Most of us are looking forward to a summer holiday. A chance to get away from it all and take a break. But, when you are self-employed, things are a little different. It’s not the same as booking a week off work, going away and forgetting it all. There’s no holiday pay for a start, and you may worry that if you leave your blog alone for longer than a few days, your views will drop, you’ll lose out on work, and you might struggle to get back into it again. So, what do you do? Do you take your laptop and blog on the go? Or do you let yourself have a proper break? Let’s take a look at some ways to keep your blog fresh while you are on holiday.
Take your laptop
If you want to, there’s nothing to stop you from taking your laptop and working as you travel. A lightweight laptop that easily fits into a small bag is ideal, and you can always look at Surface Pro Repair if you have any issues.
Keep it relevant
If you are a travel blogger, blogging on the go is great. Your audience wants to know about your travels. They want to share all of your adventures and learn more about your destination. It’s why they read your blog. However, if your blog fits into another niche, it might not be a good idea. Tech or food bloggers don’t have audiences that are desperate to know about every detail about your life. Blogging is personal, so some details are fine, your readers want to know you, but try to keep things relevant.
Foodies, for example, could share details about the meals they eat, the restaurants they visit and even share recipes or meal ideas.
Take lots of photographs
Whether you are blogging on the go or taking a break, make sure you take your camera and snap plenty of pictures. It’ll give you lots of content when you get home.
Schedule, schedule and schedule some more
Scheduling makes life a whole lot easier. Even when you are at home and working on your blog full time, scheduling content, emails, and social media posts is a great idea. It frees up some of your time to focus on other things and ensures your blog keeps on ticking over, whatever else happens.
This is even more important when you are away. Sit down for a few hours before you leave and schedule some posts for a while you are away. You won’t be able to schedule comments and replies, but at least things will continue without you. You can also use tools to schedule social media posts. This is worth doing even if you do intend on taking your laptop as it reduces the pressure to work.
Try and switch off
Of course, the other, arguably better option is to leave your computer at home, limit your smartphone time, and try to forget your blog as much as possible. A week or two away from your blog isn’t the end of the world and it’ll be there waiting for you when you get back.
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Scheduling posts is such a good tip! It makes everything so much more manageable. I often like to write multiple blogs at once so as to form a collection of blogs. This way if things get busy on holiday I know I have a collection of ‘spare’ articles to post. Great post and excellent advice! 🙂
I’m definitely taking the scheduling each post now that I’m 8 days away from giving birth. So far I’ve schedule three posts and currently working on another 3. That way, I’m not worried about updating my blog and taking care of my baby ( and self) at the same time. Wonderful tips as always!
I schedule some content but not as much as I’d usually post – I try to use it as a wee break from the web.
Cora | http://teapartyprincess.co.uk/
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Great posts! I absolutely loved all these tips and I definitely wished I used them when I went on vacation earlier! But next time for sure!
Kicking myself for not doing these things when I went on holiday. Great advice! xx
These are great suggestions Jenny! I’ve not quite got round to scheduling tweets yet and only blog one or two posts in advance 🙈😂. When I went on holiday earlier this year it was so nice to switch off from blogging and just enjoy the holiday. Like you say, your blog will be waiting for you when you get back . Thanks for sharing 💖 xx
Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com
Oof. It was such a hassle blogging while attending Comic Con. I was exhausted at the end of every day. But worth it, I suppose.
😀 I tried scheduling… and got everything prepared to be published, and then, when on holidays I just… let go… 😀 😀 😀 lazy me…