You might have noticed that I’ve been on holiday for the past 9 days, and I’ve also published a blog post every day whilst I’ve been away. It’s not something I would normally do, but as I had been publishing every day before the holiday it was something I had to stick to.
So how did I do it, it was actually easier than I thought, but it does require a lot of work up front. Here’s how and my top tips……
Work out your content plan before you go away. Map out each day you’ll be away including the day you return so you know how many posts you need. You might only want to post two or three times whilst your away, which is absolutely fine.
Next work out where your content is coming from. I put a shout out on the UK Parent Bloggers and Parent Bloggers UK Facebook groups if anyone wanted to guest post for me whilst I was away. Guest posting is great for bloggers who are new and want to get their content in front of a larger audience, and it’s a great way to build your DA too. I managed to get three guest posts from other bloggers, and I loved promoting these and showcasing their content on my site.
Another brilliant way to get content for your blog is from those SEO companies who want content for free or very little money. Although I wouldn’t publish free content from an SEO or PR company for no or little budget every week, it’s a great way to publish content on your blog with minimal effort whilst you’re away.
Review your drafts. If you’re like me you might have loads of half written posts that you could finish off, this will save you time and won’t require any thinking up of new content.
Next up is to download the WordPress app. I’ve written a few quick blog posts whilst I’ve been away particularly towards the end of the holiday when I started to run out of content. The app makes it so easy to write posts on the go, or bash out a post before bedtime. What’s even better is that this is the first year that data has been included in my mobile package making it even easier to write without worrying about mobile bills. I think a lot of mobile contacts are going this way too.
Lastly once you’ve done all this, work out what is going live when, schedule in WordPress and make a note of it. I took my notebook with me and wrote down what was going live when. This will make it easier when you wake up after a late night for any promotion you need to do in the day.
For my social promotion I did all my Twitter scheduling in advance using Social Oomph, and promoted my new posts three times a day and then other posts for the rest of the day. I had on average 10 pre-scheduled tweets going live per day. I had to manually post all my content to Facebook, as I couldn’t get the image and title of an unpublished post to scrape into Facebook. This is something I need to figure out.
So that’s how I kept my blog active everyday whilst I was away. It was challenging and I’m really glad I did it. It is also to remember that this is my holiday with my family and that comes first. Pre-writing and pre-scheduling definitely helps to create the best of both worlds.
How do you manage your blog whilst you’re on holiday? I would love to hear from you.