Blogging on Vacation

 

 

Recently I had a terrific question in the comments of one of my posts asking about how I kept up with blogging while on vacation.  (Thanks, Karen, of Dinosaur Superhero Mommy!)

With so many of you heading off in the weeks ahead, I thought I’d share a few tips I’ve learned along the way.

tips for blogging on vacation

  1. First, if you plan to blog during vacation, make sure the places you are staying provide free Internet service.
  2. Before going on vacation, have a few posts written and ready to publish ahead of time.  Guest posts are great for this, like this one on 5 Ways to Keep Kids Reading This Summer.  I had the title, post, pictures, tags, and all the SEO information filled out for each of the posts so all I had to do was hit publish the day I wanted the post up.
  3. Along with having your posts ready and waiting, remember it’s okay to cut back on the number of posts that get published when you’re on vacation.  I decided on 2-3 posts/week while we were gone, and I had a calender reminding me which post to put up each day.
  4. We all know that social media takes up A LOT of time.  My advice?  While on vacation, focus on just one or two social media platforms — preferably the ones that drive the most traffic to your site.
  5. For Facebook, take advantage of the option to schedule posts ahead of time!  Don’t know how?  Once you type in your status update, look to the bottom left before you hit “post.”  There should be a clock icon.  Click on it and choose when your status will update.  I came up with 2-3 different status updates each night to be posted the next day at various times.  I have my FB status go directly to my Twitter account, so I was actually posting to both each day without having to actually go to Twitter.
  6.  On vacation I decided not to do any blogging business during the day; I wanted to soak up every moment with my kids and my sister’s family.  (After all, they had driven all the way from Iowa to surprise my parents!)   That left the time in the evening once the kids were asleep to publish posts, do a little social media, check email, and link up places.  (I tried to limit my work to one hour or less each night, which meant email didn’t always get checked.)   Thankfully, quite a few of the family-friendly places I link up with have their link up parties up the night before.  At home I link up with the rest in the morning, but on vacation, I worked only at night, so these were skipped.

 

Guess what I discovered?

I was working smarter, for less time, and still getting a decent rate of traffic!

Best of all, I was able to thoroughly enjoy our vacation and visit with my sister’s family without feeling like I had to update Facebook, write a new post, or other blog business.

 

If you plan on blogging while on vacation, remember, it’s a vacation!  Have a great summer, everyone!

 

 

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  1. Good advice! Visiting today from Show Me What Ya Got hop.

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  2. Great list! As a family travel blogger, travel and blogging are my “job.”

    My family knows that our adventures are part of “business” and they’re supportive. But, as a passionate blogger, I had to learn to set boundaries. Some things I do to keep blogging from interfering with vacation are:
    1. Get the “blog photos” on arrival at a destination. The kids are willing to pose for the few shots I need. The rest of the day we all can enjoy.
    2. Think about the posts you want before you travel. Especially for sponsored travel, knowing the “story angle” desired helps ensure I’ll have something quality to write about.
    3. Use hoot suite to schedule tweets and facebook posts ahead of time. You can manage special tweeting easily this way.
    4. Don’t worry about the traffic! (I do ask friends to visit and share my posts before I travel, but the truth is readers come back whenever you do. A small dip in numbers is okay!)

    Blog to live, don’t live to blog. If your family gets irritated with you because the blog is like your favorite child, you’ve gone too far.
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    1. Some great tips for travel bloggers! Love the idea of getting the “blog” pics out of the way right away!

      I learned over vacation that I really can do most of the blog stuff at night/in the morning before the kids are up. The past couple days I haven’t touched the computer during the day.

  3. SO well said. I love your advice and plan on using it!!
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    1. Thank you; I hope you have a great vacation!

  4. Great suggestions, especially as I consider how to navigate this road of travel, family, and online life in the next few weeks.

    1. I hope you have a great vacation! And I hope the tips help!

  5. Isn’t it nice to learn that blogging can complement life instead of run it? :)
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    1. Definitely!

  6. OMG..that me!!!!! LOL

    those are all great tips babe. I will be vacationing one Monday – Thursday… so that’s only four days of linking up at night….totally makes sense. I may only do three posts though…

    I don’t want to tell people when I’ll be on vacation, I know one blogger was robbed while on vaca…I’ll tell people after we come back.
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    1. That is one reason I didn’t mention we were on vacation until we were almost home. My FIL was at our house a lot, too, since he lives next door. I didn’t even tell my guest bloggers that’s why I was looking for guest posts. :)

      Have a great time!!

  7. Wonderful Tips! I will be using these next month!
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    1. I hope you have a wonderful time!

  8. Great Tips! What I do instead of spe ding time hitting publish, I schedule all of my posts for the week of vacation ahead of time. I also schedule social media for those posts! It’s easy to do and saves last of time!

    1. I wanted to do that, but didn’t know how to schedule the posts. Is there a plug-in you use?

  9. Awesome tips! They will come in handy when I go on vacation :) I wish that I could schedule on WordPress, but it never seems to work for me! I’m hoping I will be able to post from my tablet while I’m gone!
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    1. Me too — I just made sure to put the post up the night before so it would be up in the morning. One day I’ll figure out how to schedule posts to come up on their own.

      Have a great vacation!

  10. Thanks for the tips! I’m visiting from the Sundae Scoop link party while on vacation! I arranged for a few posts before we left, but I’m hoping to put up a few posts while I’m here.
    Jen @ de Jong Dream House recently posted..“Up”-Themed Wedding Gifts

    1. I hope you have a wonderful time while on vacation!

  11. Excellent tips! Scheduling is key but I love the part about cutting back the posts while you are away :)

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    1. Thank YOU for hosting! :) Have a great week!

  12. Great advice!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!
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  13. Great tips thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!
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    1. Thank you so much! Have a great week!

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    1. How exciting! Thank you!
      I will definitely be emailing you soon. (My email is currently all screwed up, which is why I haven’t yet.)

      Thank you, again!

  16. I think the day has arrived where we need internet access almost everywhere we go. And you’re right. The best time is at night, so you can spend every minute with your family.
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    1. Really, there does seem to be access everywhere you look nowadays.
      I’ve enjoyed doing more of my work at night now, and not stressing to get things done since I seemed to have kept most of my traffic over vacation.

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