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October 20, 2013

Guest Bloggers: Please Save All Posts To Draft, Rather Than Publishing Immediately

I ask this for several reasons.

First, it gives cobloggers a chance to quickly read the post and make sure there's nothing too objectionable about it. There's a lot less drama when some point is handled behind the scenes, rather than a post being posted, then taken down.

Oh, and on that: If you yourself wonder if something is too edgy or otherwise objectionable, ask a cob (or me) to read it over. As long as it's in draft it can be edited into something less likely to cause headaches.

Second, and more importantly, it's crucial for scheduling reasons. Sometimes there will be a big batch of posts coming in at the same time-- say four posts in twenty minutes. If they're all just published at once, the earlier posts -- posted just ten or twenty minutes earlier -- will be stomped and buried, and never read.

Also, those posts, spaced out rationally 45 minutes to an hour apart could cover four hours of the day, whereas if they just all come down in a big rush, they wind up covering just an hour.

Content may be light this week so it's especially important to keep things spaced apart. It does no one any good to have five posts go up between 1pm and 2pm, and then nothing at all between 2pm and 5pm.

If you have something time-sensitive, which you think should have priority, either because it's breaking news or because it's an article that you found that few others do, please alert one of the cobloggers about that, or perhaps save your draft with a capitalized TIME SENSITIVE in the headline, so that anyone perusing the drafted post list will take note of it.

Thanks for posting, and thanks for sticking to the Save to Draft, not Save to Publish rule. The cobloggers will be working extra hard (for free) while I'm on vacation, and this was their top request. They have two big problems: When there's not enough content, and when there's far too much. Saving to Draft, and allowing the cobs to pop out the posts as needed, spaced out nice and evenly, solves both problems.

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posted by Ace at 09:13 PM

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