Bookish Blatherings #29: It’s Time…to Post!

Posted November 5th, 2015 in Bookish Blatherings, My Features / 30 comments

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Welcome to Bookish Blatherings, a Bad Bird Reads feature where I ramble about bookish or bloggerish things and hopefully you will join in on the discussion.

I have a random one today. For whatever reason, I always schedule my blog posts to publish at 12am. I guess because it’s the start of a new day. Sometimes I post a little after if I am writing the post last minute. But with my job I go to bed around 11pm every night now so I either have to schedule my post or publish before 12am. Gasp! Post before 12am, preposterous! This is why I hate doing that: If I post 11pm Sunday, then I feel like people will notice that I posted on Sunday instead of Monday, even though the post is for Monday. Yes, these are the things I think of. I’m insane.

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I kinda of want to start posting right before I go to bed because then I don’t have to worry about scheduling a post and double checking that it went up in the morning. My posts almost always go up on time. Only two times they didn’t because I stupidly put the wrong date. But I like the idea of skipping the whole scheduling thing and posting at night for the next day. I get to see the post go up, check that it looks good, and share it on some social media sites.  So my question is, do you guys even notice the date on posts? Is it important in the blogger world that the post date be accurate? If you see a blog post with a Wednesday date on Thursday, will you think I haven’t posted for a day? Not that that’s a huge problem because I only blog 6 – 5 times a week now. What I’m really asking is if you even notice posting dates?

How do you guys set up your publishing time? Are you a 12am scheduler? Do you post whenever the hell you want? Maybe you publish posts in the morning? How do you decide when to publish your blog posts?

Is the day and time we publish our posts important? When do you publish your blog posts?

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30 Responses to “Bookish Blatherings #29: It’s Time…to Post!”

  1. Ashley

    I’m totally a 12am scheduler. The only time I don’t schedule for 12am is if I wanted a post to go out a certain day, I didn’t finish it in time or just forgot to schedule it for 12am that next day, so then I just publish it as soon as I wake up.

    I don’t think the date particularly matters in the way you’re referring to it (ie you blog 5-6 times per week and you’re worried people will think you’ve skipped a day).

    I look at the date on posts for blogs I’m not subscribed to. (If I’m subscribed then I get your post on the day it’s published so I don’t need to look at the date.) The only time I’m put off is if I see HUGE gaps. I’m talking weeks—not just a day here or a day there.

    I think posting only a few times a week is fine. Skipping a day is fine. I only start to get a bit put off from following a blog if it’s literally like one post a month. That’s when I start to ask myself, “What’s the point in following if there’s so little content to receive?”

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      Yeah, one post a month is not enough for me to follow a blog. I have been a 12am scheduler for so long it seems weird to change but I think it’s time.

  2. Red Iza

    Eeeehhhh… I never look at the time on posts, no.
    When I visit bloggers, I just open Bloglovin and hit the list as much as I can. And I also post when I have a computer available in the morning when I get to work before my coworkers arrive !
    The one and time I care about it is for the Sunday post. I know Kimba usually publishes it near 7AM (French time) and I try to be among the first to participate. But only because there are so many bloggers to visit that day that I like to start early. Because I’m taking a nap in the afternoon !

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      LOL, yeah, there are some posts that just need to go out certain times. Glad to hear the time/dates don’t matter.

  3. kindlemom1

    I do notice them but I have no issues with when they post either. Most of us live in different time zones anyways so something that posts midnight my time might actually be the previous day at eleven for someone else, so I think it really doesn’t matter.

  4. Karen Blue

    I try to schedule most of my posts for EST 0530. I don’t know why, but that is the official start of a new day for me. I almost always schedule posts. I haven’t had any issues with them going up on time. The only posts that go up around midnight for me are the Beyond the Books, which go up around EST 0015, only because I promised to post that regularly on schedule. I don’t think it matters to people when half as much as it does to me.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      It’s so weird how we all think of the start of the day very differently. 🙂

  5. Ashley W

    I agree with Ashley (Nosegraze) that only if there is a huge gap between posts like a month or close to it do I really care. I tend to just mindlessly scroll through my bloglovin and wordpress reader feed anyway so I hardly ever see a post. I’ve had a few that I thought “Wow I’m still following this person? I thought they quit blogging.” That’s when I know its time to unsubscribe.

