Why A Blogger May Slow Down Writing Blog Articles
Sometimes a blogger has to slow down writing blog articles. Their life becomes so busy offline that they can’t keep up online. You may have remembered earlier this year my mom got sick and passed away from cancer. It was a tough time to continue blogging. Some days it was therapeutic and other days there was really no time to go online.
Recently my day job at the newspaper got very busy. My company was bought out by another and we lost some co-workers. I had to go out of town for new training and still keep up. The commute was triple my normal commute so there was no time to get online before and after work. The training was great though.It was all about online marketing, SEO, SEM and social media. Who can’t learn more in this every changing arena right?
Will slowing down your blog articles harm your blog?
I recently read a case study on frequency of blogging articles via Kevin Duncan. He found it brought more traffic to write more blog articles but the comments and networking went down. He also lost his joy of blogging. I have found the same thing when I had to slow down my blog posts. The traffic went down but I began to get more comments. If I had been online and commenting more on other blogs I would have had even more comments on those posts.
I had been averaging 2-3 posts per week before mom got sick. After mom passed I started doing more things. Through her dying she taught me to live more. I began to do things on my bucket list before it becomes too late. You can see from the video below I made one of my travels on the bucket list recently. I don’t want to keep thinking “someday” because we just don’t know if “someday” will really come.
“It’s only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth – and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up – that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had. ” ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.
Then along came a new granddaughter – my first. She came 3 weeks earlier than the due date. When I learned she was coming early of course there were some concerns. Thankfully everyone is doing well and all are healthy. Since all this it’s been hard doing 2 blog articles per week. In a perfect world I would recommend 2 per week but 1 is okay if you cannot do the 2 per week. It gives you space to comment on others and promote your own. I’ve also found when I don’t post at least 1x per week I lose some of my passion for it. Not good, right?
5 Reasons to Slow Down the Frequency of Your Blog Articles
- You don’t have the time to devote to writing quality content. Writing great posts can take a couple of hours to days. There is the process of finding good images as well as writing. And let’s not forget a little formatting too.
- You want to spend more time promoting your last blog post. Promoting your blog articles take time. I try to make each post different for the different social channels. I still use the Buffer to help me with this. I also use Triberr to share others posts. Promoting is 80/20 and only 20% should be used posting your own stuff. I can’t imagine doing all that without the Buffer or Triberr.
- You want to spend more time interacting via commenting on other blog articles. It’s hard to spend time commenting (quality comments) on other blogs if you are always generating your own content. When others come back to comment on yours it will give you more social proof. It won’t be an empty community.
- You need to do more research for your next blog post. Some posts take more time to research than others. You want to know as much as you possibly can on a topic before you post on it.
- You may need to take a break like Harleena did several months ago. She came back all refreshed and charged up to blog away again. Blogging daily or several times weekly with no break can burn you out. I’ve seen many bloggers come and go over the past 4 years. Every now and then a broken link appears and you know, another blogger has quit.
2 Reasons Not To Slow Down Your Blog Articles Frequency
- You may lose your passion or your habit of blogging. It may not be easy to get back into the swing of writing.
- You may lose traffic to your blog. If you are serious about making money blogging losing traffic may not be good. It all depends what you want to get out of blogging.
How do balance your blog article frequency with your offline life?
Can you guess where my travels took me?
So if you wondered where I am of late, you’ll understand why some days I didn’t make it to your blog to comment or why you may not see me on all the social media sites as often but I’m still around.
Image courtesy of BimXD at FreeDigitalPhotos.net