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.
After you get your blog going, you have a number of posts published. You kinda get into a nice groove of putting your content out there, posting pictures of the cows, writing about hauling grain. Then it eventually happens. You go on vacation, to a conference, or just something comes up unexpectedly where you have to be gone for a number of days. Unless you have a couple of blog posts in the hole that can be pulled out, your blog is up the creek and put on the back burner. Happens all the time.
For me it would be the creek, because I never have a blog post sitting around waiting to be sent out. Last week while at a national convention I wish I had posted a few articles to my blog. I took some pictures with my iphone but waited til I got home to start writing the post. Next time I will be prepared. How, you ask. What else does an ag nerd do but download an app.
iphone/ipad: It’s easy to manage your WordPress blog or site from your iOS device. With WordPress for iOS, you can moderate comments, create or edit posts and pages, and add images or videos with ease. All you need is a WordPress.com blog or a self-hosted WordPress.org site
android: WordPress for Android is an Open Source app that empowers you to write new posts, edit content, view stats, and manage comments with built-in notifications.
blackberry: allows you to write posts, upload photos and videos, edit pages, and manage comments
iphone: With Blogger app for iPhone and iPod touch, you can easily publish posts with pictures, labels and location
android: You can easily publish posts with pictures, labels and location information. Also, you can view the list of posts and if you have multiple accounts or blogs
blackberry: couldn’t find an app for this phone
Blogging from my smartphone will also come in handy when I’m in the field this spring or taking the kids to livestock judging contests and cattle shows.
Do you blog while on the road? Tell us how you moblog.
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