Automated blogging

Over the past two days, I’ve been out camping and haven’t been online at all. But you might have still noticed that I published posts here and at my other blog as well. Also, I shared some tweets too.

I’ve known about scheduled posts (and tweets) for a while. WordPress, the blogging platform I use, lets me forward date posts so they publish on that date (and time) in the future without me having to manually post them.

So yeah, I’ve used that in the past many times, but I’ve never left my posts for long. I’ve always checked back on the blog within a few hours.

The downside to automation is that I’m not able to interact in the comments or on Twitter or Facebook or whatever. The upside, though, is that I don’t have to think about it, which can help lower interruption costs.

Right now, I’m trying to plan to see if I could schedule everything in advance for one week (7 days) straight.

I need to work on automating Facebook. I’ve done it in the past, but I took that down. So perhaps I’ll get it back up and going again.

I’m not convinced I like it completely automated (I still like to interact personally), but I’m optimistic about experimenting and seeing how far I can push it.

If you’re a blogger, have you played with it much? If you’re not a blogger, have you automated anything else? What have you tried? What works?