New Blogging Schedule

Calendar & clockStarting next week, I’m going to experiment with some different blogging schedules. As most of you know, I’ve been posting five times a week for several years now; six when you add my once-a-week post over at the Books & Such blog. Even though some of the posts are written by guests, and some posts are brief and “just for fun,” six per week is just too much.

I’ll start by posting three days a week here on my blog:

Monday and Wednesday: original posts.

Friday: guest posts.

I’ll still be posting Thursdays over at Books & Such.

We’ll see how that works, and I reserve the right to change my posting schedule again as YOU let me know how you like the new plan.

What are your thoughts about a reduced posting schedule? Have you had to adjust your own blog posting as things have changed for you?

Have a great weekend!

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  1. June says:

    Hmm…the bloom seems to be off the blogging rose as I see more and more people deciding to post less often.

  2. Jody says:

    August 31 will be my 4 year anniversary blotting. I write 4-5 times a week. Twice I have adjusted this schedule to less but my readers wanted more!! When I took a blogging hiatus it wasn’t for long. I understand the need to do less.

  3. I think it’s a great move. I post twice a week. I’ve never tried to do more than that because it would affect the quality of my writing. Always good to flow with what works for you. Hats off to you and all others who keep/have kept a grinding 5 to 7 week posting schedule! You guys are super-something!

  4. My Nanna was the first to inform me as a youngster that ‘less is more’, and it was only two days ago that I was talking with a friend about creating a sense of “value” in your client’s mind of what you’re allowing them to possess. Fear not, the faithful will remain because you are SUCH good quality!
    On the flipside, enjoy the time elsewhere and be productive. Your archive is a world of opportunity, and your joyful peeps thank you for it.

  5. Denise says:

    I think it’s great! It’s hard as a reader to keep up with 5x/week, too.

    I’ve unsubscribed to some blogs because of that very reason.

    It makes it easier to keep the variety of more blogs if they are posted fewer times per week.

  6. I think this is a very healthy decision, Rachelle, and I applaud you for it.

  7. Peter DeHaan says:

    I applaud your decision to adjust your blogging schedule. Although I’ll miss reading your insight every day, I’d rather have you scale back than burn out.

  8. Robyn says:

    I support your new schedule. You’re right, six days a week is too much to manage!

    Something I’ve found, and I know other people have found the same thing, once you have a following your traffic and reader loyalty won’t go down even though you post less (as long as you still post). In fact, your posts may even been better read thanks to having more time between them!

  9. April Kempler says:

    I post Monday and Wednesday and may add a Friday, but two times a week is perfect for me. I think five times a week is a lot and I sometimes get overwhelmed reading everyone’s blogs! I enjoy this blog, and three times a week will be even more enjoyable to read.

  10. Otin says:

    I had to change my blogging schedule because I felt like I owed it to the people who left me comments to visit and read all of their blogs. As my followers grew, my time on the computer increased by leaps and bounds. I couldn’t keep up.

  11. Susan says:

    I’m a firm believer that people should take time to adjust their schedule to one that works best for them at particular times in their life.

    I, like many, am grateful for every post I’ve read on your site. I especially enjoy certain posts that you’ve repeated due to their importance.

    I appreciate and look forward to your new schedule.

  12. Much as I love your blog, I’m OK with a reduced posting schedule. When you follow a lot of blogs, it can be difficult to keep up. And I can’t criticize, as I’ve only been posting once a week. I’d like to up that number at some point…

  13. Lanny says:

    Rachelle, I think your amended blogging schedule makes a lot of sense. Best wishes–we love hearing from you at any time.

  14. That’s a great idea. Even though all your posts are so helpful there’s not always time to comment on every single one.

  15. Brenda Quinn says:

    Follow what you’re being led to do, Rachelle, and you won’t go wrong. You’ve given so much to so many writers. We all love you for it. You’ll only get better by following what you need to do, and that will continue benefiting all of us.

