I’m sure most of you can relate — during the holidays, it can be difficult to stay in focus and force yourself to do any work. On my recent post about how I blog everyday, one of my readers (hi Jessie!) asked me how I blog on the go when I’m traveling. That reminded me of this post that I put together last winter when my boyfriend and I went on a month-long road trip. I was on the road for most of my days away from wi-fi, so it became inconvenient to manage my blog and still publish new content consistently. Anyway, the holidays are coming up and many of us will be going out of town, whether long or short… So, I’ve decided to share with you some tips I find helpful when it comes to managing a blog while on vacation.
The key to successful blogging in general is planning ahead. There’s always something going on, especially in the fall because there are so many holidays! Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s… the list goes on and they literally come one after another. Good news is, with so much to anticipate, there are tons of things you can write about/create content around this season, whether it be DIY Halloween costumes, outfit ideas for your holiday party, top 10 stocking stuffers, and so much more. These are just a few ideas that have popped up in my head in the last second! My point? You won’t run dry of inspiration. 😉
SCHEDULE POSTS IN ADVANCE
Once you have a list of possible topics, it’s time to start pumping out the content. How much content will depend on how long you’ll be gone for! As far as this goes, you may need to schedule a time to shoot outfits (if that’s what you’re going to write about), gather affiliate links as needed, and write away. Being on vacation means you’ll want to minimize (or eliminate all together if possible) work and stress. Writing out blog posts and scheduling them a few weeks in advance prior to the vacay have definitely helped me. After scheduling your posts on WordPress, it’s time to migrate over to your social media channels! Facebook Pages has a great scheduling tool which I live off of when I’m on vacation or just too busy to post the day of. There are also applications you can use to schedule Instagram and Twitter posts, such as Hootsuite. I personally like to update my Instagram manually just to keep things a little more personal, which leads to my next tip…
ENGAGE ON SOCIAL MEDIA & SHARE UPDATES
Who doesn’t like to live vicariously through amazing travel photos?! Share updates on your last and current destination to keep your readers excited and informed! Be selective with your photos though, and don’t over-post, as this may drive your followers away. I usually try to stick with 1-2 photos a day.
ENJOY YOUR VACATION
Vacations are meant for enjoying, so be sure to enjoy it while it lasts! While work days seem to go on forever, vacation days always seem to fly by. You can even share photo diaries of parts of your trip on days you don’t have a blog post scheduled. I like doing this because it helps to keep my blog “current” while not eating away too much of my travel time. Usually, this type of post is heavy on photos and less significant on words… so as long as I have the photos, I’m set. I’ll usually stop by Starbucks for a drink/breakfast and do a quick photo diary post!
Do you have any tips on how to generate new content consistently while on vacation without stressing yourself out?