Time to Cut Back: Moving Posts to Twice a Week

diary-srb-1118480-mHi everyone! Today’s post is all about the need for balance in life (and blogging).

I need more balance…. And because of that, I think the time has come to cut back on my daily blogging. I’m moving to posting something new twice a week.

You’ll find new content here on Sunday and Wednesday, with the occasional Friday guest post.

I’ve been mentioning I wouldn’t be able to maintain daily posts forever, so hopefully this isn’t coming as a total surprise to those who stop by here regularly.

I do plan to keep blogging on a regular basis, and I think the Sunday/Wednesday arrangement should work well. If it doesn’t, well, that’s the cool thing about blogging: I can make adjustments to my blogging schedule as needed.

If I do, I’ll keep you guys informed πŸ™‚

It’s just becoming too much…. The last couple of weeks I have really been struggling to come up with ideas for posts that I’m happy with. I’ve been starting to put off and to grudge blogging a little bit, and that’s not good. I don’t want that to get worse.

While I would love to be able to keep posting something every day, I just don’t have it in me. The good news is, cutting back will allow me time to focus on other, related things.

Instead of writing blog posts every day, some days I’ll be able to:

  • Market and promote my blog and attract a larger audience
  • Read and interact with more blogs that I follow and want to follow more closely: YEA!!!
  • Market and promote my fiction better. I would love to arrange another set of promos and I can’t do that blogging daily…. the time required goes to writing a post.
  • Host more guest bloggers and write more guest blogs/interviews myself.

Where my followers are concerned: I’ve been producing a lot, so for those who are relatively new to the blog, this will give you a chance to explore the backlogs of any categories that might interest you, should you care to do that.

The vast majority of this blog’s content is evergreen and should be as applicable now as it was when first published.

Basically, it will give us all a chance to breathe a bit. I know I need that freedom πŸ™‚

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31 responses to “Time to Cut Back: Moving Posts to Twice a Week

  1. I had that with my Movie Monday blog posts, it was feeling more like a chore rather then something I was enjoying. Now when I’m writing them it feels a lot more fun. I also gave up the daily posts, I tend to post when I feel like it and when I have something to say.

    I do love your blog though, I’ve learnt a lot from it πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Peter!!! Good to know I’m not the only one who’s felt the strain…. with all the job hunting and everything else going on, trying to find time every day to blog… and something to blog ABOUT…. was just too much stress I didn’t need and could easily eliminate πŸ™‚

      I will have to check out Movie Mondays…. I LOVE film…. took a class on film in college that really taught me a lot

      • Thanks I hope you like them πŸ™‚

        I think a blog is probably the easiest thing to ease off with so to me it’s a sensible choice πŸ™‚

      • Yes that’s exactly what I was saying. Job hunting is a major strain for sure. When it comes to blogging I realized it makes all the difference to just write freely on any and everything instead of waiting for the “right” or perfect subject to just appear. It doesn’t work when you want it to. I’m trying more to just write for the sake of writing. When it’s put into action all thoughts and ideas surface and allows continuous writing. I’m far from where I would like to be but it helps to put it all into focus πŸ™‚

        • That is so true here: write from the heart and be yourself. Work through your troubles and you just might help someone else in a similar situation. That’s what blogging is all about πŸ™‚

  2. you have done a great job with daily’s for ages, take that well deserved break and we shall still follow your great tips twice a week….

  3. I’ve been doing that, but to once day. Scheduling my posts beforehand. It’s a tough call. By the way, I just found out that Amazon’s Listmania is back up and running. You can make a few lists with your book at the top and connect it to similar books. This means your book ends up as a random suggestion on those other book’s Amazon sites. That should help a bit with promotion. (I’m working on one for Writing For You now, actually.)

  4. I always thought your blog output was a bit superhuman. πŸ™‚ Hope you find some enjoyment again with the reduced schedule!

  5. I’ve just found your blog. I look forward to reading your Sunday and Wednesday posts while I go back through all that you have written already. Have fun with your new found freedom.

