Were you ever a Rawhide Fan? Then my headline might make sense to you. Otherwise, well, just roll with it… Rollin’ rollin’ rollin’, keep them doggies rollin’, Rawhide!
As addictive as working on your blog might be, there will be times when you have to be away from it. How can you do that without losing momentum and losing readers’ interests? Sometimes you can keep things chugging along while you’re away. This is one of the beautiful things about blogging.
The ability to blog from just about anywhere is great but at times there’s no avoiding leaving your blog unmanned for a time. Here are some tips to help you:
Schedule Posts in Advance
If your blog is a WordPress one or even hosted on Google’s Blogger, you can schedule posts in advance. This could help you keep things chugging along while you are away. In addition to your own posts, you could curate some guest content, too.
Offer some guest spots out to bloggers you know or consider syndicating some content that you find online that will benefit your readers.
When you use guest content, this can be highly effective — particularly if it’s an established and experienced blogger as they will typically respond to comments and keep your blog active for a few days after their post. They typically send the post out to their social media followers, too, which can bring in additional traffic for you.
Schedule Social Media Updates
There are a great number of tools that can help you with your social media updates, too. Not only can you have new posts get automatically pushed out to certain social media accounts through your WordPress plugins, but you can also schedule in some social media updates in advance.
Social Oomph is one example of doing this for free.
Social Oomph has a free version and a paid premium version with some extra perks. There’s nothing wrong with digging into your archives and driving traffic to older posts by scheduling in an update from your archives on a daily basis while you’re away.
Consider Getting Some Help
If you have someone you trust, you could forward blog comments to them for a few days and have them act as your moderator. This could be particularly helpful if you’ve got a busy community that likes to converse in your blog comments section.
Just Tell Them
Sometimes it can be advantageous to tell your audience you’re stepping away for a few days or weeks. This can lessen the confusion when your busy social media profiles and busy blog suddenly goes quiet. If appropriate, your return post can be all about your adventures while you were away.
Just keep them bloggies rollin’