    Many blessings!

  16. Lisa says:

    Rachelle, I think it’s perfectly fine for you to cut back your schedule. I was always surprised and impressed with how often you posted on your blog.

    I think 1-3 times a week for any blog is fine. IMHO, it’s quality of content versus quantity of content. Yours are always quality, no matter how many or how few they are. And, don’t worry, I follow you on Twitter (@lablady), so I always know when you’ve published a new post. πŸ™‚

  17. TNeal says:

    Seems like bloggers I read are either posting more or less. As a group, we’re not staying with the status quo. In my case, I’ve gone from posting 3 times to 1 time (happened in July when my routine got demolished) and now climbing up to twice a week.

  18. I think you are making such a wise decision. I love reading your blogs, but have been wondering how you do it all. It is even hard to keep up w/ reading blogs when working, writing and living.

  19. Bravo, Rachelle!

    I went down to three posts a week from five after burnout threatened. I enjoy blogging and I keep a stash of ideas handy for those writer’s block kind of days, but even still, frequent posts can become a daunting chore if we’re not careful. Combine blogs with our other creative (social media) outlets and the day has a way of disappearing. For this momster, my family has to come first. It’s a little unheard of, but a family dinner hour at our house is non-negotiable.

    Thank you, Rachelle, for being so generous with your time, talent, and insight!

    Ohhh-and if anyone needs a blogging idea, I’m taking the Beth Vogt challenge on Monday and you should, too:

    http://bethvogt.com/2012/08/taking-the-challenges-the-letter-t-twenty-five-things-about-me/

    *Waving at you, Beth, for a super blog idea!Thanks! πŸ™‚ *

  20. Lisa says:

    I love your post in whatever frequency they come in:)

    Thank you for being a good example, I think finding stillness can open doors for God to do amazing work.

  21. Jill says:

    I’ve gone from 5 to 3 to 2 and reserve the right to go to 1. I won’t allow myself to give up my blog, however. πŸ™‚

  22. About time. I have too many blogs to keep up with on a daily schedule. I don’t know how anyone can find enough to say to fill a blog every day. And no, I did not intentionally rhyme.

  23. Donna Pyle says:

    I agree with you 100%. Consistent with Michael Hyatt’s post about this same issue not long ago, it’s simply too much to keep up with – not only for you, but for readers to digest the content. I post on Tuesdays and Thursdays because it fits best with my schedule, doesn’t overshadow writing or speaking prep time, and doesn’t overload readers. So, APPLAUSE for your revised blogging schedule!!!!

  24. I am going the opposite direction. I used to only post once per week. Now, I am posting two-three times per week, but I am trying to build my ministry at this time and just started utilizing social media a month or so ago!

    Rachelle, your blog is one of the ones that stands out in the sea of tweets!

  25. I went to a MWF schedule (with just a photo and verse on Sat.) last summer when my kids were home, and then I never went back after they went back to school. MWF was perfect, and I didn’t lose any readers. Sometimes I think readers, especially e-mail subscribers, get overwhelmed with 5 or 6 posts in their in-box. When I did a month-long series last February and posted every day, I lost a few subscribers. Clearly every day was way too much of me for some people!

    I’m glad you’re doing this, Rachelle. I think you’ll find it makes you saner (a bit).

  26. I have been amazed that you have been able to keep up with six blog posts a week, so I completely understand your need to cut back. Just this summer, I’ve increased my blogging to five times a week. That’s a real time commitment! My blog has grown considerably, so I’m reluctant to cut back. But I’m to the point now of brainstorming and outlining another novel, and I’m just not sure how I’ll find the time to keep up with five days of blogging plus novel writing plus homeschooling the munchkins. So, no problems here whatsoever with your cutting back, and I’ll look forward to your three each week. Hope you have a great weekend!

