Monday, June 28, 2010
What's the Frequency, Kenneth?
Bopping around the blogosphere this past week, I've read a handful of opinions concerning how often a blogger "should" post. I follow several bloggers, some who post sporadically and some who post several times a day. Always thought it was whatever worked for you and your blog, and that there weren't any hard and fast rules. Little did I know that not only were there "rules", but that the rules have changed! My goal was to post every day, but think I can count on one hand the number of times I've actually achieved that goal. :)
While interesting, I didn't think to mark the posts as I wasn't going to write about the subject. Would love to give credit as these were interesting posts...sorry guys.
While trying to backtrack to find these posts, I stumbled upon an April post from Outspoken Media that mentions old blogging rules that no longer apply. While daily posts used to be recommended, now apparently too many posts result in reader fatigue. Don't know that I agree with that, as I follow several blogs who post 2-3 times a day, and they're never boring! I do agree that you should only post when you have something to say, but sometimes a meme will do. I don't participate in many memes, but I enjoy reading them on other blogs.
As I was thinking about whether or not to write about this subject, both Candace at Candace's Book Blog and Bella at Obsessed! mentioned frequency in recent posts. So what the heck, I decided to join the party!
Candace mentioned that she sometimes stops visiting blogs if they don't post on a regular basis. While I sometimes got frustrated when I'd visit a blog that hadn't posted in awhile, I solved that problem by using Google Reader. I go there to read the blogs I follow instead of bouncing around from blog to blog, so always know when something new has been posted. I still bop around and follow links, but the majority of the time I read posts via the Reader.
As previously mentioned, my goal was to post every day, but I rarely met this goal. And that's okay. Blogging is a hobby I sort of fell into, and I've struggled to find a balance almost since the start. Then once I finally found a balance that worked for me, my work schedule changed and I'm now in search of a new balance. Such is life.
How about you? Do you post daily, or even multiple times a day? If so, I'm impressed as you're obviously more organized than I am! Do you think daily posting leads to reader and/or blogger fatigue? I'm with Bella in that blogging is just a hobby for most of us, so we shouldn't feel obligated to post more often than we're comfortable with. Do you agree? Disagree? Would love to hear what you think!
(BTW, the post title popped into my head when I was thinking about frequency of posting. It's an R.E.M. song inspired by a bizarre attack on Dan Rather in the 80's.)