If you’re a blogger, you’ll know that it’s a lot of hard work keeping regular posts appearing on your blog. Hunting for ideas, doing research, finding an image or two and then writing the post all takes quite a bit of time. If you have your blog on a publishing schedule, which is always a good idea, you can often find yourself rushing to get your post out. Even if you are blogging on a random basis, it is still a lot of work preparing a post, and very often in the haste to get if finished, errors, typos or even incorrect information can slip through.
A better idea, or perhaps I should say an alternative idea, is to work from a blog bank. This is a number of blog posts prepared in advance and either stored as text files or scheduled through your blog software. In my case, I use the scheduling option for two reasons. One is that I have a bank of posts I can choose from on any particular day, and secondly, as they are scheduled and queued, if I can’t get to my computer for any reason, my blog post will still go out on time.
To start a blog bank you do need to invest some time initially. Perhaps one quiet weekend or set aside a few evenings to build your stock of posts. I work with about 20 posts pre-prepared. Then when I organise my publishing schedule for a week I choose the posts I want to use, check them again and edit if necessary and perhaps add some additional information. Now if something comes up that I really want to publish, of course I can write it the same day and publish, then move my scheduled posts back.
By using a blog bank, I can post once a day easily and without any mad panic. Most days I write at least one post and sometimes two or three. These get added to the bank, and then when I feel like a day or two away from my blog, I know there is enough material to keep posting away.
The other advantage of using a blog bank is of course that by not posting immediately, you have time to think about what you wrote and perhaps change your mind in a few days. It also gives you time between writing and doing a final proofread, which is always a good idea.
So is a blog bank for you?