Don’t Post For The Sake Of Consistency

by TheMadHat on September 11, 2007

All over the web you see tips and techniques for starting and succeeding in the world of blogging. Most of what you come across is good advice, but a lot of times there are exceptions to those rules. Let’s take for example the rule of being consistent with your posting frequency. You can find this specific advice on many well known and popular blogs, for example:

Problogger8.9 Posts Per Week – Too Many? Not Enough? and Post Frequency – How Many Blog Posts are Too Many?

Pronet Advertising5 ways to building a better blog

You get the point. Keep reading my post dammit.

Now I’m sure both Darren and Neil will say that quality is just as important if you asked them, but I think everyone has taken this “consistency” thing a bit far. Let me ask you something: Would you rather see me write average posts consistently or great post sporadically? (Bite me if you don’t think I have any great posts) My reader has over 300 feeds in it and I don’t like seeing posts just for the sake of a post. It wastes my time which none of us have enough of anyway.

Finding topics to post about is one of the more difficult things to do while running a blog but don’t sacrifice your voice. Granted, if you don’t post for a month or two you’re going to lose some subscribers (Unless your name is Chris Hooley…I’d never be able to remove him from my reader. Must be a man-crush or something). I am however going to start removing feeds that have too many “gotta post this cause problogger said so”. Quality over quantity is the golden rule for the majority of things. Links. Tequila. Women (errr, maybe not always…the more the merrier), Buffy, etc.

PS: This was not a post about posting just to post a post. This was a rant just for the sake of bitching and moaning about a pet peeve of mine.

OFF TOPIC ALERT: Please link your logo to your home page. I also hate when people don’t do that.

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theGypsy September 12, 2007 at 7:24 pm

Bitching and moaning? Now that’s something I can relate to brother MadHat.. amen to that. I think that’s what I will be doing lot’s of this fall. I think I will be ragging on every stoopid marketing method or sales pitch that irks me….

What else can ya do? I think pretty much every nook and cranny of search has been written about ad naseum.

I can’t be bothered to post for the sake of posting. It’s about ranting for me man…

Oh as for your man crush, I think Hooley has his ‘looking for a date’ going again…. go sign up…. bwaaa ha ha ha ha

theGypsy September 13, 2007 at 11:02 am

Oh … and I decided to thief yer Friday Tea Time …. gave due luv tho.. he he

Thursday Beer Break

TheMadHat September 13, 2007 at 11:13 am

No worries…Beer breaks on Thursdays are a much needed tradition.

Nate September 13, 2007 at 1:18 pm

Don’t forget about Boozeday Tuesday.

TheMadHat September 13, 2007 at 1:20 pm

How about “7000 shots of jagermeister in 2007″

Sahil September 15, 2007 at 7:28 am

quality is always more important than quantity.

Erik Zann November 4, 2008 at 10:59 am

I’m all about quality posts, if a reader notices you are just talking about garbage and stuff that isn’t interesting, you will lose the reader. Take time to find something that will be useful for the reader.

Dan_N November 26, 2008 at 9:40 pm

I think posting quality over quantity is certainly the way to go and your readers appreciate it.

George The Web Designer December 14, 2008 at 3:30 pm

TheMadHat,
I think one of the main things about writing in blogs is inspiration. Like all artistic things, this is not about the plan or 9 to 5 consistency, but about the inspiration and the opportunity to write something important and interesting for the others. The painter may not work for half a year but then will produce a masterpiece. Blogging is generally the same. Of course, we don’t take into account internet popularity here. Or are you writing this blog for your blog’s rating sake and ads? If so, forget the inspiration, consistency rules :-( .

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