Scheduling A Post For A Later Date

Image of scheduling a postEver written something but wanted it to appear as a post on your blog later?

The good news is you can schedule posts to be published when you want whether it be a specific time, few days or weeks.

It’s really simple to do — only takes 3 simple steps!

Once you have written your post just:

  1. Click on Edit link next to Publish Immediately in the ‘Publish Status’ box
  2. Enter the date and time you want the post to publish
  3. Click Publish

Your post will now be held until the time and date you specified. You also use this method to change the timestamp on published posts.


This post was inspired by Marie’s question “Is there a way to postpone the posting of a post if you want it posted on a particular date?” Great question and something that many people didn’t realize.

Please leave a comment if you have questions or how-to’s that you would like explained.

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12 thoughts on “Scheduling A Post For A Later Date

  1. There are many times I will schedule blog posts for the future sometimes it is just written the day before I schedule it, other times, it could be set for a week or more in the future. And I also have a stash of blog entries in my drafts that might need a bit added to them or some editing before they see the public eye. And it is nice to be able to have some blog posts set to schedule in the future, especially if you are going on vacation or know you will be tied up with a client or a conference.
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  2. Kia ora Sue.

    You’re right. You can do it in Blogger. I did it quite by accident. I set the date and time right for here in NZ and the Blogger server thought it had to keep it on hold till the time-line spun a bit. Gave me a message to say so too. Nuisance really.

    Ka kite

  3. @Prabu Rajasekaran It explains how to in the post. Occasionally bloggers like to change the date the wrote a post.

    @Linda J Definitely a good point to highlight to people. Thanks for sharing this tip.

    @Marie Not a problem. Great idea for a post and now you know how to do it.

  4. Thought I would offer a warning on this – if you post-date a post and then provide a link to it, it can be accessed before the post date.

    I just did this myself in preparing a post and ‘future’ (I thought) links to it and the access was immediate, not delayed, as I expected. So post-dating must just hide the link from the home page until the date specified.

  5. You mentioned about changing the timestamp of a published post. How to do that? When do we need such a facility?

    I saw the same word twice in the ‘Anti-spam word’ in the comments area. I think it’s not okay.

    Thank you.

  6. @Ken I know that @Meghna who left a comment above uses blogger so you must be able to schedule it to post at a later date. Look forward to seeing how you go ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Kia ora Sue,

    As far as I can see (I haven’t done the whole bit yet) the date of the draft ccan be altered. That’s to say that a draft written today can be dated for the day after tomorrrow and it will sit there until I post it).

    But more than that (and this is something I did try through to the end) I can change the date of an existing post, say one that I published on 10 May, and set its published date to 12 May and republish it with that date displayed.

    How do I know? I did just that to one of my posts. I put it back to how it should be after I’d checked that the post was actually displayed like that.

    I wonder about your word ‘schedule’. My assumption is that the scheduling is done by me, not the computer. That’s to say that a draft that carries tomorrow’s date will not be published automatically tomorrow. As far as I know, Blogger has no facility to publish drafts automatically on a (pre)set date.

    So I think the ‘date’ field is simply a label in Blogger. That label is looked at by Blogger when the draft is published. So whatever date is there, the post will display it.

    What I haven’t tried is posting a draft dated the day after tomorrow, today ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll let you know when I do.

    That’s why I said, “shades of Back to the Future”.

    Am I making myself clear? I know that times, dates, time-lines and things baffle some people. They baffle me!

    Ka kite

  8. @Meghna Knowing how to scheduling a post for a later date is handy to know. Especially for those days when you suddenly get that burst to write lots of posts — generally with edubloggers it is better to stick to one post max. per day as some of our readers don’t like excessive postings.

    @Ken So does that mean you can write now and schedule for a later date?

  9. Kia ora Sue!

    I recall you asked me about this some time before – to do with being able to do this in Blogger. I now know that it can be done.

    Under Post Options in Blogger, Dashboard, the date and time of the post can be changed.

    It can also be changed for an existing post! I’ve just tried it. Shades of Back to The Future ๐Ÿ™‚

    Ka kite

  10. Yes, this is a very useful method. I have tried the post scheduling once, when I went out for a vacation for few days. Before leaving, I finished my post and scheduled it for two days later and the same was published promptly at the scheduled time.

    Thank you for sharing.

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