I always said that I wouldn’t tell others what to do, or how to do it. I still think that way.
To the most, I can provide tips and advices from my almost three years of blogging… I can talk about my personal experience, so far. And I couldn’t help but notice how my two previous talks between bloggers ( you can catch up with Part 1 and Part 2 ) raised a lot of attention. Both previous posts are amongst my most popular to this day. I guess sometimes, it just feels good to gather together and exchange about this hobby we all share, and give each other tricks and ideas about it.
What I’d like to adress tonight is a subject that oddly came up in a number of blogs I follow, just recently. It seems to be the talk of the town, and if I haven’t left any comments on these blogs, I’ve thought a lot about the question a lot.
So, what is that tricky question, that’s on so many people’s lips? Well, here it is…
How often should I post?
My answer to that might be a bit decieving, especially if you are new to blogging, and are seeking precious blogging wisdom.
I think anyone holding a blog should post just as they feel it. No more complicated than that… No magic number, no infaillible rule. Just post when it makes you happy, and as often as you want.
If you’re a regular in The Cove, you know that I usually publish several posts per day. I’ve done that for a while now, and it works for me. I know some bloggers who hit the “publish” key maybe once a month or less, and some who post ten or more times a day. There are pretty much as many ways of blogging as there are bloggers.
Here are a couple of points that explain why I blog the way I do (which is no better than any other’s, by the way).
- I post a variety of things
A lot of bloggers have a very well defined niche. I am impressed by people who have a specific theme, a style or a subject that they focus on. If I was to write posts that have a real “signature”, I’d probably publish a lot less often. Once a day, or every couple of days would certainly be well enough.
But I post short fiction pieces, poetry, pictures and anecdotes. Most of them are short to read, and I almost always leave a couple of hours between new postings, to make sure not to “clutter” my readers’ Reader.
- Reblogs don’t “count” to me
Everyday, I reblog The Word of the Day Challenge post, to help this alternative blog I take care of with Dee, Kate and Kristian. These take me a couple of seconds to prepare, and don’t qualify as an actual “post” to me.
The same way, when I promote another blogger’s piece of work, invite people to a Meet & Greet party or ask people to help a fellow blogger in need of a little hand, I don’t consider that as a post per say.
- I don’t expect anyone to check out and/or “like” all my posts
I know that everyone has a long list of bloggers they follow. I am also aware that many people post several times a day. Therefore, I don’t expect anyone out there to follow my blog closely. I do appreciate the loyalty of those of you who do, and I am impressed that some faces show in the “like” or “comment” section of most of my posts (Thank you! You know who you are!)
As I mentioned previously, the styles and subjects in The Cove are varied, and I understand that some people just check out my poetry, and others will stick to my humorous stories, or my fiction pieces. Again, I can’t blame anyone for skipping posts.
- I don’t schedule posts
I know some very disciplined bloggers schedule their posts. I don’t. I tried a couple of times, but I am too spontaneous to work like that on a daily basis. I like to publish my posts as soon as they are ready, and I have trouble keeping a finished piece in my draft folder.
Because of that, I might post five times one day, because I am off from work and not at all the next, because I am working twelve hours and too tired to pull a story out of my crazy brain.
I was told a couple of times that I posted too much. I can understand that point of view, and I did myself “unfollow” some blogs because the number of publications seemed overwhelming to me. I considered slowing down to a couple of times a week, but I realized it just wouldn’t be me.
So here’s my personal advice. Blog to make yourself happy. Post as often as you want. Publish what you like. Don’t try to please others, and don’t force yourself to fit in a box.
As a reader, read what you like, and don’t feel bad for skipping posts. And please, for your own sake, don’t compare yourself. More or less, there is no magic formula.
I’d be glad to read your thoughts about the subject! Don’t be shy, and let me know what you think!