Or rather, how to look like you’re doing a lot of blogging and/or social networking when you’re not.
First and foremost this was more of an issue last summer and before when I made an attempt to get something posted every single weekday morning. I try to take a relaxed approach now and don’t write as much as I used to. If you noticed any gaps this is why. I like writing and posting only when I want to.
With that said…nothing you see on this blog is live, except comment responses. I schedule EVERYTHING I can. It may be scheduled for 10 minutes from now or 4 days from now but everything is scheduled. I do that for a number of reasons including allowing myself to write when I want to write (and not have to do or pay attention to anything else). I then have the posts spaced out for the interest of my readers or people who click by. Yes this really means that I write-up a bunch of posts at once but only post one here and there. And it gives me a chance to do rereads and make sure the grammar makes sense! Besides I write nearly everything on my iPad (dictation for the win!) and the app requires a date and time for a post, even if you save it as a draft.
Heck I also use HootSuite (yet another app as well as a website). I do this for a couple of reasons. If I want a Tweet to post to both my personal Facebook page as well as this blog’s Facebook page I can do all 3 at the same time and only write one message. But even better you can schedule your posts/tweets. I do it frequently. Not all HootSuite updates are scheduled, but a lot are. Does that mean I am ignoring everyone just to look like I am here? Not in the least. But sometimes what works for other people, or even when I want something to appear, doesn’t work for my schedule. Like my typical Friday for example. I work 12 hours, then rush home, change and go to dinner with or at my in-laws. It may be 9 or even 10 before I get home again and I work again the next day, with a 5 am alarm. The schedule feature is a lifesaver!
Now on my breaks at work I will admit I do get on Facebook and check my email, 15 minutes is more than enough time for those time sucks. And I only have Facebook on my iPhone (my company, like a lot of smart ones, has Facebook blocked, thank the heavens!) so I can only access whatever is on the app. Occasionally I use my lunch 1/2 hour to write a post (usually just rough ideas and nothing substantial), but mostly I use it to actually eat and play Facebook games/apps. Sugar Crush and Bingo Bash are killing me. I’m spending real money on those suckers! Like dollars. PLURAL DOLLARS! The horror! Sometimes I read. Sometimes. And sometimes I say I read only so I don’t look like a total loser who just bought 2 lollipops to break-up a level and get to the next one. Ya know or read. Yeah.
And FYI I actually wrote this post last night while watching “What Not To Wear” and not this morning. Why? I didn’t want to have followers wait too many extra days between posts. ;) I kinda like you guys and don’t want to string you along! And since I’ve been doing this a long time I know I get more people’s attention when this posts at 8 or 9 am versus 5 am or 6 pm. Especially on a Thursday or Friday. So it autoposts without me doing a thing.
All that to say there are a lot of ways to do something, and blogging is one of those with a lot of different solutions, all of which I utilize as much as possible. That way I can relax when I want to relax, read when I want to read and work when I need to work.