Are you one of the admin bloggers of single mom blogs?
I tip my proverbial hat to you.
As busy as bloggers are (and we’re really busy,) you’re busier than the rest of us.
You are a parent.
You parent alone.
You research, write, optimize, and publish.
After publication, you promote and build links to your posts.
All the while, you never know if your child will have some emergency that prevents you from meeting the deadlines on your editorial calendar.
What if you or your child has an emergency and you can’t meet your deadlines?
Well, that just won’t do.
Your readers are depending on you to publish when they expect articles from you.
Google is expecting you to maintain an active blog.
Not to worry!
This post will tell you how to handle blogging during emergencies.
Although this article is designed for single mom blogs, any blogger can benefit from these tips.
How Do Blogs Work When You Make a Move explains how to blog during the trying time of moving houses.
This post explains how to blog during any stressful time.
How to Blog Successfully if You Publish Single Mom Blogs
Although these strategies are designed for admins of single mom blogs, any blogger can benefit from these productivity tips.
Have Shelf Posts
This is my Number 1 most important tip.
You need finished posts to publish in the event of emergencies.
Where to find topics so unimportant you can avoid publishing a post about it? Not all topics are timely topics.
I generated this topic about how to easily run single mom blogs from Google Trends, a free site.
I typed “bloggers” into the Google Trends search bar.
Have you heard of GOMI Mommy Bloggers?
GOMI is an acronym that stands for “Get off my internets.” Apparently, GOMI is a blog message board that criticizes lifestyle bloggers.
Although this post isn’t about GOMI mommy bloggers, seeing this idea at Google Trends gave me the idea for this post about single mom blogs.
Having templates of ideas handy will save you time to think of a blog post topic.
My blog has published several posts with templates.
My guest author Nikola published 50 lifestyle blog post ideas.
I also interviewed veteran bloggers who suggested enough blog post topics to cure Writer’s Block and ensure you’ll never suffer from Writer’s Block again.
Both lists combined would be applicable to parenting blog topics.
Tell Your Readers
In the summer, I cruise with my family members and friends. Sometimes I’m gone for a month and can’t meet my publishing schedule. Not only am I relaxing with my travel companions, but the internet on cruise ships is often costly.
No problem! I let my readers know that I will be away.
Your notice can take any format.
You can leave a message on your blog.
I throw blog parties twice a month. I usually throw myself a goodbye blog party and tell readers that way.
You might send a notice in your newsletter that you’ll be away and won’t be publishing for a while.
This method works for any reason you can’t meet your usual publication schedule. It doesn’t have to be a vacation.
The point is you don’t want your readers confused and to draw the wrong conclusion that you’ve abandoned your blog and to look elsewhere for the tips you normally provide.
Use Guest Authors
Since I know I will be away in July, I often utilize guest authors.
People send me queries asking if they can publish on my site. It’s win-win. The guest author publishes on my site and my readers still get an article I am not available to write.
Since I can’t be at the computer, I use the guest author’s post. If I know in advance that I won’t be able to blog, I make sure the guest author will be available to answer comments and promote.
There are many places to find guest authors. For example, I see people try to solicit guest authors on Facebook frequently.
Get Help from Family Members
Many of you know I teach. Did you also know my class makes the yearbook?
When I have report card deadlines and yearbook publishing deadlines, I’m busier than usual.
I delegate duties to my husband and adult children who help me. Don’t be shy about giving responsibilities you normally do to your older children who can help.
Get Help from Other Bloggers
Did you know we have a Bloggers Collaboration Group on Mostly Blogging?
You don’t have to go it alone. If you’re a follower of Mostly Blogging, don’t hesitate to ask for help. For example, we can promote your posts for you.
Have Emergency Numbers on Speed Dial
During times when you’re preoccupied when meeting your children’s needs and your readers’ needs, you shouldn’t have to take the time to find emergency numbers.
Keep them on speed dial.
There are two numbers contributing author Razaq Ali believes you need to keep on speed dial.
Can you guess what they are?
So far, this post has only addressed vacations and medical emergencies.
