Which is Better: Posting in Drips or Bursts?
This post won’t make you a better lover, just as it won’t make you rich or famous. Don’t switch to YouTube yet, it is going to be interesting. Let me share with you an insight into subconscious blogger behaviour that will help you to become a better, more self-aware writer.
A debate is going on whether regular posting guarantees success. In short, it doesn’t. Knowing that good content is what makes you or breaks you in the cyberspace, I’ve decided to study the approaches to posting and share the conclusions with you. There are two main points of view on writing frequency: drip feed and burst posting.
Regular every day posting helps you to capture the readers and condition them to come for more information every time they open their browser or RSS reader. The obvious advantage of this type of posting is an increased chance to expand your readers base by following and reacting to current events. That drives traffic and attention to your blog.
The downside of this type of writing is an easy disappointment of the readers, should your posting frequency falter. The readers will come a few more times to see what has changed. If they find nothing new, they will abandon your site completely.
Bloggers are afraid of losing readers, so they often compromise the quality of their content only to put out a half-baked post. They are able to skim on the surface of many issues and topics, but the time pressure often detracts further pursuit of deeper analysis.
Posting in bursts, on the other hand, gives you the time and energy to create high-quality content at the expense of timeliness. The significant advantage of this approach is no burnout syndrome to worry about, because the pressure to maintain continuity at all costs is much lower.
The disadvantages of this sort of posting are apparent—the lack of timeliness and lost opportunities to write about stories you might have missed. Be aware that readers’ patience and attention span are limited, so if you have to make up for low frequency by posting high quality content.
Finding the Optimal Approach
It is difficult to precisely determine what strategy will work for you. As a rule of thumb, I can say that you should post at least once a month regardless of what strategy you decide to follow.
Everything about your blog, even the posting frequency depends on your readers. Get some time to know them and then determine the optimal amount of posts per week or month. If you are not sure, ask them in a satisfaction survey. Send them an e-mail or ask them to fill in an online survey. As long as you listen to your audience, you will never get it wrong.