When stuff happens at home that can disrupt your work/life balance in a split second, it’s kind of hard to focus on work or in my case my blog.
We don’t anticipate a family emergency but when it happens, it definitely takes a back seat to blogging or being social. But what if your blog is your business? It’s like they say on Broadway, the show must go on, right? And so it’s a good idea to have a back-up plan for our blog in the event we have to be offline for a while due to an unexpected event.
The Day That Changed Our Lives
April 10th started out like any other. I got up, sent the hubs off to work and took the kids to school. When I hadn’t heard from the hubs I started to get this sinking feeling in my stomach that something was wrong.
When I learned he hadn’t made it to work I tuned in to my local news and my worst fear came true. They were announcing a highway closure because of a “serious motorcycle accident” and that the person had to be taken by life flight. Then my phone rings and confirms it’s was my husband being flown to the medical center.
The next hour was a nightmare. We didn’t know what hospital they had flown him to and the news station reported it as a fatality – so you can imagine my fear. I had this big lump in my throat and knot in my stomach.
We eventually found out where he was and made my way to him.
Eleven Days Later
I’m very happy to say the hubs made it through two successful surgeries, he’s home and it’s all about healing. And now that the dust has settled so to speak, I realized I’ve been offline and my blog has been quiet for eleven days.
A back-up plan would have kept my blog active during the time I was with the hubs would not have affected my traffic the way it did. But now that I know I’ll be taking the hubs to his follow-up appointments as well as caring for him during his recover, I’m going to be ready so I can focus on his care and still be online.
How To Create A Back-Up Plan For Your Blog In Case Of An Emergency
These are things I have thought about doing but never got around to it. Had I had this back-up plan in place I would not have given my blog a second thought while I was offline and my total focus can be on taking care of the hubs.
Have extra content ready to publish. This has been a challenge for me in the past but I’ve scheduled some time to focus on writing and set a goal to have at least a week’s worth of drafts to have on hand.
If you’re struggling with ideas to write about, check out your favorite blogs and social media to see what the hottest topics are in your blogging community.
Appoint someone you trust to be an Admin for your blog. If you can’t publish a post, appoint someone you trust to be an admin for your blog. He or She can post a message on your behalf letting your readers know you’d be offline and for how long.
Most of us have guests or contributors posting on our blog. If they’re flexible, ask if you can move their post to cover the time you can’t publish one.
Keep your readers in the know. Post a message on social media, send a quick newsletter to your email subscribers letting them know you’d be offline and when you anticipate you’d be back. The last thing you’d want is for loyal readers to wonder if you’d be back or not.
Keep clients and other VIPs in the know. Set up an out of office reply to let senders know you’re not available instead of coming across as one who doesn’t reply to their email.
Of course during an emergency, these are the last things you’ll think about…believe me, I know. But if you can spare 5-10 minutes to activate your back-up plan, you’d be able to put your energy where it’s needed most.
Over To You
Do you have a back-up plan for your blog in place? What are some of the things in your back-up plan? Share those in the comments section below.
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