I just had an involuntary break from blogging. Only two days, but when you just started a new blog, two days without a new post can really set you back. So, while I hope not to experience a problem like that again (Yeah, right), I will prepare myself for occasions like this. If you haven’t already, I suggest you do the same. Write something in advance. When the trouble comes, you just have to publish it.
What can I do?
- Write some timeless content. Prepare some articles that will be as good in two months as they are now.
- Answer some frequently asked questions.
- Be personal and write an off-topic post about something you really like. Your favorite book, movie - maybe you can even link it to your blog’s topic.
- Write a list. Hey, maybe it even draws a couple of these number-fetishists from digg to your site.
- If you do paid posts - they would be a nice emergency post.
What I wouldn’t do:
- Ask questions in your article. If your problem stops you from writing, it’ll more than likely stop you from answering comments as promptly as your readers deserve it.
- Write reviews of other sites. The thing you like most about it might change in the meantime. Or worse, the mistakes you so cleverly point out are corrected.
- Write a how-to. Your detailed instructions on how to install Mega-Plugin 1.2 might look less helpful when version 1.3 just got released.
- Write something highly controversial. Again, you really should be able to comment for this.
- Post an interview. This would just be rude. Interviews are not posts to be put back.
Okay people. I will try to always keep a couple of posts saved. When my computer challenges me to a fight again, I will be prepared. How about you?
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