So seven days ago I wrote about my plans to try publishing a new blog post every day for seven days.
Here are my thoughts one week on.
What I liked
It was kind of exciting being a daily publisher. Plus previously I was frustrated having so many ideas for new posts (and so many queued up to publish) but only publishing every three days.
Rather than sit back, let the scheduled posts just fire out on autopilot, and write nothing all week, I still felt inspired to write and schedule more. So despite part of the point of this experiment being to “clear the decks” of scheduled posts, I still have five scheduled (plus this one) and nearly 60 in draft. This can be seen as both good and bad!
Following on from above, I found somehow I’ve been writing in a more concise and streamlined way. In the past I’ve struggled to keep posts within 1000 words. But I’ve gradually learned to focus more on one or two points, not seven. This learning appears to have been accelerated by publishing every day.
I like the challenge of the streak. For years I’ve done similar experiments, like consecutive days of yoga and walking 10,000 steps. Whilst I’ve relaxed the rules a little and missing a day isn’t a disaster, a daily goal does spur me on more than a casual “as and when” approach to publishing.
My visitor stats have been really high for the last seven days, well over double. But this also coincides with being mentioned on a blog called KosmoFoto which has referred a lot of visits my way.
What I haven’t liked
Though the visits are up, this isn’t my main measure of how things are going with 35hunter. On a good week each visitor views three pages or more. Last week it’s been only just over two. Again this might coincide with the KosmoFoto feature. More people are coming, but not as high a proportion are staying to read more.
But my biggest yardstick are the comments here. And these have been about the same overall as previous weeks, despite far more visits. So it doesn’t seem to follow that the more people who read, the more will comment. Or maybe the posts haven’t been as interesting and worth commenting on.
I’d rather have 25 keen and active readers sharing their thoughts (virtually every post is, after all, just a diving board for your thoughts) than 25000 who read but never join the conversation.
Strangely whilst I have published eight consecutive days now, I still get a bit muddled with the publishing dates and feel I need to switch the posts around before publishing. To the point where I published a link in one post to another post I hadn’t yet published.
So what next?
Well, I don’t really know…
I definitely prefer publishing every day to every three days from a personal, perhaps selfish and egotistical perspective. I like to keep the ideas flowing and to keep sharing them. It’s easier to keep my scheduled posts in order when publishing more often.
I feared I might have more comments than I could manage, based on comments per post in recent month. In this week’s experiment at least it does not follow that if you post three times as much, you get three times the comments. So this concern hasn’t materialised, and I’m a bit disappointed, if not surprised that the comment ratio has fallen.
In summary, I’m leaning towards wanting to post more often than three days, but perhaps not every day.
I don’t want to overwhelm readers (especially as I talk so much about simplifying and minimising), and I can’t think of a single blog I follow where I read every single post without fail. But maybe this is ok, I just need to post when I want, and people can just dip in and out as they wish.
I want to tie this in with my Unplugged experiments too, so I’m online much less overall, but optimising my time when I am online.
Online less, but online better.
Again, working out the details of how these experiments all fit together.
I’m really keen to hear your thoughts, as always. How do you feel about a blog that posts every day? Does it make you want more, or do you give less attention to each post? Do you feel overwhelmed?
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