How to keep your blog alive when life calls

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.

Today’s Lesson

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.

  1. Line up guest posts and let the guest poster(s) deal with the comments
  2. 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.

  3. Put up a “closed” sign – Write a short post alerting our readers we’re away from the blog.
  4. 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”.

  5. Don’t do anything. Let our latest post “sit there”
  6. 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?”

  7. Ask a blogging buddy to blog sit
  8. 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.

  9. Post date articles, and close the comments
  10. 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.

  11. Post date articles, leave the comments open, let the commenters know you’re away, and not worry about comments in moderation until you return
  12. Again, this will provide new content for our readers, however, those comments that do end up in moderation will stay there until we return.

  13. If we’re vacationing, we can travel with a laptop or other communication device and monitor our blog from afar.
  14. 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.

Today’s Assignment

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.

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  1. As a full-time employee working on blogging as a hobby, I can relate a lot to this post. There are many things that seem to fall on my lap which sometimes, takes away my time spent on blogging.

    My usual reaction is just do nothing :-0) But I guess the method used, is dependent on how popular the blog is and what sort of “life call” one is dealing with.
    .-= Check out Shamelle-EnhanceLife´s awesome post: Do You Belong? =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      That’s a good point, Shamelle,

      Often something will happen in life and we don’t have time to prepare for it. Granted, the bigger the blog, the greater effect an absence can have, but even with small blogs, they have loyal readers who may worry if the blog isn’t updated for an extended period of time.

  2. Kelvin KaoNo Gravatar says:

    Of course, we are talking about the planned kind. I think what also happens is that we stopped paying attention, and then when we noticed, it was two weeks without posting. Then we thought, oh crap, I should have lined something up. In that case, nothing would help, heh.
    .-= Check out Kelvin Kao´s awesome post: Taiwanese Puppets at World Games Opening Ceremony =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Kevin,

      You’re right. Nothing helps when we get busy with life and forget to line up something for our blogs. Time can pass so fast, like you said, a couple of weeks can go by and we’re left shaking our head asking, “where did the time go?”

  3. DavinaNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara. All great suggestions. This of course depends on how often a blogger posts.

    In my case, with one, sometimes two posts a week, I’d be quite content to plan a few posts ahead of time and take an hour or so every second or third day to reply to comments. But for a real break where I completely unplug, I’d probably have some guest poster/buddies take turns posting and handling comments. I’d like to look into that plug-in you mentioned; sounds interesting.
    .-= Check out Davina´s awesome post: Guest Post: 7 Myths About Asking for Help =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Davina,

      Having someone blog sit seems to work well. I know Patricia (of Patricia’s Wisdom) is currently using that method, and her blog is running smoothly.

      The plugin has many uses. Not just for when we’re away, but if we want to shout out a message to our readers as soon as they land on our blog. Many use it as a reminder to subscribe.

  4. DaphneNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara,

    I fall into the category of “oops” because an unexpected house move plus an unexpected overseas work trip happened back to back and I didn’t know ‘life’ would happen for a month without any time to plan for down time on my blog.

    Thankfully my subscriber count didn’t go down (even increased slightly) so hopefully not much damage done. Plus I’ve decided that my blog supports my life and not vice versa so even if readership was affected, I’d rather have it that way. For now, at least. Good suggestions though, that I’ll start planning towards. Thanks for this post!
    .-= Check out Daphne´s awesome post: Greetings! But Let’s Not Shake Hands… =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome, Daphne,

      I like your attitude. Our blogs should support our life and not vice versa. Too often we get so wrapped up in them, we forget we have a life to live.

  5. When I’m away I think it will be a combination of 7, monitoring from afar every couple days, just to check in and sy “Hi,” with perhaps some variation of 2, the closed sign.
    .-= Check out Jannie Funster´s awesome post: On Blog Links, Singing, Donuts & Beer =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Jannie,

      Monitoring our blogs from afar is a good way to get comments out of moderation and say “howdy”. Then when you get back, all you’ll have left is comments to address.

  6. LanceNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,
    When I was on vacation this spring – I used a combination of these. I had two people guest post and take care of comments. And then I just checked in every couple of days to see if anything was in moderation. If it was, I would just get it approved, and then get out and get back to enjoying my vacation. It worked out very well.

