Many writers who have started a blog worry about the posting schedule–as in day in day out, you gotta write something new. If you hope to keep or grow your audience, regular posting is paramount–even when you’ve been sick, had a death in the family or just plain can’t think of a single thing to post. But sometimes you can’t avoid a few hiccups.
Writing Tip for Today: If you must be away from your normal posting routine, try to do as much damage-control as you can:
- Advance Posts. If you know in advance you’ll be traveling, you can write posts in advance and schedule them to automatically publish on your normal posting day. However, that doesn’t always work. When my aunt died unexpectedly this past week, it caught me off-guard. There are so many things to do before I go to Arizona for her funeral, I know I won’t get those advance posts written.
- Guest Posts. Another idea might be to post content by a guest blogger, or some other information you pull out of the file. The point is, your readers will understand if you have a good reason for ignoring them–to a point.
- No Post–with a Reason. At least have the courtesy to offer an explanation to those faithful readers. I’m going to be gone for about a week, and I’ll do my best to post when I can.