Originally published on 11/2014. Updated 12/05/2016
With the holidays underway, you might be thinking about taking some time off to recover from all the holiday shopping and baking or just to enjoy some time with the family. I normally take the last couple of weeks off to bake for the grandkids, finish my shopping and to reflect how my year went. All I’m going to say about this year is, it couldn’t end fast enough. It’s been a heck of a year and I am so ready for 2016 to be over. A friend of mine posted this on her Facebook page and I couldn’t agree with it more.
Anyway, whatever the reason you’re going offline, the last thing you want to be thinking about is your blog. Although, as bloggers we truly can’t help it, right? The last time I planned some time off, I swore up and down that I would stay away from my blog or social media pages. That was a major fail because I couldn’t help but take a peek at my stats or check for comments any chance I got, hehe.
Spending time offline and unplugging is healthy and most top bloggers encourage us to do it whenever you can. At the same time, you don’t want your visitors and loyal readers to think you just dropped off the face of the blogging world. So while you’re away from the online world or “socialverse” as I like to call it, you want to be sure your blog is in cruise control mode – where everything is running like a well-oiled machine. There’s something about the term “well-oiled machine” I just love!
Important Things To Do Before Going Offline For The Holidays
Before you shut down for the holidays, there are three important things to do before going offline for the holidays. These simple steps will put your mind at ease about your blog so you can enjoy the time away and really relax.
Let Your Readers Know You Plan On Taking Time Off
The first thing you want to do is publish a post to let your readers know you’ll be offline and for how long. Also, be sure to leave an update on your social media platforms and send a newsletter out to your email subscribers as well. This way everyone in your community will know you won’t be online and when they can expect to see you back.
If you work with brands and independent marketers, don’t forget to leave an out of office reply for your email contacts as well.
Schedule Posts In Advance
Don’t let the downtime affect your traffic and hurt any momentum you’re building. Use a sharing platform like HootSuite Pro or Buffer to schedule posts in advance. And don’t just share your own posts. You have made some great connections from all the engaging you’re doing and I’m sure your fellow bloggers will be sharing your posts while you’re gone so schedule some of your favorite posts as well to keep sharing the love while your offline!
And remember to check back for any new comments. You can always log in at night when the kids are all tucked in to reply to them if you’d like.
Do A Quick Maintenance On Your Blog
Last but not least, before you go offline do a quick maintenance on your blog. Make sure plugins are updated, run a back-up if you haven’t already, clear spammy comments and make sure your email is up to date in your profile in case there is downtime – you’ll want to be notified about that to fix the issue right away. Those are just some of the things you can do to make sure your blog runs smoothly for your visitors while you’re away.
If you’re not comfortable doing maintenance on your blog, I’d be more than happy to help. Just contact me so we can discuss what you need.
Over To You
We all need the downtime to help us recharge the old noggin’. The break can help us create some kick butt content for our readers when we return. Do you take time off for the holidays? What are some of the steps you take for your blog before going offline? Tell us about it in the comments section below.
Here’s to a great holiday season!
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