Due to the my career choice to always put Uncle Sam’s business first in the world’s finest Navy, I had to take an unexpected hiatus from my blog. Many times while away I would stop to think and shake my head for I never created a backup plan for the times the military would take precedence, and everything else in my life would have to take a backseat once again. Yes Ladies and Gentlemen, the question of the day is….Petrish, why don’t you have a Hiatus Blog Emergency Plan? I don’t have an answer to that question for I’ve been blogging long enough to know better.
I’m currently on shore duty, which means I’m not assigned to a Naval Ship and just assumed that Uncle Sam would call upon one of the Sailors that is younger and brighter to get that special project done. In my mind, since I’m 8 months shy from retirement leave, and have one foot in combat boots in the Navy, and the other in stilettos in the civilian world…why would they choose me? Then I was politely reminded that 22 years of past experience makes me an expert, regardless if I thought I was one or not, so I quickly shelved my whining and commenced to getting the job done.
The Hazards of Not Having a Hiatus Emergency Plan
1. You are taking the risk of losing new and devoted readers.
2. Your traffic will decrease, and you will hate it!
3. You may lose money if your blog is monetized.
4. People may not take you or your blog serious.
5. You may miss out on a good opportunity, because your blog did not appear to be active to a future client.
Bloggers Should Have An Emergency Plan…AKA Schedule Posts.
Life is not perfect and regardless if you’re a full-time or part-time blogger, I now realize the importance of having a few articles already written just incase if you have to take an unexpected leave of absence from blog. Nothing worse than your readers coming to your blog only to hear crickets, and add sad comments like…Petrish, come back, your blog needs you! WE need you! (I missed you too Kay from lifestylevoices.com). Having pre-written articles will allow you to schedule future post to cover your absence, while you deal with your life emergency. You can always go back at a later time to answer your comments, and spread love to your devoted followers.
Establish a Guest Bloggers Contact List
There are a few bloggers that I know I could have contacted the day before my dramatic unexpected temporary exit from blogging, that would have had no problem guest posting for me during my absence. I mean isn’t being SOCIAL, the underlying meaning of blogging? Petrish…why so shy?! Well….now that my traffic has dwindled to the total amount of people you see in a dentist waiting room, I think this will be my plan B if I don’t have any scheduled posts to publish.
I like to keep it simple, so Plan A and Plan B is good for me. So if you have a Plan C, I’d love to hear it….for I’m pretty sure I need a Plan C.
Nice to be back!
Petrish @ Debt Free Martini