Attention! Ensuring Your Blog is Alive While On Vacation or on a Sick Bed
Happy new month to you my valued friend :). As you can see, we’re already coming to the end of the year and I hope you’re keeping up with your goals so far. It’s never easy dear but, we have to keep pushing it or, all our efforts so far will be in vain and, I know you don’t want that to happen, neither do I :).
OK let’s get to today’s post. I know that most of us like travelling a lot and In case you don’t know, it’s one of my hobby, I enjoy travelling. In fact right now, I’m not in my state. I travelled a month ago to the Northern part of Nigeria and I had a horrible experience while on that journey and, that was what prompted this post in the first place.
While on the road, I contacted cold which finally resulted to Malaria and Typhoid fever as some of you may know, I was sick for almost a week and few days which means that, I wasn’t online for this period of time, which also mean that I didn’t update my blogs.
The thing was that, I never expected to be sick at all. My plan was to write a new post the following day because, the journey was too far and, I knew I won’t get there on time to update my blog but, I planned to update it the next day before sickness caught me.
I know you might have had this kind of ugly experience before so, Freedigitalphotos.net or, will it also go on vacation?
I know that none of us has ever and will never plan to be sick but, it doesn’t give you any notice when it’s coming, it will just take you unaware so, the best thing is to always be ready for it and plan ahead of time in case of anything.
So, How Do You Update Your Blog While On Vacation?
Now, this is something you will have to figure out but, I will share with you what I think are the best things to always do in such condition.
One of the best things to do whenever you plan on going on vacation to ensure that your blog is updated is to always plan ahead of time. So, how do you plan ahead of time? Its very simple.
Schedule some posts. I discovered that the best thing to do whenever you want to go on vacation is to write and schedule some posts that will go live on your period of vacation. With wordpress, everything is possible and very easy which is why I love it.
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Before you go on vacation, its obvious that you already know how long you will spend there so, the best thing is, since you also know how many times you updates your blog in a week, lets assume you publishes 2 articles per week like myself and assuming you will spend 2 weeks on your vacation then, all you have to do is to write 4 posts and schedule them to go live on your choosing publishing days that way, your blog will be fresh all through the 2 weeks you’ll be away.
I’m sure you already know how to schedule a post but in case you don’t, just click the Edit link next to “Publish immediately” in your blog post edit screen. From there you’ll be able to set the date and time you want the post to go live.
This not only help when you’re on vacation, it’s also good to be scheduling some posts once in a while in case of any uncertainty like, if you become sick or in a situation whereby you encountered writers block, your blog will also be updated.
I know the amount of traffic I lost those few days I didn’t update my blog because of my illness but, had it been that I scheduled some posts, it wouldn’t have happened so, it’s good to sometimes, schedule posts ahead of time.
Another thing you can do when going on vacation or while on a sick bed is to contact a trusted friend to help and be updating your blog. He will publish new posts for you, promote it and also respond to comments that way; your condition will not in any way affect your business.
If you have money, you can also hire a ghost writer to do the work for you.
It’s also proper to let your readers know that you’re going on vacation and, if you’re also into email marketing, you should also send your lists an email notifying them that you will be away for so so time, this is to make them to not expect anything from you during that period.
Or, on the other hand, you can also maintain your email frequency by scheduling some emails to be sent out on your desired dates and time. I’m sure every email marketing company has this feature.
Finally, you should never let your blog to stay idle while you’re on vacation because, this will result to your loosing huge amount of traffic and, I’m sure that’s not what you want.
Now, its your turn to tell us your own strategy……. How do you ensure that your blog is updated while you’re on vacation? Please, lets keep the discussion going via the comment thread.
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I pray that this month of August will bring us closer to our dreams….. Amen.
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