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Blogging Question: How Often Should You Post?

By Aug 27, 2015 5 Comments

It’s so easy to start a blog. Find your platform, come up with a name … well, maybe it’s not that easy. But when it comes to writing, if you’ve started a blog and know what you want to write about? It’s easy.

It becomes simple. You write every day. You’ve got things to say. Important stuff on your mind that you want to share. Of course you do – that’s why you started a blog to begin with.

And that’s great. I’m thrilled for you. I’m thrilled for all of us, because that feeling — that motivating and inspiring boost we go through that gets us to write every day, or sometimes even twice a day? It’s what creates a blogger.

And it’s pretty amazing.

I’m guilty of being one of those people who started my blog and posted teeny tiny posts 2-3x/daily.

Who would even read those now?

Not many people. That’s what Facebook and Twitter and Instagram are for.

Looking to post often? Tumblr could be just what you need.

But bloggers who post all day every day? Not the norm anymore.

So, the age-old question remains. How often SHOULD you post?

Blogging Tips | How often should you post on your blog? Find out what a long-time blogger has to say. The answer might not be what you are expecting.

How Often Should You Post On Your Blog?

Honestly, there’s no perfect answer. And if you haven’t heard this before I’ll tell you. And if you have? I’ll tell you anyway. There’s no real “should” in blogging. What works for me might not work for you. And vice versa.

So, do you want to write something and publish it every.single.day? Go for it. Just because it’s not the norm doesn’t mean you can’t do it. People write every day and don’t post. People write every day and submit their content to other sites. And people write every day and don’t post. It’s really up to you.

Do you want to post a few times a week? Honestly? You might find that to be a bit better as far as numbers are concerned. If you’re worried about that sort of thing. Sometimes if you leave a post up as your top post you will see an increase in hits and views and the like because that’s where people go first when they stop by your blog. I’ve heard time and time again that reading blogs is a pass-time that’s disappearing. People have told me they spend too much time working on their own sites to be able to read what their friends are up to. Personally, that’s not how I do things – but I understand it. I think this change in flow might be why it’s better for many to post a few times a week.

Want to skip entire weeks? I can’t advocate for this, but I’ve absolutely been guilty of it. Recently I was traveling and although I had some guest posts lined up, I blinked and realized I hadn’t posted in a week. My monthly numbers will – of course- take a hit, but at the same time I’m okay with that. I enjoyed my family time and traveling. I wrote when I wanted to and didn’t when I didn’t.

It’s a tricky thing, this blogging world we participate in. Go with your gut and what you’re comfortable with, and you’ll find that a pattern develops. You’ll know when you want to sit down and write and when you’re okay with leaving your site unattended for a little bit. There’s no harm in either outlook, it’s all dependent on what your goals are.

Because despite all of the ideas and recommendations out there, there really isn’t an absolute when it comes to any aspect of blogging.

About Andrea Bates

Andrea blogs regularly about being a mom, family and relationships, life in the south, how much she misses New York, lots of great books, and whatever else crosses her mind over at Good Girl Gone Redneck. You can also find her sharing ALL.THE.THINGS over at her Facebook page!

5 Comments

  • Charlotte says:

    I love this. You are so very right about there not being a “should” in blogging. Everyone is different and what works for me, might not work for the next blogger. That said, I’m terribly guilty of neglecting my blog, but I’d far rather have a good ratio of visiting bloggers/having bloggers come to visit me and I can’t do that if I’m blogging 5 days a week. We all need a break every now and then 🙂

  • kristiina says:

    Slow blogging….I’m a fan. I post 3x/week and that is MORE than enough LOL I mean, for my own sanity! I do find that blogs that post daily tend to overwhelm me. I can’t keep up! But to each her own, right? There is no right or wrong answer.

    I’m just glad that blogging is here to stay. I still love everything about blogs!!! 🙂

  • Sarah Noel says:

    I’ve found my sweet spot to be between 3-5 times a week. It’s hard, but it has helped my blog grow quickly. Once I build up enough of a backlog, I’ll probably keep to the three and then rotate promoting older posts on off days. Until I meet my # goals, I’m sticking with 5.

    Sarah Noel | http://www.sarahsmirks.com

  • I have been guilty of spending so much time on my own blog that I miss what everyone else is up to, but then I realize that I’m not enjoying the whole blogging thing as much. I want blogging to be like a conversation and it’s not fun if I’m the only one talking. I post three times a week and although I’d like to post every day, I hate posting and getting no interaction which happens more when I post every day. My list of post ideas is growing, but that’s a good thing too, so that when I’m not feeling as creative, I can fall back on an idea I already had to get the thoughts flowing again. Thanks for the tips!

    • Andrea Bates says:

      Yes! A conversation! That’s it – perfectly put. I prefer it that way, as well, but that’s not always how it works. I like that your list of ideas is growing, that will give you something to fall back on if you hit a rut.

      Thanks for commenting! 🙂