    I don’t think there’s any one strategy that’s right for everyone. It’s what works for us individually that matters.

    Glad to have you back Barbara – and it really sounds like you had a wonderful few day away – awesome!
    .-= Check out Lance´s awesome post: Sunday Thought For The Day =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Lance,

      Yes, I did have an enjoyable time off. You’re right. Each of us needs to find what works for us, individually. I remember when you were on vacation. Your blog ran without a hitch. Having guest posters was a perfect way to keep the content fresh and let you enjoy your family time.

  7. So far, I’ve had a few hours advanced warning that I’m going to be unable to post at the regular time the following day.

    As I write my blog a week in advance, I just file my next post and let Blogger publish it for me.

    As for comment moderation, Blogger is sometimes a day or two late notifying me even when I’m home! I always apologize for my delay in getting back to the person (without blaming anyone) and respond.
    .-= Check out Elaine Garrett´s awesome post: Writing for Business =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Elaine,

      Post dating posts is a great way to keep our blogs going when life happens. I’m not familiar with Blogger’s comment moderation policy, but having to wait two days to be notified would be frustrating.

  8. Hi Barbara – The goal for us has always been location semi-independence, so for the most part we just do what we do and post remotely. But if illness or long term emergency intervened, I’d probably post a brief explanation. Glad you’re back!
    .-= Check out Betsy Wuebker´s awesome post: ADVENTURES IN CUSTOMER SERVICE: COOKIE CRUMBS LEFT ON A SOCIAL MEDIA TRAIL =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Betsy,

      I find that fascinating that you and Pete are posting remotely on a regular basis. I’ve often thought that would be a great way to blog as you don’t have to be tied to a PC or a specific location.

  9. Chase MarchNo Gravatar says:

    Most people assume bloggers can’t take a break. I don’t know why this seems to be the mindset but it is.

    As readers, we sometimes expect to read our favourite blogs every day, just like they were as loyal and dependable as the newspaper. But blogs are a different medium.

    As bloggers, we shouldn’t feel pressured to write and post by a regular and unforgiving schedule. Everyone needs (deserves) a break sometimes.

    Thanks for showing us ways that we can do this.

    I know I have cut back to three posts a week for the time being. I just needed to scale back.
    .-= Check out Chase March´s awesome post: Recommended Reads – The Alchemist =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Chase,

      You’re right. That has become a mindset – that bloggers should be “on their blogs” and posting regularly. Although keeping our content fresh is a good idea, living life is much more important than updating our blogs.

      It sounds like you’ve found a posting schedule that works well for you.

  10. LindaNo Gravatar says:

    If I get the opportunity to plan ahead, then I put a couple of posts in the calendar queue. However, most of the time, there is no ability to plan so the blog just gets to sit there with the last post. Sometimes us bloggers need to remember that cyberspace is not going away and it will be there when we get back. strange but true!
    .-= Check out Linda´s awesome post: E-Krete the New Green Concrete =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Yes, Linda,

      That is very true – cyberspace will be there when we return. And, so will our loyal readers. And actually I think many of our loyal readers like that we take a break, as well. It gives them more time to visit other blogs, or whatever.

  11. I’ve yet to take a blogging break, but since I’m about to be heading to England soon for a week, this was the PERFECT post for me to read. I’m not sure exactly what I’m going to do with the blog when I’m gone, but now I have some great ideas after reading this post. Thank you! 🙂
    .-= Check out Positively Present´s awesome post: growing up is optional =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Dani,

      Enjoy your trip to England and don’t worry about the blog. It and we, will be there when you return waiting to hear stories of your journey.

  12. RibbonNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks Barbara… All good things to consider here.
    At the moment I would just be excited for being away.
    I would love a ten day break from the usual.

    best wishes
    and thank you for all that you share.
    apologies for being a little lazy with leaving comments of late.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Ribbon,

      Hopefully you’ll be able to take a break from it all real soon, too.

      P.S. No need to apologize on lack of commenting. I realize we all are busy and blogging, though a fun hobby, often takes the back seat.

