When you run a blog, this can be a bit of a problem. Mainly because it takes a lot of dedication to getting a blog off the ground, and a lack of updates can spell the death of even the most successful websites.
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Traveling while running an active blog can be a big problem. It takes a lot of dedication to get a successful blog off the ground and lack of regular updates can spell the death of a website.
That doesn’t mean you have no options. Thanks to the more modern advances to mobile technology, and the wide availability of the Internet, there are several things you can do to keep up while on the go.
1. Find a partner NOW!
Everyone needs a break and a trusted partner is probably the best way to keep your blog going. It works both ways because you can act as back up for your partner’s vacation…
A partner can be a fellow blogger or even a vacation virtual assistant.
You can use MyBlogU to find a virtual partner.
A fellow blogger who can guest post for you during vacation is ideal as you can work out a no-cost partnership.
A vacation virtual assistant is a bit of an investment, but well worth it. She/He can schedule and manage guest authors, write content, transcribe the audio into a written post and even promote your post while you enjoy your time.
2. Use Your Mobile Device
Everyone has a mobile device these days, and if you don’t you should. Every blogger needs to be able to write from anywhere, and this is a very convenient way to do it. Tablets are best, and you can get a simple one for a very cheap price. Or, you can just use your smartphone, though this will take longer.
Another option is to do audio blogging or video blogging during your trip. You can let your readers know that you’ll be “Live Blogging” from your trip.
If you still need a write up for your blog post, simply hire someone on Fiverr or Upwork to transcribe your audio and email it to your blog [This tip has been contributed by Sara Duggan].
Now, it’s not easy or comfortable to write an entire blog post on a mobile device. For easier writing you can use an external keyboard, ideally a bluetooth keyboard for wireless connection.
There are even travel optimized keyboards. For example, Microsoft has developed a foldable keyboard for iPad, iPhone, Android devices, and Windows tablets.
3. Take A Travel Laptop
Of course, if you have a laptop, that is best. I know a lot of people don’t like taking their expensive laptops on trips. Theft or the risk of breaking are too real a problem.
So it helps to have a small netbook or notebook on hand that you just use when traveling. Something that works, but didn’t cost that much money. It is so easy to find free wifi these days. You can just slip into a Starbucks and write up a post from anywhere.
Another option you may consider is public libraries or computer cafes. These are NOT ideal but can save you from having to type an entire post on your smartphone.
4. Get a Guest Author
You don’t have to write while traveling at all, if you don’t want to. One easy way to handle this problem is by getting a quest poster. While some will want pay, you can usually find someone willing to guest post for nothing but credit for what they write.
This is a great way of both keeping your blog full of content, and taking advantage of a new tone for your site. You can even set up several, so you get a wide variety while you are gone. Then enjoy the benefits of a new reader base when you get home.
5. Write Ahead Of Time
Unable to get a guest writer, or are you just worried about letting someone else have access to your site? Nothing to worry about, you can just write ahead of time. Get organized and prioritize!
All blogs have a post schedule tool that lets you set the date and time of each release. You can just write extra posts, and then schedule them to be released while you are gone. This won’t let you take care of comments, but you will at least have fresh content.
Combine the previous two strategies: line up a number of guest bloggers ahead of time. I have been asked to write a post that would be scheduled while a blogger was away. I was flattered to be asked and I was happy to oblige.
This avoids you having to do marathon writing while trying to plan and get organized for your vacation. Yet it allows the blog to remain active for the full time you are away. Each post can be scheduled in advance, with each guest responsible for promoting his or her post. [This tip has been contributed by David Leonhardt]
6. Find A Net Cafe
I have this as the last tip for a reason: it is the worse, and really only a last resort. It is so difficult finding the time and concentration to work on a post in an Internet cafe.
They tend to be busy, with people hovering waiting for a turn. Plus, you have to prepay for time. It is difficult to focus with that kind of strict time-clock. More than one person has found themselves cut off without finishing a post. It is very frustrating. But, if you are desperate it can be an option.
