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).
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!