Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst

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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3 Responses to “Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst”

  1. Great article - Here are some other ideas that you might consider - I haven’t read your earlier posts, so if this doesn’t apply, mea culpa. You could give your readers a brief bio on yourself - and if you notice comments - then you could add a bit more. In your ‘wouldn’t do’ list you mention reviewing sites - yes, I agree wholeheartedly, however you can mention sites you’ve come across that were interesting to you - for example, check out this site - chizmax.com - it has nothing to do with blogging, it’s about music and videos of music. You could also mention sites that would help your readers - perhaps something that is not exactly in your repertoire. Just some ideas, please don’t take umbrage with what I’ve suggested. Take care.

  2. I’m just starting so your information has been helpful.

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