7. Save Time By Republishing An Old Post
Pick a post that’s several months, or even years, old and give it a thorough editing. Since some time has passed since you wrote it, you will immediately get ideas how to make the post even better.
After you’ve made improvements to the post change the publication date to the current day and time. This will bring the post back on top of your blog page.
If the post has existing comments add a note saying that the post has been expanded and republished [This tip has been contributed by Ralf Skirr].
Use tools like IFTTT and Zapier (for content and social media publishing) to ensure that your posts are published on schedule. This can also be handy if in any case your laptop runs out of battery, there’s no Wi-Fi within your area, and other possible mishaps. [Thanks Christopher Jan Benitez for the tip!]
Also tools like MavSocial “MavRepeater” Campaign, or DrumUp, or TweetJukeBox keep your Twitter feed active by promoting your content over and over again: Create a good schedule before leaving for a trip!
9. Create Systems For Your Business
(This tip is contributed by Raelyn Tan)
The key to being able to travel while running your blog is creating systems in your business that are automated. That way, a part of your business functions without you being present.
For instance, create an automated follow-up sequences in your email service providers so that new subscribers are able to receive automated emails consistently on autopilot without any additional effort on your part.
Another way to create automated systems in your business is to create sales funnels so that your products and services sell by themselves without you having to promote your offerings repeatedly. This brings you passive income while you are not able to launch new products or go on sales calls.
10. Offline + Online Combination
Whenever I am traveling, I prepare a detailed outline of article / content and keep working on each point.
When I reach the destination, I upload the finalized content to my blog and start working on the 2nd topic for the next trip. This combination of offline + online work helps me to effectively use my time while traveling.
Cyfe is a great way to keep your outlines organized.
Curate good and high-quality articles from around the web in your niche.
I recommend you get in touch with the bloggers and get their permission beforehand. This also gives you a great opportunity to connect with and get on the radar of successful bloggers in your niche.
You can use the Express Curate plugin to curate content. It is a breeze to use this plugin. The plugin adds a few options to your WordPress visual editor. If and when you want to curate, just copy paste the URL of the desired article into the space given and you are ready to go.
You can specify which image you want to use. You can specify the focus keywords. And a lot more cool features.
But wait, I haven’t told you why I love Express Curate.
You can do all the above right on your smartphone. Just download the Express Curate App. Yes! you don’t even need to login to your WordPress. No more worries about crooks stealing your admin password.
When you’re traveling, the last thing you want to do is stress about your blog. You can keep up with things, whether through your own content or someone else’s, using these five simple tips. Whether you write while on the road, or you delegate it to another writer, you can relax and enjoy your trip.
Blogging Is Not What You Are Doing But What You Are Being
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Think this one through.
Blogging is what you are being. Not doing.
Blogging is not mindlessly doing stuff. Oh shoot. You realized something, didn’t you? Blogging is not building an email list. Email lists do not give you success. Nope. Clear, confident, detached bloggers who have fun building email lists and who trust in the blogging process grow big, responsive, profitable lists….over time. What does this mean?
“Over time” means you do not panic, flip out or bail on blogging, if you calmly build a list and have fun doing it, for a long time, and see the appearances of little or no growth. This is BEING a successful blogger; having fun, trusting, being patient, taking the simple, easy route, even if it feels uncomfortable after blogging and list building for a bit and seeing the illusion of scant results.
Most Bloggers Fail Because They Screw It Up
Most bloggers buy into a lie; doing specific things makes you successful. Nope. If this were the case, everybody who builds a list would be billionaires. Because they built a list, lists breed success, right? Nope. Even if you follow steps robotic-like, your energy, your emotions, your feelings, all make up your BEING. The 6 and 7 and 8 figure earners who happily take this journey are being the 6, 7 and 8 figure earners energetically, calm and confident, after having fun creating content and connecting, and seeing $4 in blogging profits after 6 months of being the person. Every other blogger panics after 1 day, 1 week or 1 month, stop being the millionaire success, do dumb stuff, begin being a broke person, and see struggle and failure until they decide to be the successful blogger again.
