Why Disorganized Blogging and Vacations Don’t Mix (But I Smushed Them Together Anyway)

July 4, 2015 Let's Discuss 18

So, you’re going on vacation. A fairly long vacation. No problem, right? You just tell the blogosphere that you’re heading out, pre-write and schedule a few posts here and there, and take a little time off from blogging. We all deserve a break, right?

That would work great – except, as I’ve told you before, I’m a disorganized blogger. So, do I follow my fantastic advice? Um, no. I did schedule two Top Ten Tuesday posts to go up. Oh, but my scheduling function isn’t working for some reason since the last WordPress upgrade – and I just don’t have time to figure out why (I just get a message that says “Missed Schedule” – anybody know why this might be happening?). Then I was getting messages about WordPress mobile not working right (my husband did manage to fix that one for me). Technical issues while on vacation? Really?! 

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And then, for some reason, I signed up for a few tours during my  vacation. Why did I think this was a good idea? Okay, so at first it was just one tour and a blast. But then there was a sequel to a book I loved (The Forgotten Mountain – which I loved, but I still had to read book two as well, since, you know, I’m disorganized.) And then, there was that book that just sounded SO good – I couldn’t resist! I can totally handle just one more tour while on vacation, right? Maybe two?

Crazy

And now for a little stream of consciousness …

Don’t forget book that I had gotten from a publicist – it came out last week, and she’s wondering when I’m going to post my review … need to get that one up. Totally messed up on the scheduling for that one and had to tell her that I’d be posting a day later than I originally said (my spotty internet access in the mountains of Colorado doesn’t help with getting things organized! And the internet I DO have is so slow, it takes twice as long to do everything!). And Emmy & Oliver just released and everyone LOVES it. I really should read it … Yikes! It’s the end of the month. I have to get Shannon our July discussion post link-up! (Of course, I got that one to her after midnight on July 1st. Good thing she’s a sweetheart and doesn’t hold it against me!) And I really should write my monthly wrap-up (Oops! I said I was going to start a link-up for that this month … obviously that’s not happening. I need to actually put that in my calendar for after my vacation.) And I’ve been saying for weeks that I was going to review The Scorch Trials. Better get on that one now … (Did I mention that I’m also editing while I’m here – that was planned, since this is a semi-working vacation, but why did I pile on all the blogging!?)

Sigh.

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I’ve been posting just as much (or more!) during my vacation as I do at home! And then I still feel guilty that I’m not keeping up with replying and commenting back … Am I crazy? Yep! But I guess I’m used to that by now. You probably should be too.

So, is there anyone else out there who’s too disorganized not to blog while on vacation or is this just my brand of crazy? I want to know!

P.S. My husband just made fun of me for the fact that I took time out of my vacation to post about how I’m blogging too much on vacation. But I didn’t put up a discussion last week, and I said I’d put one up this week, and … yeah, I’m just crazy.

18 Responses to “Why Disorganized Blogging and Vacations Don’t Mix (But I Smushed Them Together Anyway)”

  1. Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

    Ohhh I feel you! I CANNOT take time off. I am bad at it. I want to, I do, but then… I just can’t do it. I feel the internet moving on without me or something, and I panic like a crazy person.

    I don’t know about the scheduling thing (knock on wood, I haven’t had an issue!) but someone did just let me know about the mobile thing, and I *think* I fixed that. But, I am also not on vacation soooo, it’s a little easier 😉 Also, I really want to be on vacation.

    I did the same thing with tours too- I actually signed up for them DURING BEA. Why!? So in the midst of packing and planning and all that jazz, I had to schedule tour posts, and then make sure that while I was AT BEA they were being posted and shared… so yeah. WHY do we do this to ourselves? We cannot be the only crazies out there, right?

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    • Nicole

      I’m glad I”m not the only crazy person. I don’t know how it happened! I really meant to take it easy!

  2. Silvara

    My scheduled posts had that issue a few months ago. Never did manage to figure out why, BUT! I found this plugin called WP Missed Schedule that will fix the issue. Once I installed it, I haven’t had a missed post since.

    https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-missed-schedule/

    I’m not horribly organized at the best of times. Book reviews are currently scheduled for the next month. Because I made myself do it. *laughs* But discussions and my Fantasy Creature Fridays? Not so much. They tend to get done the night before they’re supposed to go up because I got distracted and didn’t get them done earlier. Like this past week, no FCF yesterday because I got a new game, and I forgot until last night that I hadn’t actually put it together and posted it. Oops….

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    • Nicole

      I did see that plugin. My husband wanted to try to actually figure out why the problem was happening and fix it rather than using a plugin, but for now, that might have to do!

      I’m impressed that you have your reviews scheduled for the month. I’m lucky when I get myself a few days ahead!

  3. Zeee @ I Heart Romance & YA

    Yeah… I am a disorganized blogger as well and as much as I want to be organized, I just can’t. And I try not to do any tours and such during my vacay days. I almost always schedule posts during that time. The easiest one I always do is the memes but I try not to do the weekly updates though because I will probably have no time to post or check anything on my blog

    enjoy your vacation! 🙂

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    • Nicole

      I knew that this vacation was going to have “work” time built in, but I still somehow gave myself way too much to do! Oh well. It’s all worked out fine.

  4. C.J.

    Oh no! I hope that now you’ve written his post you can actually enjoy your vacation. I think a majority of us have so much going on in our lives, it’s difficult to keep track of everything and we just can’t say no to anything related to books.

    • Nicole

      That’s exactly it – I can’t say no! I think, Oh, I’ll just do this one tour, and then it turns into three and … Oh well. We’ve had a great time, so I’m definitely not complaining about the vacation!

  5. tonyalee

    Oh no! I hope you are still enjoying your vacation LOL

    I am the opposite. I am pretty organized so when I leave town or know that I am now going to be posting alot/around the internet, I schedule schedule schedule. I feel bad that I don’t go back and return comments on my blog or anything but..

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    • Nicole

      I’m so impressed with organized people. I’m organized with my editing because I absolutely have to force myself to be – but that’s it. Everything else is chaos!

    • Nicole

      Ha! Thanks for the pass! Lucky for you, I’m an organized editor, even if I’m a horribly disorganized blogger!! 🙂

  6. Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts

    I think blogging has become second nature to most of us in a sense that it does feel unnatural if things aren’t operating smoothly (and you aren’t there to fix it immediately). I haven’t been on vacation for a long while but I can definitely imagine the anxiety after finding out your scheduled posts don’t go up when you’re [supposed to be] off having a fun/relaxing time. But then again, I’m actually not that great with scheduling posts weeks in advance because my mind goes trigger-happy with wanting things to go live.

    I hope you ended up enjoying your vacation though!

    Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts recently posted: [Think Aloud] – #20 – What If Bloggers Had Blurbs?
    • Nicole

      Yeah, technical difficulties while on vacation is a big pain – it seems like all sorts of things suddenly wanted to go wrong with the blog since I’ve been gone!

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