  6. Your blog is very rich, Victoria, and your followers (including me) can happily mine for past posts in-between your current posts πŸ˜‰ I am also needing to cut back, The day job sucks up a lot of my creative energy. I’m hoping I can manage 2 original posts a week.
    I don’t believe daily posts are necessary to gain or maintain a following, especially when you do have books out there. So do get some rest and put more time in promoting your writing πŸ™‚

    • Thanks! That what I’m hoping to do: but blogging time toward marketing. Never a bad idea! I totally agree with you: I had been blogging daily to try to build a following but it’s not needed. It was getting tough to keep up and feeling a bit like overkill anyway. I don’t see many downsides to cutting back… and if there are any, I think the advantages outweigh them πŸ™‚

      • I have seen some bloggers argue that they gain as many new followers with one post a week as they did with one post a day. Perhaps it’s the Law of Diminishing Returns πŸ™‚ At any rate, you do really have a rich blog (and your book on writing is a very good testament to that) so you should be able to cut back and relax.

  7. Of course I”m sad but at least you’re not leaving forever. Good for you for doing what is best for you!

    • Thanks, Katie!!! I had a blast with the daily posts–that’s why I kept it up for so long–but it’s just not tenable anymore.

      Now, though, I’ll have more time to read blogs. So I’m really, really looking forward to that! Your blog is one of many awesome ones I haven’t mined yet for all the goodies.

  8. Victoria: I have learned so much from you in the short time I have been with WordPress. I will be be following your posts biweekly:) I understand completely, by the way. I don’t even know how you have been doing this for so long and writing too. As a new writer, I have literally hung on to every word you have written. So many times you gave me hope and once you even praised me for something that I had written in my WordPress website. That day, before I looked at my comment page, was probably THE worse day for me as a writer. I had just published my first book on Amazon kindle and I suddenly received a frantic call from a friend who had bought my book and she proceeded to tell of the really terrible mistakes I had made. I therefore pulled my book down and put it in draft on my bookshelf. I wanted to fall through the floor-but then, when I felt the very worse, I saw a wonderful comment from you about my writing. I soared for the rest of the day!!
    Thank you so very much.

    • Oh my gosh, thank you SO MUCH for sharing that!!!! I’m glad to know my comment helped you through a rough patch! It’s always nice when we can be there for each other. Heaven knows I’ve had my share of down moments too! I’m really glad you enjoy my blog and that it’s helped you. Yea for connections! πŸ˜› See, this is why blogs rock πŸ™‚

  9. You do what you have to. I’m glad you are giving yourself time to focus on other things. Tips twice a week is better than none.

  10. Victoria, I’m glad you’re going to twice a week instead of daily. I’m looking for work now too, and I’ve fallen behind on reading your daily posts. Twice a week maybe I can handle. I still have to go back and read some of your recent posts that I’ve missed.

    More than that, I was amazed at how long you held out with daily posts. I tried it on my music blog and couldn’t do it for even a few months. I got so burned out on blogging from trying to post daily, I don’t even really like to blog now, as anyone can see if they take a look at my blog. I have content to post, but I just don’t feel like going through the motions to post it.

    • I hear you there, Michael! I was reaching that point, too…. which is why I felt it was time, in addition to time constraints, to cut back.

      Glad the change will be good for you too πŸ™‚ Hope you enjoy looking back at older stuff!

  11. I’m impressed that you kept up a daily post for any length of time. I find weekly challenging enough. Good luck with your promotions!

  12. Good decision

  13. Totally can relate. It is great to read about another writer feeling the difficulty in managing everything and making changes necessary to balance it out. I’ve had to figure this out as well. Even though I’m not married and still have the comforts of home it has been a struggle. Still trying to balance life out but I am more at ease knowing others face the same dilemma. But we are all together as one sharing the same love and can support each other to the fullest. Thank You πŸ™‚

    • It is totally all about balance. I’m glad you stopped by to read and relate πŸ™‚ The good thing about balance where blogging is concerned, is that we can always adjust our schedules any way we need to πŸ™‚

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