How To Blog While Away

by derek on May 19, 2007 · 13 comments

Since I am still trying to figure out the best way to pack for my upcoming trip, I thought I would take some time to prepare for keeping the site updated while I am away.
The last time I traveled I had every intention to blog in the evenings after I returned to the hotel. Unfortunately I had not accounted for the nice little bar near the hotel that graciously continued pouring me Guinness after Guinness into the early morning hours.
This time around I am trying to plan ahead and prepare myself to blog while I am away. As I sit here and ponder my plan of attack, there are a few strategies that come to mind for blogging while away.
Future Posts
Most blogging platforms allow you to customize the timestamp that posts will be published to your site. This allows you to dedicate blocks of time to authoring posts while maintaining the ability to space out the publication of each post.
To be honest, I’ve only used this feature a few times and I know that I should try to take advantage of this more often. However, I typically draft and publish a post one at a time and rarely plan far enough ahead to have a handful of posts waiting to be published.
One of the key advantages to using the ability to schedule posts for future publication is that it should increase your productivity. In my case, I will be able to draft a handful of posts and schedule them to publish while I am traveling. This will allow the blog to stay fresh without requiring me to drag myself home from the festivities each night to author a post.
Guest Authors
Another tool that can be used to keep your blog fresh while you are away is to line up a couple of guest authors to fill in during your absence.
The nice thing about guest authors is that it allows the guest author to promote their name a little bit while adding a new perspective for your readers. It really is a win-win situation for both the blog owner and the guest author.
I’ve been giving serious consideration to positioning myself to try and become a guest author for a few other blogs when there is a need for another voice. It would certainly provide a new audience for my content and hopefully bring new traffic to my site. On a few of the blogs that I read regularly, I’ve seen guest posts that bring quite a bit of publicity to the guest author.
Likewise, as a blog owner, I’ve been thinking about asking a few other bloggers if they would be interested in submitting guest posts to either of my blogs. If any of you would be interested in submitting a guest post for Derek Semmler dot com or my personal finance blog, please let me know as I would be happy to arrange something with you!
My Plan
Unless anyone jumps forward to become a guest author, I will be trying to utilize the ability to schedule future posts for both of my blogs. Hopefully I will have time to make a few posts from my conference but I want to be covered just in case.
When you are going to be away from your blog, what strategy have you found to be the most successful?

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Cade May 19, 2007 at 8:49 pm

Well I wouldn’t mind helping you out. Don’t have a lot of page rank, but it is the thought that counts. That is what is so great about blogging is that you can find so many different places to get the job done. Where would we be without the internet?

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derek May 20, 2007 at 12:56 am

Cade, I’m not too worried about your pagerank or anything like that. After all, part of having a guest blogger is to help get them some attention from additional readers.
I’ll send you an email to discuss further. Thanks!

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Dave May 20, 2007 at 1:11 pm

Timestamping is one of the best things about wordpress. It saves me so many problems while I am away.

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cyan May 21, 2007 at 8:16 pm

I agree with Dave about timestamping with Wordpress! As long as you’re organized, you can take a few days off and still have content for your readers. Best invention ever!

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derek May 24, 2007 at 3:40 pm

Absolutely, I’m glad that I used the timestamping because I wasn’t able to log in to post during the week but I had one post scheduled for each day to keep things fresh.

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Steve S May 22, 2007 at 12:09 am

I really need to take advantage of time stamping. When I disappear for a few days I usually let my post count flag. It’s time I start building up a few posts for a rainy day.

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derek May 24, 2007 at 4:18 pm

Steve, I had never really taken advantage of this myself until now and really liked it. The only downside is that I wasn’t able to keep up with responding to comments and need to catch up now.
Thanks for stopping by!

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Substance Abuse Treatment May 23, 2007 at 2:14 am

Timestamping can pretty much spare you from constantly updating your blog. So yeah, I think blogging while your away is very feasible.

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Pablo Rosales May 29, 2007 at 5:54 pm

Very useful, thanks for the tips

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derek May 29, 2007 at 11:45 pm

Pablo, you’re welcome and thanks for stopping by the site.

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