Many of you expert bloggers out there know that it’s very hard to stay away from your blog for lengthy periods of time. A blog, if left untended, can quickly decline in stature. Traffic can dry up as your reader turn to other blogs for new content. And your ability to stay on top of the news and recent trends in your niche is significantly affected. So what do you do, then, if you must travel and can’t keep up your regular blogging schedule? Well, here are a few tips to help you make sure your blog flourishes as you make your way to your destination or enjoy your vacation.
Schedule Your Posts Before You Schedule Your Flight
One thing to ensure that your blog will keep functioning well while you’re gone is to schedule posts to publish when you can’t be in front of the computer. This means you’ll have to pace yourself and write enough content the week before you leave, but that’s the price you have to pay for taking a vacation. Also, be sure to notify your readers of your temporary absence. Explain you’ll still be posting material, but you won’t have a chance to respond to comments until you get back.
Republish Old, But Popular Content
While this might not be the perfect solution, it does allow you to satisfy your readers if you’re in a complete bind and can’t post new content while you’re gone. Have a series of your most popular posts scheduled to publish, but add to them a brief introduction, which you can write before you leave, about why this was a popular post. In that introduction, try to ask questions about the content. How does it apply today? What do new readers think? By doing this, you can create a conversation out of old material.
Invite Guest Bloggers to Post New Content
You could also invite a guest blogger or several to maintain your blog while you’re gone. This is a great way to both keep the content coming for your readers and develop relationships with other bloggers in your niche. You could ask your guest bloggers to write on certain topics, or just give them the freedom to do whatever they’d like within reason. I’ve found it’s generally helpful to all involved if you have some sort of vision for the posts and topics your guest bloggers can write, but as they say, each to his own!
Blog from the Road
I know this sort of goes against the overall theme of this post, so let me clarify. I don’t mean that you should blog regularly from the road. If you can’t do it, that’s not a big deal. If you can, there’s no requirement that you post as regularly or as in-depth as you normally would. As long as you do what you’re most comfortable, that’s all that matters. If you have a smart phone, or limited internet access, or a few minutes here and there, you can always post little bursts of updates from the road. Or, if you’d rather wait, you can always write down any ideas you get while on the road, and save them for a batch of posts that you can write and publish upon your return.
How about you, what do you do when you must travel or be absent for a time period and can’t keep up your regular blogging schedule?