One of the fun and wonderful things about blogging here (and on other servers I'm sure), is the ability to draft a blog post and then schedule it for later publication.
That creates a bunch of weird timey wimey* problems
Pre-scheduled posting means that I can:
1. Think of something brilliant and witty and perfect to post for someone's birthday any time at all, type up the blog post, plug in the pictures etc., and set it to post automatically on the appropriate date. That way, when the date arrives and I've got nothin' (or I'm such a twit that week that I just plain forget)... I'm still good.
2. Have a really productive day when I'm oozing good post ideas out my pores, and not lose any of them. I can just write a whole swack of posts, and then set them to post later, say, every other day ... or once a month just in case, or even at appropriate times (like Birthdays and Holidays etc).
3. Write a REALLY long blog story that takes up several posts all at once, then set it to publish serially.
4. Plan ahead for times when I know I won't be able to blog (say, for example, when I'm in class for four days, or driving across the country ... ).
But, oddly, it's also troublesome when you've blogged ahead by ten days or so, and something happens that's worthy of blogging TODAY -- and it's time sensitive, but doesn't fit into the flow of your current blog stream. For example ... posting about May Day and how we've adapted one of the various traditions surrounding that day will no longer be timely if I wind up doing it in, say mid-June.
See ... timey wimey issues.
Alas, this scheduled blogging ahead toy also lets me get ahead of myself to the extent that I can get used to not blogging regularly. If I've lined up half a dozen blog posts, all written and fun and ready to go ... I can set them to publish themselves every other day, and be good for nigh onto two weeks. If I then let those two weeks go by without blogging, I'll have lost momentum. And that's a bad thing in any context.
Think about it... if you make yourself dust one room of the house every day, you get into a rhythm, and you might even not notice that you hate dusting. But... if you then get all fired up and dust the whole house because the President of the Junior League is coming to visit ... you'll be far enough ahead that you won't have to dust for several days... and you'll lose momentum and poof, there goes the well dusted house you'd managed to creat.
Okay, you're right. no one does that. I know I don't do that (even if I do covet a well dusted house).
Let's try something more realistic. If you weed five square feet of garden every day, you won't spend much time doing it, and your gardens will look lovely and your flowers and veggies will thrive without competing for space with the dandelions and ragweed and that grassy stuff that sneaks in from the lawn. You can get into a habit. You can do it without noticing much anymore. Until.... you have a burst of energy (or the grand-kids come over and weed for you or your spouse treats you to a professional lawn guy one day for your birthday), and you weed the whole thing at once. Then, you can take a few days break... except that three days later the weeds are coming back everywhere, and now you're behind.
Or exercise.... it works if you do it every day. Or every other day. Like a regular blog post, running a mile every day gets you seven miles a week easily. But... it doesn't work nearly as well to blow it off for ten days and try to get your mileage up all at once.
hmmm. I wonder if this explains why I'm so bad at taking vitamins...