5 Ways to Prepare for a Blogging Vacation – It’s Okay to Take a Break
October 4, 2008 - Written by Gyutae Park
Next week, from Monday to Friday, I’m taking my first real vacation in a while – a 5 day cruise to the beautiful Bahamas with my family. I’ve been working pretty hard this year so it’s a much needed break from Internet marketing and SEO. I don’t think the cruise ships have reasonable Internet access so it’ll be a great time to just play in the sun, eat good food, relax, and recharge my batteries. Enjoy the cold weather, everyone!
Now, you may be wondering how I can do this and leave behind all of my SEO clients and blogs without being concerned. The reason is that I have measures in place to ensure that everything runs smoothly while I’m away. In this post, I want to go over with you the options that you have when taking a break from your own blog. Some of them are better than others so read through them and determine which of them might be right for you.
1. Ignore your readers
You can always just take extended breaks from your blog without telling your audience about what’s going on. I definitely do not recommend this, but a lot of bloggers tend to do it anyway, even if they’re not really on vacation. Blogging is essentially a relationship with your audience and any miscommunication, lack of dialogue, or neglect will quickly break the bonds of trust that you built with your readers. Don’t leave unless you have a plan of action! That’s like walking away from your significant other for a week without telling them where you’re going and without calling or messaging. I’m sure you know that that can lead to trouble.
2. Call for guest posters
Finding guest posters is probably the most popular method that bloggers use when going away. Not only do you receive free content (in exchange for exposure and links) but you also get your readers involved by allowing them to take ownership. Ideally, it’s their blog as much as it is yours so it’s okay to let go of the reigns once in a while. When Rae Hoffman aka Sugarrae was gone for a week, I managed to get a guest post on her blog – which worked well for the both of us. Same thing with Shoemoney and BlogStorm. Darren Rowse from Problogger also frequently calls out for guest bloggers and he always gets a ton of responses. Requesting guest posts works best for bigger blogs so it might not be an option if you’re just getting started.
3. Hire a blogger
Guest blogging is a bit unpredictable because you don’t really know what you’re going to get in terms of post quality. Although not likely, you could potentially be stuck with a bunch of low-quality articles you wouldn’t normally publish on your blog. If you’re a control freak, it might be a better route for you to hire a trustworthy friend or a proven blogger to take over the duties while you’re gone. For example, Darren at Problogger often features Skellie from Skelliewag whenever he’s away. As you may know, Skellie does an amazing job with great articles related to blogging and Internet business.
4. Blog from vacation
Unless you properly manage your time, you could end up in a sticky situation where you have to either ignore your readers completely for a period of time or blog from your vacation. Obviously, neither of those situations is ideal, so it’s important to be prepared with some sort of strategy.
5. Post date your articles before you leave
Another popular method to prepare for a blogging vacation is to write articles beforehand and post-date them for the days you’re gone. For example, if you know you’re going to be away next week, you can write a few articles this weekend and post-date them in WordPress so that they are published during your off-days. It works like a charm and your readers may not even know that you’re gone (although you should probably tell them anyways).
Which of these 5 strategies do you employ when you go on blogging vacation? The option that you choose will actually say a lot about how you run your blog.
As for me, I’ve post-dated a few articles that you should see published next week. Ideally, I’d want to call for guest bloggers but I know that’s a lot to ask on short notice. That being said, if you want to do a guest post on Winning the Web next week, send it to me via email by Sunday night.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I think it’s time I work on my tan. Enjoy, everyone!If you like this post, subscribe to the RSS feed. Get the latest updates delivered straight to your email or news reader.