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.
- First, if you plan to blog during vacation, make sure the places you are staying provide free Internet service.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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