There are times when you won’t really want to take the time to write an entire article for your website. You might be in a state of exhaustion, on vacation, or just extremely uninterested in your blog’s topic for the day. When this happens you need to have a backup plan, and this article I’ve written while in a state of exhaustion will simply have to do. Well, this post isn’t physically your backup plan, but hopefully you’ll learn a method that you like from it and be able to use it in the future.
If you ever find yourself in a situation as annoying as I’m in, you’re going to need to do some planning in order to keep your blog running. Problogger has a solution for his scheduled leave of absence, and I wish I was intelligent enough to think of this earlier. By the way, congratulations to him for his new child.
I will be taking a couple of weeks off now however I’ve pre-prepared two great weeks of content here at ProBlogger for you. It will include a guest post each day from some great bloggers, a series of 10 posts from me on ‘how to let your blog go’ and a few other random posts from me that I’ve written earlier.
It’s very possible to lose subscribers and frequent readers when you don’t post for over a week. So, you should have some posts stored as drafts for whenever you go on a vacation, sporting event, grandma’s house, or etcetera. So whenever you don’t have time to sit down and think about a new blog post to write, you can simply publish an article you’ve written in the past. Whether you set up a complete series for a planned leave of absence, or you have some timeless articles you’ve just be storing for the right moment, at least one of the two is necessary.
Of course a small update about what’s going on in your life during vacation would be great content for a post as well. John Chow frequently posts about his vacations, the food he eats, or things he gets, and still maintains a very successful ‘Make Money Online‘ sort of blog. An example post can be found here. In reality that’s a pretty long post, but if you were just to post a video with a brief description you’d be fine too. In fact, images are probably the best things you could show people during a vacation, as novels generally aren’t as interesting to blog readers as short stories (with lots of pictures) are.
So, make sure you plan out some content before you go off doing something that will leave you unable to write quality posts. Whether you have pre-written content, pictures from vacation, or a video of you receiving a gift (lol), you should be in good shape!
The state I’m in now will probably deem this post worthless, and I’ll end up redoing it later, but that’s what I get for being a procrastinator.