Building a Posting Buffer

I’m almost back to my post-a-day schedule and in order to keep things solidly on track (not that it ever has been) I need to build up a buffer of posts that I can fall back on in case I go on vacation/get sick/get distracted/etc.

The problem with writing buffer posts is that they have to be ‘timeless’ so that readers won’t instantly know that I’m pulling out my sick-day stash. So how to I write something that is just as good tomorrow as it is six weeks from now?

Ay, there’s the rub.

It’s All About the Context

What works well for one category won’t always work as well for another, so I broke down the problem by subblog.

Most of the posts in this category can be pre-written, such as the Saturday Story Prompts that I’m slowly inching towards completing for 2012. This means I can have daily snippits, serial stories, and yes, SSP, ready and waiting in queue.

The only exception would be time-specific events like Script Frenzy or NaNoWriMo, or writing that builds on other posts, such as the informal Works-in-Progress.

Okay, so WoW is about as stable as a drunken hamster, so there isn’t much I can pre-write that won’t get Joss’d a few months down the line (or when the next patch hits). The best I can do is deal with treadmill gaming issues, very general strategies, and possibly posts on how macro coding works.

Assuming they don’t change that as well. *eyes MoP nervously*

The model horses are a bit harder. Since I’m trying to sell the finished customs, they need to be posted as soon as possible. While I can space them out a bit, I run the risk of having the horse sell before it appears on the blog (in a perfect world anyway *wistful sighs*).

Thus I am left with basic how-to’s for the pre-writing. I could touch on the materials or the techniques, but it would have to be something I’m actually good at… which narrows the field a bit. Hmm.

The business blog is another one that is relatively easy one to pre-write for. Except for the posts that deal with immediate business happenings, nothing in this subblog has a set time frame. I can cover taxes, marketing, inventory handling, and other minutiae of home crafting businesses in any order I feel like.

I just need to sit down and put my thoughts to paper screen.

In theory I should be posting to this subblog as I make changes to the blog itself, but I’ve never really kept up. Since I’m already out of sync, I don’t suppose it would matter if I keep the posting lag going.

But there’s a lot of catching up to do, between the creation of the new childtheme to tracking down new plugins to fill the gaps, there’s a lot I could be writing about.

This is just me rambling, so I really don’t think I need to buffer this one…

A Plan for the Moment

Right now I’m just going to focus on writing posts to keep up with my post-a-day habit. On those lucky days where I end up finishing off more than one, I’ll start evaluating if it’s a keeper for the sick day pile.

I have a feeling that I’m too used to writing in-the-moment posts to build up much of a buffer, but hopefully Script Frenzy will help shake the muses loose!

Martha Bechtel

My name is Martha Bechtel and I write fantasy and science fiction stories, paint small model horses silly colors, cast resin and plaster magnets, code random code (and Wordpress plugins)... Come on in and join in the fun!

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  1. Navimie

    I like post a day! Since I have a daily blog too, I have a schedule that keeps me in focus for posting as well, and people may think that’s droll but it’s really good for me, to get me motivated about writing.

    1. Martha Bechtel

      I seem to go through a flood and famine cycle with my posts—although I’m getting better. Not having last year’s ‘old custom horse’ posts to fall back on has been a real sea change. I just need to start putting aside time on the weekend to write the week’s posts.

      Now that I can actually see the top of my writing desk again I’ve got high hopes! 😉

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