Writing Ahead

I have been having a blast writing the shorter posts that I’ve been doing lately here on the blog. It’s hard to recall when I have had more fun writing. And the reception of these posts—which jump from one topic to the next—seems generally positive.

I’ve been so happy that I have been writing a lot more than I have been posting. Not wanted to flood readers with lots of posts on a single day, I’ve taken to writing ahead. That is, I sometimes write two or three posts on a day, and then schedule them for the next available empty date on the blog’s editorial calendar.

A pattern, of sorts, has started to emerge from this. Scheduled posts appear at 9 am Eastern on the day for which they have been scheduled. Occasionally, I’ll write and post something same-day, and those posts appear at 3 pm Eastern. This post that you are reading is an example of the latter.

Writing ahead allows me to indulge in the joy I get from writing these posts, and yet not feel compelled to post what I’ve written the minute I am finished. I am doing my best to stick to one new post of substance each day, with an occasional exception here and there.

This can lead to a little confusion, and that is what I wanted to clarify here. In this morning’s post, I talked about sleeping in my guest room. I mentioned how I was sick and how I slept in the guest room yesterday. The “yesterday” is relative to the day on which I wrote the post. That was several days ago. At this point, I am over my cold, and it has been several nights since I’ve slept in the guest room.

I mention this because as I go through this particularly prolific period, the posts I have scheduled ahead are growing. As of this writing (on Tuesday, December 13, 2016), I have posts scheduled through next Tuesday (December 20). At the rate that I am writing, it will continue to extend out. At some point, the post that I write on a given day may not appear for several weeks.

I will do my best to keep this in mind when referring to relative times and dates in the posts, but I imagine that I will slip up occasionally. So just keep in my that in the morning posts, when you see references to “yesterday” or “tomorrow,” it is relative to the time I wrote the post, not the time it was published.

Going forward, I’ll do my best to make that more clear in the posts themselves.

Published by Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.