How To Help Your Blog On Top When Blogging Takes Second Row In Life

how to help your blog when blogging takes second rowThis year has been a very tough one on me to say the least. When tough things happen to us, we bloggers, may have a harder time to keep our blog going. It’s certainly has been the case for me.

When life delivers emotional turmoil it can be hard to keep on blogging regularly. Until this past February, I had done pretty good with not one, but 3 blogs, but this year has really got the best out of me and keeping my them all going has been a challenge to say the least.

Back in July when I took a week of very needed vacation, a couple of blogger friends asked me why I kept blogging while on vacation; the truth is that I did while I could, because I wasn’t so sure about the near future.

It’s not like I didn’t know that both my mother and my only pet child were terminally ill, and I knew that if push came to shove I wasn’t going to be able to blog as usual for a while.  Even right now, it’s not easy to write this post.

Then, there are also other obligations of mind that I need to fulfill.  I recently enrolled in a Toastmasters Club to work on my public speaking, and whether I’m ready for it or not, on September 24 I’ll have to give my first speech there, so I have to get in the mood to do that too.

It’s not always easy to keep up with our plans when we’re grieving, but frankly, if I still have to do a few things that I don’t want to do, I figured that at least I can do the things that are taking me in the direction that I want to take in life.

So, what do you do to keep your blog alive when life happens, and blogging takes only a second row?

Here are five tips for you to make sure that your blog keeps running while you’re either on vacation or unable to post for less pleasurable reasons like it’s been the case on my end.

Have Ever Green Post Always Ready

If you happen to have some extra time in your hands at times, why not using that time to create ever green posts that you could save for times of emergency when you might not be able to post on your blog?

Of course, if you do post on your blog during times where you are going to be away from blogging, you also need to consider what you’re going to do with the comments that you’ll receive for that post.

If you can reply to your comments that’s great, but if you can’t, make sure you explain to your readers that you won’t be able to reply to their comments, at least, not right now.

Anyone of us can be stuck away from our blog for many different reasons, and having ever green blog posts to keep our blog alive and well is essential, especially if your absence is to last longer than you would have expected.

Request Guest Posts

Requesting guest posts might be something you need to prepare in advance if you can.  You could ask some of your blogger friends to guest post for you in your absence.

I had to do this a few couple of times this year. If I didn’t my blogs would have suffered even more than they already have.  But if I had been better prepared than I was, my blogs would have never missed a week post at all.

So don’t make the same mistake I made. If you have even the slightest idea that you are going to be missing from your blog for a while, start asking around if anyone would be able and willing to write for you on a short notice, or if they would write a post that you will publish at a later date.

You’d be surprise how fast some people can write for your blog. Recently, Ryan Biddulph did just that for me, here on this blog. And I myself have written for people on a very short notice as well.  So, it’s something that’s definitely possible.

Pay Someone to Write for You

Another option that you have is pay someone to write for you in your absence.

We spend money for pretty useless things at times, don’t we? Why not spend a few bucks for someone to write for you, if you are unable to write on your blog for a while?

Some people might argue that they want to write themselves, that they want their post to be “their voice,” etc… But the truth is that when you don’t post on your blog even for a week or two, your blog takes a hit in ranking and traffic, so if push comes to shove you need to be asking yourself the question; would I rather have a couple of blog posts (or more) that are not my own, or would I rather lose the ranking and traffic?

There is no right or wrong answer here, it’s really up to you and what you want to do.

Promote older posts

There’s also the option to promote older posts. I know that they’re a handful of WordPress plugins that will allow you to automatically promote older posts from your blog, but if you don’t want to add another plugin on your blog, you can always do it manually as well or use of those automatic social media dashboards such as Hootsuite or Buffer, which is still much easier than having to write a new post when you really can’t.

Don’t forget that you can still manually tweet, facebook, pin, Instagram, etc… any of your post to keep bringing traffic to your blog and prevent it to drop in ranking.

