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Blog Tip 6 - The Rhythm Method

29 October, 2003 7:54 AM

One of the keys to blogging is frequent posting. This is what distinguishes weblogs from from static websites.

The average blogger posts once every 14 days - personally I tend to mainly visit bloggers who update more regularly than that. As a blog reader I get to know the rhythm of the blogs that I read. I don't mind if they are daily, weekly or even fortnightly bloggers - but whatever their rhythm I find myself loosing interest if they disappear for unexplained periods of time. So get into a rhythm of blogging.

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Awesome tip! I always hate it when I miss even one day of posting. Sometimes I think I should write several drafts, so that if I can't come up with something fresh, I'll still have something to post.

Again - Thanks!

Christy » 29 October, 2003 10:29 AM

I've started doing most of my writing offline. I may write 3 entries one day, then take a day or two off. I write them in Word and save them to the desktop. As I publish, I move the files to another folder. I usually have a small bank of ideas or full entries just sitting on the desktop.

kevin » 29 October, 2003 11:10 AM

Good tip Kevin, I have done the same thing. One of the beauties of Moveable Type is that it has a 'draft' feature which allows you to save a post without publishing it. I sometimes write my post there and save them for a quiet day also.

Darren Rowse » 29 October, 2003 11:20 AM

I agree that a blogger must have frequent posting to keep a reader coming back for more. I try to post at least once a day, but it comes up maybe taking time to post every other day, but with multiple posts.

There are times that I haven't a clue what to blog, so I don't. I did come across a nifty site for blog ideas. I followed the link from another bloggers site, but I don't remember whose. It's Blog Ideas. Simple little phrases or words are listed and you'd be amazed at how it sparks ideas. Sometimes it just triggers memories to write about and other such stupid things, but I have used it once recently and found it fun. Thought I'd pass along the link.

Susan L. Prince » 29 October, 2003 4:48 PM

I've recently found myself using (gasp) paper to jot down ideas. Sometimes I lose them, but it's quick and easy.

BTW, did you intentionally use the term "Rhythm method"? That means using, er, timing as contraception - the Catholic way. Not sure if it has that meaning in Oz, but it struck me as funny.
Grace and peace.

Justin Baeder » 29 October, 2003 4:58 PM

The paper comment made me laugh. I've started journaling through the Bible this year, and I'm doing it on paper. It seems to make a huge difference. I think it because doing it on paper means that it is for me. If I did it on computer, I would be tempted to publish it here or there. I may change at some point, but for now, it is nourishing on paper.

To be poetic, I think God wants me to journal on my heart. Digital may last longer than paper, but my heart will live forever.

Brian Miller » 30 October, 2003 12:48 AM

Once every 14 days?? Try once every 14 minutes!

Mike » 30 October, 2003 8:48 AM

Fantastic advice, Darren! Actually, I began an informal file of ideas a while back...just in case I don't have anything to talk about. Not usually a problem for yours truly.

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Steve A Halifax Mooseheads Hockey Fan

A Halifax Mooseheads Hockey Fan » 6 February, 2004 8:29 AM

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I will come back and see what you said about the mooseheads hockey team.

Jackie » 24 March, 2004 2:26 PM

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