    As for scheduling I rarely do it unless its a meme like TTT (and I know I’ll forget to post it on time) mostly I’m just a last minute scrambler type of person.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      I write all my posts the night they go up. I can’t get out of the habit. But I hate scheduling, I just want to publish when I am done writing.

  6. Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

    I agree with Ashley as well although I am guilty of the same thought process as you are. I always schedule posts for 12:01am and when posting late I backdate to 12:01 am. When posting more than one in a day I do 12:01 and 12:02 :-/ When I posted daily I wanted to make sure there was one post each day and that it didn’t vary based upon when I completed the post…usually at 10pm the night before as I am a last minute Annie.

    Now that I am so much busier at work and with other things and no longer have time to post as often it really shouldn’t matter but I still do the same thing.

    When visiting sites, I just look at titles to catch up on recent posts since I last visited…I don’t look at dates and times. When scrolling thru my feed I just look for titles that catch my eye then click thru to the site…again…dates are irrelevant…so I’m not so sure why I worry about it on my blog.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      LOL I usually finish my posts at 10pm too. It’s nice to know dates don’t matter. Thanks.

  7. Lekeisha

    I usually schedule mine between 4-7am. I do that so I can check it before I leave for work in the mornings. Sometimes I’ll post as soon as I’m done getting it together. Depends on the time of day though.

  8. anna (herding cats & burning soup)

    Oh gah! This drives me batty too! I post for the most part at midnight because the whole day thing. My issue is less people seeing the day it was posted and more it isn’t accurate calendar-wise. The Thurs post should say Thurs not Wed. Ahhhh I do some random posting during the day but for the most part midnight is my goal.

    I click through via Feedly so date doesn’t matter much in terms of not visiting a Wed post because it’s Thursday. it doesn’t list dates on there.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      I don’t like the calendar thing either. It messes me up seeing Wednesday on a post that is suppose to be for Thursday.

  9. Christy

    I tend to post 9am-10pm my time for the next day post. Partly because of time difference. So my Monday post will go live 9pm my time, but it’s later in other time zones. It just bugs me to post 12am my time and it be posted 3am east coast time. Yeah, my reasoning is weird.

  10. Jaclyn Canada

    I am a 12 am poster too, but I schedule for that time. I usually put my posts up well in advance to when they go live and just do the weekly memes early in that week. I do notice the dates on the posts, but I just look to see which ones I’ve visited or not. Since I’m unable to visit blogs every day, that helps me keep up.

  11. Nathan

    I don’t really notice the times when the post has been posted. I just read the content. It is OK if a day is missed.

  12. Lily B

    I wish I could do that but with the baby I can’t do it. I tend to post around his first nap in the morning, if I am luckily. I try to give significant amount of times between posts if I have two in a row, 24 hour tops

  13. Melanie Simmons @mlsimmons

    I schedule mine for 7am. One blog I write for prefers that posts go live at 7am. I post on the other blog at 7am because I feel the need for consistency. I don’t know that it makes that much of a difference. I know that I check posts from Bloglovin, so I go through my list of blogs when I have time, which might not even be every day.

  14. Ashley @ Ashleyz Wonderland

    I don’t really pay attention to dates much. Occasionally I will when it’s a specific day post such as Wishlist Wednesday. To me it doesn’t really matter because different time zones are going to cause differences in posting anyways.

    As for me doing posts, I pretty much schedule them. I do the occasional post last minute but I don’t like to because I feel rushed. I also always schedule mine for 12:00 EST unless it’s something I’m asked not to post until later. My logic was that way it will have the most exposure because it’s been up all day. That’s just the way I think anyways.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      The different time zones do give us more leeway. I also like the give my posts the most viewable time possible.

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