I have to admit even this was hard for me to do, but guess what? You can actually pay someone to do that for you as well. I know that Fiverr has great and reliable options you can choose from, and have someone do this for you for very little money.

On top of it all, if you are somewhat able, you can still visit other blogs, especially those using Commentluv, and promote your posts that way.

Get Back to your Blog as Soon as you can

If you are away from your blog and are not doing any of the things mentioned above, but still want to save your blog from falling, then get back to it as soon as you can. But if you can’t, don’t beat yourself over it either.

I’ve left my travel blog to rest for a while now, because this crazy year was making it more and more difficult for me to do it all.  So I stopped beating myself over it and decided that I was not going to totally abandon it, but I was going to let it be for now, and get back to it as soon as I can.

There is a human being behind most blogs, and when something happens to us, it can be a challenge to keep it up for a while.  That’s part of life, and when that happens we need to accept it and try to do our best to keep the blog going.

But as much as we love our blogs, at times they take a back row in the important things we’ve got to do, so we need to keep things in perspective.  Every case is different, and only you know what you can or can’t do, but I hope these tips were a reminder of the options that you have in case you can’t write on your blog for a while.

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50 thoughts on “How To Help Your Blog On Top When Blogging Takes Second Row In Life”

  1. Hey Sylviane,

    Sorry to hear that you’re going through some thing. We’ve all been there and are there and at times it can be difficult. My fiance has recently been diagnosed with lupus and she’s been in and out of the hospital for the past few weeks and it’s been tough.

    In terms of blogging, situations happen when you can’t blog for a while and if you explain that to your readers, hopefully they’ll understand that. But you shared some ideas that I do agree with doing. Especially the guest post idea.

    That’s always a great thing to have available because you don’t have to do the writing yourself. But regarding evergreen posts or posts in general, I try to always keep 2 blog posts ahead. Meaning that I always try to have 3 weeks of posts available. I’m looking forward to the Christmas holiday (when I’m taking 2 weeks off) and I’ll be able to add to that. Hopefully I’ll be able to get up to 2 moths worth of posts and always keep that there.

    Anyway great post and tips you shared.

    – Andrew
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    1. Hi Andrew,

      Sorry about your fiance’s health issues, and all my best to both of you.

      Until now I’ve never been able to have many posts on queue for sure, but it must feel good. I am sure that not tool long from now, this will change though, as I should have more time in my hand.

      Thank you so much for coming by, and have a great week.

  2. Hi Sylviane,

    It’s certainly not easy to carry on blogging or writing, or even commenting when you have so much going on in your life, especially with such major losses – I am sorry for those as we can never really overcome them.

    Yes, you mentioned some good ways to keep your blog updated and if you have a few posts updated or someone to write for you, or a guest post, it works well. But sometimes things just happen out of the blue and it’s all so unexpected that you are caught unawares. I’d rather put up a few lines and tell my readers frankly what I am going through and take a break off till I am up to writing and I am sure everyone understands – they usually are back to your blog once you are back online.

    So, don’t worry, we are all there for you and I am sure all will be well in no time for you as well. Thanks for sharing this with us. Have a nice week ahead 🙂
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    1. Hi Harleena,

      Indeed, we can’t always know things in advance, we can only go by what we know as much as we can. For over a week I had no will to visit any blog at all, and I’m just starting again now. Those things take time.

      Thank you so much for being here and see you on your side in a bit.

  3. Hi Sylviane,

    Going on vacation is something that can be planned ahead. The death of a loved one really can’t in my opinion. Especially when you’re so emotionally distraught, you and I both know that our blogs are the last things on our minds.

    Even if I had some of those posts written ahead of time, which I don’t, when you lose someone we aren’t usually functioning up to speed because of our grief. I can only speak from my own experience although when Scott died I wrote my birthday post but I had been crying uncontrollably for two days and just felt the need to let my readers know what an awesome person he was although it was meant to be my birthday post.

    We do always know though that we have plenty of friends out there that if they have the time would step up for us and write a guest post. That’s what’s so great about building those relationships with other bloggers. Just letting your readers know you’ll be back when you can to respond to comments and then of course fill them in after the fact.

