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Are You Ready For the Unexpected?

As I write this I have my family falling ill with a sickness bug all around me. This week we move house. I have work to deliver for a project today and another ongoing project kick-off happening in parallel. On top of all that I have my usual day to day tasks.

It’s not going to take much for this house of cards to fall is it?

Now I am going to have to get that project work delivered and rapidly put a lot of posts into draft because there is a good chance that I am going to catch that bug and the move is going to take a good amount of my time.

Usually I write my posts when they are needed. I’m going to start taking my own advice and put some articles in reserve.

While I scramble to get this work finished off, please let me know in the comments what you do to prepare for unexpected delays, mishaps and distractions?

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  1. I don’t do anything (on my blog) to prepare for unexpected delays, mishaps and distractions because my blog isn’t all that I have.

    The longest I have gone without publishing anything was a week. I knew that hurt my blog, but when I’m down with a flu (or PMS, LOL) or if I had to submit a report to my Supervisor by noon tomorrow, drafting a blog post won’t be on top of my TO DO list ๐Ÿ™‚

    But having said that, I do believe in keeping a couple of drafts so that I could still publish them automagically whenever I’m away enjoying myself, LOL.

    I hope you get well soon, Chris ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I don’t do anything (on my blog) to prepare for unexpected delays, mishaps and distractions because my blog isn’t all that I have.

    The longest I have gone without publishing anything was a week. I knew that hurt my blog, but when I’m down with a flu (or PMS, LOL) or if I had to submit a report to my Supervisor by noon tomorrow, drafting a blog post won’t be on top of my TO DO list ๐Ÿ™‚

    But having said that, I do believe in keeping a couple of drafts so that I could still publish them automagically whenever I’m away enjoying myself, LOL.

    I hope you get well soon, Chris ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Thanks Pelf, so far I have no signs of the bug but I had better prepare just in case ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Thanks Pelf, so far I have no signs of the bug but I had better prepare just in case ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I think you are wise in keeping some drafts handy. I am new to blogging but have already started on some drafts of my own just incase an incident would occur prohibiting me from being able to post.

    Take lots of Vitamin C and maybe a shot of whiskey, that should keep any bugs away!

    Regards.

  6. I think you are wise in keeping some drafts handy. I am new to blogging but have already started on some drafts of my own just incase an incident would occur prohibiting me from being able to post.

    Take lots of Vitamin C and maybe a shot of whiskey, that should keep any bugs away!

    Regards.

  7. If I am aware I wont be able to post a few days in advance I will prepare an extra post. If I suddenly find I am busy I either ask blogging contacts for a guest post, or desperately tweak a draft into a publishable post (I have about 50+ unused drafts, some are just titles).

  8. If I am aware I wont be able to post a few days in advance I will prepare an extra post. If I suddenly find I am busy I either ask blogging contacts for a guest post, or desperately tweak a draft into a publishable post (I have about 50+ unused drafts, some are just titles).

  9. Likewise, I have quite a few blog posts in draft form, so they don’t take too long to finalise when times against me.

    I hope you stay bug-free, Chris, and that the move goes smoothly (always stressful though).

  10. Likewise, I have quite a few blog posts in draft form, so they don’t take too long to finalise when times against me.

    I hope you stay bug-free, Chris, and that the move goes smoothly (always stressful though).

  11. Sorry to hear about the family Chris and convey my well wishes to them. All the best with your work. I myself am not very good at such exigencies and luckily 90% of my clients are steady ones and can easily incorporate some unforeseen delays. A client I have always says, “Your health comes first.”

  12. Sorry to hear about the family Chris and convey my well wishes to them. All the best with your work. I myself am not very good at such exigencies and luckily 90% of my clients are steady ones and can easily incorporate some unforeseen delays. A client I have always says, “Your health comes first.”

  13. Chris,
    It’s usual that people get sick or get swamped into something important.
    During this month I could not write as regular as I used to write in past. I was traveling and everything was not under my control.
    I hope I will resume again soon in the same pace as I used to have.

