One of the great things about having a blog is the power to be your own boss and make your own schedule. But this freedom and flexibility also means that nobody steps in when you take a day off. If you’re on vacation, you still have a blog to worry about, and your audience will notice if you just disappear to sip mojitos on the beach for a week.
So, does starting a blog mean kissing relaxing vacations goodbye? Absolutely not! With a little extra planning, you can take a breather from your blog without losing your hard-won audience. Here are 5 tips for leaving your blog at home while you’re on vacation.
You’re probably already doing this to some degree if you’ve been blogging for a little while, but it is even more important if you’re really hoping to relax on your vacation to schedule your posting. It is so easy to schedule everything you post in a day, from blog posts to Instagram posts to tweets and everything in between.
Schedule your social media from a platform like Hootsuite or Planoly for Instagram, and schedule your blog posts on your publishing platform. Unlike a normal week, where you might be uploading a last minute photo to a blog post the night before you post, or even writing an entire post right before it goes up (we’ve all been there), push yourself to upload your entire post before you fly away to the beach.
Have a Social Media Backup
There’s a good chance you’re planning to post a photo or two from your vacation on social media. It’s so fun to take your followers along with you and be able to mix up your normal posting routine! You probably have a general idea of what you’re hoping to post (a fancy latte, a palm tree beach shot, or a city skyline, for instance).
While you might be pretty confident in your ability to get that shot in time to upload it to your social media, having a backup scheduled and ready to go will put your mind at ease and allow you to relax in case things don’t go as planned. If it rains, or you can’t find the perfect place to get the latte, or even if the lighting where you are just totally doesn’t go with your branding, you’ll have another option. It can be completely unrelated to your vacation, but it will ensure that you’re not stressing about getting the perfect shot of your relaxing trip.
Plan Your Photoshoot
You want to be sure to get some photos for a blog post or your social media while you’re on vacation, but you don’t want to stress about getting the perfect shot when you’re supposed to be taking a break. Ease some of the tension by sticking to the list you made in the previous step!
Then, as much as you can, get the photos taken right away so that it’s not in the back of your mind while you’re lying by the pool. Devoting an extra hour to taking photos on your first or second day in a new place will save you a lot of time worrying about whether you’ll have the shot you need.
Have Posts Ready When You Get Back
Think about what you would normally be working on the days you’re planning to be gone for. You’d likely normally spend at least a little time writing new posts, taking or editing photos for them, and editing your content. This is probably the easiest thing to forget when you’re going on vacation, since you’ve taken care of the posts that will go up while you’re actually away, but you’re going to get home and your followers are still going to expect new content!
Nobody likes to get home from vacation only to find a massive buildup of all the work they put off while they were away, so having a post or two ready to go when you get back will ensure a relaxing transition back to normal life.
As hard as it is to believe when you’re spending every day hustling, working on your blog, and squeezing every spare minute for all the pins, tweets and ‘grams you can get out of it, you can take a break. You probably don’t want to do absolutely nothing (a dead blog and no social media for a whole week isn’t the best idea), but you don’t have to do everything.
The fact is, you’re going to be a better blogger when you get back if you give yourself some time away from the screens and relax a little. So don’t sweat it if you take some time off—you’ve earned it!