    It’s hard though, I admit just taking time off and then making sure that our blogs don’t get neglected. These are great suggestions though so thank you and it’s good to have you back!

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    1. Hi Adrienne,

      I sure do know what you mean. I spent basically 4 entire beautiful sunny day in my bedroom. I had no will to do anything not even being on that sun that I naturally love so much.

      On Tuesday I had to go to work, but I was in bed each night before 8 PM every day of the week, because when I feel like that, my bed is the ONLY place I want to be.

      I still can’t believe that my baby is not around me anymore, and I see her in all the places she used to be, and cats are everywhere, you know, so there isn’t many places that don’t remind me of her. That’s why I’m so, so grateful of what Catherine did for me, it helps me so much with this tremendous sorrow.

      Thank you for coming by, Adrienne.

  4. Hi Sylviane,

    I know how difficult it was for you, especially during the past several weeks. Thank you for sharing that experience with us because it happens to all of us.

    These suggestions are spot on. We do need to be prepared for being off line when life’s stuff knocks us down and we need to mourn. We are humans and live human lives. Emotion plays a big part in that. I always have a post in my back office for those “just in case” moments.

    Having someone write a post for you is a great idea. I also like the idea of having a guest post this way we don’t have to answer all the comments, our guest will. It alleviates the tension and anxiety we go through.

    It is so good to see you back. I know things will take time, but just pick up where you left off and it’s “Business as usual”

    I also feel that the commitment you made to the Toastmasters is good for you. It will give you something that you must do and that can help during times like this.


    1. Hi Donna,

      Yes, we sure are humans and when life gets in the way there no easy way to keep blogging as usual. As I was saying in my reply to Adrienne, I spent 4 entire days in my bedroom, in the middle of summer, so there was no way I was going to be in the mood for blogging. I just couldn’t. I couldn’t even read blogs either.

      The main the reason I feel better is because, guess what? when I posted a picture of Sophie on Facebook, a psychic gal I know started telling me that she was getting some messages from Sophie. Gosh, we need to talk one of these days and I can tell you the whole story 🙂 but in short this helped me a lot.

      Thanks for coming, my friend 🙂

  5. Hi Sylviane,

    Good to see you back on your blog today Sylviane. I know times have been so tough for you this year. I admire that your are back here.

    As you know I had some losses with my dog and father in the last two years. It was you who guest blogged for me after my dad died. I am grateful for that.

    You have a good list of what to do when life is not kind to us. Our blogs do suffer when we drop the ball and we all have things happen in our lives so great advice.

    My thoughts and prayers have been with you.

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    1. Hi Sue,

      Yes, that’s right I remember guest posting on your when you were going through some tough times. Things like these will always happen to each of us at one time or another so it’s a good thing to be prepared as much as we can, but if we can’t, well that’s OK too.

      Thanks for coming, Sue.

  6. Hi Syviane, I know where you are with this one. I went through that earlier this year as my mom ended up with Stage 4 cancer in January and was gone by the end of May. We lost 3 other relatives in just a few months.

    Now I just had the birth of my first grandchild and will be travelling to see her soon. My work load at day job increased recently as well.

    There have been many weeks I could not get to the computer to blog with so much going on. But I’ve also found it kept me grounded by doing just that too. Sometimes doing the routine things does help you get through times like that.

    I like your idea to have an evergreen post ready. That is something I need to work on, thank you Sylviane for that suggestion and you are in my thoughts and prayers.
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    1. Hi Lisa,

      Yes, I remember very well that your mom passed away recently, and I also remember your post talking about how it kept you going to blog in a way, and I feel that too. The first week there was no can do, but that’s too be expected. I’m still having a hard time, but it’s more bearable now, I guess.

      I need to follow my own advice about writing ever green post, but it’ been tough to find the time.

