I’ve been off from blogging for more than a month while I was enjoying the physical stress my offline life brought me in these past weeks. Aside from gaining pounds, to starting to lose those unnecessary gain there were more things that happened to me in these past weeks that I am grateful for. There are personal, academic, and spiritual lessons I learnt, people I met, and experiences I did that are all supplements to my growth.
I had to focus on Ramadan, new academic year and freelancing tasks which made me set aside blogging for a while… I thought my blogs would be inactive but I found out that my blogs can actually be alive without me updating them. I am amazed with how my blogs weren’t dead ( in a sense that no one is reading it) in these weeks although I wasn’t updating them with fresh articles.
I realized that we can actually keep our blogs alive even when we aren’t blogging by doing things that could drive traffic to our blogs.
If you are like me who struggle in keeping your blogs alive when you are in a blog hiatus due to some offline duties you have to concentrate with, these 5 things may help you.
I’ve been doing during these past weeks to drive traffic to my non-updated blogs.
Be active on your favorite social media.
I was off from blogging but I was active on Instagram where I micro blogged almost daily. It’s not that much of an effort to update my Instagram accounts (my two blogs have their own IG account), so although I was busy I could update them everyday. Instagram is a very popular media where people are actively browsing profiles, and it has a feature where we can link a blog. I checked my blog stat and saw that there were visitors that were coming from Instagram. But, be careful. Promoting your blog the wrong way may lead to permanent deletion of your IG account.
Re-share posts to your social media accounts.
It’s not a sin to share an old post. There may be people who haven’t read your previous posts from your network. So, feel free to re-share them to your accounts. I used a plugin on WP where it automatically shares my previous posts to twitter which also drove traffic to my blogs.
Be active on your favorite bloggers’ network.
It’s not much effort to interact daily on your favorite bloggers’ network. I have 2 favorite bloggers’ community on Facebook where I check it everyday. On those online community, there would always be newbies who would be interested to check new blogs. You could share them your blog, if they ask for it. There are also threads where every week you could share your previous posts on it.
Leave comment on others’ blogs.
During your break time from your busy life, you may want to read others’ blogs as your way to relax, if you do don’t ignore that opportunity to leave comment on others’ blogs. Usually they’d comment back to your blog, follow your social media accounts or at least view your blog.
Send a newsletter to your subscribers.
Although you don’t have new blog posts, you could still send your subscribers a newsletter. You may send them a little story of what was happening with you lately and share them your top 10 popular posts or top 10 most favorite posts.
Here are just few things you could do to keep your blog alive even without blogging. It’s okay to be on a blog hiatus if you really need to focus on other things for some weeks, but don’t take a break for a long time or else it would be very difficult for you to blog again.