If you blog and are using WordPress, you can use the “post time stamp” and pre-write posts, and have them “publish” while you are enjoying a good nights rest.

Todays’ Lesson

At this time of year, my full time job keeps me extremely busy. It’s time for quarter and year end reports, W-2’s, and I am also preparing for filing our taxes.

Although I would rather be blogging, I must attend to my full time job, since it pays the bills.

With blogs, as we all know, posting frequently helps to get us crawled by the search engines.

Using the post time stamp is the perfect answer for that.

I take several hours, when I’m feeling creative, and write numerous posts.

After I have reviewed my posts, and checked for typos or poor grammar, I go to the right hand section of my “post page”, scroll down to “Post Timestamp”, and check the “Edit timestamp” button.

I then change the date, to a future date, and also change the time.

I usually change the time, to just past midnight.

I then click on “save and continue editing” and then click on “publish”.

You may not have to click on “save and continue editing”, however, I like to double check that I have changed everything correctly, before I click on “publish”.

Then……if you go to your “Dashboard”, under “Scheduled Entries”, you will see your post title and when it is scheduled to publish.

If you choose to edit your “scheduled entries”, you can click on the title, and edit them accordingly.

How sweet is that? 🙂

Today’s Assignment

Do you use “post timestamp”

If you do not, do you have a question you would like answered?

If so, drop me a comment and I will attempt to answer your question.

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  1. CatherineLNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara – thanks for the tip. I write some posts in advance but I didn’t know you could actually set wordpress to post for you. So, I’ve still been logging in to post them.

    This will save me a heap of time. I have a really bad habit of not completing posts, then needing to do finish them on a morning. But, if I know that my post will go live automatically, I’ll be more inclined to complete them from the outset.

    Thank you. Hope your year end stuff isn’t giving you too much of a headache. I use sage for mine, and after I’ve got my accounts up to date I think I’ll write an idiot’s guide to help other sage users. There’s so many problems with the system but they don’t tell you about them in their own training.

  2. Ian DennyNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara,

    That’s a great tip. It’s something I could have used recently. I’ll try it.

    Have a great weekend (and good luck with the numbers – I don’t envy you!).

  3. I had heard this could be done, but I didn’t know how to do it. This will be very useful when it’s time to go on vacation, and I want my blog to look active even if I can’t (or don’t want to) find an internet connection.

  4. BarbaraNo Gravatar says:

    Catherine and Ian

    You must try this. It is so slick. If I have time, I will get my posts written for a few days out, and then I can forget about them. When I am busy with my full time job, I can give it my full concentration, knowing I am keeping my blog current.

    I’m staying busy with my reports, etc, but I do love working with numbers so I really don’t mind.

    Hunter,

    Welcome to Blogging Without A Blog!

    Yes, the post date stamp is great for when you are away. It’s also good if you know you have a busy schedule coming up.

    BTW: I haven’t had time to read all of your posts yet, but your new blog is shaping up nicely.

    Happy Blogging! See you in cyberspace.

  5. DeniseNo Gravatar says:

    I’m just curious – is there any way to post without showing any date or time? Do you know of any templates that offer this option? Thanks.

  6. BarbaraNo Gravatar says:

    Hello Denise,

    Welcome to my blog.

    I’m not aware of any templates that do not show dates and time, however, there are so many, it may take some digging to find one.

    I do believe you could avoid having the date and/or time show up, by deleting that line of code in the template/theme (single post or main index template php files), however, I do not know how, or if, that would affect your archives and/or articles that are categorized by date.

    If you do decide to experiment with deleting code, remember to save a backup copy, prior to beginning the experiment.

  7. DeniseNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks. I know it’s possible on diaryland.com – but wordpress i don’t think has this option. Thanks for the suggestions though.

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  9. John HoffNo Gravatar says:

    I wonder . . . will they ever develop a “comment” time stamp so I can reply to my commenters before they ever comment?

    Hmm . . . this might violate one of those paradoxes, so I guess not.

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  10. BarbaraNo Gravatar says:

    Hi John,

    Hmmmmmmm. I guess you could have prewritten comments that say “Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate you input”. They you could just cut and paste.

    Unfortunately regular commenters would catch on pretty fast. Maybe you could try a rotation of comments. Haha!

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  11. Mr ArticleNo Gravatar says:

    Great tip Barbara, thank you for the help! I really appreciate it, as i’m sure does everyone else. Keep blogging strong, you’re fabulous.

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  12. daveNo Gravatar says:

    I have a problem doing this and using the google sitemap plugin. my sitemap shows the revision date of the post, as opposed to the post date. i’m not quite sure how to deal with this.

    any help is greatly appreciated.

    thanks so much!
    dave

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