    Rajesh Shakya

  14. Chris,
    It’s usual that people get sick or get swamped into something important.
    During this month I could not write as regular as I used to write in past. I was traveling and everything was not under my control.
    I hope I will resume again soon in the same pace as I used to have.

    Rajesh Shakya

  15. Ahh, time management and the squeeze of real life pressures in a virtual world…

    Stockpiling is one of the best ways to make sure you always have enough content on hand to keep going when you can’t write.

    Write a bunch of blog posts and save them as drafts.

    If you have articles on your site (or saved on disk), split them up into blog posts. Take a paragraph of the article and expand on the idea – this saves time because you probably have plenty to say on the matter, and you don’t have to rack your brain for an idea of what to write.

    Have someone else write posts and contribute to the stockpile, too. This could be a partner, a guest blogger, or a person you designate a regular contributor.

    Write down ideas for blogs and stockpile those as well. When you’re pressed for time or lacking inspiration, pick a topic from the stockpile and whip up a post.

    Advise your readers of upcoming rough times when you can. It’s okay to be human on blogs and let people know not to expect regular posting.

    Better yet, write a post asking readers if they’d like to contribute posts to help out. Plenty would be thrilled to get the chance.

    Outsourcing is a good option, even for writers. We can’t do it all, all the time ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. Ahh, time management and the squeeze of real life pressures in a virtual world…

    Stockpiling is one of the best ways to make sure you always have enough content on hand to keep going when you can’t write.

    Write a bunch of blog posts and save them as drafts.

    If you have articles on your site (or saved on disk), split them up into blog posts. Take a paragraph of the article and expand on the idea – this saves time because you probably have plenty to say on the matter, and you don’t have to rack your brain for an idea of what to write.

    Have someone else write posts and contribute to the stockpile, too. This could be a partner, a guest blogger, or a person you designate a regular contributor.

    Write down ideas for blogs and stockpile those as well. When you’re pressed for time or lacking inspiration, pick a topic from the stockpile and whip up a post.

    Advise your readers of upcoming rough times when you can. It’s okay to be human on blogs and let people know not to expect regular posting.

    Better yet, write a post asking readers if they’d like to contribute posts to help out. Plenty would be thrilled to get the chance.

    Outsourcing is a good option, even for writers. We can’t do it all, all the time ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. In stressful times I prioritize and try to get the absolute essential stuff done.

    Sometimes I would talk to someone about a delivarable and just tell them what’s up, often I find they are quite willing to wait another few days since they weren’t going to act on it right away anyway.

    Best wishes with your family and tasks at hand, Chris.

    -Ari

  18. In stressful times I prioritize and try to get the absolute essential stuff done.

    Sometimes I would talk to someone about a delivarable and just tell them what’s up, often I find they are quite willing to wait another few days since they weren’t going to act on it right away anyway.

    Best wishes with your family and tasks at hand, Chris.

    -Ari

  19. I admit that I don’t really have any sort of backup plan. I tend to write my posts the night before I post them, and don’t often have any posts in reserve.

    I really should keep some “backup” posts for those days that I can’t think of what to write, or when I’m unable to write something fresh due to illness or scheduling conflicts.

  20. I admit that I don’t really have any sort of backup plan. I tend to write my posts the night before I post them, and don’t often have any posts in reserve.

    I really should keep some “backup” posts for those days that I can’t think of what to write, or when I’m unable to write something fresh due to illness or scheduling conflicts.

  21. Chris,

    Sorry to hear your family is ill at such an inopportune time.

    Interestingly enough, September is ‘National Preparedness Month‘, and among our daily tips, many things you can mashup to encourage bloggers to prepare!

    Thanks for all you do to enrich our minds regarding new media. You can count us among your many daily readers.

    With wishes for wellness…

    Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

    Brian Humphrey
    Firefighter/Specialist
    Public Service Officer
    Los Angeles Fire Department

  22. Chris,

    Sorry to hear your family is ill at such an inopportune time.