  27. What they said. πŸ™‚

  28. Maintaining a consistent blogging schedule is demanding! I recently increased mine from two a week to three — but even that’s nowhere near as intensive as five a week, and only one of those three weekly posts is a full original article (I also post interviews and shorter inspiration posts).

  29. I think this is a very wise and understandable change. Good for you! It will also give us, your readers, time to process and implement some of the great ideas you pass along.

  30. Lynne Hartke says:

    When I first started blogging, 3 days a week, I contemplated switching to 5 days until my sister said, “I won’t even read your blog 5 says a week.” I figured if one of my most loyal fans wouldn’t read my stuff, I wasn’t going to kill myself doing it 5 days a week. I do M and W and an archive on F.

  31. Chris says:

    I sensed this when I first started learning about blogging and reading established blogs: sooner or later, everyone runs out of topics to discuss. It gives me hope that quality will always take precedence over quantity. Who would possibly continue reading a blog that had nothing to say.

    Good decision, Rachelle. Stay fresh, do what you do best, which is helping your clients get published. Your blog is excellent, but should be secondary to your “real work.”

    Beset of luck with your new blogging schedule.

  32. Other than the A to Z Challenge, I pretty much stick to my M-W-F posting. Outside of the IWSG post, the topics vary.

  33. Well, that’s great news, because my reading schedule has been curtailed.

    Come to think of it, my walking and writing and singing and playing schedules are also curtailed. I love neat and tidy and well organized with everything in its place, so it seems sensible to par down and minimize to three days per week.
    That leaves room for bonus days when you have something so good to say, you just have to post.

  34. Sarah Thomas says:

    I love being able to check in on your blog each weekday–my “coffee break” at work–but I’ve long thought it seemed like a lot of work for you. I think three times a week (four with B&S) is a gracious plenty. Thanks for keeping at it!

  35. Diane Yuhas says:

    I think most blogs would do well to refrain from posting more than 3-4 days a week. I read a wide variety of blogs, but I certainly don’t want to read every one of them every single day. It’s just too much. In fact, I recently relegated all but my absolute favorites to Google Reader, which I check only once in a while. I also love Michael Hyatt’s option of receiving weekly links to his current posts. Finally, I definitely prefer a few good posts to a lot of mediocre ones.

  36. I love the idea. It seems to be the trend, too. I love your posts and hate to miss any of your wisdom. Now you can pack it all into fewer posts. Works for me.

  37. Elizabeth Kitchens says:

    Reading your blog is one of the things I look forward to every morning, but I understand how tiring and time consuming it must get. I’ll look forward to reading them on M, W, and Friday now and let Tuesday and Thursday be anticipation days. Thanks for continuing to blog!

  38. Heather says:

    Michael Hyatt did the same thing. I hope it brings balance to your life. And being a newer reader, I will now have the opportunity to catch up on your older posts. Now I need to figure out my own blogging schedule.

  39. Reduced posting schedule is a good idea. For the blog owner, it gets to be a lot of work and a lot of effort to come up with fresh material.

    By the same token, folks who routinely make their rounds of industry blogs can wear out seeing the same types of posts at all of them.

    Seeing as how both blog owner and blog reader are addicted, it gives both a break. 😎

  40. Dawn Allen says:

    Your blog is one I never miss, but it always amazed me that you kept that pace. This seems better for your sanity. πŸ™‚ And now I’ll work on my writing on the days I’m not reading your blog. It’s a win-win.

  41. Ann Bracken says:

    I’m going to agree with my fellow posters and support you 100%. I’ve been amazed (and frankly overwhelmed) at how you’ve done so much for so long. Go hug that hard-working hubby, love on those you love, and take a breath. You’ve been slaving away for us for too long.

    Plus, now my sense of inadequacy can be lessened!

  42. Jeanne says:

    As has already been said (many times), your blog is so helpful in many ways. I’ve admired your ability to post and seemingly balance the various aspects of your life (family, clients, blogging, other agenting responsibilities. You set a good example by making changes where you need to to keep your priorities in the right order.

