everyone.  Not helpful at all.  But then I realized the truth.  If you click Publish Post before changing your Post Options, you can NOT go in and then change the date and have it unpublish your post and save it for the future.  As long as I set the Schedule at date BEFORE I click Publish Post, it always works for me.

Writing the posts as soon as the idea hits me definitely Works for Me!  For more Works for Me Wednesday, check out We Are THAT Family!

6 comments:

Rebecca said...

Great tutorial! And I'll add another tip: you CAN unpublish a post if you mistakenly publish it early. Just go back to edit that post, save it as a draft, change your post date, and click on Publish again.

Amy@TheCircusMcGurkus.blogspot.com said...

I had no idea you could do this. This will be so much better than trying to write my posts in Word, save them and then upload them with the correct pictures later. Thanks so much for posting!

Melissa said...

Scheduling posts saves SO much time! And Rebecca is right: you can edit a post, save as draft, then correct the post date. I had to do that yesterday, because I clicked Publish by accident. :)

Eden said...

Thanks for the advice Rebecca and Melissa. I'll have to try that the next time I mess up :)

Allison said...

I don't use blogger, but I don't know what I'd do without my post scheduler--

I usually write a weeks worth of posts at once. Very handy.

Or I'll write a post and save it for later.

*Ally @ The Frugal Frontier.com

Eden said...

So Rebecca and Melissa, you guys saved my post today. I hit enter, thinking I was inside the post, but it wasn't and it immediately published a post for Wednesday. I followed your tips and didn't have to rewrite like I've done in the past.
Thanks!