How to do a scheduled post...

Perhaps you have some ads for upcoming events but you won't be around to post them? (Or even want to schedule a post for your own LJ?) Well, let me walk you through how to do a scheduled post! Many thanks to write_light for first telling members about how to do this. I've tried this myself and it DOES work! I've done some screen caps, as I know I learn quicker sometimes with a visual. And thanks to ms_geekette for pointing out that if your posting here (or in any community) is moderated, you can't use this. (Re: moderated posting here, after you've posted a couple posts, I'll approve you for unmoderated, THEN you can use this here in Vintage Ads! :)

Just go to create a new post, as you normally would. That is how the date normally looks, but you see that 'change' next to the time? Please hit that.


Now you have this, where you can adjust the date and time.


As soon as you put the cursor in the date box to change the day a calendar pops up to select the date (or to even change the month).


Once you've selected your date, change the time. Please remember, time must be in 24 hour increments. As in 6pm must be as 18:00. I guess that's military time?


Do your post as normal, then hit post and you get this.


If later on you want to edit your post, change something, etc. You can find your scheduled posts when you hit your 'journal' tab.

Thanks for posting this! Great walkthrough.
Yes, that is a neat feature (I have used it in other communities), but it only works if you are on the posting list or whatever LJ calls it for users who are free to post without going to moderation. If your post goes to moderation, you can't schedule it. The ability to change date and time is not available.

Just mentioning it, since your helpful walkthrough won't work for everyone.
oh wow, thank you!!
thank you so much for that info!! i had absolutely no idea it wouldn't work with moderation!!! i will change the entry to mention that!!
Re: oh wow, thank you!!
Yeah, it works for you since you are a moderator/community owner, but doesn't work for all of us mere mortals. ;-D
Re: oh wow, thank you!!
well i'm a mere mortal too, though uh, yeah, i can post unmoderated here ;) ....i did edit and add that to the post and i credit you with pointing that out---very much appreciate that!! and i put in there after someone posts a couple times moderated i'll approve them for unmoderated.....

we had a problem years ago with posts and we tried to approve members but that didn't work so i figured moderated posting would work better that way anyone can join and as soon as i know they know the rules, i'll unmoderate 'em! :)
Although I forgot to say that I've also used scheduled posts in my journal a lot recently, so your walkthrough will work for people who want to schedule a post in their journal, too.
i have edited the post to mention THAT too!! i honestly never even considered the usage of that for non-community use!! profuse thanks to you!!
I largely use it for monthly book posts (I can add books as I read them) and other entertainment consumption like a TV/movies roundup, and it generally works well if I remember to date it properly and finish the posts, haha. I had an instance recently when I accidentally dated a post for Jan 2014 rather than Jan 2015 to give me extra time to work on it, so it was a surprise when it went out very unfinished and I got a comment. XD

But I do know a few people who use it as a post holding queue, as well. They can write bits and pieces and release it whenever it suits them. Or space out posts if they go on a writing/posting spree.
i have drafts that i just set to 'private'....that's always been my 'trick' for working on a post, etc....i'd be fearful something would post before it was done---just like happened to you! :)

Yeah, I should probably start doing that, but knowing me, I'd forget to change it from private, haha. It's only happened to me once (knock on wood), and I don't have a massive flist, so it's not quite like doing an oopsie in a community with hundreds or thousands of people. I will say that it adds...charm. Yes, that's what I'll say! XD
that's a great way to look at it!!! i will sometimes PRE-date something if it's gonna be a long draft...i think that's the right term....meaning i'll change the year til 2 years from now and have it set to private and then it'll be on top to remind me to work on it!