You’ve seen the reports of bloggers earning massive incomes while they travel the world or soak up the sun on tropical beaches. It’s probably one of the main reasons you decided to earn money online with a blog. But with everything you have to do to maintain a successful blog, how do you keep your blog going while you’re having a good time?
Really, it depends on what you mean by ‘having a good time’ and how long you plan to have it. If traveling the world is your goal then you’re in good company. Many bloggers spend months at a time in one tropical local and then move on to spend months at a time in another. Imagine being able to travel to any country in the world and live there as long as you like! That’s what’s so great about blogging. All you need is a laptop or mobile device and an Internet connection.
But maybe you don’t have the wanderlust. Maybe you’re the type who’d rather settle down comfortably, in a nice home somewhere, and take a few short trips every now and then. Maybe your goal is to be able to spend time with your family and friends, enjoying the good life, and forget about punching a time clock. If that’s the dream you’ve always had, if that’s your reason for making money online with a blog, then you’re in good company, too. All you really need is a laptop or mobile device and Internet access.
But what if your goals are even loftier? What if you want to have a place you can call home and you want to travel extensively? What if your idea of fun is getting away from everything that requires concentration? And what if you want to leave the laptop behind for a while and really take a break, kick back and have some fun? Then by all means, do it. You’re a blogger now. You work for yourself. Do whatever you want! Here’s how you can keep your blog going while you’re having a good time.
Schedule your blog posts: If you’re at the point in your blogging career where you feel safe stepping away from your computer for a while then you already know that one of the most important things you’ve done is provide quality content on a consistent basis. If you hadn’t, then you wouldn’t be a successful blogger right now. You’d still be looking for traffic.
It’s important to keep up that steady flow of content, even while you’re lying on the beach somewhere. You can’t hang up a shingle on your blog that says “At the beach. Back in 2 weeks.” When you do get back a lot of your traffic will have moved on. But you can load up your blog with posts and schedule them to publish automatically while you’re away. That way your readers never have to know you were gone. Make sure this is excellent quality content, too. You don’t want your readers to think you’re lying down on the job – even though that’s exactly what you’re doing!
Schedule your emails: If you’re going to completely step away from your computer then your readers might notice your absence because you’re not replying to their comments like you usually do. So it’s important to keep good fresh content under their noses while you’re gone so they know you haven’t forgotten them.
Load up your autoresponder with enough good content to keep your readers engaged. This would be a good time to put together some really informative content that will keep them busy for a while. Give them a new How-To article, a new recipe, something that will keep them engaged. This is also a great time to send out some kind of free download as a gift.
Manage the comments: If you have a really active comment section and they rely on your participation, you can do a couple of things:
- One, you can let your readers know you’re going to be gone for a while and ask them to carry on without you. This will only work, though, for a short period of time.
- Two, you can ask a couple of your frequent commenters to keep an eye on things and keep the conversation moving.
- Or three, you can bite the bullet and use your cell phone to check in and comment occasionally. After all, these people have been very loyal and very good to you. And it’s because of them you’re able to take this time off.
Keep your blog going while you’re having a good time and when you get back no one will ever know you were gone.