There’s a recent trend in the blogworld that has caught my attention: several of my favorite bloggers are cutting back. For some of them, that means following less blogs. For others, commenting less often. And for a few, it means posting less frequently or not at all. And the trend is contagious. Seems we are all looking for balance in our lives.
So after much internal debate, I have decided to post less often. (There is where I imagine your collective exclamations of dismay.) What I love most about blogging is being part of a community. And as you all know, that takes a lot of time. I want to be able to read your blogs at a more leisurely pace and still have time to comment frequently and thoughtfully. I want to continue with my practice of replying to most of the comments you so kindly leave for me here, because I really enjoy the sense of conversation. And I want to do it all without sacrificing my own writing. So it seems the solution is obvious – quality over quantity. Ergo – less frequent posting.
I’ll be very honest with you – this makes me nervous. I’m not sure why, but I suspect it’s because I am worried that my followers may stop following, my readers may stop reading, and my commenters may stop commenting. Please don’t! My glass half-full persona (who is still constantly struggling to win out over the pessimist), remembers reading that the opposite if often true: many bloggers actually find that posting less often means more people follow. Maybe because subscribers are no longer overwhelmed with many posts in their reader or inbox. Maybe you, like me, are struggling with time and balance, and you will actually welcome an occasional break from my daily musings. If I wasn’t so verbose, I could just say less, write shorter posts. But that rarely seems to work for me.
I am not quite sure how this is going to play out. I have to try it first to see how it feels. To make things simpler for those of you who read but don’t subscribe, I think my smart approach would be to have a set publishing schedule. Maybe initially that will be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, for example. But I have to say, once again, that I am not 100% comfortable with either cutting back or choosing a schedule. What if I have something great I want to say on a Tuesday? What if I miss posting daily? Why am I so darn indecisive and so easily stressed out by such inconsequential things? (That last one is a rhetorical question as I sit hit with my finger hovering over the “publish” button.) Well, it is a woman’s prerogative to change her mind, so if things don’t go as I envision, I’ll adjust and adapt and go from there. (Hmm, sounds like great dieting advice for myself!)
Bottom-line, I have no idea when I will post next week. I am going to be flexible. (Which if you knew me you would realize is very, very out of character.) And as I start playing around with my posting schedule, please feel free to tell me what you think of it; all feedback is always welcome. So I am off and running and feeling the lighter load already:)
Note: Now also seems like a perfect time to do some blog maintenance I have been putting off. This includes upgrading WordPress which could cause some of my blog’s bells and whistles to stop blowing. Please, please let me know if you run into any problems with anything related to my blog. Thank you:) My fingers are crossed that all goes smoothly.