How To Blog While You’re On Vacation

I am one of the most consistent bloggers in the world. Over the past five years, I have maintained an average of two blog posts per day and there has never been a single day where there was no new blog post. It is this level of consistency that has allowed my blog the success it enjoys.

I place an extremely high importance on making sure I have new blog posts for my readers to read everyday. This includes during vacation time. Just because I go on vacation does not mean my blog goes on vacation as well. I treat my blog like a real business and as such it never takes a vacation and is always open. The worst thing you can do is put your blog in “vacation mode.” That just screams amateur blogger.

I am on a camping trip with my family right now but as you can see, new blog posts are still going up everyday. The posting frequency has not changed. Here’s how you can keep your blog going while you’re on vacation.

Use The WordPress Timestamp

If you know you’re not going to be able to blog for an extended period of time, then you should pre-write a bunch of blog posts and drip feed them live with the WordPress timestamp. If you’ve been wondering why my blog posts always seem to go live at the same time everyday, it’s because they’ve been timestamped to do so.

To use the timestamp, just click the Edit link next to “Publish immediately” in your blog post edit screen. From there you’ll be able to set the time you want the post to go live.

I rarely write my blog posts live. Yes, this post was written almost a week ago and timestamped to go live today. Most likely, I’m canoeing with sally in some lake right now. You can follow me on Twitter to get live updates on what I’m doing.

I like to do concentrated periods where I would write a few days worth of posts and then timestamp them. I got into this habit because I do travel a lot. By getting into the habit of timestamping posts, it means I don’t have to change my routine that much when going on vacation. It can be very difficult to think up a week worth of blog posts when you’ve never done it before so start getting into the habit of writing an extra post or two and timestamping them. Then you won’t have to make a huge shift when vacation time comes.

Turn The Blog Over To Guest Bloggers

Guest bloggers can help fill the posting void while you’re on vacation. However, depending on the niche your blog is in, you may not want to completely turn your blog over. Because this blog bears my name, readers expect most of the blog posts to come from me. While I did timestamp a few guest posts during this camping trip, I mixed them in with my own timestamped posts.

Blog While On Vacation

Thanks to the wonderful power of technology and Internet that is available from pretty much anywhere, you can now blog while you’re on vacation! While some may question blogging while on vacation, there are many advantages to doing it. For one, you get to share the experience with your readership. This helps build the blog relationship with the readers and lets them share in the fun you’re having.

The second reason to blog while on vacation is taxes. Because I’ll be blogging about my camping adventure, pretty much the entire cost of the trip can be written off as a business expense. Now please see your tax advisor before attempting to write off your vacation. Every situation is different. For example, just because Alpine Electronics can write off a Lamborghini to advertising expense doesn’t mean we can do the same!

Like most things, the key is preparation. Start getting into the habit of timestamping posts and forming relationships with other bloggers who might be able to guest blog for you. Look into technologies, like the Virgin 4G LTE MiFi, that will allows you to blog no matter where you are. The more prepared you are, the better off your blog will be.


22 thoughts on “How To Blog While You’re On Vacation”

  1. Tuan says:

    Nice.
    I also maintain the updating schedule of at least 1 post per day in the last 2 years. However, I will have a long vacation next month and I’m worried that if I could prepare for that.

    1. DylanC says:

      One great way is to outsource some of the articles and drip-feed it during your vacation. Basically what John Chow said. πŸ™‚

  2. Mike says:

    Nice post John! You should of added a picture of YOU blogging instead of that random person though!

    1. John Chow says:

      Oh well, I was too busy having fun. πŸ™‚

      1. faisal says:

        I am sure you had a few pictures πŸ˜‰ Is this post too timestamped before the vacation ;p

        1. John Chow says:

          Ya, this post was created before i went on vacation. πŸ™‚

  3. I think I’ve had at least one new post on my blog every day for the past four years or thereabouts. That’s without guest blogging. Of course, not every blog post is a good one, and there are plenty where I was essentially phone it in, and there are times when I just see how lame of a blog post I can manage to write, but, at least I’ve met one goal: a post every day. The next goal should probably be to have a quality post every day, but that seems too much like work, so I don’t know if I’ll try for that or not.

  4. Ehsan says:

    Thanks for the post John. I was on vacation a couple of months ago (It was Feb I think). I didn’t knpw about Timestamp at that time. Do scheduling blog posts can also help us during vacation time?

    1. John Chow says:

      Vacation time is the best time to use the timestamp.

  5. gekko says:

    I spoke with a friend of money and he told me that he can go in vacation for 2 weeks and the traffic will not suffer and he will not blog while he is in vacation. I intend to post also in vacation, using the method described by you.

    1. John Chow says:

      Your friend’s traffic must have not been great, or it all came from search engine, in which case, the traffic would go to posts already in the index.

  6. gekko says:

    I spoke with a friend of mine and he told me that he can go in vacation for 2 weeks and the traffic will not suffer and he will not blog while he is in vacation. I intend to post also in vacation, using the method described by you.

  7. Aasma says:

    That’s great feature, but if you’re maintaining any news blog then this feature won’t work for you as you have to publish latest story as soon as you can or you’ll lose many visitors.

    1. John Chow says:

      Breaking stories need to be done live, but more every green posts are idea for timestamping.

  8. Cindy says:

    What an inspiring post! I will start getting into the habit of timestamping posts to avoid my blog that is currently in in β€œvacation mode.” Thanks John.

  9. It makes sense to have contacts with several guest bloggers when scheduling holidays.

  10. Great post John and it is so true about consistency. However I never thought about the taxes aspect but glad I read that part. Hope you enjoying your camping trip.

    Cheers
    Lloyd

  11. Moe says:

    I’m gulty of letting my blog go a week or 2 without an update. Sometimes i just dont feel motivated and when i feel that way i dont want it to reflect in my writing. I do keep some posts on the shelve sometimes then use the time stamp feature, however sometimes it makes me even more lazy knowing that i have spare posts.

    On the other hand i can be motivated and knock out 4-5 top posts a day for a 2 weeks. For me personally i work best in waves. I am also happier that way and less under pressure. I will definitely look into guest bloggers though

  12. Toddjir says:

    John,

    Great, great post. I am so guilty of not updating my blog as much as you. And yes, I can tell you are just about the most consistent blogger I know of online.

    I love the fact, I can head over to your website and there is always something new on the front page. And when I want answers to something I have your search feature.

  13. I searched for the plugin WordPress Timestamp in wordpress and it wasn’t listed. Any ideas of any other plugins that do a similar job? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Great idea for automatic blogging while on vacation….

    1. John Chow says:

      It’s not a plugin. It’s built right into WordPress.

  14. Sharon says:

    Its a tough call to make about how much of your blog you should open up to guest bloggers. Everyone needs a holiday. Is it too much to ask readers for a week off!

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