Have you ever noticed that one of your favorite blogger disappeared for a few days? Were you wondering if they would post again? Did you find other blogs to read instead of that one? Do you wonder if they’ll take a hiatus again? Do you even check that site anymore? Do you want people feeling that way about your blog?
So how do you keep things going on your blog when you’re going to be away from your computer for a while?
I know you mainly do this for fun, but the more you treat it like a business, the better results you’ll see. You wouldn’t just walk away from your job for a week without covering your bases first, right? There are a number of things that you probably do every day or every other day that your readers have come to expect. Like it or not, they do have expectations from you and they want you to deliver. Do you post every day? Do you publish those posts to your Facebook page? Are you active on Twitter and Pinterest?
Dropping all of these things for more than a day or two will cause your readers to wonder what’s up. Why not give them something to stay busy?
Did you know you can schedule your blog posts to publish on a future date? Furthermore, you can also schedule those posts to publish onto your Facebook page at a certain date and time in the future. Take a look at the picture to the left. You can find that by clicking “schedule” to the right side of the post. From there, you can select a date and enter the time you want that post to publish. Just like that, you’ve got a post scheduled to go live while you’re sitting on the beach relaxing! (For more details and screenshots, see: How to Schedule a Post in Blogger) People will see new, fresh content on your blog and won’t be disappointed by a silence lasting several days. Let’s face it, there are a LOT of blogs out there and keeping fresh content for your readers to come back for is essential.
So you’ve got the blog updated, but what about social media? Well, you can schedule posts to Facebook as long as you have the link of the blog post. To find the link of an unpublished blog post, see the image below:
Copy that link. The head to your Facebook fan page and schedule the post there, like this:
Click the little clock and it will pop up with the year box, followed by the month, day and time. Select those and you’re ready to go.
Note: be careful to not schedule your Facebook post before your blog post will be published. If you do, all your followers will get is a broken link and that’s not going to make anyone happy.
Ok, so now you’re active on your blog and on Facebook. Not bad. That should be enough for the majority of you. Twitter is still neglected though! No problem, you can also easily schedule Tweets! Use the same method above to get the link of your post, then do this:
Head over here and sign in to Twuffer with your Twitter account. That’s it! You’ll be greeted with the lovely screen above and you’re now ready to start scheduling Tweets!
Ok, now we’re cooking! But what about Pinterest? It’s the smoking hot social media site and you’re trying to grow your following, not abandon them! No worries. This is where Pingraphy comes to the rescue. Sign up here. Once in your dashboard, you’ll be able to upload pictures to pin. Then you’ll be greeted with this lovely screen.
See that yellow-orangy button? Know what it says? It says “Schedule”. Easy peasy.
So there you have it: you’re posting, tweeting, pinning and updating your status all while you’re at the beach sipping a Mai Tai and getting some sun. And nobody has to know. Until you post about your vacation when you get back. 😉
Now, I know this leaves comments. There is no solution for replying to live comments. If you can get to a computer for just 5-10 minutes to respond to a few comments, your followers will never know you are away! Also, if you can do the scheduling mentioned above, all you’ll need is a few minutes to respond to comments anyway, because the rest of the work will already be done! It’s not that your readers don’t want you to have a life or take a vacation, it’s just that you spoil them with great posts and you don’t want them missing you! As I mentioned earlier, there are a LOT of blogs out there and you don’t want to give your readers a reason to explore others instead of your own. So while you’re out getting content for your blog (everyone loves huge, pictured filled vacation posts!), you can keep delivering content as well!