Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I spent the time celebrating old traditions and making new memories with family and friends. I logged into my blog a few minutes each day and approved comments waiting in moderation. I never did open my email.
While spending time away from my blogs, thoughts of changing my posting schedule became more prevalent.
The comment Debbie Yost (of Three Weddings) left on the Is Blogging The Best Use Of Your Time” confirmed my thoughts. She voiced concern over trying to keep up on the blogs in her reader. Her problem is the same as mine and I’m guessing it’s the same for many others. The point Debbie brought up is:
There are “TOO MANY POSTS” to read.
Debbie said, in part,
Holy cow, people, I have over 50 blogs in my reader. I read every couple of days because of time so when I sit down and see you have 20+ posts in a 3 day span, I am in overload. You probably have some good stuff in there, but spread it out. If I see that many posts, it’s more likely than not that I will just clear them all or worse yet, drop you. I don’t have time for that and I can only handle so much information at a time.
When I last checked my reader it said “1000+” unread posts. I know I won’t be able to read them all. To reiterate what Debbie said, I will undoubtedly miss some great articles.
As many of you know, I publish five days a week. When I think about it, five new posts a week is a lot of posts for others to be reading when they are following dozens of other blogs.
Based on the time issue of you reading, me writing, plus me trying to follow over a hundred blogs in my reader, I’ll be reducing my posting schedule to either three or four days a week. Over the next month I’ll be experimenting as I establish a new blogging rhythm.
As Debbie eluded, I would hate to have someone drop me from their reader because I post too often.
What do you think? Can posting too often be a detriment?
Are you finding it difficult to keep up with your favorite blogs?
Have you thought of changing your publishing schedule by reducing how often you post?
If you have reduced your posting schedule, how has it helped you?
Please feel free to share your thoughts. I’d love to hear how stay on top of following your favorite blogs.
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