Getting ready to hit the beach? Let’s face it: the last thing you want on your vacation is work. Don’t let your blog bog you down.
Need ideas fast? Here are some suggestions.
- Turn to the web. Joan ‘The Publicity Hound‘ Stewart shares this great tip: Cut your research time way down by doing a Google search for a key word or phrase and linking to the best articles on page 1 in the search results. You don’t even have to provide a long commentary, just a short sentence or two summarizing each one.
- Build off an existing post. Make it a topic you’re familiar with and passionate about, and the words will come tumbling out. Keep your posts short: 300-400 words.
- Ask a buddy to provide a guest post. Start building a list of good writers long before you go. In a pinch, you may be able to find someone at www.BloggerLinkUp.com. And, of course you’ll need to reciprocate: offer to return the favor when she’s on the beach.
- Put a disclaimer on an old post. “A version of this blog appeared on (when, where).” Okay, it may take your blog down a notch or two in the rankings. I’ve seen it done more times than you’d imagine.
- Plop down in front of the video camera and record a verbal version of an old post. The guys at ReelSEO remind readers that your videos don’t have to be a cinematic masterpiece. It won’t be perfect and that’s ok. Sometimes people respond better to a video that’s raw and ‘real.’
- Use a template. Cindy Watts of Empower Network suggests building templates to speed up blogging. This work can work well for a list of tips or for a book, blog or movie review.
Now your blogs are scheduled. Get that bag packed and call a taxi. As you sip that margarita with one hand, and use the other to write honest-to-gosh ‘post’ cards, do so knowing that your blog posts back home are 100 percent taken care of.