Talk To Me
is a no-nonsense discussion feature on this blog. No-nonsense means I’m too lazy to make it look pretty. It’s exactly what the title suggests: I’m going to pose a question or tell you my own opinion about something, and I want to know what you think about it! Obviously feel free to write up your own post on the topic and link it in the comments.
There’s a lot of blogging advice out there when you look for it, and I usually ignore most of it, but this has me stumped. How often should I post? To be honest, I usually just do as I please, which means that sometimes there are 7 posts a week (okay, admittedly not that often) and sometimes there aren’t any for three weeks. I think it’s important not to get stressed about it when it’s a hobby, because it should be fun, but I do get itchy when I haven’t posted something in a while. I agree with most advice out there that it’s important to be somewhat consistent, but that still leaves the question of frequency.
Before I started NaNo in November, I scheduled a lot of posts, so there were usually three posts a week all throughout November. I was fairly happy with that, but it also felt like individual posts were getting less comments, because they were swiftly replaced by new ones, and I had less of a chance to comment back and interact with people. Posting more often also means that you’ll need more time to reply and visit other people’s blogs, and I do usually get around to it, but sometimes it takes me a few weeks. It’s fun to write up posts more often when I can, but it’s also nice to have a post get more attention than it would if you updated more often. I also personally prefer late replies to no replies, but I’m not sure how other people feel about it.
Relatedly, I quite like the idea of planned blog vacations, as in you announce you’re going to be gone for two weeks/months/whatever but will be back, because it makes you seem reliable and people will know what to expect. I’m not sure it would work for me though, because I’d have to plan it in advance, and I’d probably really want to blog at the time I announced to take a vacation. There’s also the fear of missing out and wondering whether people will still remember you, but I’m pretty sure that’s just drama queen tendencies and not actually an issue unless you leave for five years.
I think for now I’ll keep trying to post 1-3 times a week and not worry about it too much, but I’ll be interested to hear what works for you!
As a blog reader, do you pay a lot of attention to blogging schedules? As a blogger, do you think there are less comments on posts if you post more often? Have you figured out a schedule that works for you? Let me know below!