It’s been a crazy year, topped off with a crazy holiday season, am I right? I don’t know about you, but I am TIRED. I am so ready to close my laptop and enjoy some time with my family without my constant looming deadlines*, work projects, and chores waiting to be done.
But, while New York may be the City That Never Sleeps, I think the Internet could kick NYC’s ass in that department. In a world of non-stop action, sometime fierce competition, and an incredibly short attention span, how do take a break without losing your edge?
Here’s the thing: you aren’t Wonder Woman. You need to take a break.
I’m sure you’re shocked to hear this, but I have advice. Ready?
A Little Something From The Archives… 1 of 5If you feel like taking a week off but want to keep the content coming, a great alternative to creating new content is to mine some of your past posts for some evergreen nuggets of goodness! Find a handful of posts that have great content that isn't too stale, and re-run them with brief introductions. Your readers will appreciate the flash from the past, I promise.
Guest Posts! 2 of 5A great way to fill some empty slots on your blog is to invite some of your favorite bloggers to guest post. You can return the favor when they go on vacation! Win-win.
Funny Videos 3 of 5It's a silly fix, but even your most critical readers will forgive your absence if you post a bunch of your favorite videos with a brief explanation of why you love them. I favorite my YouTube favorites just in case I want to trot them out in just this same way!
Spill Some Secrets 4 of 5One of the oldest and most fun memes going around a few years back was a 100 Things post; basically, you share 100 Things about yourself that your readers might not know. Doling out the items twenty at a time will fill an entire week up quite easily, and it's a pretty easy list to write.
Tell The Truth 5 of 5Finally, there's one last thing you can do: simply tell the truth. Tell everyone you need a week off. Let the blog lie fallow for a few days or a week. I promise, your readers will forgive you and come back when you're ready to post again.