      Thank you for coming by 🙂

  7. Hello Madam Sylvianne,

    There is of course no doubt about that. I mean there are obviously times you feel down and don’t simply feel like continuing blogging anymore.
    I am somehow sick-bedding right now whiles commenting on this post of yours. I am going through some pains and can’t get up unless helped but the need to push my blog needs to be achieved.
    I do like some of those advice you’ve shared especially when it comes to having an evergreen post and requesting for guest posts.

    Thank you and do have a lovely week.
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    1. Hi Emmanuel,

      Wow, I hope it’s not too serious and that you’ll be up and running soon. I’m very sorry to hear that.

      Thank you so much for making the effort of coming here, and recover soon.

    2. Hey Sylviane,

      This is my 1st visit to your blog and after reading the post, i found it was the same thing i was thinking.
      As a college student it is very difficut to give proper time to my blog, so i only get weekends to work on my blog and it that small span of time i can’t do everything to improve it, but requesting for guest post to my blogger friend will surely help to update blog.
      Even we can hire content writer by paying them a little for their work as you mentioned in your above post.

      Thanks for sharing
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  8. Hi Sylviane,

    I hope you are doing well now.

    With life’s surprises, it is hard to keep on top of our game sometimes. Things do go wrong in our lives and knock us down.

    When everything’s going well, we are motivated but when setbacks happen, our plans don’t always go smooth. This is just life and no one is exempted.

    I like your 5 tips for helping our logs when setbacks happen. I always keep one or two evergreen posts ready not in their final version, but I try my best to keep something ready as I was hit several times with life getting in the way. I like this tip so much and it is really a great one to consider.

    The other one that I want to consider is guest posting. I have never tried it on my blog, but it is a great tip and I will try it next time.

    Thanks Sylviane for a great share and I hope you will recover completely and become yourself again very soon. I know it is hard, but you are in my prayers to be lifted up above circumstances. Have a great week ahead.

    Be Blessed,

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    1. Hi Neamat,

      Thank you for coming. Something is going wrong with my theme and comments won’t show, but there are here and will show as soon as I’m ready to update to a new theme which should be soon.

      I’m not great, by any mean, but I’m better. It’s still that sadness that takes me over here and there during the day, and I want to fold up into a ball. Those things take time. Time is actually the only helper in this case.

      Thank you so much for your prayers and all the best to you!

  9. Hi Sylviane

    Your last tip is very practical and the gist of this post. If you have some unavoidable engagements, make a break to do your urgent tasks but soon after completing them get back to your blog. It shows your blog must go on whatever type of engagements you have. Break is allowed but quit is not good to continue your creative pursuits.

    When we have lot of time we just keep writing for the present and sometimes do write a post for future but don’t take seriously any guest post offer. We can accept a guest post even if we have our own wonderful post and just reserve it for future and publish the guest post to continue publishing schedule.

    You really pointed a very important matter here otherwise we give a break without any prior plan.

    Hope to see you around.

    Have a wonderful week.
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    1. Hi Mi,

      Yes, that’s true, the last point is really the most important one, because unless we want to call it quit, we need to get back to our blog as soon as possible as it is the best thing we can do for our online presence and business.

      Thank you for visiting and see you around indeed.

  10. Hi Sylviane,

    Thinking about you over here. You’ve been hit with a 1-2 punch in the gut, about as tough a combo as anyone can go through. I’m sending my positive energy your way. I was so happy to fill in, too. It was a gift to me, to write for your audience and to help out in your time of need.

    Life can be so tough. I’ve found that, when grieving, that mustering your energy to reach out and help others in those moments where you feel OK, is a way through grief. Then, returning to grieving and of course dealing with stuff you need to deal with after losing a loved one, is what must be done.

    All the tips are smart. Having a few posts in the chamber helps and like you said, paying someone to write posts is cash well spent. Spend on what you value to get the greatest bang for your buck.

    You’ve handled this wonderfully Sylviane, through all of the emotions you’re experiencing. Being truly powerful means being vulnerable, open and willing to experience your emotions, all while you pop in and do a few things, like writing posts, to keep the dream alive.

