Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Blogging 101 ~ Lesson #3-A: Using the Auto-post Option While on Vacation

I recently read a post on Frugality Is Free about “auto” blogging while on vacation.  I asked FrugalMom, the author, if I could share her post here.  I know I touched on this briefly in an earlier lesson, but I thought having her share the details and her personal experience with it might help readers here.  FrugalMom and her family 
spent a weekend in the Florida Keys, here is her vacation blogging story.

On Friday night I took a quick 15 minute work break, and so did my husband to return calls, but other than that we did pretty well. In fact except for that first evening, we did not even have an Internet connection.

If there is one thing I have realized as a mom blogger, it is that taking a blog time-out is difficult - but important - as the views and the earnings only come if there are regular postings. Since I had no Internet connection, I relied heavily on the scheduled postings function in blogger, and I am excited to see that it came through. I posted blog posts just before we left on vacation, and then I had three scheduled postings here on Frugality Is Free, all of which came through.

Now, another great feature that I love for taking time off is automated postings to Twitter of my blog posts. Not long after the scheduled postings posted on my blog, did twitterfeed post a short tweet about them on twitter and facebook. Love it!

So here I am Sunday evening, and my blog numbers have only been slightly affected by my vacation. Dinner is in the oven, the kids are showered, and I can try to catch up just a little bit before dinner time.

If you are going on vacation and have a set blog schedule with blog hops etc., I highly recommend both the scheduled post feature in Blogger (just click on post options under the post writing area..see above), and twitterfeed.

FrugalMom has more than one blog and thus blogs on several subjects including shopping at Aldi stores for savings, frugal living without skimping on lifestyle and children’s book reviews.


Random Deals said...

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~Random Deals

Cheryl said...

Thanks, Tonya, so glad you found it helpful. And thanks so much for the shout out!! I'll check it out.

JRFrugalMom said...

Well, you already know it, but I really do love the automatic postings, they have saved several of my vacations and freed up time for quality family fun.

Free Baby Stuff said...

What a great idea I will have to start using this, especially for my sunday posts when I need to be out with family and not on my computer.