Blogging advice for August.

It’s August tomorrow, and that means one thing in the UK blogging world—a quiet month. Every year, towards the end of July, stats tend to drop as people leave for summer holidays or just read fewer blogs because they’ve got children at home for the big summer break.  I’m still planning to start the month with a BANG though, as it’s Yorkshire Day on August 1st and I’m hosting my first giveaway which I’m really excited about.

But today, I wanted to share a few ideas with you about what to do when you’ve got a slow month on the blog and what I’ll be getting up to this August.

Mend your nets.

One of my all-time favourite books is called ‘Everything I’ve Ever Done That Worked’ by Lesley Garner. It’s a series of short pieces about different techniques for getting through life, and one of my favourites is—and I’m paraphrasing—when you can’t get out to sea, you should mend your nets. Roughly speaking, this means in quiet times for your business, concentrate on the stuff that underpins your work. For a blog, that could be checking that all your old posts work ok, tidying things up, looking at what you could improve in your design. Anything that will make you stronger once the season comes back around. Or having a go at the tasks you’ve been putting off until you’ve got the time. My task this August is to write my first newsletter, which is going to have all-new content each month. Fingers crossed…

Take time off.

Have a holiday! I’m going to take my kids on an old-fashioned bucket-and-spade holiday and I can’t wait. But you don’t have to go anywhere to have a break from the online world. Taking time away during a fallow period will undoubtedly be a good thing and you’ll come back revitalised. Imagine what you could do with all the hours you spend at your blog. Maybe develop a new skill, read the books you’ve been promising yourself you’ll read, or just spend more time with the people you love…

Join in.

If you’re not keen on the whole ‘getting away from it all’ approach, then you could join in with something fun. I’m going to attempt to create a playful, visual diary of my time away with the kids, inspired by the super-talented Jennie Maizels – have a look at her amazing Instagram feed. I’m too late to join in officially, but I just want to have a go and I think that the kids will really love making their own visual diary of their holiday too.

The other thing I’m going to do is join in with Susannah Conway’s August Break. I adore Susannah’s work, having first found her through her book ‘Instant Love’ and I’m really looking forward to this, as she has such a gentle, soulful way of creating a community. You can join in as much or as little as you choose with this one. I’m going to try and do the photo challenge via my Instagram feed. Do let me know if you’re doing it too, I’d love to see your photos!

Susannah Conway The August Break

Embrace it.

Above all, know that August is just a quiet month for blogging, it’s not something to do with your blog. By realising that, slowing down, not worrying and trying to live with the seasons, you’ll feel ready for what September brings, which is usually a flurry of ‘new term’ busy activity.  The summer is time for slow, easy living; so if you can, just go with the flow…

What are you doing this August? Do let me know in the comments…



2 Responses to Blogging advice for August.

  1. Manneskjur says:

    Part of me wishes every month was like August – jus everyone kicking back and taking it slowwwwww 🙂

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