You work hard. Your family and friends needs some fun. You deserve a vacation. As bloggers, sometimes we feel the need to stay connected all the time. Whether you intend to completely unplug, set aside some time, or share the love on social media, here are some tips to help you prepare your blog for vacation.
6 Tips to Prepare Your Blog For Vacation
1. Pre-schedule Posts
I keep a written list of post ideas in a handy app on my phone like Evernote. The count is at about 40 currently and I can delve into those projects when my fancy strikes. These are great ways to get new posts written before the deadline and scheduled to publish on a predetermined timeline. That means you can have fresh posts and still enjoy your vacation!
2. Schedule any Necessary Social Media Outlets
There are several online programs such as hootsuite, buffer, and coschedule that can organize and schedule your social media ahead of time. Scheduling content on social media will free you up from the rigorous demands of promoting your content while you are on vacation.
3. Balancing Being Away and Engaging
As stated, everyone deserves a vacation. However, remember that your blog and social media outlets are public. Don’t make an “I am on vacation this week” post. First, because you really do not want to announce that no one is home. Second, you still want to engage and keep content fresh. This type of post does not convey any engagement. Instead, you may consider telling your readers that you are sharing your vacation photos on Instagram (if you intend to) or to follow along on other social media.
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4. Take your inspiration notebook and pen or phone
Inspiration can happen anywhere! A vacation is a nice time to unwind, refresh, and get away. But is also a great time to get inspired. Discover some new cultural traditions your readers will love? Fall in love with a signature mojito? Write it down as a future post idea, and continue on your vacation.
5. Setup a Guest Post Series
In the time leading up to your vacation, network and ask for a guest post or two while your on vacation. There are some great facebook groups such as The Blogging Bunch or International Bloggers Association that can offer some networking for guest posts. Make an introduction for your guest posts that sounds inviting rather than “I’m on vacation, so here’s someone else”. Awkward.
6. Realize That Your Blog Will Not Implode
A vacation, even from your blog, is a good thing. You will come back refreshed and probably with better ideas. Let go of your stats for your vacation. It will pay off in the long run.
About the Author: Rachel Beach lives in Frederick, MD and enjoys a full life with a loving husband, adventurous son, and an awesome family dog. During a productive career in cancer research, she rediscovered her love for all things creative and handmade. She currently runs a website, Craving some Creativity, where she chronicles her adventures in renovation, DIY, cooking, and crafting.