8 Things I Learned from #Blogging Almost Every Day for Two Weeks

I’ve blogged nearly every day since June 1st. Here’s what I thought of it:

  1. Man, that was hard! And I even had most of the posts written before I started. Of course, things behind the scenes got hectic for me right around the time I ran out of pre-written posts so…
  2. I was unable to actually post once a day. I’ve often wondered if I’d be able to do the A-Z Challenge. Now I know — NO. (But that doesn’t mean I won’t try a modified version of it someday).
  3. My stats went up. I’ve also often wondered if consistently blogging would increase my stats, especially since I don’t overly emphasize follower participation. (Do I love comments? Yes! You bet I do. I don’t think there’s a writer out there who doesn’t love hearing from people who read their stuff. But I’ve actively avoided some practices that encourage more robust follower participation, e.g. offering weekly prizes, discussing politics and/or current events, etc.). I’M GRATEFUL FOR EVERY FOLLOWER AND I’M DOUBLY THANKFUL TO THOSE OF YOU THAT TAKE THE TIME TO COMMENT, but I know you have busy lives. I do too, which is why…
  4. Even though the stats went up, it wasn’t enough to justify blogging every day. And nor do I think you need me to. But I’m curious about your thoughts. There’s a poll below. Please stop by and fill it out if you have time. It’s anonymous and takes less than a minute.
  5. Blogging about TV nearly every day made me feel as if all I do is watch TV, which isn’t true!!! But it did make me realize that I’ve probably been watching more than I should. Summer will be a great time to READ MORE.
  6. Blogging nearly every day about TV made me wonder if Noon fans thought I’d deserted them. Nothing could be further from the truth! Pocket Full of Tinder is currently with a fantastic editor and the cover is 100% complete. I’ll have more details in July.
  7. Blogging nearly every day made me want/need some time off from blogging. I’m not going on a summer hiatus like I did last year, but I don’t plan on posting again until the end of the month.
  8. But I’ll definitely be back! I’ve mentioned before that I follow John Scalzi’s blog Whatever (me and everyone else 🙂 ). He wrote an interesting post recently called “How Blogs Work Today.” Ironically, one of his points was that not a lot of people discuss his posts on their personal blogs anymore, which is what I’m doing here. In any case, though we’re very different writers/bloggers and I’m always cautious about comparing dislike situations, he shared some anecdotal evidence that made me think. I’ve definitely seen a drop in follower engagement since I first started blogging, which is different than traffic. Admittedly, this could be because I took a hiatus from blogging last summer, haven’t published anything since 2014, and/or I don’t encourage robust follower participation. But I also think it’s due to the fact that people simply aren’t blogging as much as they used to. Blogging seems kind of old school when compared to Instagram, Pinterest, and Snap Chat. Today’s casual creators seem to prefer visual and/or short forms. For serious content creators, however, John’s takeaway is worth repeating: GET AND KEEP YOUR OWN BLOG.

So… I’ll be here… on and off… blogging about the things that interest me indefinitely… but not again until June 30th… probably.

In the meantime, take my poll and let me know your thoughts on blogging and commenting in the comments. 😀

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Jill Archer

Jill Archer is the author of the Noon Onyx series, genre-bending fantasy novels including DARK LIGHT OF DAY, FIERY EDGE OF STEEL, WHITE HEART OF JUSTICE, and POCKET FULL OF TINDER.

6 thoughts on “8 Things I Learned from #Blogging Almost Every Day for Two Weeks

  1. Hi Jill,

    Your blog piece was interesting for someone who also tries to blog. From talking to a friend of mine who works for an agency that works exclusively with bloggers. This is a full time job and if you do it right you can make money at it. For you though, I believe you are doing it to build an audience for your books. So its hard to do the blogging and not have it get in the way of your actual writing.

    I think everyday is too much for anyone unless that’s their full time job and you are making money from sponsors and advertisers.

    I love your blog posts but for the sake of your sanity once a week is probably enough to keep people engaged. Did you get any unsubscribes that week? Did you get more subscribers?

    Thanks for sharing! Susan

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    1. Hi Susan!

      I decided a while back I wasn’t going to monetize my blog. If I went that route, I’d need to follow best practices, etc., which I shrugged off long ago. 😀

      For now, I use this blog as a creative outlet and as a way to connect with others who like what I like – books, movies, day tripping, and writing. I definitely talk about my books, but I’m trying to use my author newsletter more for that. My thought was having both would allow people to sign up for whatever they were interested in.

      I don’t think anyone unsubscribed during my daily blog fest, but to be honest, I don’t keep track of that. (I do, however, pay attention to unsubscribes with my author newsletter). One odd, somewhat annoying thing was that I got a bunch of new subscribers that looked fake. They all had extremely similar and unusual email addresses. I contacted WordPress about it, but it seems like it was an isolated incident…?

      On a positive note, a few other (real) people subscribed during that week and I picked up some new newsletter subscribers, which is awesome! I’m hoping everyone who follows continues to enjoy my eclectic mix of posts. 🙂

      So glad you enjoyed this one. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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