As anyone who checks out my blog will know, I tend to post more than once a day. The past few days (as of this writing) I have averaged anywhere from two to four blog entries each day. I do not count tiny “updates” as to how many followers I have or anything, so technically I may have posted even more than that.
This morning as I was searching through WordPress for new blogs to check out, I read a few different posts by veteran bloggers who recommended only blogging a few times a week, and one that encouraged only ONCE a week. I can tell you right now that just yesterday alone I broke all of their rules, but I am not sorry I did.
I am no expert when it comes to blogging–or writing, either–but it seems to be that the only way to get better at something is to practice. How can I, as a new blogger, expect to get better at blogging if I don’t blog regularly? How are people going to find my blog and look me up if they don’t see my blog popping up in their feeds often? I know stats should not be a blogger’s top priority, especially when starting out, but followers and readers in my opinion are extremely important. For one thing, having someone read and compliment you on a good post is a HUGE morale booster, but it also shows that your blog is working. For most of us, but not all, we write for audiences. Knowing that we have an audience checking in on our blog keeps us going and reminds us that we’re making our goals a reality.
The blogger who believes a good blogger should only put out one highly polished blog entry a week and I disagreed over the quality vs quantity argument. To him, it just looks better if you take the time to give your post every idea that you can and polish it so that it’s the best it can be before it goes up. To me, a good writer and good blogger should be able to edit and rewrite and still post it the same day. I admit my pieces might not be the most brilliantly written essays ever, and I occasionally spot typos when I go back and read through them after they are posted, but hey. That’s why WordPress has an edit option. And many of my viewers tend to forgive me, as I tend to blog with my phone and it’s broken spell-check (real words tend to be changed and misspelled words slip through the cracks. Don’t ask me why.)
On top of all that, writing is just good therapy. Not every blogger writes outside of his or her blog (though I’m discovering that a good portion of us do), so posting every day or several times a week is a big feeling of accomplishment. Every time the PUBLISH button is pressed you have done something! Something you yourself have created is now finished and out there for the world to see. Unless you have crippling anxiety that would cause you to have an instant panic attack, that’s typically a really good feeling.
Depending the what your blog is about, writing nearly everyday is ESSENTIAL. Take mine for instance. Mine is an open blog, meaning I post about whatever I feel like writing and posting about. I was able to write about “Roseanne” being canceled minutes after it was announced. If I only wrote once a week that sort of post would have been redundant, but since I was one of the first to blog about it it ended up being one of my most viewed blog posts ever, because it was such a big story. If you write a political blog, you can pretty much guarantee that the current administration can provide you with newsworthy material daily. If you write for fun, it’s great practice. If you write for therapeutic reasons, see above. There’s nothing quite like a feeling of accomplishment.
Ok, I’m done ranting. You get my point. To me there is nothing wrong with blogging daily, and I encourage more people to try it and see how it works for them. I know it’s not feasible for everybody, but a little challenge never hurt anyone. Who knows, it might even make them a better blogger.