Navigating Blogging Across Time Zones
I like this blog to come out in the morning east coast time.
I am a big fan of a routine, a ritual, a cadence.
That is partly why I blog every day, and that is why I like the blog to come out at roughly the same time every day.
It is also true that I have the most free time right after I wake up and then things get busy. So if I don’t blog right away, it is possible that I won’t find time to write that day.
When we go west for the winter, I do the same thing, writing as soon as I wake up, but
Traveling poses a bigger challenge. The last two Octobers, we have spent considerable parts of the month in Asia, twelve to fourteen hours ahead of NYC and even further ahead of the west coast of the US.
If I wrote my daily posts when I woke up in Asia, as I was tempted to do, they would have posted the night before in the US. And I didn’t want that.
So I waited until late afternoon, in the lull before heading out to dinner, and wrote then. That resulted in them posting early morning east coast time and the middle of the night on the west coast.
Honestly, that was not ideal for me. I found writing late in the day much harder with a full day of activity in my head. It was very challenging for me and I think the blogging suffered from that.
I’m back in the US now and yesterday’s post, which got a lot of pickup, was my first back in my regular ritual.
I am glad to be back and I think this blog is too.