This Is What I Learned From Blogging Weekly

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On the 31st of August, 2018, I published, I Am Thinking About Posting Weekly (The experience was certainly an interesting one).

A lot of professional bloggers believe in updating their blogs on a weekly basis (And, there are a lot of hobbyist bloggers who believe in publishing content on their blogs on a weekly basis too).

Publishing an article on one’s blog once a week is feasible (A blogger with a busy lifestyle can still find the time to update their blog).

And, this is what I have learned:

I Had More Time For Myself

Publishing an article weekly enabled me to do whatever I wanted when I wanted.

If I wanted to watch an hour of Netflix, I could do it.

If I wanted to read a book, I had the time available for that too.

Time was somewhat scarce when I was publishing articles on my blog on a daily basis because back then, I gave the content creation of my blog posts the first priority.

There were times when I gave up watching television or hanging out with friends with the intentions of working on the drafts for my blog posts.

So, posting weekly granted me the opportunity to enjoy life.

And, publishing articles on one’s blog on a daily basis has the potential of becoming a full-blown addiction (And, there are many people in the blogosphere who are addicted to blogging).

Blogging Weekly Felt Like A Self-Imposed Restriction

The truth is that I only stuck to the schedule of posing articles weekly on my blog for one week.

Now, I was not surprised about that because I was in the habit of publishing articles daily.

The last three weeks in the month of September, I ended up posting articles on my blog twice a week; it felt more satisfying than only posting once a week (And, I do not think that anyone noticed that I was posting articles on my blog twice a week instead of posting an article weekly).

By the way, it took a lot of discipline to stick with posting two articles weekly, because I was deeply tempted to post three articles weekly.

Google Stopped Indexing My Blog Posts Quickly

When I was in the habit of updating my blog on a daily basis, Google would index my latest blog post in approximately an hours time (I knew this because I used to do a Google search for my latest blog posts after I had published them).

When I started publishing an article on my blog weekly, Google decided to index my blog less often (Now, this is proof that Google loves fresh content on a regular basis).

So, I am hoping that posting twice a week would speed up the indexing process.

When I had my blog on Blogger, I used to publish multiple blog posts daily (And, Google indexed them quickly; the latest blog post was always among Google’s search results).

Hey, I will be honest by saying, “I like it when Google indexes my blog posts quickly.”

Does this mean that I will have to start posting three articles weekly instead?

Or, is this a sign from the Universe that I am better off posting articles on my blog on a daily basis?

Some People Remembered Me And Others Forgot About Me

Oh, I had the feeling that some people would forget about my existence if I posted less (And, I was indeed correct).

A small percentage of the people who were in the habit of checking out my blog regularly stopped visiting it when I made the decision to post weekly.

The good news is that a large percentage of the people who were in the habit of visiting my blog regularly during the time when I updated my blog daily, still checked out my blog when I decided to publish articles on my blog weekly.

So, it looks as though I would always have a devoted viewing audience no matter which blogging schedule that I choose to implement.

And, other people would only visit my blog if it happens to show up on their WordPress.com Reader (Oh well, that is life).

My Blog Posts Received More Comments And Likes

Posting twice a week certainly worked out in my favour because those blog posts received way more comments and likes than those that were posted on a daily basis.

I am making an educated guess, that the blog posts that were posted less frequent received more comments and likes because my readers were not overwhelmed with content (And, as a result of that, they were able to digest my articles).

It is a well-known fact, that some people ignore the articles from bloggers who post too often and there are those bloggers who tend to get angry whenever they see a long list of blog posts from a single blogger in their WordPress.com Reader.

For the record, there are bloggers who can get away with posting numerous articles daily because they are well-loved by their viewing audience and that those people also expect that from them (Such as in the case of those people who provide prompts and other interesting articles).

Since the blogosphere is made up of all types of people, it is safe to say, “Not everyone is capable of keeping up with every blog post that we publish and if we post too often it would be perceived as a nuisance.”

The Number Of My Followers Grew Faster When I Posted Daily

Even though I still received a fair amount of followers when I posted once or twice a week, it was proverbial chicken feed in comparison to when I posted articles on my blog on a daily basis.

Now, to be quite honest, I am not at all surprised about this because if a person is updating their blog daily, it is going to receive a lot of attention (People will take notice of their blog along with its content).

In a way, you are in front of people’s eyes and it is a fact, that most people will check out your blog if they happen to see it in their WordPress.com Reader (Especially, if it is a topic that they are interested in).

Therefore, if you have a desire to increase your number of followers at a much faster rate, publish your articles daily (However, those daily articles must be of a high quality).

Since blogging is not a popularity contest for me, I will stick with posting two articles on a weekly basis (Well, at least for now).

Final Thoughts

In reality, I am free to do whatever it is that I like with my blog.

I can even go back to posting articles daily on my blog if I really wanted to (And, my viewers would appreciate that because they were enjoying my articles along with my presence during the period when I was updating the content on my blog daily).

Unfortunately, posting articles once a week on my blog is not for me (Mainly because it feels restrictive).

As I have mentioned earlier in this article, I feel more at ease posting at least two articles on my blog on a weekly basis.

Besides, the most important thing is that I have fun with the blogging process and that I remain consistent with it.

I would also like to add, that I have no regrets of attempting to blog weekly because the experiment clearly showed me, that updating my blog once a week was not for me.

Anyway, each blogger in the blogosphere should know what is right for them; whether it be posting content on their blog daily, a few days a week, weekly, fortnightly, monthly, etcetera.

