I was going to write an article today titled How Not to Sell Your Soul as an Internet Marketer. Then Things happened. I had to practice the toughest form of tough love with my oldest son. It broke my heart.
So my brain just wasn’t into doing a decent job with that topic. I’ll post it later in the month. In the meantime, if you get offered a deal where you get 100,000 hits of rabid-buyer traffic per day in exchange for your soul, don’t take it. We’ll talk more later.
As I was staring at my computer screen, trying to get my brain off Things and into blogging, I thought about how nice it would be to have a pre-made sub plan ready to go.
In teaching, when you’re going to be gone from the¬†classroom, you have to make a sub plan. That’s the plan the substitute teacher follows while you’re gone.
It’s really a good idea to have a back-up sub plan stored away in case of an emergency. There’s nothing worse than being sick as a dog and having to trek up to the school to set out stuff for your kids to do.
What on earth, you’re probably thinking, does this have to do with blogging?
Well, let’s say that you’re trying to stick to a consistent blogging schedule. Maybe you’ve made promises to your readers that you’ll post every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Maybe you’re involved in a (freakin’ fantastic) 30 Day Blog Challenge. Whatever the reason, you need a blog post written and posted.
Let’s also say that Things happen. You’re sick, you have an emergency, you have a once in a lifetime opportunity to do something fun (hey, it doesn’t have to be all bad).
But that blog post needs to be done. What to do?
What if you had a blog post or two pre-written and stored away? You could pull one out and schedule it to post whenever you want. Blog post dealt with! You can get on with being sick/coping with your emergency/having fun.
(One of the beauties of working from home is that you could also just skip a day or two if you had to. Having back-up posts just gives you options if you don’t want to skip a day but don’t have time to write.)
What kind of posts would you want to have as back-up?
- It should be relevent to your niche. You want your post to be as interesting and useful to your readers as a regularly scheduled post would be.
- It should be timeless. This isn’t the time to write about a current affair. If you don’t use the post for a year, that affair probably won’t be current anymore. Pick a topic that will be as relevent in six months or two years as it is when you write it.
- It shouldn’t be controversial. If you don’t have time to write a post, you most likely don’t have time to moderate heated debates in your comments.
What do you do in an emergency? Do you just skip a few days? Have some back-up posts ready? Carry a lucky rabbit’s foot so you never have emergencies?
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