I’ve written a decent amount in the past about trying to stay ahead of your blogging schedule. There’s an advantage I hadn’t thought much about.
When you set up a regular blogging schedule — in my case, it’s a daily posting schedule — it’s easy to get bogged down by deadline pressure.
The more pressure you feel, the easier it can be to become distracted or even suffer Blogger’s Block.
Alleviating some of that pressure by getting ahead of schedule can be a tremendous help to take some of that pressure away and allow you to focus on future posts instead of tomorrow’s post.
I try to stay at least two days ahead. I’ve managed to get, at times, about 10 posts ahead. The former happens, I’m sorry to say, much more often than the latter. But the latter still does happen once in a while, and there was a time not all that long ago that getting up to 10 posts ahead of schedule was unheard of.
So I’m making progress.
There’s an even better advantage.
For me, beating the deadline pressure is prize enough.
But just the other day, I realized there’s another advantage. I’d been enjoying this advantage without even realizing it.
When you have a post already complete and ready to be posted that day when you get up, especially if it was written a few days earlier, you have a fresh set of eyes to give it one more look.
Remember in English class when your teacher instructed you that if you could write up a paper, then take a little bit of time away from it before editing so that you have “fresh eyes”? That just means that you’ve had enough time away from your work that you have a better chance of catching little errors that you might be less likely to notice if you’ve just completed the piece.
Those “fresh eyes” allow me to take one more look at something I wrote last week instead of last night. It helps me catch little mistakes that aren’t grammar or spelling-related: mistakes like failing to sufficiently cite enough examples or making the best case I can for whatever I’m arguing.
Correcting those problems — really, correcting any problems — requires just one thing: first you have to find them.
Having that one extra look at a “completed” piece gives you one more opportunity to do so.
That can make your post better.
And it can make the experience better for your audience.
How often are you ahead of your blogging schedule? What’s the highest number of posts you’ve had complete and scheduled in advance?
Patrick is a Christian with more than 26 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.