The Core Elements of Being a Success
- for fun
- taking the easy but uncomfortable path; do what feels natural to you, even when you slam into fear of wasting your time, fear of being criticized, fear of mental blocks, etc
- with a complete trust in yourself
- with a complete trust in the blogging process
- with a complete trust in sound, proven advice from successful bloggers
Very few bloggers be these energies persistently. Very few bloggers happily earn a pretty penny over time. Few bloggers be success. Most bloggers try to do their way to success but since they act without giving any thought to their intent, their driver, their energy, almost all of these bloggers are being broke, poor, struggling and failing.
Blogging is not robotic. If blogging was robotic, every blogger who did specific things in a certain way would succeed. But this is not true. Blogging is energy. Top bloggers use all types of different approaches to reach the top. This indicates blogging is primarily energy, your energy coloring your actions and results.
Imagine if you feel like a failure. I advise you to write a guest post for me. You tell me you are lazy, have no ideas, cannot do it, need to take a few months off, etc. I offer you an opportunity to promote your success but since you are BEING a failure and feeling like a failure you are blind to the DOINGs (generous guest posting) of a successful blogger. See what I mean? Plus, if you seize the guest posting opportunity while feeling like a complete failure, either the post quality stinks or you write a masterpiece by the odd chance, that nobody reads. Nobody read it because you are feeling/being a failure, so, you see failure results.
100% of the time, blogging is energy. Being a success means blogging your fun, doing what feels easy and natural to you, trusting in self and the process, and feeling uncomfortable along the way.
Why Does Blogging Seem Hard?
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The question of blogging questions.
Why does blogging seem hard?
Blogging in and of itself is not hard. Blogging is a concept. A blog is an inanimate object. It is neutral. It is not hard, tough or easy.
Human beings label their feelings with emotions. THIS is why blogging seems hard.
Doing the neutral activity of blogging feels scary, meaning you unearth and either resist or feel fears. Feeling the fears feels highly unpleasant. Especially if said fears feel deep, strong, and terrifying, depressing or anger-inducing.
But if you resist these deep fears, and refuse to feel them, and blog mainly from a dominant vibe of fear, you fully experience the feeling of blogging being super hard. Blogging is actually neutral but you refuse to feel deep fears that blogging has unearthed. You resisting fear leads to prolonged blogging failure, aka, not seeing much money and traffic, aka, blogging being really hard.
Real World Example
A few moments ago, I scanned one of my daily blogging income streams. I made a little less than I had been making for 1 of a billion reasons. 1 such reason may have been the internet crashing here last night. We experienced a few big, powerful thunderstorms.
Anyway, I noted the dollar amount being lower and felt fear arise in my body. Rather than resist the fear, I felt the anxiety, and my mind hurriedly racing ahead to next month’s paycheck, and then, after breathing deeply for a few moments and fully embracing the fear, I released it. I did not resist it. I felt it. The fear disappeared. I then blog from an abundant, relaxed, detached, generous energy, which helps me become more and more successful.
But the old me – and most bloggers – see a lesser dollar amount for daily earnings, feel an intense fear arise, panic, bury the fear versus feeling it, and run around like mad men and mad women with that DEEP FEAR DRIVING THEM, desperate and greedy, resisting the fear, being driven by fear, and of course, they do stupid stuff with a dominant fear energy guaranteeing their blogging failure. Then, these humans who refuse to face, embrace and feel fears, proclaim blogging to be hard. This is a lie. Blogging is neutral. But you refuse to face, embrace and release your fears, so blogging *feels* hard.
