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Blogging on Vacation

How to keep up your blog while on vacation?Blogging on Vacation

You are a committed blogger and want to keep up the groove of posting every week. Right? Because we know that our readers come to expect it and search engines favor regularly updated sites.

And now after long hours and days in the field, the family is ready to take a vacation. If you are like my family, the husband considers showing at regional cattle shows or fairs a vacation. This I strongly disagree with; but I digress.

Let’s look at a few ways you can keep your posts coming even while traveling.

1. Schedule your post ahead of time. Write a post (or posts if you’re that kinda blogger) to save for when you will be gone and before you click publish over there to the right select “edit” by “publish immediately”. Then set the date to schedule when you want it to publish.

2. Speed Blogging If you are another kinda blogger, (like me) that wishes there were 5 posts in the hopper but will never see the day, then remember my post about speed blogging when you have very little time.

3. Mobile Posting Use your phone or tablet to post while on the road. Even if it’s just pictures with captions, your readers would be interested in what you are up to. I suggest you set this up before you leave because you will need to know your passwords to connect the app with your blog.  WordPress- IOS or Android — Blogger – IOS or Android You also might want to try a couple of test posts just to become familiar with the process.

4. Guest Posts Ask someone to write a guest post for you. They could send it to you in advance and use the schedule post listed in #1 or give them limited access as an author to your dashboard to post. Many moons ago I guest posted for A Cowboys Wife. For Blogger add authors in Settings – Permissions. And in WordPress dashboard Users – add new – author

I do hope you plan ahead and keep posting while on vacation. It doesn’t really take that much time to add a quick post when you have some down time. Or with a little forethought schedule a post to publish while you’re gone.

Do you have any other ideas for vacationers?


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Supe Up Your Site’s Sidebar

A Jacked Sidebarsuped up sidebar

Clean and Uncluttered

Think minimalism here. Too many widgets/gadgets makes an unattractive blog. What is the main purpose of your blog? Anything in your sidebar should help you accomplish this purpose. Everything else is a waste of valuable space.

What to include?

1. mini bio with pic of your face

2. subscription to site

3. popular posts

4. social media buttons

5. categories (rather than archives)

Optional: 1. pick one of the social media sites that you are most active in and give it more prominence with a bigger widget. such as instagram photos, latest pins, facebook like faces, lastest tweets  2. testimonials for ag businesses 3. search (some say this is important others don’t)

Widgets to dump: tag clouds (clutter), recent posts (redundant they are already listed), blog rolls (at least limit to 3 or 4), network blogs (readers don’t care), too many social media streams (pick one)

It is very important to limit any links that take people away from your site.

Personal Preference
Bloggers can become very attached to certain widgets. You should remember that the sidebar is for your visitors not you. Help them discover what your site has to offer without overwhelming them.

This is is step three in my free ebook “8 Steps to Update Your Website”. To quickly update your site with the other steps fill out the address box below and click subscribe. The ebook will be sent to you after confirmation.


Free Post Title Ideas

Blog Post TitlesBlog post titles

We’ve been over how having a blog on your farm’s website is crucial to its success at bringing in viewers. But we should also talk (again) about post titles that add that little “somethin-somethin” to entice searchers at google or bing to click through to read your whole article. These post titles are worded in such a way as to compel readers to want to know more.

You can even think of the proven headline as a sort of formula to use over and over while changing the subject to go with the body of your post. Remember you don’t always have to use these types of post titles. Just keep them in mind as possibilities when you need inspiration on writing headlines.

First I will list which titles have worked on this site. Then I’ll give a few more that you can use.

farmNwife’s top 4 titles

  1. List posts: These are quick to read and should get to the helpful info without unnecessary wording.  5 Tips for Flattering Farm Photos & 5 Year-end Blog Post Ideas
  2. How to or Why: Many people are using the search engines to learn how to do something or why it’s done a certain way. Starting your titles with these keywords is a no-brainer. How To Blog Trends & How To Re-Size Pictures
  3. Solve a Problem: Give steps on how to workout a specific issue. Never Run Out of Storage on Blogger & Compress Video for Faster Upload
  4. Free: Yes, one of the posts that is consistently listed in my popular posts widget prominently has the word FREE. Although this might not apply to your site. It is something to consider using when appropriate. Like in this post title! 😀

A few others to keep in your arsenal

  1. The Secret to: People love to get inside knowledge on anything. This could also follow along the lines of how or why.
  2. What everybody ought to know about: Readers don’t want to be the one who doesn’t know.
  3. ….Before and After: Witnessing a transformation is always intriguing.
  4. The Myth of: Clarify something that you see as being misunderstood or misrepresented.
  5. Audience: Specifically name your target audience in the title. People love reading about themselves. This one has to be specific to really make an impact.

Tell Me: What blog post titles have worked the best for you?

 


WordPress.com or WordPress.org

What’s the difference? wordpress.com vs .org

It’s a very common question. I was explaining the difference between wordpress.or and wordpress.com this week to my fifteen year old. And yesterday someone tweeted the link to Sarah Gooding’s article on wpmu.org with the Definitive Guide on WordPress.org vs WordPress.com. I posted a infographic earlier this week about discovering blog post ideas. Here is another infographic for good measure.

This time would you tweet this to your friends. I’m sure they would appreciate it.
 



WordPress.org vs. WordPress.com

Don’t forget to tweet it!

Stuck For Blog Post Ideas?

stuck for post ideasNeed Some Inspiration?

The blank screen with the blinking cursor can be intimidating at times. We need a little prodding to jumpstart a blog post.  This infographic can give you a bunch of directions to get started. All the suggestions listed might not apply to you but most of them can definitely trigger more ideas if you give it some thought. #6 and 7 can be very quick posts since they are about your opinion and would require very little to no research.

Pin It


Go ahead and pin this post. That way you can easily come back to the list in the future when you need a little inspiration again.

22 Ways to Create Compelling Content - Infographic

Don’t forget to pin it!