What do you do when you decide to take a nice vacation in real life? Does it have to mean you go on a blog vacation as well?
I don’t believe in taking a blog vacation. If you’ve read this blog for a while, you already know that. It was just recently that I reduced my posting schedule from daily to weekdays only. I posted daily for more than six years!
I hope it goes without saying that I did occasionally take vacations during those six years. You can be sure that I did!
But what I didn’t do during that time is to take a blog vacation. There was always a post, day after day.
How do you avoid taking a blog vacation?
It really is simple. In my case, I turn to my editorial calendar.
An editorial calendar can help you plan posts well ahead of the next day. Some people use them to plot posts for special dates they want to commemorate. Others use them to manage posts they’re writing in advance.
I use it for a combination of the two. Since I usually write about certain topics on certain days of the week, I schedule those posts in advance.
For example, let’s say I already have a faith-related post scheduled for the upcoming Friday. But an issue about faith takes center stage and I want to write about it. I can simply slide the already-written post down to the following week and slide the new post into the upcoming Friday slot.
At a glance, I can see what I have scheduled and what still needs to be written.
When it’s time to plan for a vacation, I include blogging in the plan. I try to write at least a few posts ahead and schedule them during the week I’ll be out of town. (Or at least away from the computer.)
Sometimes I accomplish this by writing two weeks’ ahead day by day. So when I write Monday’s post, I’ll then write the following Monday’s post. Then I’ll move on to Tuesday, then write the next Tuesday’s post. If that next week is vacation week, I know I immediately have the first two days covered. Over the course of the week before or even the weekend before, I’ll try to get at least one or two more posts done. During the week of my actual vacation, I can at least get one or two posts done.
Then I’m covered for vacation week.
Some bloggers have no problem skipping a week or so on their site when they take a vacation. That’s fine, too.
It’s just not for me. I’d rather make sure there’s content available whenever you choose to visit. That’s true even if I’m out of town!