All bloggers have a life outside of their blogs.
Unfortunately with blogging being such an addictive hobby, bloggers often wonder how they can keep their blog alive if they go on vacation or just need a blogging break.
When I took ten days off, I was totally unplugged. I used the What Would Seth Godin Do plugin and explained to my readers I would be away until a specific date. I used that opportunity to suggest reading older posts, checking out the blogs I’ve showcased and/or visiting the blogs of my loyal commenters. Although I did see a drop in my visitor counts, it gave me the opportunity to not worry about the blog, enjoy my vacation and make memories with the family members we were visiting.
What I did worked well for me, however, there are other ways to keep our blogs alive when we need a break. Listed below are several other options.
- Line up guest posts and let the guest poster(s) deal with the comments
- Put up a “closed” sign – Write a short post alerting our readers we’re away from the blog.
- Don’t do anything. Let our latest post “sit there”
- Ask a blogging buddy to blog sit
- Post date articles, and close the comments
- Post date articles, leave the comments open, let the commenters know you’re away, and not worry about comments in moderation until you return
- If we’re vacationing, we can travel with a laptop or other communication device and monitor our blog from afar.
This technique will keep the conversation going, however, unless we give the guest poster(s) access to our blog (behind the scenes), comments that go into moderation won’t appear until we approve them.
Depending on how we word the “closing”, we could confuse our readers. If we’re uncertain how long our break will be, it’s best to say we’ll be gone “indefinitely”.
If a blog has a loyal following and an established community of fellow bloggers, leaving our last post up for an extended period of time can cause worry for our loyal readers. This also raises an issue we discussed previously in a post titled, “Why Didn’t You Say Good Bye?”
Often a blogging friend will be more than happy to monitor our blog while we’re away and keep the conversation going. To keep our blog flowing seamlessly, it would be necessary to allow the other blogger to have access behind the scenes.
This is a great way to keep our blog alive and not have to worry about answering comments. Although some may be upset because we closed our comments, it does help to keep the content fresh.
Again, this will provide new content for our readers, however, those comments that do end up in moderation will stay there until we return.
Taking time off from our blog can do us good, therefore, staying connected may defeat the purpose of taking a blogging break.
We all know, our blogs will wait for us, as will our loyal readers. A drop in our statistics can be disheartening, however, that’s a small price to pay to when we’re in need of a break from it all.
When you take a blogging break, what technique(s) do you use?
Do you need a blogging break, but fear losing readers?
Raise your hand and share what works for you and/or if taking a break from blogging is on your “to do” list.