    Blessings my friend, and thanks for sharing with us.

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    1. Hi Ryan,

      Thank you for your thoughts, I think of you too as I’m still reading your book, because I’m going at a turtle’s pace and stopped for a week. I also went over to your blog to grab that 30 day free trial of Hootsuite, but I’ve got to get into it. I just hope I will before the 30 days are over gee.

      I’ve never been a fan of automation, but everybody says it’s so great, so I had to try. Just hope I don’t get lost in it 🙂

      Thank you so much for coming by and see you at your place 🙂

  11. Hi Sylviane,

    You are an amazing person!!!! I’m sorry for you loses but I’m encouraged by your perseverance.

    I learned a while back how understanding how people really are. Since you posted and let us know that you were out of pocket taking care of your personal business I understood. Sometimes you just have to walk away for a while and collect your bearings and get emotionally healthy again before you jump back in.

    Here is the neat part, once you come back your community will rally around you like never before!!!!!

    I can’t wait to see the blogging and business breakthroughs you are going to have in the days and months to come!

    I hope you have an amazing evening and week Sylviane. Brighter days are coming!!!! If I can do anything for you, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

    ~ Don Purdum
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    1. Hi Don,

      Wow, your comment here and on facebook made me cry, but in a good way.

      I never thought I could be an encouragement to anyone right now, so that’s so nice to hear. It’s still tough to get up in the morning, but I know I have too. I have moments of deep sadness throughout the day, but it’s like an open wound, only time can heal it to a point where it doesn’t hurt so much.

      Thank you and I really appreciate you and all my good blogging friends and supporters. You’re the best!

  12. Hey Sylviane,

    I’m sorry that you’re not having great year. I would be the same myself. From What you’re going through it would be hard to scrape up enough energy to keep blogging.

    But you came up with some great options. I had gone on vacation the 2nd week of august and I had lost 30% of my traffic and now slowly gaining it back. But these are some great options you have to keep your blog going.

    I should’ve checked to see if my automatic tools were still running, but they weren’t! So next time I go on vacation I will remember to double check.

    Inviting people to post on your blog is also a great idea. What better way to keep your blog going than to invite guests! This will definitely relieve a lot of pressure from you so that you can focus on more important things!

    Thanks for sharing and I hope everything works out well for you!
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    1. Hi Sherman,

      Yes, never did I think when 2014 turned around that this one would turn out to be a tough one on me emotionally. However, it’s also a year of change for me as well, and some of it should be very good.

      I am still trying to live and do the things I need to do as I’m grieving, but the first week I did nothing at all.

      Yes, you sure were gone for a while. Nice to see you back and see you at your place soon.

  13. Request Guest Posts – one good idea. Guest blogging or accepting guest posts that coincide with your blog’s goal and objective is going to be a good tactic, since you can magnet more audience. Always read the guest post first before posting article. It’s necessary and could be a dependable tactic to keep your blog on top when blogging takes second row. 🙂

    Promote older posts – is also helpful.

    We are selections to opt from, I must comment. No matter how awesome the trick we use, but if there is no quality, if there is no value and if it doesn’t make any sense, it’s useless. So make sure to keep these stuffs in your mind.
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  14. Hello Sylviane.

    I am sorry to hear about your turmoil and losses. It cannot be easy, especially with the commitments you have.

    But when things like this happen, then things like blogs have to take a back seat. There’s no other way, and in my mind, family comes first over everything else.

    Thanks for the tips, they are really helpful.

    Keep up the great work, and keep smiling.
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    1. Hi Richard,

      Yes, family comes first, before anything else that’s true, and blogging could never be more important than them. Thank you so much for coming and see you around.

  15. Hi Ms.Sylviane
    First of all, I Am so sorry for all you are going through. I
    Great post regarding a plan of action regarding our blogs when things don’t go our way.

    Recently I went through some terrible weeks with my son in critical care, yet I did not know what to do. Now you have given me options for the future.