  13. I’ve been blogging about writing over at Blogger.com but not posting on a regular schedule. However, I’ve just started a travel blog (on WordPress) so this means I’ll be traveling more often–and I also do want to post more often. So this was the perfect topic for my first visit to your blog.

    In addition to your points 1, 5 and 6, I would probably experiment with leaving comment moderation off. After a steady policy of *only* using comment moderation, I was forced to turn mine off for a while when my Blogger account started having issues with the Captcha box. To my surprise (and even after several weeks) I found no negative repercussions, so I haven’t yet turned it back on. I want to see what happens over time. So far, so good.

    I’m new to WordPress so it may be a bigger issue over here. I’m going to look around this blog and see if there are any articles about the dangers of leaving comment moderation turned off for a short period, for whatever reason.

    Thanks for your thoughtful tips! ~ Milli
    .-= Check out milliverstravels´s awesome post: Kissing the Lucky Frog =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Milli,

      Welcome to Blogging Without A Blog. Although I’m not familiar with Blogger.com and comment moderation/captcha, turning comments off is something many have tried. (BTW: That’s the subject for Friday’s lesson)

      I’ve never turned comment moderation completely off as this blog gets tons of spam, but for a new blog it might be okay for a short period of time.

  14. AftercancerNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve used post dated items as well as a guest posts while I’m away. I work full time and blog part time so when I’m actually away I need to be away.

    That said my numbers tend to drop a bit while I’m gone, less promotion I guess.
    .-= Check out Aftercancer´s awesome post: Yroswell =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi After Cancer,

      That’s a good point. For some blogs, if we’re not self promoting, our numbers are apt to be lower. However, if we get a lot of search engine traffic, an absence may not make any difference at all.

  15. Hi Barbara. When I take a break I usually just tell my readers I’m taking a break and I’ll return shortly. Depending on what my break is for, I’ll give them a return date.

    I like the idea of the Seth Godin plugin. Now, if I can just get a plugin named after me I’ll be all good!

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi John,

      TeeHee. I hear you. Having a plugin named after us would be awesome. 🙂

  16. I now only blog on Mondays and Thursdays, so I’m not *quite* as tied to me blog as I used to be. That being said, if I was going to be away for awhile, I’d just queue up some articles and set them to autopost at specific times.

    A really easy way to do this is just update blog articles of your past. If you’ve been blogging for years like I have, chances are…you have a wealth of excellent content that’s just as valuable today as when you first wrote it. Set those to refresh on the days you’re not going to be around (and perhaps write a brief foreword about how you feel it relevant as well). It works quite nicely.
    .-= Check out Barbara Ling, Virtual Coach´s awesome post: 6 Brilliant Squeeze Page Resources You’ll Want To Explore Part 1 =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Barbara,

      What a fabulous idea. With all of those old posts in the archives that a perfect way to share “fresh” material with our new readers, plus gives us more time. I might try that even when I’m not away from the blog. Thank you.

  17. I guess I fall in the category of writing when I can. I am in the process of finding a job and caring for a 3 year-old. I blog when and where I can. Sometimes I post my schedule just to let others know what I’m doing.
    .-= Check out Jacqueline Hough´s awesome post: Hard decision to make =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Jacqueline,

      Posting when we can is what many bloggers must resort to. With life and children keeping many bloggers busy, blogs often get put on the back burner. Posting your schedule is a great way to let your readers know your plate is full.

  18. Barbara,

    Great post! I’ll have to check out that plugin.

    When I was traveling out the country recently for five weeks, I continued to blog some of the time and the other time, I had posts ready to go.

    However, I think it’s a good idea for bloggers to take time off from blogging and replying to comments. Time off/vacations are really important rest times and it’s hard to keep blogging and vacation at the same time.

    You’ve given some good suggestions for how do this. Thanks:~)
    .-= Check out Sara B. Healy´s awesome post: Story Photo: To Start a Conversation =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Sara,

      That’s so true. Bloggers do need to take time off from their blogs and regroup, relax and reflect. Trying to vacation and blog at the same time often defeats the purpose of the time off.

