For bloggers, one of the most important things is staying connected to the blogging community, or niche, of which they are an active participant and voice. By staying connected, we bloggers can keep track of what’s going on around us, what’s newsworthy and what’s interesting and full of energy, what we should respond to, and what might help us be better at what we do.
However, it is inevitable that at some point in our lives we will encounter temporary periods of time during which we aren’t connected. Usually this occurs when we travel; we’re not allowed to turn on our phones or access the internet when we fly, and other times during commutes internet connections are significantly limited. Or maybe we lost power due to a storm or some other energy company mishap. For unprepared bloggers, these scenarios can hamper their ability to stay connected and relevant to their respective niches. Don’t let yourself be one of those unprepared bloggers!
Embrace Other Forms of Writing
Some bloggers might not think this, but all of us bloggers are writers in some form or another. This means that we should embrace the traditional utensils of writers: paper and pencil, or pen, or whatever you prefer. By keeping a cursory journal or diary of our thoughts about our blogging community, we can stay up on recent trends without being completely connected. Prewriting in these journals, or meditating on blogging issues, can help us formulate a better post to publish once we get back to the internet.
If you don’t have access to the internet or a computer, and if you don’t want to spend time hand-writing your thoughts, consider turning to other forms of media to get your message out. Get a camera and record a video blog post that you can upload remotely. Use services that transmit photos so that you can remotely post images to your blog. These alternatives won’t replace your pillar content, but they could be a welcome change of pace for your readers until you get back. It’s much better than having your blog go silent for a while. Simply let your readers know beforehand and you should be good to go.
Those of you who have scheduled time away from your blog, for whatever reason, should plan ahead. You can use programs that will convert websites into PDFs, which you can read on your smart phone or eReaders. This is useful if you won’t have any access to the internet while you’re gone, but wish to be able to read some of the better posts by your fellow bloggers. This can provide you with useful content to think about so that you can write a response once you return. You can also turn to other bloggers to publish guest posts on your blog while you’re gone. This will help you branch out in the community and make connections, all while maintaining the activity of your blog.
Automatically Publish Scheduled Content
Another good idea is to create a queue of prewritten content that will go live at intervals during your absence. This will require a lot of work before you leave, but it will be worth it because you know you can relax while you’re blog does all the publishing. Just let your readers know you’re gone and that you’ll respond to comments later. If you shift a few posts each day to an automated publishing schedule, it can protect you against unexpected disturbances, such as a power outage or a family emergency, that take you away from your blog.
What are some other ideas that you have to help you keep blogging even if you do not have access to the internet or a computer? How do you blog when you travel? What about if you have an unexpected break from the internet?
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