    Interestingly enough, September is ‘National Preparedness Month‘, and among our daily tips, many things you can mashup to encourage bloggers to prepare!

    Thanks for all you do to enrich our minds regarding new media. You can count us among your many daily readers.

    With wishes for wellness…

    Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

    Brian Humphrey
    Firefighter/Specialist
    Public Service Officer
    Los Angeles Fire Department

  23. Hi Chris! Sorry to hear about your family’s illness. It seems like when things go wrong in our lives, they really go wrong and it just keeps piling on.

    One thing I do that really relieves the stress associated with daily blogging is setting up an “editorial calender” in Google Calender. I simply plan out when I’m going to post on what day. Then, using Google Notebook, I have a posting list that gives me a basic outline of each post.

    This way, if I know I’ll be busy, I can pound at a few posts ahead of time and have them ready to go.

    Hope everything turns out okay! I’m pulling for you!

    Brad

  24. Hi Chris! Sorry to hear about your family’s illness. It seems like when things go wrong in our lives, they really go wrong and it just keeps piling on.

    One thing I do that really relieves the stress associated with daily blogging is setting up an “editorial calender” in Google Calender. I simply plan out when I’m going to post on what day. Then, using Google Notebook, I have a posting list that gives me a basic outline of each post.

    This way, if I know I’ll be busy, I can pound at a few posts ahead of time and have them ready to go.

    Hope everything turns out okay! I’m pulling for you!

    Brad

  25. One thing I do is write an answer to someone else’s post on my blog:

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    I hope your move goes well, and hope your family gets better quick!

  26. One thing I do is write an answer to someone else’s post on my blog:

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    I hope your move goes well, and hope your family gets better quick!

  27. I usually have mondays off from my ‘paying job’ so I write my blog posts along with my other freelance work but occasionally (like present) I work full time with no apparent spare time.

    I usually try and pre-plan when it happens and write before hand, or blog about something in response to what youve read (which saves you coming up with an idea) and even use someone elses ideas (http://chrisbrogan.com/100-blog-topics-i-hope-you-write/)

  28. I usually have mondays off from my ‘paying job’ so I write my blog posts along with my other freelance work but occasionally (like present) I work full time with no apparent spare time.

    I usually try and pre-plan when it happens and write before hand, or blog about something in response to what youve read (which saves you coming up with an idea) and even use someone elses ideas (http://chrisbrogan.com/100-blog-topics-i-hope-you-write/)

  29. Not on my blog, but a blog i draw cartoons for, well, the main blogger: does exactly that,

    1. get people like me to fill in with a cartoon.
    2. he has these nifty ‘Betcha din know’ filler post
    3. he has another , self interview filler called: my wishlist gameplan.
    4. and he gets this other chick to write well completely not related stuff..

    so in theory, this blog is always jammed packed with action.

    if you’re wondering, that blog(not my blog) is called: http://blogwawasan.com

    5. one of the things i have done is: reply emails on my blog. (instant content)

  30. Not on my blog, but a blog i draw cartoons for, well, the main blogger: does exactly that,

    1. get people like me to fill in with a cartoon.
    2. he has these nifty ‘Betcha din know’ filler post
    3. he has another , self interview filler called: my wishlist gameplan.
    4. and he gets this other chick to write well completely not related stuff..

    so in theory, this blog is always jammed packed with action.

    if you’re wondering, that blog(not my blog) is called: http://blogwawasan.com

    5. one of the things i have done is: reply emails on my blog. (instant content)

  31. I’ve never given it any thought but I suppose I could go through my emails and write 5 or 6 posts answering various questions. I could also find a couple of people who might be willing to make a few guest posts. Beyond that the only thing I’d do is write articles ahead of time by a week or two.

  32. I’ve never given it any thought but I suppose I could go through my emails and write 5 or 6 posts answering various questions. I could also find a couple of people who might be willing to make a few guest posts. Beyond that the only thing I’d do is write articles ahead of time by a week or two.