  19. I used to think taking a blogging break was a bog deal – that I had to announce it, explain, apologize. I don’t see it that way anymore. When I need to take a short break, I simply do. No one seems to mind.
    .-= Check out Vered – Blogger for Hire´s awesome post: Happily Ever After =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Vered,

      Isn’t is amazing how our attitude changes when we get more time under out blogging belts? We often worry needlessly, but our readers understand life happens. Plus, our loyal readers patiently await our return. 🙂

  20. And I have been away from commenting on blogs for a bit… Sorry about that! (Trying to spend a little time off-line these days, since life has been busy!)

    As you know, I tend to mention it in a note and call it a “blogcation.” If I’m traveling, I will monitor it from afar, and occasionally line up some posts to pop up while I’m away.

    Otherwise, I’ve asked my online friends to follow me via Twitter. Although I need a vacation from my blog, I tend to post at least one status update (usually closer to 3+ updates) per day there. It is a good way to know I’m alive and to contact me if I’m away from the blog.

    I may be a bit of a delinquent blog follower for a bit longer… I’m way behind in my blog reader, too! (But life has happened – in a good way!)
    .-= Check out RC – Rambling Along…´s awesome post: Hickory Dickory Dock =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      No need to apologize, RC. I understand we all have lives to live and blogging is often something we must squeeze in, when and if free time shows up.

      Using Twitter to give your followers a status update is a great way to let them know you’re still around, but busy. Although I didn’t use it while I was gone, it would be much easier to send out short messages (on Twitter) than to try and update the blog.

  21. MargretNo Gravatar says:

    I reserve this information for any possibilities that life will be calling for me as well. Thank you for this information.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome, Margret,

      I hope the hints help when life calls and you need a blogging break.

  22. BunnygotBlogNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,

    I have a stash of articles, I have written. I never delete anything. So when we take off for a few days, I take one or two out and work on them.
    Then schedule them.
    I have found out letting a post it for a while is good to do.
    .-= Check out BunnygotBlog´s awesome post: Bunny’s Reads: Technical, Informative, Inspiring =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Bunny,

      That’s a great idea – having posts ready to publish. That way, if you want to add fresh content to your blog AND take time off, it’s just a matter of scheduling them.

  23. Even while I was working full-time I never took a blogging break. Doesn’t hurt that I never take vacations either! I will be moving to another state in a couple of months so I really need to have something in place when that happens. Thanks for the reminder!
    .-= Check out carla | green and chic´s awesome post: Dont forget your pets: Natural Pet Care Products =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome, Carla,

      You sound like a busy gal. Hopefully during your move you’ll find a little time to relax by using one or more of the above tips, or another that has been shared in the comments.

  24. RanaNo Gravatar says:

    I’m going to be taking a blogging break in a couple of weeks and I was thinking of having my sister blog sit for me and leave a couple of guest posts while I’m gone. I also like the idea of just leaving a note that I’m on vacation and will be back with posts of our trip. These are great suggestions. Thanks!
    .-= Check out Rana´s awesome post: =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Rana,

      That could be a fun experience for your sister to blog sit. Leaving a note that you’re on vacation and will share posts/photos of your trip when you get back, will be a great ‘tease” as well.

  25. I usually post date posts and use someone else’s computer to check comments. I also post less. I don’t worry too much about it. If people like my blog they’ll come back. If they do it out of obligation they get a rest too!

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Tess,

      Posting less when we’re away is a great way to take stress off of us. Plus like you said, our loyal readers get a break, as well.

  26. jan geronimoNo Gravatar says:

    Ask a blogging buddy to sit in for you is an interesting option. I wonder how that works out – will she/he write on my behalf? Or should he/she write as himself? What’s the best arrangement for that option?
    .-= Check out jan geronimo´s awesome post: A Day in the Life of a Jedi Blogger =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Jan,

      There’s actually numerous options with a blog sitter. You could have posts lined up and all they do is answer the comments (as themselves) and/or take them out of moderation (if you give them access to the back end of your blog). Or, you could have them guest posting the whole time you’re gone. Or, you could line up several guest posters, and have each one deal with the comments on their specific posts.

      If someone is blog sitting, I would think it’s best we let our readers know it will be them that will be replying to the comments.

      Or, if you line up posts in advance, you could just let the comments come in and not have anyone reply to them.