What if you have a legal emergency?
According to Razaq,
“You see, if you haven’t been involved in many car accidents or don’t have a personal injury lawyer, you may be confused about what you should do immediately afterward. This is especially the case when it comes to filing reports, communicating with your insurance company, and handling your personal injuries.”
Having your insurance company’s number handy is a great idea. You don’t know in advance when you will have an automobile accident.
“A Los Angeles car accident lawyer would advise you to get in touch with your insurance company as soon as possible. No matter who’s fault the accident is, you need to let them know exactly what happened. Give them all of the information that you received at the scene of the accident. Let them know if you were hurt and how and where you were treated. The sooner you get in touch with them, the better.”
Use Stock Photos
Many free stock photo sites exist for you to use. This way, you don’t have to take your time to photograph.
Although I love the quality of iPhone photos, stock photos are professional quality, free, and a real time-saver for you.
Consider using stock photo sites like Pixabay and Unsplash. I’m sure there are many more stock photo sites.
I interviewed bloggers for a post I was writing about uncomfortable blogging topics that might cause stress if perceived badly by readers.
Many of the participants suggested the same strategy: Use humor.
Talking may be faster than typing. During times of stress, our time is shorter since we are busier.
In the past, when your children cried out for you, have you ever yelled back, “I’ll be right there,” and kept typing?
You may find vlogging, video blogging, a quicker alternative to typing out your post.
Afterward, you can post your video on YouTube and other social media channels.
As indicated above, you may find speaking your information quicker than typing.
Many bloggers use Google Docs which has a record function.
Go to docs.google.com and start a new doc.
Click Tools. Then click Voice Typing.
A microphone will appear. Click the microphone and start speaking. You can say “new line” and punctuation marks.
Bloggers then copy-paste their post from Google Docs into their WordPress draft.
I don’t advise cursing. I’ve published over 1,000 articles, and I’ve never used profanity to my recollection.
If I don’t advise cursing, why is it on this list of hacks?
First, if you “watch your mouth around your children,” cursing might feel more natural when writing to your adult blogging community.
Getting those swear words out of your system when writing can help you refrain from using them in front of others like your children and their friends. As I’m sure you know, writing is definitely cathartic.
Next, people feel cursing gives them a personality, a persona, which often engages readers.
Did you notice his stats?
His Instagram photo, which uses the “F-Bomb,” got over 23,000 likes and over 19,000 saves.
Tammy Bleck, of Witty Woman Writing, curses as part of her “broad” persona and has received much acclaim. She speaks at colleges and has been featured on such reputable blogs as the Huffington Post.
Finally, if you’re having the kind of stress that running single mom blogs often brings, cursing in your post might make you feel better.
If you revisit the fun blogging used to provide for you, blogging will feel like an outlet, something to do when the kids are busy or asleep. Blogging is time for YOU.
Get back in touch with the adrenaline rush, the passion, blogging brings and composing your posts won’t feel like a chore.
Wrapping Up: Single Mom Blogs
In closing, this post addressed how single mom blogs can still publish during times of emergencies.
However, these times away from your computer (or wherever you blog) don’t have to be unforeseen.
Many of these tips are effective if you know in advance you have a mitigating situation.
For example, younger children often have routine procedures that make it necessary for you to give them extra care that you know in advance about.
Some of these other strategies work for unexpected emergencies.
Certainly, admins of the best baby blogs will use these strategies. I found raising older children more predictable than babies whose moods were less stable.
On the other hand, even teenagers can be moody and cause single mom blogs to need these strategies.
Readers, please share so people who run single mom blogs learn these methods.
I look forward to your views in the comments section. Do you have any additional hacks that single mom blogs can employ?
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Janice Wald is the founder of MostlyBlogging.com. She is an ebook author, blogger, blogging coach, blogging judge, freelance writer, and speaker. She was nominated as the 2019 Best Internet Marketer by the Infinity Blog Awards and in 2017 as the Most Informative Blogger by the London Bloggers Bash. She’s been featured on Small Business Trends, the Huffington Post, and Lifehack.