Dec 10, 2010

Stepping back (just a teeny bit)

I love this blog. I love having an idea strike me in the middle of the day and holding onto it until I can get it into a post. I love that I can complain, be excited, and tell you the crazy stuff I say in my sleep - I'm totally myself, and you all keep coming back. (Thanks!)
I've been thinking a lot about what else I want to do with this blog, and out of all the things I've come up with, continuing to give it 110% is my number one priority. I take pride in the posts that I write - and I think one of the biggest things I bring to the table as a blogger is my consistency.

I'm considering not blogging every day single weekday anymore. I'm trying to decide if this will be a temporary shift, or something on a more permanent basis - and if maybe I'll still be blogging five times a week, but maybe one day on the weekends. I've set a pretty rigorous schedule for myself and I've liked it up 'till now, but I think it's time for a bit more flexibility in my blogging. However, I still want to to have consistency so you as a reader know when to expect posts.

So...what do you think? Would you care if I took a day off each week as long as it was the same day or does it not matter to you one way or another? Did you like when I blogged on the weekends before? Am I over thinking this completely?

Happy Friday! 

(Photo: Design Crush)


Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I took a step back from blogging and cut back this fall, too. It was just getting to be too much and I felt the quality of my posts wasn't up to par. Now I aim to post 3 times/week. Sometimes I hit that goal, sometimes I do 5 posts (like last week).

For me, it makes no difference what days you do/don't post, so I don't need a set schedule. I am just happy to hear from you at any time!

Nora said...

I say do what you want to do! I've taken a step back from blogging and I have to say, I kind of love it. (This week was an exception.) I'm rarely a weekend poster, mostly because I'm not near a computer on the weekends.

Sometimes I think posting three times a week is a great change, allows for more creativity and etc. Take a step back and if you don't like it? You can always go back to posting 5 days a week :)

Kyla Roma said...

Definitely do what you want! Posting 5+ times a week is amazing, but I only switched from posting three times a week this summer and lately I've only been able to post four times a week. I think doing what you can is the most important thing- I vote you pick your lowest traffic day and just drop it for a while. When you feel inspired, post more, and when you feel drained skip out! :)

I always love hearing from you, but I'm not as aware of my favourite blogger's schedules as they are- I just love reading them whenever I can <3

Katie @ Loves of Life said...

I think you should do what you want to do and there are no rules :)

quality over quantity always rules in my book. (not saying your blog isn't quality bc it totally is!)

Lisa said...

Aw! I think you should do whatever feels right to you. If you're starting to feel a little burned out, then it might be a good idea to rearrange your schedule for a bit! You know that as readers we are always going to be here whether you're posting every day or every month. I think this time of year we need to be kind to ourselves as a sort of hibernation syndrome kicks in. :P Do what makes you happy! <3

Amber said...

I used to have myself on a rigid, post 5-days a week, M-F schedule, in the morning etc.

But then I decided I didn't like that. Now I post when I want and about what I'm thinking about. I have vague posts planned out in my head but I rarely re-write my posts on the weekends anymore.

I actually really enjoy weekend posts and have started posting once on the weekends as well!

Do whatever feels "right" :)

BFraze said...

If you FB and Tweet when you post and people follow you there, it won't matter and they will know when to look.

Jess said...

You are overthinking it a tad. People will read you because they follow you and like what you write, not because you post on a schedule. In all honesty, I have no idea when anyone posts. I just read when it pops up in my reader.

I think you should do what you want, what you're comfortable with. :)

Brittany said...

Guess I'm with everyone else. I wouldn't mind if you didn't post 5 days a week. Plus with fb and twitter, i never miss a post!

The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

it's your blog who cares what anyone else thinks. post when you want to post. dont post when you don't want to post.

Stephany said...

You seem to be in the exact shoes I was in in September. I was getting burnt out from posting 5 times a week and making sure they were great posts. I was missing out on a lot because I was so worried about writing my posts on the weekends and scheduling them throughout the week.

I'm back to a 5-day-a-week schedule now, but I took a good two weeks off from posting and then spent another month just posting when I felt like it (which averaged out to 1-2 posts a week). I have a lot more time now that I'm done with school to post more but I don't use the weekends to schedule posts anymore. Now, I just write them the day before, and if I get to write, I do it. If I don't, I don't.

Honestly, I don't think readers really care if we take days off and don't stick to a schedule. I think it's our own Type A personality that needs to be a Monday-Friday blogger than a Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday blogger one week and a Wednesday and Thursday blogger the next.

Take a step back, if you need to! I speak from experience when I say, everyone will still be around!

Alison Kinsey said...

i agree with some of the comments above mine about doing what you want to do and that makes you happy :) personally i commend your ability to blog 5x a week. i could never do that! even if you blog 3-4x a week, that's still fairly often :)

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