I was on the break for last ten days, though it was not a planned one. My internet line got disconnected and my service provider took ten days to restore it.
It was really a long time but the most annoying thing, I didn’t plan anything for it.
When we go for a planned vacation we do a lot of planning like scheduling posts in advance, making sure comments are getting approved on time and some other things.
But a unplanned vacation like this can leave a blog without a new post or a proper attention. I was not able to do anything on this blog for last 10 days, though there was one post scheduled which has helped a bit.
These 10 days taught me few lessons in a hard way (though I always learn things in a hard way, look at What You Can Take From Your Blog’s Worst Day)
We should always have a editorial calendar for our blog. We should not be writing post for present, we should be writing posts for future.
What I do now is I try to schedule posts for next 2 weeks in advance, which means that whatever I am writing now, will be scheduled later than that.
This helps in increasing creativity as there is no pressure of publishing the post right at that moment, it also gives time to review the posts before publishing.
I am using Editorial Calendar to do all my scheduling. This plugin gives a drag and drop functionality to schedule the post, you can create a new post, or edit any post from the calendar itself. It is really easy to do all the editorial work from the plugin.
After using this, I have checked the pattern of publishing the post and I was really shocked to see that it was quite irregular. Sometime for 10 days there was no update or a new post or sometime there posts on regular days. It’s not that I was not working for those days but I was busy promoting the blog or writing the guest posts.
This tool actually helps correcting these things and making a more streamline publishing process.
Backup Ways to Manage Blog
One important thing is that you need to have multiple ways to manage your blog. I am using my smartphone to connect to wordpress and manage the blog, because of that I was able to approve and reply comments, do some small things on my blog.
It doesn’t give complete flexibility but its still better than not able to do anything. WordPress is available on every smartphone platform and if you are using wordpress for CMS than you should be using it.
What will happen if you are away from your computer and you have issues on your blog. Sometime we might need our backup right at that moment.
(We do need to have a backup of our blog and we can’t reply on hosting provides to do that. I do use Backup buddy to create my backups.)
I do keep my blog backup at multiple places, just because of the days like these. Backup Buddy comes with an integration with Dropbox, so it can be one place to load the backup.
I also use Cloud Experience to keep my backup on a cloud storage, they give 10GB of space with their free account. I think it is one of the best which you can get in the market (FREE is better that anything else).
Offline writing tools
I always use Windows Live Writer to write my posts. This helped, as in these unwanted holidays I was not able to publish, but I was still able to write.
I didn’t wait for my internet line to come up, I scheduled the post in Windows Live Writer and once internet line got restored, with a single click I moved this posts to the blog.
If you are not using Windows Live Writer, I highly recommend it. It is 5 minute job to set up Windows Live Writer for WordPress.
These are few good things which I was able to find from my 10 days unwanted holiday.