Sometimes, you can find yourself in a position where you need to take a break from blogging. Maybe you're feeling uninspired, burned out, or you've got things going on in your life and your blog just can't be your main priority. Whatever the reasons are, the main reason that stops people from taking a blogging break, is losing their followers.
Keeping your blog updated with fresh content on a regular basis is, by far, the best way to keep your readers engaged, and bloggers can feel pressured to keep up with this. But you can put some plans in place in advance to help combat this. You might have to put some work in before you can take a break, but in the end, it will all be worth it because you won't spend your whole break wondering what's going on with your blog.
So, do you think it's time to take a break? Here's my tips:
2 months before
Put a request out for guest bloggers to post content during the time you will not be active. You could either ask them to submit the posts to you prior to your break so you can schedule them, or, if you're feeling trusting, allow them access to your blog to post it for you.
1. Call on the blogging community
Write a guest post guideline list, to save questions bouncing back and forward and make the process a bit more streamlined, especially if you're getting posts from a few different bloggers at the same time.
How often do you usually post per week? 3, 4 or 5 times? If you can, stick to your writing schedule, but hold a post here and there back and schedule it for a day during your break
2. Save a post a week
1 month before
Are there any posts you've previously published, that could be updated and republished? Write a list of the ones you can rework, and steadily work on them in the run up to your break and schedule to go out in your time off.
1. Take a look at your archives
Round ups are by far some of the best posts. Depending on the topic, they can be super quick to write in comparison to other post types, but super useful and interesting for your readers.
2. Round ups are your friend
Try some round ups linking to your favourite posts in a certain category, maybe you could round up your 5 favourite bloggers, top blogging resources; the list could be endless. It could be a quick way to get a few extra bits and bobs in here and there.
3. Start your scheduleIf you've started receiving your guest posts, finished a few extra posts or your round ups, get them scheduled asap to save you rushing it in the end. This doesn't just have to be content. Use tools like Hootsuite to schedule social media posts to your scheduled posts and old posts, so your channels remain active while you're away
1 week before
1. Tell people you're goingPublish a post that explains to your readers that you're going away and let them know to expect a little less content but they can expect some stuff from other bloggers and all sorts of other bits and bobs that you've set up for them.
If you usually send a newsletter, send one out that explains you'll be on a break and the newsletter will return when you're back!
Schedule a few recurring social media posts with this link throughout your break to keep reminding people.
Check your content schedule, check your social media schedule and make sure you're happy with it. The worst thing you can do is leave this to the last minute.
2. Finalise you're scheduling
Put an out of office on, so anyone who tries to contact you is aware that you are away. Try to include a return date if you can, but if you haven't decided that yet, then not to worry.
3. Email admin
Try to reply to as many emails as possible that you haven't dealt with already to inform them of your break, and let any PRs or bloggers etc that you regularly communicate with about your plans.
Pop a little note on your contact page, or in your sidebar that let's people know straight away when they visit, that although content is being created, you are not around. This just gives people a heads up in case they were planning on getting in touch.
4. Update your contact page
You don't have to follow all of these points, it's just a bit of a guide and a few ideas to help you out when you're planning your blogging break! It is possible, so don't burn yourself out and take some time to chill.
You deserve it!
What are your tips for preparing for a blogging break? Let us know in the comments!
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