Summer is coming, and while everyone rejoices, bloggers like you scratch their heads and wonder how on earth will they update their blog while they are on vacation. Should you take your laptop with you at the beach? Won’t that spoil your vacation?
If you’re a blogger and want to keep your blog updated during your upcoming summer vacation, you have a few options:
- Write a few posts in advance and schedule them to be posted while you are away. WordPress and most other top blogging platforms have a scheduling feature which enables you to automate content posting. In general it’s good to have one or two articles in your drafts for emergencies, or for holidays.
- Invite one or more guest bloggers from your niche – they can be friends – to provide you with fresh content. You can contact bloggers you like in private with your request, or you can write a post such as ‘Guest Bloggers Wanted’ to encourage your own readers to contribute content while you are away.
- Republish some of the best posts in your archive. Recaps will also do. These are posts like ‘The best 10 posts on X topic in 2013 so far,’ but it’s important that your list is relevant and unbiased. If you want to include your own post in the list it’s better to add it as a ‘bonus,’ or special entry.
- Take your laptop with you and write one or two holiday-related posts that are different from the usual types of posts you publish. If you have a smartphone or a tablet and use a popular blogging platform like WordPress, you can download one of the WP mobile applications and write, update and manage your content directly through your device.
- Let a friend take charge of your blog while you are away and let him or her post content. If you respect your readers you will want to tell them in advance though that the content posted while you’re away is not your own. This is a last resort option for bloggers who make money with their sites and have to post new content every few days.
In the end remember that taking a break from blogging and article writing can be a good thing, especially if you’ve been posting regularly for months. It will give you the opportunity to relax and recharge your batteries, and when you’re be back you’ll be fresh and lively.