    Again, I will keep you in my prayers and thoughts,

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    1. Hi Gladys, thank you and I’m so sorry for your troubles with your son’s health. I know you have been going through a lot too this year too. You are also in my thoughts and prayers and keep positive as much as you can.

      I’m glad you’ve got some ideas to keep your blog going.

      By blessed 🙂

  16. Hi Sylviane; Sorry to hear about your mom and your four legged loved one. And thanks for these suggestions. My recent health issues didn’t keep me from blogging, but if it ever does; these ideas will be a big help. I did have two things I wanted to ask about or mention. One is you just did a round up post. It would seem to me that these types of posts could be written in advance and posted during time when you can’t work on your blog. And the other thing is I think a lot of bloggers even business bloggers decide to fill space by sharing their difficulties. I wish you a much happier time ahead. Take care, Max
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    1. Hi Max,

      Yes, both your suggestions are great. For example today I wrote about grieving on my personal development blog, and yes round up posts are great ideas for times when we are kept away from our blog.

      Thank you for coming and by the way thank you for connecting me to a blogger friend of yours. I’ve just received your email and just checking her out now and will give you a response soon.

  17. Ciao Sylviane,

    I know this year has brought many difficulties and challenges for you, and it’s a wonderful testimony to watch you persevere through it.

    Last year was an extremely difficult year for me with four life-changing events taking place that threw me for a loop. Yet I didn’t quit and kept plowing forward as I was able. Sometimes I was not able, and took time off; sometimes I was okay to work, it just depends on the trial.

    I love that you are taking your experiences and putting them into a tangible way to help others, Sylviane, that’s awesome!

    I do need to get a backup of content ready for such times, and am working on that right now. I will be traveling to Texas to help my daughter as she will be having our first grandchild in a few short weeks. I’ll help her with cleaning, cooking and taking care of the baby once she’s born, so will be only doing correspondence for my business during that time. 🙂

    I do have a guest writing series now, and post that once a month, which is awesome for my readers and a help to me. Although I do create custom graphics for it and have other graphics created as a token of appreciation so it’s not completely hands-off for me.

    Yeah, the ghostwriter option is there is needed, that’s a great tip. Promoting older and valuable posts is a thing I need to do more of. Thanks for this awesome tip!

    Yeah, getting back into the routine of blogging as soon as possible is great advice. I have a few niche sites, but only one main blog that I consider my hub on the Internet which I’m responsible for keeping up. I don’t think I could run 2-3 sites!

    Yep, have always said the business will take a back row and that is a good perspective to have when important events happen in life, whether they are happy or sad.

    Great tips you’ve shared, and I needed this info, so thank you for sharing them!

    Have a great weekend.
    – Carol
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    1. Hi Carol,

      Well, congratulations on soon to be a new grandma. I am sure that your blog will got to the back burner for a little while, but we’ll miss you, so please, come back soon 🙂

      When challenges happen it’s never easy to keep going for sure, but we must try to do our best as in everything else in life. I’m sure you did just that last year, yourself.

      Thank you for coming and have a terrific weekend!

  18. Hi Sylviane,

    I am sorry to hear about the turmoil that has been going on in your life, and I know you must be a strong person if you are still able to write this well. These are some great tips that can really help anybody who is not in the mood to blog, or is away from blogging. I personally promote older post everyday before a write a new post, I think hiring people to write professional quality blog post can be very rewarding but money consuming, but if your blog is really making you money…why not do it!?!

    Guest bloggers are also a great way to keep your blog going when you are not in the mood. You can ask people who have written for you before, or ask someone new and return the favor later. Thanks for sharing!


    1. Hi Lawrence,

      I am sure still in the middle of my grief and some days are easier than others. When I feel really down, I just stay away from things and when I feel better I take advantage of it to be more productive.

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts and have a wonderful weekend.

