The Secret to Blogging Every Day, or How to Schedule Posts in WordPress

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

You may (or probably didn't, really) have noticed that the last weekday I didn't blog was Friday, May 7 (although to be fair to myself, I did blog on both Saturday the 8th and Sunday the 9th). Where do I find the time and energy? someone recently asked me. Well, it's easy, really. I don't actually blog every day.

The truth is, I set aside blocks of time to write posts and schedule them for the future. In fact, it rained last Friday and it was generally miserable out. So rather than drag myself across town (sorry Frank), I sat on the couch and wrote this post. And the one from yesterday about La Taqueria. And the one from Monday about places to bring colleagues and clients.

Pretty cool, huh?

And it's really easy to do. Go on, open a new browser tab and sign into WordPress. I'll walk you through it.

When you're done logging in, go to Posts -> Add New, just like you would if you were writing a post to publish right now.

You know what to do with the headline box and the entry field, I'm sure (otherwise your blog probably looks pretty empty).

Now, up in the right-hand corner, in that Publish box, there's a blue button that says "Publish." Usually you push that to make your post go live. This time, don't click it.

Instead, look at the line above that, where it says "Publish immediately." Click the "Edit" link. Change the date and time, and click OK.

Did you notice that the Publish button changed to Schedule?

Pretty cool, huh?

Update: OK, so Chris Brogan did almost the same post two weeks ago. I gave instructions. So there.