So everyone I know is preparing to step away from the blogosphere as they celebrate one holiday or another, and with New Years at the tail end of all the fun and relaxation, some of you might not be thinking about how you will get back on track once it is all over. I mean, who cares, right?
Well, if there is one thing I have learned over the last few years, it is that routine and consistency can go a long way to making or breaking a blog. If you don’t plan ahead, then you might not be able to get back into any sort of routine that you may have set up.
For me, I am hoping to spend some extra time before I take time away, to get some posts done for my absence, nothing major, as I am sure traffic will be at an all time low, but for those readers that check their RSS feeds in front of the fireplace as their children open their presents, I want to make sure they have something to read.
Not only that, but I am setting some extra time aside after this whole mess is over to regroup, reorganize and revitalize my blogging efforts. I want to make sure I find ways to hold myself accountable for my blogging, and to make sure that I get a good pace going, I have told my wife that I will be spending a little extra time on the computer in January, and her stipulation was that I have to drink more water. (This is a weight loss technique, and part of her New Years resolution for me.)
So, if you are gearing up for some time away, make sure you have things in place when you come back. Sit down and write down dozens of things you would like to cover in the new year. Check over your archives, and see if any topic could use another post, or an update. Beef up or trim down your daily RSS feed reading list. And hold yourself accountable in your blogging. It can mean the difference between success and failure in 2008.
Please be safe, as I would like to see all of you back reading The Blog Herald in 2008.