Feel fears when fears arise. Cry it out. Shout it out. Feel depressed or deflated. Do not resist fear. Then, after feeling fears, you will feel good, detached, relaxed and trusting. Feeling these dominant abundant energies, you will create, connect, trust, persist and blog from a relaxed, chill energy. Blogging from this calm, trusting, generous energy makes blogging easier and easier and easier. Money flows in easy. Traffic flows in easy.
Blogging went from hard to easy because you faced fears, felt fears, and progressively blogged from an abundant, generous, calm, detached vibe.
Tip for Feeling Fear
Engage in some energy management ritual that expands your awareness. I do deep yin yoga and power walk daily. Prayer and/or meditation may help. Breathing deeply helps. Do anything that expands your awareness so you can observe and feel fear versus resisting this destructive energy.
Some humans bury fear with busy-ness and jobs they hate. Other people turn to drugs or alcohol to bury fears. All of these folks are unhappy and depressed because you cannot feel good, abundant, relaxed and successful with oodles of fear buried deep inside of you.
Be with your fears. Be gentle with yourself. The blogger who feels and releases fear soon learns blogging gets easier and easier.
Do You Need to Respond to ALL Comments?
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One mistake holds back many bloggers who fail to scale. These folks obsess over responding to every single comment, every email, every message. Why? Pride. Obsession. Attachment to people. Fear of missing out on an opportunity. Fear of missing out on friendships.
Unfortunately, if you spend 14 hours daily responding to every single social request and chat and email and blog comment and message – even if it feels fun – you lose opportunities to scale through blog posts, guest posts, podcasts and doing interviews.
Please; if responding to virtually everything feels fun, do it. But 99% of bloggers BS themselves on this because they respond to EVERYONE from an energy of fear, pain, lack, resistance, force and hustle. Bad idea guys. Force negates. But, power attracts. Meaning if you are willing to use power, and love, and fun, to inject into your work, you quickly see: the cornerstone of massive scaling and persistent growth and freeing blogging success is writing, publishing and placing blog posts and guest posts.
Today, how do I have most fun growing my business, reaching more people, helping more people, and leveraging my blogging presence? Do I achieve these feats by spending 3 hours responding individually to every retweet, Like, blog comment, and so on, and so on? Nope. I spend those 3 hours effectively and efficiently by writing and publishing 3-6 blog posts and guest posts. Blog posts and guest posts scale. Blog posts and guest posts help me reach hundreds to thousands of targeted folks through each blog post and guest post.
Blog posts and guest posts never seem to be written by people who complain about having no time to blog post, and, guest post. Meanwhile, a hefty chunk of these humans spend 1, 2 or 3 hours responding to every Like on Facebook, from a strained, forced energy, fearing they miss out on traffic and bonds, not having fun doing it. But the wise move would be spending 10 minutes responding to comments on Facebook and maybe a few Likes, then, devoting 2-3 hours to writing and publishing blog posts and guest posts.
Think Scale Not Small Time
WAY too many bloggers play small, giving most of their attention and energy to building 1 to 1 bonds. Making friends is important but meeting new friends is even more important.
One lesson I learned from millionaire bloggers: scaling through blog posts and guest posts is the quickest way to reach more people, make more money and increase your blog traffic. Building 1 to 1 bonds by engaging commentors plays a role in succeeding online, but the top bloggers on earth are not running around, spending endless hours responding to Likes on Facebook.
Titans also build one to one bonds through engagement, but if you are not getting 1000 page views a day, something is wrong in the scaling department. Namely, you are playing it small, not thinking about scaling. Scale. Guest post. Post to your blog. Make this the focus of your day. Then, feel free to engage folks 1 to 1 in a limited time frame.
You need to let go responding to every single person all day long to genuinely scale, to reach an increasing number of folks and to do what matters most to your business.
People will buy your stuff without you engaging them. Guaranteed. Folks will find your blog, love your content and buy your course or eBooks. This is a simple, organic process that you muck up every time you believe you need to respond to and engage every single person who reaches out via all online channels.
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