Blogging Back-Up Posts

photo by digitalart/FreeDigitalPhotos.netI 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.

photo by David Castillo Dominici/FreeDigitalPhotos.netWhat 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?

Let me know in the comments, and be sure to Like or Tweet this post if it’s helpful to you.

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2 thoughts on “Blogging Back-Up Posts

  1. Sorry to hear about the issue with your son.

    But you still managed to put out a really useful post. I am really bad at having a back up plan for my blog posts (it shows in the fact I post so inconsistently) but it’s something I’m really working on.
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    • I’m not great at it, either. That’s what brought the thought to mind in the first place. If I’d had something in reserve, I wouldn’t have been writing that post at midnight :-) . Hopefully we can both get better.

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