A Tip for Someone with a Newer Blog

Published in Blogging on Tuesday, August 17th, 2004

A little tip for people who have newer blogs.

Something that I have noticed while posting here on this blog is that, when you aren't a heavy traffic blog, posting a few times a week rather than a few times a day can be better for the visibility of your blog.

It seems that if you leave the quality out there on the homepage for a longer period of time it has a much better chance of being noticed. Even if you post often and have a 'last 5 posts' list or some variation thereof, the longer it's on the homepage it seems the better.

Maybe it's not the homepage

Most of our dev and design blogs are read with RSS readers, so perhaps it's not 'age on the homepage', but rather people are more inclined to read the site with one new post rather than bear the thought of reading thru a site with 5-6 new posts. I dunno. Just what I have noticed here at fiftyfoureleven...

Comments and Feedback

Amen, RSS has changed the way we surf our favorite sites!

Totally, the more I thought about this after posting the more I realize that, in addition, I don't tend to read feeds that send me >3 posts a week.

I'm a bit weird though, as I still like to surf to sites to read posts...

Hmm, you might be right. I do feel a little overwhelmed when I look at a site's feed and see tons of new posts (like the Language Log, which I have no hope of keeping up with.) Probably my personal preference would be no more than two posts a day and no less than one per week.

I agree, and you can always do what keith Robinson does - save entries as drafts and publish them on a schedule.

btw what's with everyone asking me to use p tags now? Something wrong with using the default line-breaks?

Hey Jim, the <p> tags are there to try and allow people more flexibility while commenting and to keep the site sematically happy. Truth be told most people are okay with it, and I haven't had time to whip up a more WYSIWYG commenting system.

I do post in schedules, usually though it's not planned. Posts back up when I'm inspired to write, and get trickled out at, well, pretty random intervals...

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