As I write this, I'm sitting at my dad's house in Florida looking out at the sunrise over the lake. Everyone else is asleep and I've been up for almost two hours working. Unless I go out of the country, I'm never really “on vacation”, but I definitely spend less time working on my blogs, and enjoying being with family. You can do both, if you want to; it's all about finding balance.
I'm certainly not saying that you can never just take time off from your blog completely – I think that's important too – but what if the timing isn't right? Or you WANT to blog on vacation? Here's how I've done it:
I take more pictures using Instagram while I'm traveling or enjoying down time, and a lot of the time, I use those pictures in posts on my blog. They're easier than taking full-on outfit pictures sometimes, and more “interesting” to your readers. It also reminds them to follow you there if they're interested in seeing more.
I was inspired to write a post while observing my dad's neighbors outside; you can find inspiration anywhere, especially when you're out of your normal environment. Use this opportunity to write down ideas or posts, for now, and save some for later when you're less inspired.
If you normally write long, thoughtful posts, maybe now's a good time to get some shorter, easier, simpler ones in. Make a quick post of what you found on sale this week, or a quick thought on an article you read. Take it easy, and experiment with different things while you don't have the time you normally spend on a post.
Even when I'm on “vacation” I get up around 6 AM, which is a lot earlier than the rest of my family gets up, so I have a good 3-4 hours to work before our day gets started. Maybe for you that productive time is when everyone's gone to sleep, or in the middle of the day after a lot of activity in the morning. If you NEED to work while you're on vacation, the only way you'll be able to do it is if you schedule time for yourself, then set expectations for everyone else around you that this is when you need to work.
Don't Beat Yourself up
If you can't get a post in that day, or you're just not feeling it, then no big deal – but don't beat yourself up about it. I usually set the expectation on my blog that I'm going to be out of town for a certain number of days, so my readers are generally aware that I won't be as responsive as I usually am.
You can also schedule posts for when you're gone, or line up guest posts but I've never done either method, mostly because I'm not organized enough, but also because I've built my blog/brand around being me, and writing what inspires me that day, so advanced planning doesn't work so well. It's a method that others use successfully though, so you could try it if you think it will help you.
What have you done to keep blogging while you're on vacation?
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