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February 15, 2008

Publish Blogger Posts to Future Dates

Sometimes you want to take a week off from your blog, but it's difficult to stop posting and keep your readers and search engine bots waiting for new posts. One way to handle this is to write a number of posts in advance that are automatically posted while you are away.

Blogger didn't offer this feature, so the only workaround was to use a service that schedules email delivery (like LetterMeLater) and Mail-to-Blogger. But Blogger constantly improve and adds a lot of interesting features, especially lately. Blogger in Draft tests a scheduled posts feature that changes the way Blogger publishes posts: if you publish a post with a future date, Blogger will delay the publishing until that date.

"Publishing a post in the future is pretty simple: in the post editor, reveal the Date and Time fields using the Post Options toggle and enter a post date and time that is in the future. When you then click the Publish button, your post will become scheduled. When the date and time of the post arrive, your post will be automatically published to your blog." This only works from Blogger in Draft, but the feature will soon be available from the regular interface. For those who want to see all the new Blogger features before they're released to everyone, there's a Greasemonkey script that redirects you to Blogger in Draft.


  1. Thanks for sharing that! I noticed that you can right-click and choose "Spell check this field" inside text input boxes but hadn't worked out how to make that permanent... so cheers!

  2. Great. This is a feature I was waiting for since the beginning of my Blogger adventure.

  3. Has anyone figured out a way to make this work from Windows Live Writer?

  4. Live Writer uses Blogger's API, which doesn't seem to support this feature.

  5. I tried in mine in, it publishes the article and puts a future date in it, instead of not showing the article until that date.

  6. I have been weighting for this for a long time.

  7. It's a long overdue feature! Thankfully Wordpress has supported this for some time now.

  8. When I click on your Blogger in Draft link it just takes me to my sign-in interface. Why is this feature so daunting to the geniuses at Google? I've been doing it for as long as I can remember with my other Wordpress blog!

  9. I would like protest against scheduled posting method.

    So, the idea of scheduled posting is great, but the realisation is poor.

    The simpler and maybe the best way to do this is to insert a new scheduling date field next to the date field.

    Now the date field functionality is too complicate:

    a) dating
    b) scheduling
    c) URL generating
    d) sorting
    e) archiving

    For example, if someone (like me) want to add a post with future date, can't do it correctly.

    If I publish it (as blogger team suggests) with current date and then repost it with a new date, then the URL of the post (and archive date) remain unchanged.

    So the date of the post and the date in the link (and the archive) are different, and this mismatch is a problem for the blogger and the readers too.

  10. I was searching for this. Thanks and great share.