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How do I change the publish date for a blog post at creation?

I keep reading post about changing the publish date at creation of a blog post but I am not able to find the option when I am creating a blog post.

Any information on this would be helpful.

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It is RIDICULOUS that Atlassian hasn't bothered to fix this BUG after years of being aware of it.

There is however, a work around (at least for the version of Confluence that I am using - 6.0.something - I think)

If you have a blog post with the wrong date, start a new blog post, and on creation choose the date that you want - then copy and paste the text from the old (incorrectly dated) blog post into the new blog post. Then delete the old blog post.

That's really ridiculous.

Like Jeremy Swan likes this

can you tell me more? because, i can't find the way to change the date in new blog post.

Like Cassandra_Wilcox likes this

@Ben Travaglione I can't find it either. I'm trying to compose a *new* post and can't find the date options.

Like Cassandra_Wilcox likes this

I am using Confluence 6.9.1, and in that version, when you choose a new blog post, in the bottom left of the browser window in edit mode it has an editable box labelled "Posting Date".

Like Uriel Sandoval likes this

@Ben thanks! are you using Confluence server, or Cloud? I'm using Cloud and I'm wondering if that's why I'm not seeing it...

Yes, I am using a Confluence Server, and have not used the Cloud. I guess that is the difference. Sorry I can't provide any more help.

No worries, thanks for helping me suss it out @Ben! :)

I cannot find a way to change the blog post date in Confluence Cloud

Like MiMi Lane likes this

Me, either. :(

 

I wanted to backfill some articles. Now they are all showing posted/published on the same month/day. #fail

Like rchwebteam likes this

Please add the feature to change the date on a blog post.

As of 2019 I'm completely unable to affect a date for a blog post on confluence cloud.

In my new position with my new company, I wanted to create a repository of the monthly emails sent from our InfoSec VP.  As a process improvement activity, I wanted to take the content from the emails that she has sent out already in 2020 and backfill blog entries to get us up to the current email that will go out next week.

Sure, I could create a page for each of the old articles, but that defeats the purpose of doing a blog. I would have a bunch of pages then I'd change the delivery method to blog. I guess I can create an "archived articles" section of the space and roll out the blog when the next email is scheduled to be sent. Otherwise, all the prior articles will be listed in the October blog group and it will look like she sent out 9 blog posts on the same day.

Sigh. In just trying to change the publish date, researching the issue, and now writing this comment, I've wasted too much time on this. :'(

There can be very valid reasons to edit a blog post publish date.  In my case, I wanted to make the publish date match the date the email was originally sent out, so if anyone wanted to search their email for it, they would have the date.

FYI: We are using Confluence Cloud.

Exactly. I want meeting minutes with their date to be a blog.

It is not allowed, because it may affect a lot of core functions, like Page History, search results, etc.

Where's the difference to a normal page?

And why does page history matters when I cannot change the content of the blog entry?

Like Adam Leadoux likes this

Having a blog without an ability to change the date of the posts is ridiculous. Not to mention that it was there and was removed at some point :(

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So, explain why you want to lie about posting dates?

We live in a world where there's far too many people lying about what they do and say.  Please could someone explain why lying about publication information is useful?

Lie? 

For instance, I'd like to move my old content to confluence while preserving history dates (e.g, over a hundred release dates since 2007). 

It has nothing to do with created/updated timestamp, but it must be possible to control the post history calendar and yyyy/mm/dd urls.

P.S.: We are developers, not bloggers. 

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When migrating posts from other systems to Confluence you want to keep the original timestamps.

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Exactly!!

I created a bunch of posts that I wanted to be timestamped blog posts.

But I forgot to create them AS blog posts. Now I want to move them into my blog but there doesn't seem any way to do that.

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Usually I prepare my blog post days before posting it (some needs technical review before publish, other needs hierarchical validation,...). But the post date is initialized the day you create the page not the day you publish it. Sometimes I forget to update the date when I "Publish" it and I then have a wrong publication date which can be months before the real publish.

In that case it would be great to be able to change the publication date to let the page appear under the right month in the blog pages tree.

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Nic, are you really a true user of Confluence blogs??

 

It is not about lying, just use cases.

I'm exploring the opportunity to use the blog as changelog for my project. We have dates and content attached to them. And we can categorize posts with labels so that it is easy to filter them. (As workaround for having a single blog for the entire space).

Given that, I need to move already documented changelog into blog posts. I simply want to change the "container" for my entries, not lying on dates.

And of course I need to create a post ahead time of publishing. I think we need to be able to modify dates later, past creation and publishing.

I agree we need some help here.

Needing to change the date of a blog post is not about lying. I'm surprised by the assumption, especially from a Community Leader.

Sometimes you need to correct a mistake.

For example, I write a blog post for every Release and every Leadership Meeting. 

Sometimes, I accidentally create a Page instead of a Blog post. So the content doesn't display where it is supposed to, and I am completely powerless to correct this mistake.

I cannot change a Page to a Blog Post. I cannot create a new Blog Post and change the date. It's a content management headache.

What is the recommended workaround for this situation?

Perhaps improving the content creation workflow would help mitigate the "Damnit, I didn't realize I created a Page instead of a Blog post" frustration.

I noticed that the content creation UX was recently redesigned, and unfortunately, I think it made the problem worse for me.

I'd appreciate any recommendations. Thank you!

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My use case is not lying, but trying to list pages by an "event date" rather than by creation date or modification date (or title). If blog publish dates were editable, I could potentially use blog posts to list my training sessions (or other events) in the order they actually occurred. I don't publish every session page the same day it takes place, and sometimes I edit session pages afterwards. Neither creation nor modification date is correct here.

Alas there are some limitations in the default Confluence macros.

  • Content by label can't do it
  • Child pages only lets me sort by created, modified, title
  • Page tree only lets me sort by bitwise, creation, modified, natural, position

My solution to date has been to use the Page Properties macro with a column for Event date, formatted 2020-07-13, and sorted in descending order by Event date. (I'm planning to write an article about this and share how I did it.) This has been working well, but now I have a new, similar use case with other events where the Page Properties Report macro doesn't fit well into its assigned real estate. I have a kludge, but....I shouldn't have to work this hard for my cheese.

I have been testing a Scaffolding data table and pulling the events back out again with Reporting, which does work but because reasons I'd rather not use Scaffolding for this. 

If there is another way to add an "event date" piece of metadata to a page (without buying another plug-in or add-on), and then sort a page listing by it, I would love to hear about it!

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