A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post called “Questions for all you bloggers” which asked about what are your blogging activities.
You can see the post here.
The reason I made this post was because at the time I was getting a little overwhelmed at my time management and influx of e-mails. It all snowballed after my reader stopped working properly & not everyones posts were coming through so I decided in my (non) wisdom to set all the blogs I follow to notify me by emails of every new post made.
All I can say is OMG, what with that and emails from likes, comments, comments held in moderation, follows etc etc I actually couldn’t keep up with even deleting them fast enough. I decided to quit reading my mail for a couple of days which resulted me in missing important information being sent to me with regards to home life/work matters etc.
But in hindsight it almost did me a favour as it forced me to re-think things and decide what is important.
But first of all, rather than it all being about ‘me’ let’s talk about ‘you’ and the general results of the comments/habits that came about. Please remember this is very general and not an absolute. I also must thank everyone for your comments to this related post, I really appreciate it 🙂
So here were the questions:
How many blogs do you follow?
The result of this was that the rough average of blogs followed is 100 – 200. There were a couple below and one up to 1,184 omg faints!
Advice –I don’t think everyone who follows someone expects a follow back. We all like different things, ie a techy blog might follow me because they fancy a laugh once in a while, but I won’t follow back simply because techy stuff sends me blind (says the woman with 3 blogs).
But this is of course personal preference but a few people have said they feel obliged to follow back, it isn’t an obligation, no one should get offended. It all takes up more of your time that you could be writing and posting things for your readers.
Cull the blogs you follow every so often, if you unfollow someone it doesn’t give them a notice, so don’t be worried about this.
I know a lot of my lovely readers are gentle in nature and don’t want to offend, but there really is no need to worry.
Go in to the search option, find blogs you really like on using terms of things that are interest. Or as I did this morning, go to freshly pressed, I don’t often do it, but you might just be surprised and see something you really like.
Do you read all their posts, please elaborate, ie some, how do you determine which?
The results are that quite a few of you seem to be expert scanners of posts. This is something I am working on!
Advice – I would advise to set time aside if life allows with a timer LOL, to read posts, what you don’t get through don’t beat yourself up about.
Learn to try to scan through the beginning bits. You all know the blogs you follow that come hell or high water you really don’t want to miss, the rest scan and see what blings at you and draws your attention.
I myself sometimes bring my favorite posters blogs up separately so I can persuse what they have been up to, ie their home page incase I missed anything but I only do this for 3 or 4 people & often on rotation.
How do you feel if you miss someone’s post? (maybe I am too conscious about this)
Most of you who did answer were a mixture of “ok with missing some posts” to “I feel really bad” I would say it was half and half
Advice – I was the latter, I would beat myself up if I missed posts especially from people I would actually wake up to wanting to see what they wrote.
This is what I do now, I bring up as mentioned the home page of posters I particularly like, I try to keep this number to 3-4 people max. Then after reading their posts I go through my reader and at the moment I scan like other bloggers have mentioned.
Also mix and match, ie: I follow a lot of poetry blogs now, so every day I might have 15 posts that are just poetry.
I will make sure to read one from one person one day and another the other day otherwise it does just take up too much time, but this way seems fairer.
There are people who multiple post aloooootttt of times during the day ie 5-6 posts and with these bloggers, I don’t feel quite so bad at skimming through and missing a couple, but I am having to be slightly ‘harder’ which isn’t really in my nature, but is a must for my sanity.
What is your priority in blogging in your daily routine ie reading up first, commenting, or writing?
Most of you comment, read then post
Advice – Though this is what I ‘used’ to do, my only comment would be unless you are very ‘good’ at doing the former two in good time, you might end up in the day with not as much quality time to post as one would like which ultimately ends up in stress.
Think about if you had to miss one of the three in a day what would it be?
For me, I could miss reading for a day. I love chatting with my blogger buddies and need to have time to post & aim to start a calender of what I am going to roughly blog and when, spread the posts out etc.
How long do you spend reading up on blogs daily?