    I hope this change in your schedule frees up some time for the most important things/people in your life. πŸ™‚ See ya Monday.

  43. I am not glad that you’ve decided to cut back, because I enjoy this blog so much!

    But as a wife, mom, business woman, friend, daughter, sister, dog walker, horse rider, photographer, lawn mower, organizer, laundress, cook, car washer, therapist, encourager, sounding board, hand holder, prayer warrior, reader, writer and(BIG BREATH) person who needs to just be Rachelle…

    …what took you so long?

    Learning to give up some of what we love in order to enjoy what we have isn’t such a hard choice.

  44. I wonder if the advent of such social media sites as Facebook and Twitter aren’t pushing blogs out of the spotlight. Besides, blogging on a regular basis can be a real drag. I rarely have writer’s block when working on a novel, but the challenge of a blank template for my blog is daunting. I’ve dropped to twice a week, and so far can’t tell any difference in the number of views or followers.
    Whenever and wherever you post, be assured we’ll be there to read, nod wisely in agreement, and occasionally scratch our heads.

  45. Just reading through the comments. Must be edifying and affirming. You’ve done a great job of educating, informing, inspiring. Sounds like we’ll all take your blog any way we can get it!!

  46. I’ve been following your blog for years. I enjoy and am helped by it…and grateful for it. I think your new schedule sounds perfect. Especially if it works for you. God bless you…I don’t know how you’ve come up with such excellent content consistently for so long. All the best to you!

  47. For three years I posted five times a week.

    Then I shifted gears and in 2011 and 2012 only post on Tuesdays (my readers refer to it as “Tuesdays with Laurie”).

    The shift doubled my readership.

  48. Makes sense. I’ve had to do all kinds of adjusting to my schedule to find what works.

    Still working on that.

    Three cheers for triage living. πŸ˜‰
    ~ Wendy

  49. verna bowman says:

    Your blog is concise, constant, and informative . . . I will be grateful for how ever many times you post each week!

    Ordinarily, I don’t have time to read blogs that post daily or multiple times a week, but I make time for yours. I post only once a week . . . it works for me!

  50. I can easily read your blog five days a week, though, Rachelle!

    That said, I’ve cut back my own blog posting. I understand the need to build a followership and stuff, but as an author my primary job is to write books. Five days a week of blogging does significantly cut into money-making time.

  51. CG Blake says:

    Rachelle,
    I applaud your decision. I don’t know how you have been able to maintain a schedule of five blog posts per week for all these years. I know I couldn’t do it. I am down to two blog posts per week. You have a great blog and your posts are always informative and offer sound advice. I look forward to continuing to read your blog.

  52. marion says:

    Good for you, Rachelle.
    I’ve been wondering how you manage to produce high-quality, well-thought-out blog posts, one after the other, day after day.
    With your new schedule, maybe you’ll have more time and energy to devote to your clients. Perhaps you’ll even have space in your schedule for more new clients. (This is the enlightened-self-interest hidden agenda!)
    We love hearing from you, Rachelle. But you’re no good to anyone if you burn out!

  53. Georgie says:

    Hi Rachelle,

    I am sure none of your readers will mind the need to cut down your blog posts. After all you have been decent enough to let us all know this is your plan and you wouldn’t have done so if you didn’t need to.

    We all enjoy reading your posts very much but we also like to know you are human and need time off blogging too.

    Take care of yourself and I look forward to your next blog post on Monday πŸ™‚

  54. Although I’ve been hugely impressed with the consistent high quality content it’s good to know you’re human too! As nice as everyday content is, it’s a treat not a requirement. I hope you enjoy the benefits of a little more time!

