A fellow-blogger put me out of my misery by teaching me the mysterious process of scheduling a post. For all of you scratching your heads, it's easy. When you're creating a post, there's a button on the bottom, left-hand side of the page that says, "Post Options." Click on it. Put in the date and time you want to publish, and hit the save draft button. Once you're satisfied with the post, hit the publish button. Don't worry, it won't publish until the date and time you've specified.
Another blogger mentioned she creates posts for two weeks at a time, schedules them, and she's done. This inspired me to block out a couple of hours each week. So, if I'm sick, I no longer have to drag myself to the computer or skip a post. If I'm on vacation, at a conference, or life gets crazy, no problem. My posts will publish automatically.
There is something satisfying about completing one or two weeks' worth of posts at a sitting. It's one less thing on my to-do list for the upcoming week. Then I can sit back and enjoy responding to reader comments. Ah, I can skip the chocolate tonight. Maybe I'll lose some of those pounds I put on and can't seem to shed.