Blogging Emergency: Are You Prepared For Anything?
We never expect the unexpected to happen but sometimes it does. As a blogger, any type of emergency that keeps you offline can have some disastrous effects. But, like anything else in life, if you’re prepared, you can usually minimize the damage. Here are some things you can do to prepare for a blogging emergency.
The best thing you can do to prepare for an emergency is build up a backlog of extra blog posts and keep them on a portable drive in case the emergency involves your computer. If you know in advance that you’re going to be gone for a while you can upload these posts to your blog and schedule them for automatic publication at a later date. Then you won’t even have to think about content while you’re offline.
If you don’t have this backlog of content, pull in some guest bloggers to take over for a while and fill in between them with low intensity blog posts like lists of popular posts or link lists that send your readers to some of your favorite blogs or articles. Be careful with this type of blog post though. Don’t say something like “Hey guys. I don’t have much time today so I’m giving you this list of links…” That makes your readers feel unappreciated. If you tell them you’re resurrecting some of your favorite posts out of your archives they’ll think it’s an exciting adventure and they’ll never know you’re just trying to save some time.
Make sure you have a good spam filter on your blog and then set your comments to automatic approval. If you don’t have time to respond to comments see if you can get a friend to do it or consider getting a virtual assistant.
If possible, set your email autoresponder to let people know you’re away from your blog and you’ll answer when you return. That way they’ll know you haven’t just disappeared forever.
It’s horrible to think about, but it needs to be said. As a blogger, most of your assets are online, hidden behind passwords. Your blog itself, and your Paypal account, just to name two. You may also have other accounts, like Aweber or hosting accounts, that automatically deduct payments from your Paypal or bank account every month. And if you’re like most bloggers, nobody near you has any idea what you do online, or that you even have all of these accounts.
Nobody likes to think about becoming incapacitated but it could happen and you should be prepared. Prepare a file with all of your accounts and all of the access information and let someone you trust know how to access it. Go over the list with them and walk them through each account so they know what to look for. Show them how to disable automatic payments. Show them how to post to your blog. Show them how to communicate with your hosting account. And most important, show them how to access your online funds.
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