Let’s face it, sick days are no fun. And when you are a blogger, it can be a huge setback. So today I am sharing 11 tasks to tackle on your blog when you are having one of those sick days.
Task 1: Set New Content Aside
When you are feeling sick, it isn’t the time to start working on new content. Instead, take the time to find an old post that needs some updates. Add some new links, change your pin image, or just add a few more paragraphs.
This is also a great time to add a few related posts that link to some other bloggers. You can help each other out, and not stress yourself out trying to invent a new post. The whole process should only take about 45 minutes since you already have the majority of the post in place.
Task 2: Clean Out Your Blog’s Inbox
This is one task that I spent close to twenty minutes doing. When you blog, you get A LOT of SPAM emails. I tend to skim over them quickly, but never go back and actually delete the unopened ones.
This is definitely one of those tasks on your blog to tackle that don’t require much time or a lot of concentration. And it will be so nice to see an organized inbox when you are ready to get back to serious blogging business.
Task 3: Spend Some Time Live Pinning
This is something I need to spend time working into my planner, several times per day. But when you are sick, you can take time to actually read all those great posts you are pinning. Again, you just need your tablet, laptop, or phone while you are resting in bed or relaxing on the sofa.
Task 4: Take A Nap
Surprised by this suggestion? This is one of those tasks to tackle on your blog that can make the most difference. You are sick because you are probably run down. If you work outside the home like I do, it hits you doubly hard.
The best cure for that is to take a nap. It can be difficult, especially if you have kids at home. But it could be exactly what you need to refresh yourself so you can get back to the business of hustling on your blog!
Task 5: Take A Few Moments To Comment On Your Favorite Blogs
Sometimes we are so wrapped up in our own blogs, that we forget that others are out there working just as hard. Take 15-20 minutes to visit your favorite blogs and leave some nice comments. After all, we all like to hear that what we are sharing helps someone out there.
Task 6: Look At Things That Aren’t Working On Your Blog
So, this is a sore spot for me. I can’t always figure out WHAT is wrong with my blog that people aren’t visiting. Is my writing sh*^$#? Am I not using the right keywords? Do I have errors in my Search Console? Whatever it is, now is a great time to start trying to figure things out.
Previously, I had a website host that was recommended to me by women I trusted. And it was great at first. But as time wore on, my site was down a lot, my host was MIA and not answering messages(but had no trouble sending out the renewal bill), etc. So after some research and recommendations from other bloggers, I switched to(affiliate) New Blog Hosting.
It amazing the difference a good blog host makes. David has been such a big help to me, from getting my domain transferred to him, to figuring out my robots.txt issues, he was always there. And frankly, he is very budget-friendly and his customer service is second to none.
Task 7: Take Another Nap
This is self-explanatory, but I had to reinforce it. When you are sick, you need to get your rest. Your home life and blog business will suffer if you don’t start putting yourself first.
Task 8: Decide If You Want To Renew Plug-Ins Or Other Paid Services
I admit, I am a follow-the-leader type of gal when it comes to using different things on my blog. After a few years, I learned that there are a few I won’t give up:
- Social Pug
And, now that I think about it, I really need to go back through and look at paid services that I may have, and completely forgotten about.
Task 9: Spend Some Time Scheduling Tweets Or Facebook Posts
I am also REALLY bad about this because I tend to fall into the shiny rabbit hole that is social media. I start reading other people’s, and before I know it, I haven’t written a post OR scheduled any of my own. A sick day is a good day to tackle that!
Task 10: Update Your Blog Goals Or Vision Board
Recently, Audrey of Mom Generations talked about having a vision board. I don’t because I am always afraid that I am not good enough. My pageviews aren’t high enough, my social media following isn’t big enough. You know what? That is wrong, because I DO have something to say. I DO have value and a voice. Many have not heard it yet, but they will, I promise.
One of my goals for 2020 is to be selected for the Permission to Hustle cruise retreat. There, I said it. I manifested it to the universe. Most people would want to think I want to go on it because I just want to go on a cruise. The thing is, that isn’t what this is all about.
In 2017, my son was seriously injured and I was home for several months with his recovery. During that time, I went to my first blog conference where I met Audrey and Vera. That conference reinvigorating my blogging game, and I had my best several months.
But things changed with the SEO game, and Google algorithms, and I started over with this blog. I plummeted to the depths of blogger bottom feeders. But the more I thought of things, the more I thought: hey, I am just as important as everyone else!
So that is why I want to go on this trip. To spend time with others that may be struggling, to learn from the ones that aren’t. To travel by myself for the first time ever. To go on my first girlfriend getaway, ever.
And I want to turn my blog into my business so I start calling the shots. To pay off bills. To be able to work PT or even quit my outside-the-home job altogether. To be able to travel with my spouse for “our time”.
Task 11: Spend Some Time In Your Search Console To Find Topics To Blog About
Sometimes we struggle with finding new content to write about. The thing is, everything you need to know is right in your search console. Use it, tweak it, twist it to what you need it to be. But don’t make it your slave, use it as a tool.
Sick days are absolutely no fun, and even worse when you are dependent on your blog as your source of income. I hope you find these tips useful so that you can concentrate on getting yourself well.
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