Blogging Insights — Time Shifting

Blogging insightsFor this week’s edition of Blogging Insights, Dr. Tanya wants to know whether or not we use the WordPress scheduling feature and, if so, how we us it. I definitely do leverage that feature. Let me tell you all about it.

How often do you use the “schedule” feature on Word Press and how useful do you find it?

Well, let me start out by saying that I use the WordPress scheduler in much the same way as I use my DVR: for time-shifting purposes. I record shows that I want to watch so that I can watch them at a time that’s convenient to me. That’s how I use the “schedule” feature at WordPress.

BDFFA56C-C633-4275-BF3D-EAE8404FC45CI have a number of prompts that I host and most of those are scheduled to be posted at times that I’m often asleep. My daily FOWC with Fandango prompt is scheduled to post at midnight. I hope I’m asleep by then. Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge, Fandango’s Provocative Question, and Fandango’s Friday Flashback posts are all scheduled for 3 a.m. on their respective days. I’d better not still be awake at that time. And this month’s Fandango’s Dog Days of August prompts are posted at 6 a.m. each day this month.

Most of my other posts, like those I use for my responses to the day’s daily prompts, or to rant about whatever craziness Donald Trump is doing, are more impromptu (i.e., posted immediately after they are composed).

How far ahead do you schedule your posts?

It varies, but typically not more than five to ten days in advance for my FOWC with Fandango prompt words. Sometimes I’ll write a post at night before I go to sleep and will schedule it for the next morning.

7 thoughts on “Blogging Insights — Time Shifting

  1. Taswegian1957 August 10, 2020 / 3:21 pm

    It’s a handy feature. I use it to schedule things ahead if I’m going to be away from home or busy. I have a regular Friday post on each blog and sometimes schedule these ahead. If I have written several posts in a day, for photo challenges I like to spread them out a bit so that rather than posting three posts at once and then nothing for a few days there is something new every day or so.

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  2. drtanya@saltedcaramel August 11, 2020 / 10:17 am

    The schedule feature is pretty handy for hosting prompts so that you don’t miss them even when busy with other things.

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  3. leigha66 August 13, 2020 / 5:31 pm

    I can see how the scheduler would come in handy for prompts. I usually just post after I write something. It is nice to know the feature is there though if I need it in the future.

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