I think I’ve made it abundantly clear that I write most of the content on this blog in advance.
How far in advance?
Well, let’s just say you’re reading this post in August, and I’m currently writing it in early July.
Okay, okay. I’m not always that over prepared. But for the most part, I like to have my content planned out and written well in advance.
I think this really has to do with how my personality works. I’m a planner. I’m someone who likes to get things done as soon as possible. And with something that I’m as passionate about as Currently, Lately, these traits come into full use.
That being said, today I thought I would share the benefits I’ve found in blogging ahead. I’m always curious to see how other bloggers blog, and since I feel pretty strongly about this topic, it seemed like it would be interesting.
I know blogging ahead isn’t for everyone. It’s kind of like peanut butter or coconut. It’s something you really love or something you really hate. No ands, buts, or in-betweens. But if you’re someone who doesn’t think they’d like blogging ahead and you haven’t actually tried it, here are a few reasons why you might want to give it a go.
Feeling less pressure
Having blog content prepped and ready at any given time takes LOADS of pressure off you.
It allows you to give your readers brand new posts even when you’re overwhelmed, even when you’re busy, or even when you’re going through one of those heinous blogging ruts.
Essentially, it gives you a lot of flexibility.
I like to write the majority of my posts when I’m experiencing particularly creative periods. The way I see it, writing as much content as I can when I’m feeling my best enables me to put out my best work possible, while giving me leeway for when I’m not feeling creative.
Plus, blogging ahead means your posts will go up without fail.
Haven’t gone on the internet for three days? Your post will still go up.
Too sick to sit down and write something? Your post will still go up.
I think you get the picture.
Not feeling the pressure to write something and post it the same day gives you the ability to keep working on something until you feel as though it has reached its best possible form.
Having time to brainstorm
Another benefit about blogging ahead is that it gives you more time to brainstorm content ideas.
I like to take some time at the beginning of every month to sit down and write up as many potential post ideas as I can. I assign the ideas I like the best to specific dates in my planner. Then, later when I go to write, I already know what I’m going to write about.
This is great because it eliminates those moments of staring at my computer screen with a blank expression on my face, having no idea what to write. In the earliest days of my blog, I used to have these all the time. It was such a nuisance, and it made writing even harder once I finally got an idea down.
Even if you don’t write your posts ahead, I highly recommend you plan your posts ahead. I know a lot of creative people prefer spontaneity over planning. But when you’ve been sitting at your desk for hours, waiting for the perfect idea to strike, it gets old. You’ll thank yourself in the long-run this. Trust me.
Being able to spontaneously blog (on occasion)
Funnily enough, blogging ahead has actually made it possible for me to spontaneous blog as well. As I’ve talked about before, while my Tuesday and Thursday posts are written in advance, my Sunday posts aren’t done until a couple days before they’re published.
I really love this posting strategy because it still gives me the ability to write about things that are currently going on and read responses in real-time. The one major drawback to blogging ahead is that it doesn’t allow you to receive feedback from your readers until weeks after you’ve written a post. And while it’s still exciting once that post does go up, sometimes you just want to hear from other people instantaneously.
That’s what makes Sunday posts so enjoyable for me. Being able to hit publish almost immediately after something is written is a wonderful change of pace. And even if I’m unable to post every single Sunday, I still know that content will be going up at least two other days a week.
Thank you for reading!
Do you blog ahead?