Taking a blogging break can be hard when you’re a protective and proud blog owner. Although we all know the benefits of taking breaks it’s usually easier said than done when we’re trying to build a brand. It’s especially scary to think about leaving your blog and not even checking in to make sure things are running smoothly.
While taking a break is scary it’s necessary when you don’t have staff to cover for you in your absence. Below I want to share a few things I think will help you have the best blogging break possible.
Let Your Audience Know About Your Break
Disappearing without a trace isn’t a good idea if you can help it. The first step to being comfortable with taking a blogging break is to be comfortable with letting your audience know what’s going on. This can be in the form of a blog post, a tweet or an Instagram picture that you share across all channels. If you don’t plan to post during your break let your audience know so they don’t wonder where you’ve gone. If you know when you’ll be back let your audience know that as well.
Schedule Posts & Social Media In Advance
I’m sure you already have an editorial calendar and you already schedule a lot of things when it comes to your blog but it’s even more important to schedule and double check before taking a blogging break. The difference between a break and your regular schedule is that you won’t be able to check daily to make sure things are posting properly and you won’t have a last minute writing spree to post on the day your posts go live. It’s important to triple check and then let it go because a break from your blog isn’t really a break if you’re stressing about your blog the entire time.
Pre Plan Instagram Pictures
If your break from your blog includes a real vacation you’ll probably be posting to social media in your absence. Although you’re sure to get plenty of great photos on your vacation you don’t want to leave having a picture to post to chance. Before you leave take a few photos that you can post to Instagram in the event that none of your vacation pictures turn out great or you’re having to much fun to edit and post a new picture on the go. With Instagram’s new draft feature it’s easier than ever to upload the picture, create a caption and not think about it again until it’s time to post.
Have A Post Ready When You Get Back
The last thing you want to do when you’re ready to come back from your blogging break is stress about what you’re going to post next. Having a post ready to go will ease your transition because you can use the day that post goes live to begin interacting with your audience again and possibly write a recap of your vacation or a post about what your blogging break taught you. Eventually you’ll get back into the swing of things. The key is to not pressure yourself so much that you undue the good mojo you got during your blogging break.
A blogging break is a time to unwind, decompress and get back to your best self so that you’re ready to create great content. Being stressed throughout the process is the exact opposite of what you want to do but if you’re using these tips I’m sure you’ll have the best break ever.
What do you do to prepare for a blogging break?