Have you ever just needed to take a day off from blogging? How about a few days or even a week?
Do you feel like you just cannot take any time off of blogging?
Here’s the thing. Blogging is a marathon not a race. Sometimes during a marathon, you need a little water or simply a breather. Today, I’m sharing with you that I took a breather, why I took that breather, and how I did it without a hitch.
Story Time With Friends
I was sitting at my library’s story time with one of my best friends, while our kids sat in front of us paying more attention than either of us. We were talking about my family’s move, and I excitedly dished that I was taking 2 days off.
She looked at me, smiled and said something like, “I’d hope so.”
As we kept not paying attention to the finger puppets, I realized that I have never taken a day off of the blogging gig since I started – two and a half years ago.
Normally, when I need time off for whatever reason, I work ahead by writing articles to cover those days. This is a business that if you don’t produce something you don’t get paid, plain and simple. However, last week I simply took 2 days off.
Taking two days off meant there would be three articles that I wouldn’t be writing. This excited me and scared me all at the same time. Thankfully, the two clients that would be missing an article for the week didn’t mind at all. As for R & R Web Design LLC’s article that I wouldn’t be writing, well we will get to that.
While story time continued, I started laying out some math for my friend. I said explained, “At about 4000 words a week and 52 weeks a year…”
She said, “Stop and just stop. That is a lot of words now matter how you spin it.”
Like usual she’s right; that is a lot of words. That would be 4,000 x 52 = 208,000 words in a year.
Now let me say, I’m sure there are people out there who write 4000 words a day or maybe in an hour. 4,000 words for me is a lot especially since my gig is part-time right now. While 4,000 is a lot for me, it’s probably not a lot for someone else.
There are people out there, like these imaginary 4,000 words per hour people, who are conquering the world. To those of you conquering the world, I am impressed, jealous, scared, and overwhelmed by you, but I am also so happy for you. Go get em tiger!
For me it’s enough to conquer my world.
Why am I telling you all this?
- I needed to justify my time off.
- Because bloggers work really hard and sometimes we forget how much we do.
- To encourage you to look at all that you do and to feel proud of yourself.
Getting to the Meat and Potatoes
If you follow R & R Web Design LLC’s blog, you will remember that there were two articles posted last week, and I wrote the Monday one, just like I always do. Here’s the thing, I wrote that article in June of 2014.
No, really I did. I wrote it during a week that we were unable to publish it last summer.
Instead of publishing the following week, Robin and I decided to let it sit, just in case. Just in case I got sick, or my toddler got sick, or like last week, when my family and I moved.
Last week’s article was a cornerstone article and only needed a few touch ups to be able to be published 6 months after it was written.
My New Favorite Blogging Secret
My new favorite blogging secret is having cornerstone articles ready and waiting to be published “just in case”.
I know there are some disadvantages to this system. However, we didn’t experience many last week. The time off to unpack our new place while my 3-year-old ran around was SO nice. Most importantly, the time off was guilt free.
Plus, we still had great engagement. We saw organic comments on the blog, Facebook comments, and it was tweeted and shared on Google+. I am very pleased at how well this article did, especially since I wrote it 6 months ago.
Bringing It Home
If you have ever read anything that I have written, you may already be able to guess what I’m about to say. At the end of the day you have to do what works best for you.
For me, having articles ready to go is really helpful. It allowed me to take needed time off. During that time off, I was able to recharge and get the things done I need to get done.
How about you? Have you ever had an article waiting to be published in case you needed it in the future? If not, do you think that you might give this a try? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.