I’ve returned with a bit of news. Blogging news. For one, Hugh is a bit absent for a time and I thought I would mosey on over here and snoop around a bit.
With Hugh being otherwise occupied it got me to think about blog tips. Imagine that, right? But this is a bit of an odd one.
Have you ever had an emergency and had to leave your blog for an extended period of time and been worried about it? I know it sounds odd to worry about your blog that way, but once you’ve put time into it, it is part of your life. You have friends you communicate with through your blog. You feel a piece of you is being neglected although there is nothing you can do about it.
There are ways to get around this problem.
#1 Build up a Post Backlog.
We have this weird habit of when we write a post we think it MUST be published then and there. That can hurt for a few reasons.
- Your post may need to sit a bit so you can come back and see if it is actually good and well written.
- You post too many things in one time span and people end up not reading everything you post.
- You don’t have go-to posts for when you are away, sick, or just tired one day.
You’re away but you normally can at least get into your blog for a few minutes. If you have some posts in your drafts, labelled, tagged and ready to go, then all you have to do is schedule them.
#2 Get Help
Not everyone likes to have someone in their blogs and able to post. If you set them up with Author privileges then all they can do is post. They can’t actually do any damage to the inner workings of the blog. And if you’ve given them access then you most likely trust what they post.
Today is a perfect example. I’ve been part of Hugh’s blog for so long I can’t remember whey I was added. But as many of you who are here regularly know, I’ve stepped in on a couple of occasions and posted when Hugh has been away. Now, Hugh and I have known each other for quite a bit now so we have that trust. Hugh’s blog is not the only one I am part of for just in case reasons or helping in the background. It’s always nice to have a go-to person handy.
#3 The Email Option
Did you know you can do a post by email to your blog? If not, well now you do. You simply go to the Dashboard of your blog and click My Blogs. You’ll see a list of blogs that you are part of AND there is one option there called Post by Email. Click Enable and an email address will show up. That’s the email address for you to send to and have a post show up on your blog.
You can use this option in a couple of ways:
- Post an article or two. You may be wondering that if you can get to email why can’t you get to a blog. Well sometimes it just isn’t possible from whatever location you are in. Some places block blogs from being accessed, like some school systems. But email is usually fine to go to.
- You can send an email post that you are going to be away for a period of time. This might be a could thing to consider so people won’t worry. You know those regular people who blog but then disappear, we worry about them. Hugh is healthy and safe so no reason to worry there. That is just in case anyone was beginning to get a little concerned.
#4 The Phone Call Option or Post by Voice
I haven’t tried this method but it’s in the same place as the Email Option and would be used for the same reasons. I’ll need to give it a try for fun one day soon. Instead of an email address, you get a phone number and a code or extension to enter.
#5 Schedule Posts in Advance for Several Days or Weeks Out.
I used to do this a lot. I would have two weeks worth of posts scheduled, Not posts for every day, but if I had certain things I came up with, I would go ahead and put them in for maybe every Monday or Friday, depending on what the material was. This is done on my LitWorldInterviews.WordPress.Com site a lot. One of the Teams, which Hugh is a part of, will have a Review and an Interview with an author and schedule one for one Monday and the other for the following Monday.
There you have it. 5 ways to cover your blog in case of emergencies. I’m sure at least one will help you out.
And now for a BONUS Emergency Tip, I had avoided it because I had not tried it yet and that is the WordPress App. I am mentioning it now because Elle Knowles suggested it in the comments here. So I bit the bullet and downloaded it on my tablet. So far it is awesome. I may do a future post here to let you know if it is exactly like the usual WP or not. So far…so good. Oh yeah.
Have you ever read my interview with Hugh? I interviewed Hugh back in August of 2014 and it was an entertaining adventure. You can even see how I made him dance, to his favourite girl band. Click here to check it out.
Ronovan is an author and blogger who shares his life as an amnesiac and Chronic Pain sufferer through his blog RonovanWrites.WordPress.com. His love of poetry, authors and community through his online world has lead to a growing Weekly Haiku Challenge and the creation of a site dedicated to book reviews, interviews and author resources known as LitWorldInterviews.WordPress.com.