  27. Something you can do is 2nd editions, go to very old post, rewrite them and then reposted as “new and improved”. Now, I haven’t done this to cover a life call, but it can work combined with other techniques-
    .-= Check out Miguel de Luis Espinosa´s awesome post: Excellence as a way of life: Tad Waddington and his Lasting Contribution =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      I like that Miguel, “new and improved”.

      With all of the posts many of us have in the archives, instead of expecting our readers to dig for them, we can make them anew. 🙂

  28. J.D. MeierNo Gravatar says:

    Great rundown of the options along with your quick insights.

    I like a lot of the ideas. I especially like the idea of a blog sitter. On the other hand, I like the idea of just pausing my blog while I’m away, with a note on my latest post. I’m not sure which approach I’ll use yet, but I do plan on being away for a month, so I need to think through it.
    .-= Check out J.D. Meier´s awesome post: 10-10-10 Decision Making =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you J.D.,

      How exciting. A month off? I think it’s a matter of finding what works best for you, your blog, and your readers. Just remember, we’ll all be there when you return.

  29. These all are nice and useful tips and I must agree with them. And also having some articles written earlier would also boost the traffic and make people see that something is still going on. Those earlier written articles could be posted automatically (e.g. one in a week) or if you want your friend to help – he could post them. Although all your advices are useful in my opinion and should help many bloggers plan their blog business while taking a vacation.
    .-= Check out Pozycjonowanie´s awesome post: Odsiwiacz =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you, Pozycjonowanie,

      That’s true. Reposting older articles or having someone blog sit would be a great way for us to take a vacation and yet have our blog continue to produce fresh content.

  30. janiceNo Gravatar says:

    I simply told folk I’d be staycationing and doing whatever I liked. My numbers went down because I wasn’t visiting many blogs or commenting, (part of my attempt to unplug and detox from my digital addiction) but regular readers were just as wonderful when I ‘came back’.

    One friend though, pointed out something I hadn’t thought of, the security reasons for saying you’re logging off for a break from computing instead of ‘going away’. Most blogs are completely anonymous, but some aren’t as anonymous as they think.
    .-= Check out janice´s awesome post: The Meaning of Mistakes: A Guest Post by My Teenage Daughter =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Janice,

      That’s a great point. Many bloggers do not say they are “going away”, “leaving town”, or implying they’re not at home for fear their home may be robbed. I’m of the belief we can never be too safe when it comes to our online dealings. Although I did go away for part of my time off, I didn’t announce it until I returned.

  31. TumblemooseNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,

    I do need a break but I’m scared of losing readers. These tips have nudged me in that direction a bit. I love the idea of a blog sitter- “There’s soda in the fridge, help yourself. No scary movies and make sure Bloggie is in bed by 10”

    Hehe.

    Cheers!
    .-= Check out Tumblemoose´s awesome post: The House blogging method =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi George,

      Losing readers is a fear many have and thus keep plugging along at their blogs, however I don’t think any of us are wired to continue blogging 24/7/365. Breaks do us good, plus give us a chance to reflect on where our blog is taking us. I find it helps to look at this whole experience from “the outside” every now and then.

      Got any cake or cookies to go with that soda? 🙂

  32. Liara CovertNo Gravatar says:

    Cloning the self or soul-splitting are additional options. Some people are unaware there is more than one of them already. learn to consciously use that!
    .-= Check out Liara Covert´s awesome post: 7 Ways to reframe apparent dis-ease =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Liara,

      Your comment makes me curious on exactly what you mean by consciously using cloning and soul splitting. I hope you come back and elaborate and/or share more on this subject with me.

  33. Thanks for this — personally I don’t worry about long periods without posting anymore, since it seems that I don’t get a lot of unsubscriptions during a down period — I know I never unsubscribe from a blog because the blogger hasn’t posted anything for a while. But maybe I’m just lazy. 🙂

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Chris,

      Like you, I don’t unsubsribe to blogs. Now that you mention it, I realized I’m still subscribed to blogs that I know are now dead. Yikes, time to clean out the Google reader.

  34. JohnNo Gravatar says:

    These are great tips, Barbara. In about two months, I return to college and I’ll be swamped with a lot of work. This will definitely be helpful to use when I go back.

