When I started blogging I thought I had to write everyday. This is because I read some books that said if you want growth you need to blog everyday. Recently, though, I’ve started wondering if posting everyday was my best strategy, and then I read this great guest post by Dries Cronje on smart blogger about why you shouldn’t post everyday. Now I’ve decided to try stopping blogging everyday.
I want to figure out what’s right for me, rather than blindly following the advice of ‘experts’. Earlier I read this post from the archives of Gretchen Rubin’s blog. It’s about the areas where she disagrees with Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I like Kondo’s method, but agree with Gretchen when she says in her post:
“We can all learn from each other, absolutely, but there’s no one way to achieve anything.”
Why I am stopping blogging everyday
In her post about the Marie Kondo decluttering method Gretchen emphasises how important it is to know yourself. I’m writing this blog as I try to change my life and part of this is getting to know myself better.
I know I love writing. But I also know I put too much on my to-do list and never have enough time to relax and take time out.
I know that I want to change my life to be slower, more minimalist and more thoughtful. When I think about this, I don’t think writing a blog post everyday is helping me achieve this goal. In fact, I think it’s counterintuitive to it.
What do I want? What do my readers want?
I want to write posts that can help my readers in trying to change their lives, as well as charting changes I’m making. I think I can give my readers better quality, more useful and informed posts by not posting daily. I also put myself in my subscriber’s shoes as Ali Luke recommends in her guest post for ProBlogger. If I got an email everyday with a new blog post to read I know they’d stack up and I’d feel bad for not reading them. Aside from my family, people don’t have time to read one blog post everyday.
So I’m stopping blogging everyday
It feels like a big change to make so soon after starting. This is probably the biggest change I’ve made so far. But even though I love writing here each day, it does feel right and definitely something I want to try. And, as with all change, it doesn’t have to be forever. Nothing is permanent. I’ll give it a go, if it doesn’t work I’ll change it. Should I set a schedule as to when I post? I’m not sure. I think I might give some time to get into it, see what works for me and then find the best schedule when I get to know my blogging self better.
Are you a blogger? Have you experimented with different posting schedules, and what works best for you?