Have you ever been on vacation or taken a step away from your blog? If so, did you schedule a bunch of posts in advance? Or did you just have zero posts while you were away?
I was inspired to publish this post when I saw another blogger posting about a similar subject. She was talking about what to do with your blog while on vacation and said you should schedule everything. Write two posts a day beforehand so you have plenty to schedule during your away period. Now I completely respect that blogger’s decision to do that, but I thought I’d make this post because I do the opposite. I intentionally publish NOTHING while I’m on vacation.
First, keep in mind that this applies to a busy vacation. If I’m on a “lazy” vacation, which means no activities, plenty of down time, and wifi, I usually do schedule posts because I actually have time to blog. So I only apply this to “busy” vacations, which mean tons of activities, limited or no wifi, no time for blogging, etc.
Why I don’t schedule posts when I’m on vacation
When I publish posts on my blog, I get comments. When I get comments, I like to read them. When I read comments, I often reply to them. But if I’m on a busy vacation, I don’t have time to do any of those things! And heck, even if it’s a lazy vacation, I may not WANT to do those things. It’s called a “vacation” for a reason, after all. 😉
But if I have posts being published and I’m getting comments but don’t have time to reply, I feel guilty! And sure, I could reply to them when I get back, but that’s just intimidating! Imagine coming home to 20-60 comments to reply to. That sounds like a lot of work.
It’s vacation! Time for a break!
I guess I’m a firm believer that if I don’t have time to blog, I don’t want to be blogging. I don’t want posts and comments going up on my blog when I’m not around to read, monitor, and respond to them. I like to be involved with my blog, not have it run automatically.