10 Things To Do When Your Audience Goes On Vacation

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It happens every August…

First year, it freaked me out. Second year, still. Third year, I knew the drill.

Strange as it sounds, the interwebs tend to go on vacation from about August 15 to September 5th. At least the individual blog-reading interwebs.Β Yes, your traffic will drop. No, there is no picture of you picking your nose that went viral on Reddit. It’s just the late-summer attention lull.

So rather than fight it, here are 10 things to do while nobody else is looking:

1. Sleep late, you know you need it.

2. Laugh more, it’s the one thing you can’t overdose on.

3. Play often, because your best ideas for fall will come from your best chillaxing now.

4. Step away from your screen, a November, 2011 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reveals it’ll still be there when you get back.

5. Post your high-school yearbook photo, then run screaming back to your computer to take it down an hour later.

7. Skip numbers because nobody’s looking (and it’ll give the grammar/typo police who never go on vacation something to do this week).

8. Watch this…over…and over…and over:

9. Go for a walk, run, ride, paddle or swim (or nap again, c’mon, you know you want to).

10. Live a little more. As Thoreau wrote, “How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.”

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22 responses

22 responses to “10 Things To Do When Your Audience Goes On Vacation”

  1. Phew!

    I was wondering what happened!

    I’m in the final week of an 8 week series and have watched my numbers drop steadily. I was thinking it was something I said or didn’t say.

    In that case, I’ll just carry on. The plan was to spread the work of creating a course out over 8 weeks with a hard accountability built in. Accomplished!

  2. Sherry Galey says:

    1. Start one small new healthy habit while you have the luxury of a bit more time to get it established.

    2. Do something creative just for fun.

  3. jean says:

    Dance! Sing! πŸ™‚
    Love the gumby guy video.

  4. 1. Use the time to batch process a bunch of your blogging/business/writing, etc. tasks. I’ve spent the last two Saturdays cranking out newsletter, blog content and even social media updates content so I have a nice full bench to start off with going into the Fall.

    2. Enjoy the end of summer! BBQ’s, walks on the beach, hanging out in the park with friends, outdoor concerts, etc. etc.

    3. Take a several day digital hiatus so you come back to your work refreshed and full of creative ideas.

    Thanks for this post, now I’m inspired to squeeze as much fun and down time out of the next week as possible!

  5. Stephanie says:

    You’re great! Just finished your book Uncertainty too…Loved it!

  6. Paul says:

    Are we sure that video wasn’t photo-shopped? Because I’m pretty sure nobody can do that for real πŸ™‚

    A few other options to consider:
    1. Do something you’re afraid of…
    2. Get creative as hell…
    3. Call your mother.

    Thanks JF for the inspiration!

  7. Lisa Nelsen says:

    Yup! I’ve done most of that…Today even managed 5 of your points…and Skyped my Mom! Thank you! This is what summers are for. My 6 yr old daughter goes back to school on Thursday, in year 2 here in the UK! Life needs living.
    Best wishes

  8. Dean says:

    Move the patio furniture inside and board up the windows for hurricane season.

  9. HelenMarie says:

    This is good advise for a live well lived. Thanks

  10. Thanks for the comfort and confirmation. I must have seen it coming. Though it’s my first year of full-fledged blogging, my last post, written two weeks ago, was titled “See you in Sep-teh-em-ber.” Seems I decided to take a vacation from my readers before they would have vacated on me. Let’s hope they want to come back when I do!

  11. Matt Haze says:

    So much of the business world takes off half of the month of August, too. Everyone is doing last minute holidays before school starts back up, etc. I kind of like it.

    Think about it this way… There are really 3 months left in the year. After Thanksgiving, everything slows down and people take time off for the holidays. There will be parties. Not much will get done. So plan for 3 months.

    NOW… How do you want to end the year? What didn’t you do in the last 8 that you want to start to really end the year right and start 2013 on the right foot? THIS is the PEFECT time to do it while things are quiet. Make a list. Put it in front of you. And after the pool is closed next weekend and the final burger is grilled, GET AT IT AND DO IT.

  12. Silvia says:

    Eat ice-cream. You know you want to πŸ™‚

  13. Tracy says:

    Great reminder! We need to give ourselves permission to use the slow time to do other things. I started a new meditation program, have allowed myself to sleep in when I need it, I’ve been reading more books to get back in the habit of reading “just because” to break the habit of thinking that I ‘should’ read just because I need to learn something for my business. I forgot how much I love reading and taking quiet time to myself. It’s quite lovely! πŸ™‚

  14. Kaylee says:

    Ah, so that’s what’s up. I’m rounding my first year of blogging – so this is good to know! I’ll take it as some built-in quiet time to get busy creating. Enjoy the end of August, everyone! =)

  15. Amy Oscar says:

    One day, mid-August, I went out to the back yard, lay down on the chair swing with a wonderful book and instantly fell asleep. What a wonderful nap. (Highly recommended.)

  16. Act like a kid or spend some time with them, if they are not your own…remember how we did not see problems? How we did not analyze every single little thing that COULD happen? We just found ways to make it work how we saw it to work without worrying about what others thought.

  17. Phew…. Validation (external) for my August hiatus. Happy to report that I accomplished most of your suggestions (no high school photo. Yet.)

  18. doniree says:

    Ha, I hadn’t noticed because I also go on vacation during this time! πŸ™‚ Also, greetings. I’m here on many tips to you and your work from Chris Guillebeau in his $100 Startup and will be spending some of MY vacation poking around your site πŸ™‚

  19. Tracy says:

    And don’t forget…Have more sex! Must do something with all the energy reserves from napping.

  20. Alex Shalman says:

    Wow that was a sick video J. Thanks for that πŸ™‚

  21. Well that’s a tremendous relief! Actually I kind of already knew it and planned for it. I usually take time off this time of the year too. Then I don’t seem to notice that no one else is around!

  22. That is a crazy video…now I guess I better turn off my computer for a bit.