The only thing you are doing if you hold a long contract for the intermediate future, and briefly trade the short side, is you are simply recalibrating your entry into the long side. You're not trading two different strategies - you're really saying that you got in long too soon, or if you're already showing a profit, you're simply trying to day trade more profits.
So what you need to do is double up. Buy two contracts, sell and re-buy one of them as needed.
I did never understand reasons to be long and short the same contract at one time. Nonetheless, if one already have a position in crude light, there is always a possibility to enter opposite side of the trade with the next month contract. Front-end CL contracts are usually liquid enough for trading on a day basis. Or trade mini.