I’ve seen a ton of blog posts this summer about “how to blog while on vacation” or “how to maintain your blog while on vacation.” While admittedly, the latter may have good tips like “write in advance,” I’m here to tell you the final word on blogging on vacation: Don’t Do It!!
If you are, you are defeating the entire purpose of vacation in the first place. It is imperative to not work while you are on vacation. However, if you absolutely MUST do some work, try to wake up before the others you are vacationing with or before your day starts (if you have a daily agenda), and don’t spend more than an hour doing what ever you gotta do.
There can’t be a sadder sight in the world than someone on a bus with all of Thailand or London outside their window, yet they are on their phone, feverishly trying to get internet access or service to check their work email. You spent all this time off and money to go on this trip, yet you are going to spend it hooked to your computer or phone, just like you would if you were back home? It just doesn’t make sense. You might as well have saved your money and stayed in the office.
What About Blogging ABOUT Your Vacation?
I’d argue that this doesn’t do too much good either. Unless your blog is your sole source of income (due to advertisers, etc), and your readers expect daily updates, I would wait to post those vacation recaps until after you get back. It will allow you to relive the great time you have.
After all, if you feel like you absolutely MUST blog about your vacation, both the trip and the writing will seem like a chore, and it could reflect in the overall quality of the piece and how you are feeling.
Good blog posts don’t come from obligation!
They come from being excited about what you are writing about and injecting your own creativity into every little thing you write.
So do yourself a favor. The next time you are going on vacation, let yourself enjoy it. Your blog will be there when you get back.
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