Please don’t expect anything too profound here today – I seem to have caught a stomach bud – it was a long night to say the least. I don’t know why but whenever I am sick I dream very vividly of ‘blogging going wrong’. Glad to log on this morning to see that everything seems ok though. I just wont be posting much unless I get second wind – back to bed for me.
Traffic levels at ProBlogger is much lower most weekends and a number of readers feedback that they often feel a little out of the loop when they come back to the office on a Monday to find I’ve been posting ‘as normal’. This RSS feed can seem a little overwhelming – so I thought I’d try a summary post that recaps what you might have missed if, unlike me, you had a ProBlogger free weekend. I hope you had a good weekend – here are the posts from the last couple of days (first to last):
- Less Options Equal More Clicks? yes… And No – opinion piece
- The importance of Title Tags in Search Engine Optimization – a tip from my recent experience
- Jeff Jarvis – ProBlogger - Jeff has quit his job to pursue more blogging related activities
- Following Blogtalk Downunder - link
- Search Engine Optimization Secrets – link
- Should New Blogs have Ads? – Pros and Cons
- Selecting a niche Market for your Blog - link
- Building Blogging Relationships – Attitude – second post in my series – counting the cost of relational blogging
- Inaugural Inter-School Blogging Championships – Singapore uses Blogging in Education
- WordPress Blogs excluded from Adsense in RSS Feed Beta – title says it all
- Google Paying Bloggers $50 to Blog for an Hour – Blogger Bloggers from California might be interested
- Autoblogger – Humorous but close to the truth?
- A New Model for Paid Blogging – Will Pate comes up with an incentive system for paid bloggers.
I know for some of you these were not written on your weekend – but counting for the global audience of ProBlogger I hope this helps you work out what you missed and which you might like to catch up on and enter the conversation on.
In 15 days I will be on a plane headed for warmer places – a much needed holiday.
It’s been a big year for me – transitioning into full time blogging (although maintaining some other part time research work this past few months) – moving house – exploring new business ideas and making connections with some wonderful people around the world through this blog. Whilst there are a lot of exciting things going on for me at the moment I’m feeling pretty worn out and this holiday has come at just the right time.
I’ll be away for 4 weeks. This of course leads me to ask the question – what do I do with my blogs? I’ve written about this at least once here at ProBlogger and have been pondering what to do. I’ve decided the following:
My main blog Digital Photography Blog will be maintained by a friend who I’m going to pay to run it for me at a lighter level than normal. He should be able to keep it up to date with at least one post per day and to cover any major developments.
I’ve teed up some great bloggers for here at ProBlogger who will each contribute once a week (or more). You might even find this blog is more active than normal. None of these people are getting paid with anything more than a link back to their own blog for each post.
The remainder of my blogs I’d like to invite contributions for. If you’d like to play with one of my blogs while I’m gone then I’d love to have you on board. I’m not expecting heavy posting levels but would love to get at least 2 or 3 posts per week if you can manage it – just to keep the blog up to date and ticking over. The posts can be news, tips or opinion pieces – I’ll suggest a source or two that you might want to keep your eye on if you don’t know where to start. If you’re interested read on and then contact me to let me know which you want to do – I’ll probably limit authors on each to two per blog.
Many of you obviously noticed that my blog has ‘issues’ this afternoon. Apologies for those who tried to access it but there were a few complications with the database around our server being upgraded. They all seem to have worked themselves out now and things will be back to normal (and even a little faster than usual hopefully).
Thanks to all those who emailed to let me know that the site was down – I appreciate the heads up. Now lets get back to some blogging.
One of the downsides of being a stay at home sole blogger is that on days when you can’t blog (because you are on holidays, sick or….moving house – your blogging can grind to a standstill.
Having just had a few very light days of blogging and today logging onto the internet I’m feeling somewhat overwhelmed by the vast quantities of emails, comments to check for spam and questions, unread RSS feeds that just 36 hours without being online has meant. I’m still at least 24 hours away from resuming ‘normal’ blogging activities as I don’t have my office set up and will be relying upon dial up internet from home for up to another week (I’m currently sitting on the floor in my empty old house blogging with the broadband that is still there).
Professional blogging brings with it quite a lot of administrative tasks that accumulate very quickly – more quickly than you realize until you take a day or two off. I guess when I blog most days I am able to pace myself and gradually pick off each task one by one – but miss a day and you’re behind the eight-ball.
This leaves me feeling a little worried about the 4 week trip that I’m taking in June. If I’m overwhelmed by the admin of 36 hours of being online – imagine what happens after 28 days! Not to mention the apprehension of wondering what happens to a blog when you don’t post on it for a month…
So how am I preparing for my upcoming trip? Here is the strategy so far:
Moving Day today – will be otherwise occupied until late tonight – or tomorrow….
Talk among yourselves – consider this an ‘open mike’ – any topic goes (within reason).
Ask a question for others to answer – or answer a question that someone has posted here.
I’ve had a selection of my posts here at ProBlogger being posted at WebProNews for the last month or so. Overall this has been a pretty positive experience – I’ve found a number of new readers through it and have found that it has built a little credibility and profile.
One of the pieces of feedback that I got from readers was that they had no way of commenting on the articles that I’d written that were published there. This was especially frustrating for them because I often ask for comments directly in my posts.
So this week I took this feedback to the team at WPN and they have kindly provided a link back to my original post’s comments so that readers there can interact with the rest of us on each article (example).
Hopefully this will add to the experience of those who follow this blog through WPN (although remember that you only get ALL of my posts here at ProBlogger.net).
We finally got the keys to our new home (the one that blogging built) and so over the next few days we’re in transition.
This means packing up my Blog HQ, relocating net connections, hauling endless boxes, cleaning and aquatinting myself with a new neighborhood.
I’m tempted to do a ‘blogging will be light’ post – but then I realized that even a light blogging day means posting only 4 posts here in a 24 hour period – and so I think its already been a heavy day.
Boy oh Boy do I have a treat for you readers in June when I go away for a month (we’re heading to Turkey for a few weeks and will have a little time in London also – purely holiday apart from one or two meetings in London).
I’ve just emailed some of my favorite bloggers asking them to be guest contributers while I’m away and the replies have just started coming in – so far there are some pretty amazing bloggers who are agreeing to post here over that four week period while I’m taking a bit of a break.
I won’t drop any names yet – but needless to say that these are people I read daily and am excited about having write all in the one place – even if its just for a few weeks. It could be quite the professional blogging frenzy around here in June. More news on who is coming over to ProBlogger to play as we get closer to June.
If there is a Blogger you’d like to see write on Pro Blogging in June – let me know in comments below and I’ll see if they are willing to participate.