What to Do When Your Blog Is Offline: 11 Activities
by Ryan Biddulph
Fingernails terrorized, worn down to the cuticles.
The old me flipped out when my blog went offline.
Whether a hack-a-fest targeted my blog or the culprit was scheduled maintenance, I feared….loss. I’d lose traffic, profits, comments and my online reputation if my blog went down for more than 5 minutes. Or so I thought.
The modern-day me laughs at that old fool. I have since learned that when your blog is offline it can be a fabulous blessing.
My blog is offline now at least 24 hours due to scheduled maintenance. I am as calm as a Buddhist monk after 15 glasses of warm milk.
If you are as nervous as a gazelle who mistakenly wandered into a lion pride when your blog goes down, engage in these 11 activities to feel good about the planned – or unplanned – downtime.
1: Enjoy Your Time Offline
I spent a few hours today chasing my 15-month niece around the house.
Imagine a little Tasmanian Devil with the feistiness of a wolverine combined with the cuteness of a meme-worthy kitten, barreling through the place like a bat out of hell.
Challenging, but fun day.
This is tip #1 because pulling back from blogging is my favorite strategy for boosting my creativity and recharging my batteries.
Seize this opportunity to spend more time with the family. Watch a movie. Or watch a few episodes of Netflix.
Even though I worked a fair amount today…..Ray Donovan is calling me. The Showtime show, not my Northern New Jersey Irish neighbor.
2: Answer Questions on Quora
As of this writing, I have received 128,000 views on my answers.
That’s quite a few peepers on Blogging From Paradise.
Since my blog is offline today I will spend more time on Quora than usual.
Answer questions. Establish your authority. Help people. Get ideas for a future blog post (Works nicely with tips #5 and #6).
3: Free Up Space by Deleting Old Files on Your Laptop
Or in my case, free up space on Google Drive by deleting old, dated files on my Chromebook.
Doesn’t it feel good to do Cyber Spring Cleaning?
Trash featured images. Delete submitted and published guest posts. Speed up your lappy. Increase your efficiency.
4: Contribute to Facebook Groups
Be an active contributor on Facebook Groups. Help people. Answer questions.
If your blog is down you may as well help fellow bloggers and make new blogging buddies. When your blog goes live, don’t be surprised if you see a sudden spike in both traffic and opt-ins.
5: Write a Guest Post
Exhibit A; I am writing this post while Blogging From Paradise lays cyber dormant.
This is guest post #3 of the day. #4 will be done in 90 minutes.
Use your blog downtime to improve your blog up time on other blogs.
Write a guest post. Or 4.
6: Write Your Next Blog Post
Tomorrow’s blog post is done, save a quick re-read for quality assurance purposes.
Write your next blog post. Or write your next 4 blog posts. If you post weekly you got the next month covered.
7: Email Your Customers and Clients to Touch Base
I Liked an Instagram update published by one of my blogging course customers a few minutes ago and posted a comment.
What an easy way to touch base, to re-connect and to strengthen your bond.
Ditto for emailing customers or clients.
8: Direct Readers to Non-Blog Real Estate
I spent a few minutes Tweeting links to my eBooks on Amazon and Selz, as well as my blogging course on Selz.
Email your list with direct links to products and services hosted offsite. Boost sales. Spread awareness.
Note: This is why it helps to host some or all products and eBooks offsite. When your blog goes offline for periodic or unexpected reasons – aka hack job – you can generate sales and build your blogging reputation through various online channels.
I ran 20 miles already this week so today is an off day yet I will walk for 45 minutes tonight to keep my energy flowing.
Exercise. Capitalize on your great fortune; being forced to abandon your blog for 1 day can alert you to a possible half-baked commitment to fitness. I assure you that a full devotion to staying fit (mentally and physically) is the chief component of my prolific guest posting campaign.
10: Ask People to Interview You
I just completed a text interview this morning plus I received another interview request via a Facebook message.
Increase your visibility. Inspire a new audience. Ask bloggers to interview you.
11: Research Hosting Possibilities
I ain’t taking a shot at your current host if your blog downtime is for maintenance.
But….if you are not keen on frequent downtime or “snail stuck in molasses on a blustery winter day slow” load speeds shop around when your blog is down.
I recommend reading this tremendous resource at WHSR [Web Hosting Secrets Revealed]:
Double down on personal development.
Barring the arrival of the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse, I meditate for 20 minutes and do 20 minutes of yoga after waking up every single day. Toss in a quick icy cold shower and I am good to go.
Devote the time you normally spend checking and responding to comments toward beefing up your personal development.
The other day, a mad prolific, skilled, renowned blogger called me the most prolific blogger on earth (after the bribe money hit his bank account; that’s a joke). The years I spent working on my energy daily before touching my laptop helped make me prolific, energetic, creative, and, heck, a full-time pro blogger.
Go within. Change the without.
What tips can you add to this list?
About the Author
Ryan Biddulph is a blogger, author and world traveler who’s been featured on Richard Branson’s Virgin Blog, Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur, Positively Positive, Lifehack, John Chow Dot Com and Neil Patel Dot Com. He has written and self-published 126 bite-sized eBooks on Amazon. Ryan can help you build a successful blog at Blogging From Paradise.
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