What’s that smell coming from the basement?
Unlike on tv where a whiffy stench indicates the presence of an artistically-arranged, slowly decomposing body, for bloggers it means we’ve been getting our blog on so hard we haven’t washed for weeks.
Besides basic hygiene, the trouble with that sort of intense focus is it’s only possible if you’re a Tour de France competitor. For the rest of us, maintaining that level of concentration is only possible for a limited time before our brains spontaneously combust.
And when that happens the results ain’t pretty.
That’s when blogs die.
So what can you do to avoid an untimely end?
How to Take a Blogging Vacation
Sure you could just shut down your laptop and back slowly away from your blog with the middle finger on one hand extended defiantly upwards and the other wrapped tightly around a bottle of hard liquor.
OR you could approach it in a slightly more strategic way.
(or do both, cos why not)
But a bit of planning always helps a vacation run smoother – even if it’s just figuring out where the in-pool cocktail bar is. Clue – in pool.
Preparing for a bloggy vacay is no different.
I understand that if you’re heading towards a blogging hiatus your brain may not be as sparkly as you’d like so I’m gonna make this all a bit easier for you by giving you a downloadable blogging vacation planner.
It’s free and you don’t have to do anything inconvenient like send me your first born child – the postage on those things is outrageous. Just download and print the planner out baby.
If you prefer reading through lists on a screen to holding pieces of paper in your hand these are the main fields in the worksheet.
Blogging Vacation Planning
Blogging Vacay Travel Plans
How long are you going to take a break for? Are you intending to be absent from your blog as well as your social media accounts? Do you belong to any tribes or networks where you have certain tasks you’re meant to perform on a regular basis – are you gonna hide from these too?
Think about every activity associated with blogging and decide how much space you need to put between them and you.
If you’re intending to maintain a presence in your blog, social media etc then you’ll need to plan how you’re going to be able to do that. Will you write some posts ahead of time and schedule them to publish while you’re in absentia?
How about automating posts to social media (don’t forget to use the Facebook scheduler for Facebook auto-updates it tends to cold-shoulder other schedulers the swine). Do you need to arrange some guest posts?
This here my friend is the part of the plan that ultimately keeps you accountable to your audience.
Blog Hiatus Itinerary
Have a clear idea for what you need from this break and how you’ll go about ensuring you can get it.
If it’s time to recharge, then make sure you oblige yourself with some recharging activities. Go skip through a meadow.
If you can bear it, taking a hiatus like this gives you a fantastic opportunity to review your blog plan.
What were your intentions and goals for your blog? How are you going with meeting them? What might you need to change? How’s your blog look? Does anything need updating?
Think about how well blogging has fitted in with your life and whether you need to re-align anything.
If you’re the type that feels guilty when they’re not blogging, how about setting yourself a challenge?
Take a course, learn something. Do a photographic or a writing challenge. Network your butt off. Start some collaborations. There are loads of things you can do without doing IT, you know, B.l.o.g.g.i.n.g.
Packing for your Blogging Break
And finally, your to do list. Identify the tasks you need to perform to hit all the objectives you’ve fleshed out under the earlier headings.
That’s it honey, you’ve planned your hiatus!
Now all you need to do is EXECUTE.
And of course, exit.
(p.s. This is the complete opposite of what I did – I threw the middle finger out and stepped off the edge of blogworld. During my hiatus I kicked off a few projects – I wasn’t hiding in a cupboard sipping chardonnay through a straw, nice as that sounds. This here’s a more considered approach.)
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If you like the bloggy vacay planner there’s a pile of free resources available in the VIP Bloggers Library which is for the exclusive use of subscribers.