We all have periods in our lives when things don’t go according to plan. Rich Uncle Bob might plan a hasty trip, an injury may strike, or some much needed work might be required around the house. When these rainy days fall your way – will you be prepared?
Why Should I Save Blog Posts?
Just like backpackers are prepared with flashlights and sleeping bags, bloggers must stay prepared with extra blog posts. It’s my personal opinion that any blogger who is becoming serious about his craft, should have at least 5 blog posts ready and waiting to be posted. More, is always better.
In times of need, when time for writing isn’t always available – these posts can be quickly posted – giving your readers something to chew on. For myself I keep a cache of roughly ten blog posts, which have been extremely helpful during summer vacations, college exam week, and when illness strikes. Believe me. It’s much easier to click a submit button than to write a blog post - all while your head is fuzzy and aching from some unidentified winter virus.
You may be wondering – why do I need to maintain posting while I’m away? For some, a regular posting schedule isn’t necessary. In other cases, it’s essential to continue posting on a scheduled, regular basis. It will be noticed that as blogs increase in readership and viewers – it’s important to always give readers content to enjoy.
When you’re not up to par in writing – your readers still want to read your work.
Creating the Cache
Now, how do you go about creating an archive of extra blog posts? It’s tough enough as it is to stay on top of the work load! Pursue the following steps – and you’ll have your very own cache of blog posts, all within a few weeks time.
1. Sketch a list of 10 titles or ideas for blog posts that you’d like to write about. Set these aside.
2. Every few days, after whipping up your blog post for the day – choose a title from your previous list, and create a blog post. This second blog post is an EXTRA blog post – and under no circumstances may you publish it, unless need requires. (e.g. vacation, sickness)
3. Mark the extra blog post as Unpublished, and save until ready to use.
4. Repeat steps 1-3 until a sufficient cache of blog posts has been achieved.
Congratulations. You’re officially a blogging squirrel. But instead of nuts – you’re hording blog posts.
As you’ll notice, it’s simple to start creating extra blog posts. On days when you might have some extra writing time, craft an extra post – and save it.
My goal here isn’t to become the miser of posts – but to hopefully open ones eyes to the possibility of broadening blog security. Life is fast, and it would be a shame to let your blog suffer more than needed – during personal times of crisis.
Blogs have the ability to become needy beasts, and it’s important to remember that they always need feeding!
Share with me your tips for saving blog posts for rainy days!