Thoughts on Blog Schedules?

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Word-High July was an excellent example of how regular posting can introduce you to more great bloggers and increase your blogs visibility. At present, posting each day is still a pipe dream but I have decided to increase to 3 posts per week (small steps). The new schedule will be;

Monday – Poetic Motivations – Quotes and words inspiring poetry.

Wednesday – Poetic Ramblings – Posts discussing all things poetic.

Friday – My poetry

The long term goal is to  post from Monday to Friday. I still believe in weekends being focused on family and recharging the batteries.

If anyone has any ideas or thoughts on how the blog could be developed on Tuesdays and Thursdays I would welcome your thoughts.

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Great to hear you’re upping your schedule! It’s definitely something I’m hoping to do in the next few weeks too… If only to keep the fires burning. I think 3 posts a week is enough, as you don’t want to over saturate. I look forward to reading each one 🙂

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Dosage is an interesting one. I think quality (is the content adding something to the world you are posting to) and interaction (are people engaging in the content and are you engaging with them) are most important. Posting everyday gets a bit laborious, but can help sharpen the focus of the blog; I tried this in June – 30 posts in 30 days. It was tiring, but helped me to see what was most useful / engaging for others, and refocus the blog (I couldn’t keep this up 365 days a year – like, for example, Seth Godin). On the flip side, in May I chose not to post anything due to other life events taking precedence, and the blog received more ‘hits’, ‘likes’ and ‘comments’ than at any other time in 2 years (with zero interaction from me). Maybe mixing it up is the key. What works for you is inevitably the final answer. Pressures to post everyday are not going to be right for everyone – one size doesn’t fit all.

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    Thanks Dan for the interesting thoughts and feedback. I like the idea of mixing it up as I hope to get involved in some other monthly challenges. Posting every day would probably kill me 🙂 Thanks again for giving me something to ponder.

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I think a goal of three posts a week is a fine goal. You have to do what works for you. Your audience will adapt. I don’t think that posting every day is something that should be written in stone or that it is a need generally. This is supposed to be fun, not a chore. I think if a writer is “real” enough, even if they only post once a month, they will have a loyal following.

The goal that I have set for myself is a post a day for a year. However, I am taking it 30 days at a time. The reason for this particular goal is that I spent most of last year not posting anything on my blog PS Annie! (not on WordPress) and all but forgot about McClendon Villa here at WordPress. Our youngest son leaving for the Marine Corps threw me into a deep depression and I just quit writing. I am determined to not disappear like that again, no matter what changes I am faced with. For me, daily posting is a need right now. I need to get my voice back.

So, I am continually looking for challenges and writing prompts to help me meet that goal. I also started a meme called Throwback Thursday. I had heard of this tag before, but couldn’t find one currently hosted, so I just started one myself. One that David and I are involved with right now is a 30-day challenge called The August Happiness Challenge. I am posting it to both of my blogs and David’s posts are on his Random Thoughts and Observations blog. The link for it is in my menu bar under the Writing tab. Also in the Writing tab is one called Times Past. They give one topic each month and you can post it any time during the month. The topic for August is “Clubs” and we’re to talk about different clubs that we’ve been involved with over the course of our lives. The hostess is researching how our location and generation have affected various aspects of our lives.

If you are into photography, there are quite a few photography challenges out there. Some of them are in my menu bar at McClendon Villa. I don’t participate in all of them every week, but they are fun when I get a chance to do them. There is one that starts on Tuesday and a couple for Thursdays (other days as well), but these challenges go for a week at a time, so you can post to them any day during the week following their start date.

There is also the Wordle challenge each week. The poem that I wrote titled “The End of Me” was my first entry for this challenge. They give a list of words each week to write in whatever way it inspires you. The link to their site is in my post titled “My First Wordle”, posted August 2.

Sorry this comment is blog post sized. Sometimes I have chatty fingers. I hope you find something to help you meet your goal. Have a blessed weekend.

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    Thank you Suzanne for the detailed feedback which is appreciated. Posting three times a week feels right at the moment as it would allow me time to research and write fresh content. Please keep me in the loop of any monthly challenges that you hear of as I may look to do one in a few months. Have a good weekend and thanks again for taking the time to reply to the post.

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Davy! I am glad you are taking some baby steps. 🙂 I believe you can do it!

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Reblogged this on Anglo-Indian Project and commented:
As I am periodically reflecting on the scope of the Anglo-Indian Project, it is useful to also consider the dosage of blog posts (i.e. how often to publish).

This is an interesting reflective piece by Davy D on when, and what, to publish (see the comments section for additional insight).

It got me reflecting on my own publishing schedule and the content that is published. My comments on this (see Davy D’s post):

‘Dosage is an interesting one. I think quality (is the content adding something to the world you are posting to) and interaction (are people engaging in the content and are you engaging with them) are most important. Posting everyday gets a bit laborious, but can help sharpen the focus of the blog; I tried this in June – 30 posts in 30 days. It was tiring, but helped me to see what was most useful / engaging for others, and refocus the blog (I couldn’t keep this up 365 days a year – like, for example, Seth Godin). On the flip side, in May I chose not to post anything due to other life events taking precedence, and the blog received more ‘hits’, ‘likes’ and ‘comments’ than at any other time in 2 years (with zero interaction from me). Maybe mixing it up is the key. What works for you is inevitably the final answer. Pressures to post everyday are not going to be right for everyone – one size doesn’t fit all.’

What is a reasonable posting schedule? and is the content purposeful?

All comments welcomed.

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Dan, thank you so much for re-blogging this piece. It is appreciated.

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