Most of you seemed to spend half an hour reading up on posts a day
Advice – actually half an hour if you are managing this, depending on your daily schedule, to me is pretty good.
I am a fast reader and was spending up to an hour and a half reading in the morning and then another hour at night. So for me I needed to address this, hence culling down and being a bit harder on using my reader and skimming when necessary, plus I do comment a lot, you know I am chatty so this takes time too.
I am trying not to chat quite so much (coughs).
A lot of you also spread the reading out throughout the day, it really depends on work life, home life etc on when you can fit it in, but I really do think the reading should not take priority time over posting, but that is just my view point.
How long do you spend commenting, be it return comments or instigating daily?
Timing of this upon reflection is probably a hard thing to work out as it gets merged for most in to your reading time. As mentioned above for people like me who chat a lot the whole process takes longer.
Advice – not everybody expects a comment, a like from a regular every so often is fine, time dictates what you can do and can’t and how you are feeling at the time. Again it comes down to time allotments and priorities.
However of course the whole community spirit is great, but don’t let the time it takes put your priorities on a back burner.
Do you go and visit other outside blogs, if so how often and how the heck do you find the time? LOL
I didn’t get a quantitive response to this that I can mention, some of you do, a lot didn’t answer on this specific question. I know some go and visit freshly pressed.
Advice – If you have the time, explore outside of your usual circle, go and see what’s out there by using your search area or freshly pressed or go and visit some challenges.
How many posts do you write a week?
Most of you write 2-3 posts a week.
Advice – If you are struggling, remember this, short posts are fine, don’t feel that you have to write huge essays like me. Timethief wrote up a great article on posting which you will find here.
In fact if you want blogging advice follow her blog, she gives really insightful advice.
One of the good things also I am taking on board from my 201 blogging challenge is having some kind of even loosely organized editorial calender in my mind.
Write drafts even if a sentence so you don’t miss ideas, you can expand on these later.
If you have a flurry of 3 written posts spread them out, not all on one day.
Spread the love with small gaps inbetween it makes people appreciate you more, grins.
Are you involved in external social media, ie facebook, flickr, instagram, if so how much time daily do you spend on this?
I think some of you dipped and dived, though this wasn’t answered as clearly as I might like it to have been.
Advice – now I have been doing blogging 201. Through this challenge it has been heavily imprinted on us that if you want to have a successful blog then you need to go outside of the WP realm, ie go in to other social media sites.
I am in two minds about this. First you need to think of what you want from blogging. If it is just as a form of release, for fun etc then think about your time constraints. Sure outside social media can be fun, but you can get what you need I think from just WP if you are active and get involved.
If you want to bump up the numbers then sure, branch out, but then remember not to have those social media sites sitting inactive with just posts being pumped out by WP. You need to actively go on there, post different things, search up like minded people, comment etc etc, this allll takes time, too much time in my mind.
There are also social media sites preferable for different things, ie flickr for more serious photography, instagram for more fun photography, both have a comment facility. Then facebook and twitter plus other blogging sites, there is a huge plethora to go and look for if you want to, but have a strategy, know what you want.
Other useful tips:
- You don’t really need to have all likes, follows etc e-mailed to you, this takes up time and you can see this all when you log on. So you can go to your settings and adjust this.
- Try to make a calender of some sorts, mix and match posts and have a routine of sorts what you do first, second, third and set times.
- Use a timer, even two to make sure you don’t end up doing something for two hours when it should have been one and the dog has just peed in the corner of the room because you were so involved you didn’t realize his bladder was bursting.
- TAKE TIME OUT – with this I mean unplug. For me this means, turning WP off my phone, because my comments come through, no logging on anywhere, no reading/commenting etc. So I have to be sensible and not put a post out that is going to generate a huge comment comeback and not be there to answer, chose something simple. This is all a matter of choice, do what works for you but remember blogging though I love it and all my friends, the feedback, the reads, the things I learn, it is also very addictive and time consuming, have some boundries, some focus and learn to switch off & enjoy the love!
As always I lubs you all very much, thank you for reading & I hope you have a fab weekend!
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