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Blogging Tip: When You Miss a Day… Or Two…

A couple days go by and without warning you realize that you have gone several days without posting, you have not created scheduled posts, you have not checked or replied to any of your WordPress notifications, in short, you have abandoned your blog. You want to race to your computer, but the unforeseeable distractions that first kept you from your blog are still there, still demanding your time, you cannot blog, you don’t have the time, and so you go another day without posting, commenting, liking, or replying.

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If this has happened to you, don’t lose hope or feel that your blog is now destined to fail. I believe that every blogger has experienced something similar to the above scenario. I know I did this past week.

For anyone who has noticed by absence (I apologize if that sounds arrogant), you may have wondered why I missed two posts last week and why it took me so much longer than normal to reply to your comments.

First, let me apologize for not responding.

I believe that blogging manners require reciprocal communication and as such, my manners slipped.

Second, let me explain.

As some of you may know from the blog post before this one, “Invisible Illness,” April is IBS awareness month. This is ironic as I had a flare-up last week that landed me in the hospital. Thankfully, I did not remain long and within a  couple of days I was feeling back to myself. However, due to what I missed on my bad days, I spent the next several days playing catch-up. Without my pre-scheduled posts to float me through, as a result, my blog became neglected. However, I am back and I plan to be more on top of my work. Thank you for your understanding.

Third, let me offer you some free blogging advice for what to do when you miss a day . . . or two . . .

  • First, breathe, it is not the end of the world. Yes, it does kind of suck, and yes, you do feel like you have let down your followers, but odds are, they do not feel the same way. In my experience, my followers (my friends) are always understanding and, most likely, yours will be too.
  • Second, get back on the horse. Don’t give up! It may seem like you’ve neglected your blog for too long and you should just let it die a silent death. If you enjoy blogging, in any way, shape, or form, you owe it to yourself to jump back online and give it another go.
  • Third, work harder on creating and maintaining scheduled posts. These scheduled posts have been a life-saver for me in the past and when I miss a day or two, I am reminded how important they are for me when I am simply overwhelmed by life.
  • Fourth, take advantage of whatever time you can get to blog. This advice is why I am currently sitting in a hallway of my college, laptop sitting on my knees and plugged into the wall, desperately trying to get in some blogging time before I need to go and teach. Do the best with what time you have.

Well there you have it guys! Blogging, especially good blogging, is hard work most of the time, but in my experience, it’s most often worth it! I hope this post helps encourage you in your own blogging schedules.

Happy Blogging!


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30 thoughts on “Blogging Tip: When You Miss a Day… Or Two…”

  1. I did notice you were missing and I’m glad you’re feeling better. Thanks for the tip about scheduling posts in advance. I try to do that during the A to Z but I realize it would also be helpful at other times!

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      1. Yes, during the month of April we all use the alphabet to guide our posts. My series this year is about my card making and paper crafting. Last year I did the A to Z of what you can find in a Michael’s Arts and Crafts store. It is fun but hectic. The only day we don’t blog during the month is Sunday. This is the 10th anniversary of the challenge. I’ve done it since 2016.

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  2. Glad you’re feeling better! The reality is, most people who are bloggers don’t notice when someone is gone for a few days. We tend to be harder on ourselves than the followers are.

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  3. Honestly, in the blog world I don’t feel it’s necessary to apologize about missing posting. Most of us who follow each other have a general idea that life is busy for all of us. Do we really need to explain with an apology? This is of course a personal perspective and an apology is a matter of subjective opinion. What I’m saying is, I personally don’t need an apology but I’m happy to see you (or someone else who’s been absent) a return to blogging. 🙂

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  4. I’m so glad you are okay!!! Sorry you had to go through that. But thank you so much for using your experience to help reassure the rest of us here the world will not end if we hit a rough patch along the way! Take care of yourself!

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  5. I always love reading your blogging tips. They are ALWAYS timely. If you check my blog, you’ll see that my last blog post was over a week ago and it was a repost! The last time I published a “new” blog post was on the 2nd of this month.

    The reason is because I just moved into a prison (read: school), and I’m still struggling to adapt to the situation. I’m busy most of the day, and when I finally get the time to write in the evening, I’d be too exhausted to even breathe, not to mention blog. Still, I’d do my important assignments and stuff.

    Sometimes, I feel like I let my blog down and I want to make it up to her. I really do. But it’s hard; it’s so hard to make time. Do you ever feel like 24 hours has become insufficient for a day? I do. [sigh]

    I’m sorry for ranting.
    Thank you for the tips. I’ll try as much as possible to write later today.

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    1. Oh Obinna, I am right there with you! Sometimes it can just feel so overwhelming! I definitely struggle with that feeling of wanting to do right by my blog (which really, doesn’t that mean we just want to do right by us?) do what you can do, that’s all we can do.

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  6. Hi Kayla Ann! Happy to hear your IBS is back under your control! Also, while I understand that for a pro blogger lapses may mean money lost, for the rest of us, I should hope, navigare necesse est?


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