  33. “there is a good chance that I am going to catch that bug”

    It’s always wise to prepare Chris but don’t be so negative!

    Instead of thinking (worrying) that you will catch that bug just look yourself in the mirror and say with the utmost assertiveness “You will not catch that bug.” (Yes refer to yourself in the 3rd person)

    The power of the mind is infinite ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. “there is a good chance that I am going to catch that bug”

    It’s always wise to prepare Chris but don’t be so negative!

    Instead of thinking (worrying) that you will catch that bug just look yourself in the mirror and say with the utmost assertiveness “You will not catch that bug.” (Yes refer to yourself in the 3rd person)

    The power of the mind is infinite ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. I love when I have those inspirational days where the content just flows. I used to post them as I wrote them, but quickly learned that “saving for a rainy day” was best.

    While I can do that on most of my blogs, I do have a couple that are those that thrive more on breaking news. But even if I can get the rest posted ahead or save some in draft, cutting the workload is a real lifesaver some times.

  36. I love when I have those inspirational days where the content just flows. I used to post them as I wrote them, but quickly learned that “saving for a rainy day” was best.

    While I can do that on most of my blogs, I do have a couple that are those that thrive more on breaking news. But even if I can get the rest posted ahead or save some in draft, cutting the workload is a real lifesaver some times.

  37. @Bunk – I have taken your advice and so far, no illness ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Matt – 50!? Wowzers, and here I am with not a single one ๐Ÿ™‚ To be fair I do have a list of headlines in my scribefire notes but no drafts – still

    @David – So-far no bugs. Move is tomorrow … will let you know ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    @Amrit – Family and health should always come first but unfortunately that is not always the case. My little girl is back at school today and my wife is much better. Hopefully I missed this one ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Rajesh – Yeah it seems quite a common thing eh? ๐Ÿ™‚

    @James – Outsourcing is a very good idea, I don’t think I could have guest posters here though

    @Ari – Thanks they are doing fine now

    @Adam – I still need to do that!

    @Brian – Keep up the good work yourself! I have a family member who was in the fire service in the UK ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Brad – Calendar idea is a good one ๐Ÿ™‚

    @George – Good idea, sometimes I write long comments that really could be a post

    @Jermayn – A lot of people do all their posts on one day but I have tried and can’t get into the flow

    @ming – Yeah I reply to emails here occasionally but a lot of them ask not to be made public

    @A Blog – That would work on other blogs but this one is too much “me” I think?

    @Marc – You are right, I am positive but also very risk conscious ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Gayla – Yup those “flow days” are absolutely gold, it’s good to make the most of them ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. @Bunk – I have taken your advice and so far, no illness ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Matt – 50!? Wowzers, and here I am with not a single one ๐Ÿ™‚ To be fair I do have a list of headlines in my scribefire notes but no drafts – still

    @David – So-far no bugs. Move is tomorrow … will let you know ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    @Amrit – Family and health should always come first but unfortunately that is not always the case. My little girl is back at school today and my wife is much better. Hopefully I missed this one ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Rajesh – Yeah it seems quite a common thing eh? ๐Ÿ™‚

    @James – Outsourcing is a very good idea, I don’t think I could have guest posters here though

    @Ari – Thanks they are doing fine now

    @Adam – I still need to do that!

    @Brian – Keep up the good work yourself! I have a family member who was in the fire service in the UK ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Brad – Calendar idea is a good one ๐Ÿ™‚

    @George – Good idea, sometimes I write long comments that really could be a post

    @Jermayn – A lot of people do all their posts on one day but I have tried and can’t get into the flow

    @ming – Yeah I reply to emails here occasionally but a lot of them ask not to be made public

    @A Blog – That would work on other blogs but this one is too much “me” I think?

    @Marc – You are right, I am positive but also very risk conscious ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Gayla – Yup those “flow days” are absolutely gold, it’s good to make the most of them ๐Ÿ™‚