Sunday, August 06, 2006

How to prepare a post to be published in the future

Here is a workaround to create a post to publish in the future. You will have to use Email Scheduler. This post was prepared on Friday, August 4 at 10:34 and is scheduled to publish on August 5 at 12:00. This is how it can be done. First you will have to enable blogging by email. Log into Dashboard, select the blog, click SETTING>EMAIL, then in the Mail-to-Blogger Address box, type in a secret word in the box and make sure you tick Publish box. blogging by emailSave and republish. Then create an account at Email Scheduler. Click "Scheduler" at the top bar and you will see a window like in the screen capture shown below. Type in the Mail-to-Blogger Address in the "to" box, the title of your post in the "subject" box and prepare your post in the content box. Then choose the date and time at which you want the post to be published in the "Remind on" boxes and click "submit". If you want to confirmed your email is saved, click on the "Pending email" button on the right sidebar. This is how you will do it if you are familiar with HTML. If you are not familiar with HTML and if you want to post photos, there is an alternative. Log into Blogger Dashboard and prepare your post as normal. You can do it in either the Edit Html mode or the Compose mode, but when you are finished, make sure you change over to EDIT HTML mode. Highlight the prepared post and copy. Follow the method as described above, but instead of preparing your post in the content box of Email Scheduler, paste your post prepared in the Blogger post editor. Chose the date and time you want to post and click "submit" and you are done. Note: If your post editor have word verification turned on, you will first have to get it removed or it will interfere with your future posting. This blog had post editor word verification turned on. I contacted Blogger Support and the word verification was removed within 24 hours. To contact Blogger Support, see How to contact Blogger Support (click "BACK" button to get back to this page). You will normally receive an automated email. Make sure you reply to the email.

Update: This post was prepared on Friday, August 4 at 10:34 and was scheduled to publish on Saturday, August 5 at 12:00. How, the post was published on Sunday, August 6 between 9.00 and 12.00 according to my computer time. I live on the other side of the globe from America.

You may also want to take a look at iContact for your blog, especially business blog.

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  1. nice blog u got here!

  2. Is there any way to create new paragraphs in posts that are sent ahead of time? The e-mail program runs evreything together.

  3. It was so EASY to pre-post tonight!
    This info is so useful.
    I was getting ready to switch to Typepad and not looking forward to it. The post was an hour late but big deal. And yes I lost my paragraphs but that was easy to edit.
    THANKS so much

  4. Anonymous12/14/2006

    Thanks heaps for the work that you put into making blogger a much friendlier place to be.

    I did want to let you know that the link to contacting support does not go to who you think it does. It looks like it has been hijacked?

  5. Hi Susan,

    Thanks for the heads-up (hope that's the correct term). I have updated the link. However, after updating, I found it lead to a "Page not found". I have come across this problem before. See Alert: It may be a good idea to republish whole blog" once in a while.

  6. Email Scheduler seems to have gone under (the site is no more). Any insight into this?

  7. I haven't checked. I will do that now.

    Looks like the guy who started it found it unprofitable and has stopped renewing his domain. Looks like the end of this work around unless someone comes up with a similar service.

    Peter (Blog*Star 2006 and 2007)
    Generating Revenue from your Website

  8. A thought just came into my mind. I think there are similar service that offer such scheduling of email for a fee. If it is important enough for you, you may consider subscribing.

    Peter (Blog*Star 2006 and 2007)
    Testing Blogger Beta (now New Blogger)

  9. I am updating the post to take that into consideration and offering alternatives.

    Peter (Blog*Star 2006 and 2007)
    Blogger for Dummies

  10. Has anyone tried

    They ask for a donation of $1 a month, and its worth it even if you blog isn't there to make money! I mean $12 a year if it does what we need it to! LOL!

    Just wondering if anyone has checked it out. I sent a note to the company to ask some questions.

  11. Hi H,

    I only used Time Caves for testing, so I don't need a subscription. I hope the extra [ublicity plus link will be enough compensation for the use of their services. However, all extra information highly welcomed and if you get a response, I hope you will let us know its nature.

    Peter Blog*Star
    Dummies Guide to Google Blogger
    "online book" in progress


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