Blog BankIf 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?

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10 thoughts on “The Blog Bank

  • 06/10/2011 at 4:00 pm

    I’m quite a new blogger and yes, I agree, it’s time consuming. I’d never heard of a blog bank before, so thanks for sharing. :)

  • 06/10/2011 at 8:14 pm

    I’m too lazy and disorganized to blog on a regular schedule. Sometimes I don’t blog for several days, sometimes twice a day. My readers don’t seem to be bothered by it. So, no panic, no pressure. But I do use WordPress’s draft feature to pile up posts that I haven’t gotten around to working out. I’ll dip in every now and then to see what catches my interest. Some of the drafts are no more than a title and a few notes, with maybe a link or two. Others are partly developed. I may add a bit more and resave the draft, or finish one up and post it. I seldom lack for ideas, but the spirit is sometimes unwilling.

  • 06/10/2011 at 9:28 pm

    I did try that or rather something like that. When I was posting 3 times a week I got them ready the week before that gave me time to proof ’em all once or twice before they went live. Now, I post once a week and I’m rarely prepared for it.

    One thing that has helped is that I have a series I’m doing. So, when I’m out of topics it’s my go to.

    I do have a blog bank of ideas, somewhere…

  • 06/10/2011 at 9:56 pm

    Yes! I always blog this way. It makes my hectic life much easier when I don’t have to worry about getting a blog out every day.

  • 07/10/2011 at 3:31 am

    I’ve been playing with this idea recently but procrastination has seen me continue to battle to keep producing posts regularly enough get that rhythm going.

    Your post is so logical and sensible that I find myself almost embarrassed about the stress I place on myself by not being so organised.

    It changes today (well, tomorrow at least, I’m too busy today)!

    Thanks Derek

  • 08/10/2011 at 8:35 pm

    I was just thinking about doing something like this the other day, and now reading this has convinced me. Everyday posting is way too hectic for me, but I’d like to pick 2 or 3 set days each week for new posts to come out, and a blog bank is just what I need to accomplish that. Now to come up with (steal) some good ideas and fill the vault…

  • 19/12/2011 at 7:42 pm

    Derek, I have been meaning to follow your advice on this for some time… I think I’ll make it one of my New Year’s Resolutions & start early; today! Thanks for all your great writing tips! ~Anne

    • 19/12/2011 at 7:45 pm

      It will be one of my resolutions as well Anne. I let my bank slip a bit towards the end of the year. So back to work for me after all the celebrations are finished.

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