How to plan your blogging absence

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So your family just booked a glorious trip to the Bahamas for two weeks, but there’s no guarantee that you’ll be able to access wi-fi for who knows how long, and who even brings their laptop with them to the Bahamas?!

If you know you’re going to be away from your blog for a while, here are some tips and helpful ideas to let you plan your absence. 

1. Start planning ahead early.

Don’t wait until the last minute to start thinking about the state of your blog over the next two weeks. Successfully dealing with your blogging absence means creating loose schedules, pre-writing posts and more.

2. Figure out your obligations.

The goal with a blogging absence is to make it seem as though you never left. There’s technically no need to mention that you’re away, unless you have a reason for doing it (such as, writing a post like this).

3. Decide your frequency and content.

How many times a week do you want to post? What days? What time on those days? Make sure that your content is varied, that you hit a number of different categories every week, and that your posts are spaced out. Use a calendar to plan what will be published when.

4. Create your content.

Don’t forget that when the going gets tough, there may be a community of people who are willing to help you out. You’ve got guest posts, reblogging opportunities, playlists, etc. These type of posts are easier to coordinate and less time intensive.

Guest posts are a great way to keep your blog interesting, and to voice other opinions besides your own.

Reblogs are a bit trickier. It’s easy for your own personality to get lost when you reblog articles. If/when you do decide to reblog someone else’s work, make sure to include your own opinion/spin on the subject.

Playlists are super fun to make and even more fun to share with others. Create themed playlists. Some of my favorites include:

Bathtime playlist: I Dare You to Relax

Beach playlists: The Bahamas

Driving playlists: Riding Alone in the Car

Summer playlists: A Sippin’ Sizzurp Summer

5. Deal with technicalities.

Enable all comments so you don’t have to rely on sketchy wifi. Set up your social media posts (if that’s a thing you do) for your FB page, Twitter page, etc.

6. Remember that this is a learning lesson.

If this is the first time you’re taking a planned blogging absence, the time before, after and during your absence will be a learning opportunity for you. Do your best at addressing the circumstances, but if that the end of the day it’s too overwhelming, then just go MIA.

You run the blog, the blog doesn’t run you.


 

 

6 comments

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  2. Sabina

    I totally plan my absence, but I usually scale back a bit. Maybe I’ll schedule a photo series instead of written posts–there’s usually fewer comments and less work that goes into them (because I usually dig them out of my archives instead of shooting/editing a whole new set). Or I’ll do a series of shorter posts, or only post once/week instead of 4x.

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  3. Leroy

    I think planning your blog while you’re away is perfectly fine, but we also don’t have to act like the world will end if our “followers” don’t see a post from us for 2 weeks. We’re allowed to go on vacations. We’re allowed to explore the world. We shouldn’t feel like we need to keep up with this sort of thing. Go to the Bahamas (or South America, or Japan, or anywhere else), and leave it all behind. Because that’s what this is all about. Exploring.

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    • catdiggedydog

      I think we totally agree on this point! That’s why I felt it was necessary to close with:
      “if that the end of the day it’s too overwhelming, then just go MIA.”

      A blog is just a blog. And our own peace of mind is most important. We should pursue that as well as we can.

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