With anything in life, I think it’s important to find your own frequency.
By this I mean engaging in an activity not so little that you’re always craving more and feeling frustrated, and not so much that you’re often feeling overwhelmed and in a constant state of scrambling to keep up.
Discovering that “just enough” sweet spot in between.
With photography, after around 90 minutes of walking and making photographs, I’m usually satiated.
I’m happy to finish there, head home, and see what pictures I’ve made.
Typically I have a session like this usually once, and occasionally twice, in a week.
That’s the photography frequency I’ve found works for me right now.
If I try to shoot for longer, I notice diminishing returns, because I start to tire – physically and mentally – of the process, and don’t enjoy it so much.
It becomes less precious, less special.
But if I go say two weeks without a decent session like this, I start to become antsy and irritable, desperate to escape back out in the field with a camera.
I need to honour that photography frequency I’ve found works best.
With blogging, finding the balance has been similar, and, as with photography, it remains an ongoing process.
For a long while, writing and posting twice a week suited me.
Then, partly because I wanted to expand the 35hunter readership, and partly because my ideas and draft posts were stacking up far more quickly than I was turning them into full posts and publishing them, I increased this frequency.
So for the last eight months, I’ve been happily publishing a new article every 36 hours.
Again, I found my frequency.
But now I feel it’s time to change again.
As I recently shared, publishing every 36 hours may have satisfied my creative needs, but it hasn’t seemed to gain any greater readership than when I was posting every three days or so.
Which doesn’t make it feel like time well invested.
Plus, this year, comments have been far more erratic than my posting schedule, and again the greater frequency doesn’t seem to have boosted them.
In fact perhaps it’s had the opposite effect, with you the reader feeling overwhelmed with too many new posts, and then not reading and commenting on as many – or indeed any!
So I’m going to try to find my frequency again, starting with a new post every two days, or 48 hours.
I’m interested to see if/how the interaction here changes as a result.
Plus, the extra time I have not writing (15 posts a month instead of 20), I can invest in responding to comments perhaps more fully too. And trying to increase the quality of the posts I am publishing.
How about you? Have you found your frequency with photography? What does it look like?
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