I think it’s fair to say that the two biggest challenges to overcome when blogging are juggling my blog whilst working full time and keeping my blog running whilst I am on holiday. I noticed when I went to portugal in June that my stats went down dramatically for that month alone so from my fashionista powers of deduction, it HAD to be because I was away and had taken my eye of the blogging ball. Clearly I won’t lose my blog followers for having time off (but they are a lovely loyal bunch and check out the blog for updates) it’s still a good idea to prepare in advance or dip in now and again whilst you are away to show that you are keeping your blog active.
It’s a tricky thing ‘taking a break’, clearly the whole point of a holiday is some R&R time, but there is also the strong and (unhealthy) desire to keep my blog active and my newsfeeds topped up.
This is absolutely fine, and there’s no issue in putting a blog and job on hold while you take a little time off, but if you’re blog is a daily obsession and you’re as fixated as I am about keeping your blog live on a daily basis, this throws a little challenge into the mix.
So here are my top 5 tips for keeping your blog running whilst you’re chilling.
1 TAKE YOUR I.T. WITH YOU
Check the internet access at your hotel. Whilst in Portugal I was lucky enough to have “free” wifi straight from my sun lounger. Well when I say free the sunbed was 12 Euros so I guess the price was included in the cost of renting the sunbed somehow!. The hotel also had wifi so I logged onto that of an evening. It was a tad slow so patience is a virtue but persevere and you can save big time on your mobile phone broadband costs.
2 SCHEDULE POSTS .
Dedicate the weeks prior (evenings of course, once I have finished work of course) & time at the weekend (to take all my pictures) to write up my future features and preparing posts to go live daily whilst I’m away. For those of you who have word press, you can actually schedule dates and times for the post/s to go live therefore once you have done this it automatically posts!
3 GET SOME GUEST BLOGGERS INVOLVED
Invite other bloggers to write guest posts on your website whilst you’re away (or on a regular basis). I have experience of this and it works really well. You still have full control but the main benefit is it takes away some of the pressure from you to fill up your blog.
4 FOCUS ON YOUR OTHER SOCIAL MEDIAS
Keep instagramming (is that a word), tweeting, pin on Pinterest and use Facebook where possible. This is a quick way and a great middle ground if you don’t want to lose absolute contact with the digital world but still want some chill out time! It’s also a great way to introduce your other social channels to your blog readers!
5 TAKE SOME TIME OFF .
And of course, the final option which sometimes is the absolute best option, is just to press pause on all things digital, and press play on relaxation time. This can of course feel totally scary (I mean, no social media, heavens forbid?) but actually sometimes it can be a really good thing to do, especially if you’re in need of some time out and a good rest but also to get those blog ideas rolling again.