A blog hiatus is an idea I’ve been toying about with for a little while. I rarely take blog breaks, mainly because there is a lot to talk about and some personal commitments to adhere to, but there will come a time when I may take a little time off. No plans yet but I’ll be sure to let you all know when I do 🙂
And that’s something I just wanted to talk about today – keeping your readers up to date.
If you have any amount of traffic or readership, or if you blog on a regular schedule, your readers will have a certain expectation. Its all well to say we blog for ourselves and don’t owe anyone but ourselves an explanation for what we do or do not do, but the fact is, we should consider the readers, because what is your blog without your readership base?
If you blog on alternate days, readers will expect to have your update pop up every other day. If you blog daily, there is a reader expectation of having a daily post to read, and skipping a day may puzzle them.
So, when you unexpectedly disappear for longer than a day or two, imagine the consternation of your loyal group of readers. It could range anywhere from concern to displeasure to being upset. Humans have a wide range of feelings and ways of interpreting things. So, I believe that it is good practice to have an “I’m Away” notice. Am I alone in thinking this?