Bloggers, how often do you post?

A lot of bloggers are posting fresh content every day. Others will tell you that one -to-three times per week is better.  Any longer than a seven-day stretch and you risk losing readers.

There are all sorts of good reasons to keep your blog “regular.”Check out what ProBlogger, SocialMediaToday and SuccessNexus all have to say about blogging frequency. Chris Brogan has a few ideas on using WordPress plug-in for an organized blog schedule.

Me? I need to take my friends’ advice. Which brings me to this startling confession:  This month I’ve let too much time go by between posts! The reasons are all good. I’ve got a steady stream of clients and work to be done.  I start my morning hosting a live one-hour radio show, and then it’s off to a local insurance company where I’m filling in for a marketing team associate on maternity leave.  In my spare time I’m maintaining several client blogs and ghost writing a book. Oh, and my family needs to see more of me than just the back of my head. (Priorities!)

How often do you post fresh content? What’s the magic number?

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28 Responses to Bloggers, how often do you post?

  1. Linda January 20, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    This is a difficult one. When I started, I posted every day, even at week ends because that’s what I’d been advised to do. But then I started subscrubing to blogs and found there were too many updates in my Inbox to read them properly. So now I post 3 times a week and have been wondering whether to reduce that to just twice a week. I’ll be interested to read here what you all think!

    • Amy Spreeman January 20, 2011 at 8:07 pm #

      Hi Linda,
      I’m at about 2 X per week, not counting this most recent lapse. I do get more traffic when I post more often.

  2. Christine McCarthy January 20, 2011 at 6:56 pm #

    At one time, I post M-F. But I wasn’t concentrating efforts on making products – ebook, books, webinars, etc… Now that I am focusing on that, I post once – twice a week. I’d like to aim for just posting 1 time a week with an excellent post. And maybe add a guest post or two…or hire a writer to post 1 x week.

    All the other days – I’ve been writing up a teleseminar, creating videos, creating backlinks, writing eZine articles…its a lot of work. 😉

    • Amy Spreeman January 20, 2011 at 8:00 pm #

      I can certainly appreciate that full plate, Christine. Perhaps we could guest post for each other–time permitting, of course!

  3. Amy Spreeman January 20, 2011 at 7:57 pm #

    I can certainly appreciate that full plate, Christine. Perhaps we could guest post for each other–time permitting, of course!

  4. Linda Mohr January 21, 2011 at 1:29 am #

    I have been blogging for about three years and started out once a week and somewhere along the way increased to twice a week. This fall I cut back due some other business activities. But my intentions are to resume the twice weekly postings because I get the best response. I have done a few guest posts and also enjoy featuring guests on my blog.

    • Amy Spreeman January 26, 2011 at 1:37 am #

      Guest posting is a great idea. I maintain four different blogs at the moment for clients (in addition to this one), and two of them have experts who provide blog content once in a while.

  5. Deirdre Reid January 21, 2011 at 5:25 pm #

    I have two blogs. One’s a cooking blog — my fun blog. I publish there four times a week, usually three recipes (MWF) and one review of interesting food posts I’ve read (Sunday). I post to my main blog twice a week, one is a selection of good reads selection (Tuesday) and the other is a regular post (Thursday). So far this schedule is working. I used to post more on my main blog but my blogging gigs for others must take precedence.

    • Amy Spreeman January 22, 2011 at 2:58 pm #

      I maintain this one and about four others for clients. It’s very hard to keep up!

  6. azak January 22, 2011 at 5:14 am #

    My goal is to try to blog something every day in 2011, though if I can manage 4-5 times per week, I’ll be happy.

    Here’s presentation I found with good stats on the science of blogging; realistically, few of us will be posting several dozen pieces a day – only professional journo-bloggers have that kind of time to post
    http://andrea-zak.com/2011/01/14/considerations-for-bloggers/

    • Amy Spreeman January 22, 2011 at 2:57 pm #

      That’s quite a schedule Andrea! You’ve got it down to a science.

  7. Jennifer Comet Wagner January 22, 2011 at 6:02 pm #

    I try to post everyday, which usually comes out to about 5 to 6 posts a week. However, I know I should be spending more time on bigger projects, and if that means cutting down on my posting, so be it. I just find it difficult to break my routine.

    • admin January 24, 2011 at 11:47 am #

      Hi Jennifer,
      Do you find you get a steady flow of traffic to your site with 5-6 posts per week? I tried that early on, and I had a lot of visitors. I wish I could keep up that pace.

    • Amy Spreeman January 26, 2011 at 1:35 am #

      Good for you Jennifer! I do wish I had your discipline. Do you find that you get more traffic with more frequent posts?

  8. Joellyn Sargent January 22, 2011 at 7:08 pm #

    I try to blog twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays. I missed Friday this week because I’m working on a longer post and I let time get away from me. Usually I’m pretty consistent.

    I use the editorial calendar plug-in on WordPress to help plan and prep regular posts. That way I’m not scrambling to put something together.

    • admin January 24, 2011 at 11:45 am #

      Hi Joellyn,
      I haven’t tried the WordPress calendar, but lots of bloggers swear by it. You are inspiring me to be more organized!

    • Amy Spreeman January 26, 2011 at 1:34 am #

      I must get that plug-in! I’ve heard other writers talk about it and it sounds like a great tool.

  9. wchingya January 25, 2011 at 6:37 am #

    I love how you ended the post by giving family the ‘priority’ of your time. 🙂 Something that we are all struggling with but willing to give our 100% in making that happen.

    For me, I’m trying my best to maintain 1 post per week. Content is my priority over quantity. I’m willing to spend days of research to make sure the article is worth a read, otherwise I won’t publish it. 🙂 I’m involved in other writing projects too, it’s really hard to keep up the momentum but I’m definitely trying my best.

    @wchingya
    Social/Blogging Tracker

    • Amy Spreeman January 26, 2011 at 1:33 am #

      Thanks for bringing that up. I am by no means perfect at balancing my writing projects with my responsibilities as mom and wife. It is a day to day struggle to get that right–and yet my family must be my priority. They are worth the struggle!

  10. Golda Smith January 25, 2011 at 4:49 pm #

    That’s a great question. I am at the point where one to two posts per week are sufficient for me. Anything more, I can’t commit to.

    Golda

    • Amy Spreeman January 26, 2011 at 1:32 am #

      Hi Golda, I have trouble to committing to anything more than twice a week at the moment.

  11. Kay Newton January 26, 2011 at 7:27 am #

    Hi Amy, I post once a week on three blog sites. One is just for our guest house and is written by my dog! One is about myself and the other is my professional site. I am now inviting guest bloggers to my pro site so that I can either have a break to concentrate on other things and add more value to the site.

    • Amy Spreeman February 4, 2011 at 1:13 am #

      I want to write as my dog! Unfortunately, I’d have to become very naughty and start talk-howling.

  12. GraphicDesignBoss February 3, 2011 at 10:35 pm #

    I try to blog twice a week sharing my experience and knowledge of 20 years in the graphic design industry with other designers to help them go further faster in running their design business.

    There is no magic no for me as I’m just starting out and the frequency of my blogging doesn’t impact my traffic as compared to my commenting frequency on other design sites which has brought a surprising amount of traffic my way.

    • Amy Spreeman February 4, 2011 at 1:12 am #

      I can see why. I love your blog!

  13. Steve Murphy June 7, 2011 at 7:20 pm #

    I run a “group blog” so that we can post daily. Each person on the team has different skill sets, and is responsible for 1 post per week. This way we are able to focus on writing quality articles without being overwhelmed. I’ve found the group blogging approach to be much more productive than running 6 individual blogs.

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