Have you ever found it hard to sit down and write a blog post? As someone who owns three websites, two which have blogs on them, I know how hard it can be to sit down and commit yourself to write. There are a few different websites that provide incentives people to complete different goals every week, like Beeminder, but those websites can be used for more than just blog posts. Also, they don’t require any proof that you accomplished your goal. Recently, I found out about a new website where you can set goals to write blog posts for your website, called Post or Pay. I’ll talk more about it in this post.
How do you set up a commitment on Post or Pay?
It’s simple. Go to the website and type your blog post subject in the space in the middle of the site, then click the “Set Goal” button. You’ll be taken to a page where you’ll choose your commitment amount if you don’t reach your goal, provide your payment information, and choose your deadline to publish your post. Don’t worry, your method of payment won’t be charged unless you break your commitment
How is Post or Pay different from other sites?
What makes Post or Pay different from other sites like Beeminder is Post or Pay requires you to submit a link to your post once it’s published. You’ll receive a confirmation email that looks like this one
You have to reply to the email with the link to your post once it’s published. If you don’t reply to it, your payment method will be charged.
What if I have an emergency and can’t post my article by the deadline?
If you have an emergency and can’t post your article by the deadline you decided on, you can write and explain why you can’t publish the post. However, in order for a commitment to be cancelled, you have to meet two prerequisites:
- Your commitment amount has to be more than $50. Commitments less than $50 can’t be cancelled under any circumstances.
- The commitment has to be cancelled at least 48 hours before the deadline. That way they avoid last-minute cancellations on the day of the deadline because procrastination.
This gives you a little wiggle room to cancel when life is unfair to you, but avoids the temptation to cheat and cancel your commitment.
Will Post or Pay always be free, other than the amount you’re charged for broken commitments?
Yes, the website owner has assured me that Post or Pay will always be free – you’ll never pay a monthly fee for it.
Tips to stay productive with Post or Pay
- Make your commitment amount large enough that you’re motivated to finish the post by the deadline.
- Make your deadlines reasonable. If you know you’ll have a lot of outside life commitments coming up that will make it hard for you to post your blog, plan your deadlines out far enough that you’ll able meet them.
- Make sure the post you’re writing is important to you; if it is, you’re more likely to stick to your goal.
Where can I check out Post or Pay?
You can check it out right here: