I was pretty pleased with myself Monday night.
I’d just finished my latest blog post and scheduled it for publication at 0900 Tuesday morning. Then, after playing around with Buffer a bit more I realised that it was possible for me to add the yet to be published blog post to my Buffer queue.
So I went ahead and scheduled a Google+ update and tweet for the blog post (making sure I left a bit of time between the post going live and the updates to make sure it would actually be published – no broken links here thank you!).
I felt so productive – scheduling posts, tweets and updates a day in advance – and I went to bed a happy woman.
The big day dawns
I’d scheduled Buffer to send out a tweet at 09:20 am Tuesday morning and checking my Twitter stream at 09:30 I saw the tweet had indeed gone out on time. Thank you Buffer.
Excitedly I clicked on the link to see how my scheduled post looked now it was live…
Well that wasn’t at all what I was expecting.
I quickly logged onto WordPress (from my phone – it was actually less painful than I thought it would be to navigate WordPress that way but that’s another blog post for another time) and checked the post.
Yes it was there, but still in Scheduled mode.
Turns out…my blog timezone (Settings / General) is set to UTC + 1000 and during daylight savings I’m actually in UTC + 1100.
Now I knew what the problem was, I quickly published the post and all was again right in my world.
How to stop this from happening in the future?
There are three ways to stop this happening in the future:
- Change your blog settings to accommodate daylight savings changes. This means changing to UTC + 1100 (or the equivalent where you live) when you go into daylight savings and changing back to UTC + 1000 when daylight savings ends.
- Remember to schedule posts an hour earlier during daylight savings.
- Don’t use Buffer and just manually share the post once it is published.
Since I have trouble remembering to change the clocks when daylight savings ends (thank goodness the phone and computers change automatically nowadays) option 1 is not for me. In future I’ll just remember to schedule publication of the post for an hour earlier than my scheduled Buffer shares. Easy!
Option 3 is also a very viable option if you don’t like automatically scheduling shares or want to be 100% certain that your post has actually published before you share it.
Want to chat about this further?
Come on over to the Google+ Page and let me know what’s on your mind!
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