Holy cow, I wrote a book!
Occasionally somebody asks
about the timing of an entry I've written
and wants to know how far ahead with this blog thing I really am.
To give you an idea of how far in advance I write my blog entries,
I wrote this particular entry on February 13, 2008.
Generally, the articles are published in the order I wrote them;
this particular entry ended up on February 27, 2009 because that was
the next available open day.
If the big news topic of February 27th, 2009 happens to be related to
it's just a coincidence.
Now, with a buffer of over a year,
I do have quite a bit of leeway in choosing when
any particular article is published.
Although articles in general just get slotted in for the next open day,
I will occasionally arrange for
one to come out on a thematically-related day.
Sometimes the connection is blatant,
like writing about time and time zones
on the Fridays before Daylight Saving Time transitions,
or writing about Hallowe'en on, well, Hallowe'en.
More often the connection is low-key, like
telling a story about the economics of parking tickets
on a day when parking is free in Seattle
warning about fake guacamole
on the Friday before the Super Bowl.
And sometimes the connection is impossibly obscure,
like taking a story that I know a friend will like
and slotting it in on their birthday, anniversary, or some
other day meaningful to them.
(To answer Paul's specific question:
I found the article on guacamole and said,
"That would be a great article to use for the Super Bowl."
I already had a Super Bowl article picked out for 2007,
the guacamole article was slotted in for 2008.)
There are other patterns you may have picked up on:
But generally, it's just a FIFO queue.
Oh, and right now, the queue is full up through the
beginning of June 2010.