Whether you need a long weekend to unwind or you're planning an extended vacation or business trip, sometimes life calls for a little blog vacation. This is when either you walk away from blog management completely for a while or when you alter / decrease the time you spend on your blog while you're away. But when you need time off, how can you keep your blog updated, keep visitors coming back, and keep income flowing in?
Here are five things you can do to make sure your blog keeps functioning as usual (or as close to usual as possible) while you're away:
- Pre-schedule new blog posts. -- If you want to minimize lost traffic while you're gone, you can keep your blog updated by writing new blog posts early. Schedule the publish date and time for each post and you'll have fresh content appearing until you come back. Since I generally post on Fridays here and Friday is a day off for me, I usually take the pre-schedule approach (including with this post).
- Schedule guest posts. -- Another option is to bring in a guest post (or a few) from different bloggers or others in your niche. You can either pre-schedule these like I mentioned above (meaning you don't have to personally write a bunch of new content before leaving), or you can set up login info for each guest poster and let them post their articles while you're away.
- Hire someone to fill in. -- If you can afford to hire another blogger in your niche or industry to fill in for you while you're taking time away from your blog, that can be a good option for extended breaks.
- Swap blogs. -- Can't afford to hire help while you're away? Consider an equal barter -- they'll fill in for you X posts per week while you're on vacation and you'll do the same for them on their blog when they're on vacation down the road. Hiring someone just to approve comments and delete spam while you're off can also help by letting conversations continue. If they sit in moderation everyone else is essentially placed on hold.
- Blog about your time off. -- While not ideal if you're on a restful vacation, some time away from regular work actually lends itself to interesting blog posts. For example if you're away doing something work-related -- a conference or writer's retreat perhaps -- blogging while you're away might be fun and interesting to both you and your readers.
Not all of these will apply to you on your next blog vacation, big or small. But perhaps one will give you a way to maintain your blog's traffic and keep your audience happy while you enjoy a little extra time to yourself (or with loved ones). Have other blog vacation tips to share? Leave a comment and tell us how you manage your blog when you go away.