  19. Hi Sylviane,
    Good to see you back on your blog today Sylviane. I know times have been so tough for you this year. I admire that your are back here. This is Great Article Ammezing Your Blog Content Thanks For Sharing me Keep it Up

  20. Hi Sylviane,
    First of all very sorry to hear about your mother and pet child…
    2nd… It is nice to know about you… 🙂
    Thank you very much for the suggestions… I believe the 1st one is the best option so far… Yes we do get extra time almost everyday and most of the time we do NOT realize that… If we really want to grow our reputation in this online world we need to utilize that time for planning ahead…
    Again thanks for the advice… 🙂

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  21. Hi Sylviane,
    I guess that’s the real truth about blogging. I’ve never though about asking guest blogger in our absence, that’s great idea I think. In my case, I conduct a project. Whether I fail or success about the project, I can use it as a source of posting ideas of my own blog.

    I hope everything goes perfectly on your side Sylviane. Wish you the best
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  22. Hi Sylviane,

    I’m so sorry to hear about your mother and I’ve read about your Sophie on Facebook too. Tough times! My thoughts are with you and your family, and wish your mom much more strength to overcome this illness dear.

    And… don’t worry about keeping up with all these, ’cause we understand your situation and I’m sure your readers definitely support you, Sylviane. Take your time 🙂

    Talking about this interesting topic, I can relate so well, as I’ve been away from blogging too. Had a 4 month break and getting back slowly, but still offline. Yet I could help people who left comments asking questions and help in the meantime though. However I believe it’s different as I’m not that serious when it comes to blogging (especially, writing fresh content so often) as you and my blogging friends are.

    A few times I had written posts ahead and kept them to publish when I couldn’t find time to write a new post. It worked pretty well, but couldn’t keep up with it all the time though. Plus, I didn’t feel like asking for guest posts to cover up my absence, Sylviane. I know, I know, but it’s me. I think it’s different when it comes to a scenario where you wanna keep up with the community as much as you can without disappointing them. Hence I admire bloggers who take it seriously 🙂

    Promoting old content is a smarter idea indeed. I’ve seen many bloggers been using it though they weren’t away and helped them to get new readers too.

    I hope your tips will come handy to those wanna take a break from blogging for a while and focus on what matters most.

    Don’t feel obliged to respond promptly to this comment dear. I’d rather hear a good news about your mother than awaiting for your response 🙂 Take your time and take care of your mother.

    Wish you all the best for your upcoming speech too. I know you are gonna make it for sure 🙂

    Have a great week ahead where you hear more good news, Sylviane.

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    1. I’m sorry I misread what you have said, Sylviane. Thought she’s still there with you as this post was written last week. Can’t even think about losing a loved one always been closer to my life.

      Still it’s impressive that you decided to write this post and help your readers on how to take action on such a situation. I recall how Adrienne and Sue took tough choices like you did when they lost their loved ones too, Sylviane. I don’t think I would have done that 🙂

      My deepest condolences to you and eventhough your mom and Sophie aren’t around physically, they will always be with you!
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  23. Without a doubt sometimes life has a way of making things more difficult
    than normal Sylviane!

    And sorry to hear that at this point in your life, this was one of those times.

    But you’ve offered some very solid and extremely practical advice for effectively dealing with such (at times) unavoidable situations!

    And even though most of relish writing all of our own original content.

    It’s so nice to know that, in those few situations when that just isn’t possible, there is most certainly a few viable and (relatively) low cost alternatives!
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    1. Hi Mark,

      I’m glad you found this older post of mine here.

      2014 was the year from hell for me, but as they say after the storm the sun rises again, and this year is a year of blessings. Of course, I’m still grieving, that doesn’t go away fast, but good things are happening for me.

      Thank you for coming and have a great week ahead.

  24. Hi Sylviane! I know many can relate to what you had been through. And it’s but practical to think of ways to help your blog keeps alive even when you’re gone for a while. I know how challenging it is to blog when you know you don’t feel like doing it for some reason. And it’s really frustrating. With that said, I believe it would be the best to just tell your followers what you’re going to or that you’ll be gone for a while and I’m pretty much sure they’ll understand. And you’ll feel loved and appreciated. God bless!
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