Thank you for supporting Renard’s World and do expect to see more fascinating articles from me on a regular basis.

Love and light!

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54 thoughts on “This Is What I Learned From Blogging Weekly

  1. I’m not advocating you give up on a life to write blog content, there has to be a happy medium. I pretty much post daily but my posts are generally less than 500 words and if it’s poetry they can be very short. As with most things you just need to do what feels right and roll with it.

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    1. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you so kindly for sharing your perspective.

      During the period that I posted daily, I would immediately work on putting together another article for the following day after I had published one for the day (I was always creating content).

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  2. I agree with you regarding all the cons you stated about posting weekly. Honestly, if not for how busy I am these days, I would post even more than twice weekly, like I did last year.

    And hey, I noticed you were slowly returning to your habit of posting daily. ๐Ÿ˜
    I’m glad you’ve tested and decided which routine is best for you.

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  3. I think itโ€™s imporant to enjoy this whole experience! Itโ€™s a different world full of amazing people. We do what works best for us. You write really well so I would not worry about statistics too much. I think itโ€™s about consistency and also depending on the length of the text. I love writing shorter and more frequently and… sometimes my family and work take up more time so then I pause my writing some… because I want to enjoy this! Like now… I have to go and play a game with my daughter! But Iโ€™ll be back. Enjoy the ride and the journey. ๐Ÿ˜Œ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

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  4. I missed you, but knew what you were doing by posting weekly. Happy you learned so much about your writing! I am one of those people that check my Reader every morning over coffee, otherwise I’m clueless as to who is posting. Thanks for the good read my friend! xx

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  5. Good thoughts. I post weekly and sometimes wonder about what the effects would be of posting more often.

    As a mom though, and since blogging is my hobby, restricting myself to one post a week keeps me from investing too much time in it that I need for other things. Maybe one day I’ll post more often?

    Thanks for sharing your experiences.

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  6. Yes, I did notice that your posts were not appearing in WordPress.com so frequently. I think that itโ€™s great that you have found your happy medium. Thatโ€™s very essential in life. Donโ€™t press your self to do something that you donโ€™t think right and enjoy your writing as we enjoy reading it.

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  7. What I do is write a post and schedule that post for a future date. I have two weeks worth of posts schedule for October. Therefore, if I have a week or so where I can not find something to write about. Well, at least I have my scheduled articles for my readers.

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  8. Posting daily? Well that was when I started blogging, but right now posting twice or once in a week works for me because am so hooked up with work and all, but it really gives me space to know what to come up with. Cool post Renard๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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  9. Hello Renard! This is very timely. I am new in the blogging world and currently have two sites. I am in the process of deciding on the frequency of my blog publishing for both sites. Thank you for sharing your experience. Itโ€™s very helpful!

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  10. It’s good to see you’ve been seeking out your blogging balance and what works best you, Renard.

    As you say, we’re all different, so what works for me may not work for others.

    I’ve never been concerned with how many followers I have because only 20% of followers ever come back to read and comment on blog posts (and I’m not talking about the ones who press the like button without reading a post and then move on). Therefore, I’ve never been somebody who celebrates a milestone in followers.

    More important is that blogging is always fun and enjoyable and that some readers do leave good quality comments proving that they have read the post.

    Happy blogging.

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    1. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am in full agreement with your statement, Hugh.

      There are people who follow us and never return.

      Also, we have to value those who interact with us.

      I do appreciate it deeply whenever someone leaves me a valuable comment.

      And, blogging should always be of an enjoyable nature.

      Thank you for your valuable input.

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  11. Great piece! It’s lovely when bloggers interact with one another & far better to have a handful of well thought-out feedback comments from people who genuinely enjoy what you’re writing, rather than a mountain of likes from ‘Like-for-like’ bloggers who may not take the time to read your content. As long as you keep it consistent, true to yourself and enjoyable, it helps make the whole blogging experience a whole lot easier and less stressful.
    Keep up the writing! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. In the beginning of the blogging experience, it’s very time consuming because you want to set the look of your blog, choose the good theme, add content so that people have Something to read and make them want to stick around. In the first Week I posted Everyday, sometimes twice a day, I was on vacation, but when I went back to work I couldn’t keep up with that, so I slowed down. I love planning posts, it gives me a little break during the interval, that’s when I take the time to visit other people’s blog, interact with the readers, etc. Little by little we find what works best for us. It’s been a month and a half that I blog ๐Ÿ™‚

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  13. Itโ€™s good that you have found more time for yourself Renard. Iโ€™m having a bit of a slack time with my posting through October because I wanted to do other things as well. I have missed updating daily though and I think Iโ€™m falling back into that. However, if thereโ€™s going to be odd days when I donโ€™t post then thatโ€™s fine.
    I donโ€™t always see your posts in the reader but I always comment when I can and Iโ€™m grateful for your likes and comments on my blog. Youโ€™ve been a fantastic supporter of my blog since day one ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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  14. Its a creative world and as long as we share on regular basis and view fellow bloggerโ€™s posts it ll keep us excited everyday…
    for me doesnโ€™t matter if we post on daily basis or weekly twice, point is consistency…
    well pros n cons are everywhere…
    liked your perspective…

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  15. I am new to blogging so I am still too excited – itโ€™s weird because sometimes at night I want it to be morning already because I want to type away! I hope itโ€™s just a phase. I should really establish a routine so I plan doing it after breakfast and stop myself from drafting blogs in the evening or else Iโ€™ll toss and turn knowing I have an unfinished draft ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

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