    Thanks for the tips.
    .-= Check out John´s awesome post: 3 Foolproof Ways to Keep Your Promises =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome John,

      With you going back to college, I’m guessing you’ll have a lot on your plate. Using any one or a combination of the above techniques should help to keep your content fresh, but yet give you time for your studies and life.

  35. Hi Barbara,

    What I usually do is put a little note that I will be away at the bottom of a post and then depending on the length of my trip, I either respond to comments when I return or take my laptop with me. I have a Blackberry and I can moderate comments from there as they come so that makes it easier too.

    I guess it all depends on the person. 🙂
    .-= Check out Nadia – Happy Lotus´s awesome post: The Spirit of the Free =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Nadia,

      Yes, it does depend on what works for each of us. Traveling with a laptop and/or Blackberry is a sure fire way to stay on top of our blogs and not worry about what’s going on. It’s also a great way to know if there are problems behind the scenes.

  36. J.D. MeierNo Gravatar says:

    Actually, I forgot about another strategy I wanted to explore.

    To make my blog more “timeless” and decouple from time, I want to expand it to a site. For example, I could add “Articles” and a forum, as well as videos, so that it becomes more of a timeless knowledge base. While that won’t replace the blog, I think it adds the perspective, of “here’s a set of timeless assets” to compliment the blog (which, even though I hit timeless things, blogs tend to be organized around time.)

    Of course, before I do any of that, I still have to get some of the basic blogging things down … and maybe even join Twitter 😉
    .-= Check out J.D. Meier´s awesome post: 10-10-10 Decision Making =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi again J.D.,

      Having read your work and having a general feel for how you view things, I’m not surprised you’re looking at the “timeless” aspect of blogging. For some blogs, (i.e. current events) time is of the essence, but for a blog like yours, the information is timeless. You’ll have to keep me posted on how your plan works as that could give a blog a totally different meaning.

      You’ve also sparked an idea for a blog post (for me). Thanks for that.

      And Twitter. Yup! It’s time. You’re on Facebook, so why not add Twitter to the mix, too. As you know, I just did (added Facebook). 🙂

  37. DealsNo Gravatar says:

    definitely i will take the above mention steps by you… however i don’t have a huge readership but i can say that whatever amount of readership i have is loyal… so it makes me responsible towards them to don’t miss to post… but sometimes… we have to take a leave for a while which really bothered me in my thoughts but the suggestions that you have made in the post are awesome.. so i cannot think of doing anything else 🙂

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Deals,

      I don’t think it matters if we have one loyal reader, or a million. When our readers come to our site, if they don’t see fresh content, they often worry something has happened to us. Even a short note at the bottom of a post is enough to let them know all is well; we’re just preoccupied.

  38. Debbie YostNo Gravatar says:

    I prefer to simply do a short post explaining I’m on break and the reason. Most of my readers come back. They all understand and sometimes in the same position. I don’t like just leaving my readers hanging unless I just miss one day’s post. If it’s more than one I let them know. It works for me and is easier than trying to line up future posts or guest bloggers. Acutally, I’ve never considered the guest blogger because I’m too territorial on my blog. I don’t like to share. 🙂
    .-= Check out Debbie Yost´s awesome post: Developmental Disequilibrium =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Debbie,

      The way you do your short “I’ll be gone” posts is a great way to alert your readers. Plus, I also notice you’ll make mention of the same on Twitter. The combination of the two “notices” helps to keep your readers well informed.

  39. PeacefulWmn9No Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara. I recently had a forced break when my computer died in mid-post and I had to take it to the shop. It was dead for keeps, so I took another one to the shop to have it revived…nearly a two-wk. break resulted with my blogs just blank of any new posts.

    Since I never unsubscribe for “infrequent” posts, etc., I really didn’t worry a lot. I’ve blogged “in the dark” for a long time now, and read blogs for even longer. I’ve developed a more laid-back attitude. Besides, sometimes, readers actually enjoy some time away from reading as much as bloggers do from writing.

    Karen
    .-= Check out PeacefulWmn9´s awesome post: Whiff of Nostalgia =-.

  40. KeithNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,

    I was perusing your site and found this article. It really has some great ideas and I appreciate you sharing them! Thank you,

    -Keith
    .-= Check out Keith´s awesome post: Be The Difference! =-.

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