Since as long as I can remember I’ve loved numbers and stats. Yep, geek alert!
With 35hunter though, I’ve realised very recently I’ve been focusing on the wrong numbers.
Visits and page views are far less important to my aims here than your comments. Even with these, numbers are less relevant than content.
Quality trumps quantity every time.
In past years my publishing here was inconsistent, as you can see from the posts per month in the archives below. In 2016 I never wrote enough to get any momentum. For most of 2017 it was still too little, and too erratic.
The last six months I’ve got my act together and posted far more consistently – a new post every three days or so – and enjoyed the increase in activity and interaction.
In recent weeks I’ve experimented with publishing every two days.
Whist I’ve noticed a further rise in the number of comments overall, I don’t think I’m going to continue publishing this often, even though I have plenty of material – currently five scheduled posts, over 50 in draft and maybe another dozen in note form in Google Keep.
What I greatly appreciate about the comments here are the depth and thought that goes into them, and how they help me think further, and continue my own evolution as photographer and blogger.
The quality of the comments reflects how I like to write here, and how I like to comment on other blogs.
So for each comment on 35hunter I try to reply with equal thought, attention and appreciation.
But for the last few weeks, at times I’ve struggled to “keep up”.
I recently spoke with Frank about “keeping up” with other blogs, comments etc online, and suggested adopting the perspective of “checking in” every now and then so see where things were at that moment, rather than feeling the need to “keep up” with every last post, comment and like that’s flowed by since you last visited.
Whilst I can let the rivers flow without watching every last fish on other people’s blogs, I feel on 35hunter that if someone has taken the time and effort to write, I want to give them the same in response, to show I value their input.
So rather than risk being overwhelmed with comments and/or not answering some as fully as I would like, I’m going to slow the posting a little again.
This will give me more space and time to commit to the comment conversation that’s ultimately my yardstick for the “success” and enjoyment of this blog.
The ideal frequency I’ve calculated to be precisely one new post every 2.79 days.
Just kidding, I’m not THAT geeky with stats!
But every two days feels too often, and just under three feels about right, so I’m rounding up to three!
Also, as you may have seen, I’ve started a series called One Frame.
These posts, with a single photograph and very few words, also give us all a little extra breathing space, in between my far more wordy and analytical espousals.
I will continue to experiment with posting patterns here, but for now, a new post every three days is the intention.
I hope that’s a frequency you’ll enjoy too.
Thanks for your support, and every word you share here. Please continue, it matters.
How do you measure your aims with your blog? How do you decide how often to post? How often do you like to see new posts from blogs you follow?
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