  55. Keli Gwyn says:

    Wow! Rachelle Gardner is human after all? It does me good to hear that. I’ve felt like such a slacker compared to you–not that I would actually compare myself to you, of course. Unlike you, I don’t have a Super Woman cape hanging in my closet. πŸ™‚

    In all seriousness, I applaud your decision. I don’t know how you’ve been able to keep up your five-posts-a-week+1 schedule as long as you have. I think you’re making a wise decision, one that can serve as a good model for others and reduce your stress level at the same time.

  56. I try to keep my posting schedule chaotic and unpredictable. Fits in with the rest of my life better that way. But it does take quite a bit of time, and I can sure envy you a three-a-week schedule!

    Personally, I’ll miss you on the ‘no post’ days. Your blog is one of the highlights of my day (or night, which is usually when I check in).

    If you want to know – and even if you don’t – here’s why:

    1 – I lost my teaching job last year, and have been working alone since then. I never expected a sense of connectedness through a medium such as this, but it’s happened. This blog has brought me friends…real, flesh and blood friends.

    2 – On nights when I’ve felt too ill to maintain my own blog, I found that I was still drawn to the computer to see what you’d posted…and that often gave me the energy to post something on mine.

    3 – My family sometimes wonders why I keep going, when things get really horrible. In all honesty, one of the reasons is this blog ‘tribe’. Do I live to see what PJ and Jennifer and Joe and Cathy and Beth have written? Some days…maybe yes.

    That’s about it, for what it’s worth.

    • marion says:

      You’re welcome to get your fix on my blog!
      Not every day, though. I’ve been doing every other day during the past week or 2. Feeling inspired after my visit to Cairo.
      Hoping to keep posting once or twice a week.

    • One of the great joys I had this year was meeting a certain writer/dog whisperer/airplane part guru and fellow Diet Coke consumer at a restaurant somewhere in the USA. His lovely wife joined the conversation and we 3 had a far too short visit. But I’ll be back that way, hopefully very soon!! (As in, before he gets too close too Jesus…again)
      10 years ago, if I said “I met this awesome guy on the internet” the creep-o-rama meter would make really loud noises.
      But now, I can say “I met a really great author from my favourite blog”, that adds a degree of respectability to an otherwise weird way of meeting someone.
      We are a tribe, aren’t we? With a leader who has earned our respect through her words. None more so, for me, than the day she apologized for not blogging because her husband was fighting a massive forest fire. The reaction of the tribe shpowed her just how much we love her and want her to stay well and balanced.
      Andrew, I agree with you, many of us do have a sense of connectedness here that is not found anywhere else in the etherworld.

  57. I think you are wise, Rachelle. Three posts a week should work out well. I’m sure you need more time for your regular life and your job, and while I enjoy reading your blog, I fully sympathize with a reduced schedule, and applaud your resolve!

  58. I’ve paired down my 5-days-a-week blog recently because the balance between blogging and working on memoir was not happening.

    Now, I try to keep the pulse of my posts in a rhythm of two or three days a week, but still tweet frequently (nightly, while checking emails, etc) to engage with fellow readers/writers.

    Thanks for sharing your new schedule with us!

  59. Rachelle – From a readers perspective, I benefit greatly from your posts, even the ones that are for fits and giggles. However, I will admit that I often have to read several at a time just to keep up because I follow so many wonderful blogs… and then I don’t necessarily comment because I know I’m behind. I would really appreciate the extra time to process the things you share – I totally agree with you going to 3x a week, plus your post on Books n Such.

    Thanks for all you do!
    Becky

    • carol brill says:

      Hi, I agree – it is hard for me to keep up with reading 5 times a week. This way we still get your insights and it is more manageable for you and your readers.

    • When you said “wonderful blogs” you totally meant mine, right? Envy has become a problem, hasn’t it? Don’t worry, if you drop all your followers, you could be just like me.

      Seriously though, keeping up with all the really good blogs mean that some don’t get read every day. ANd then before you know it, you’re too behind to catch up.

  60. Amy says:

    Rachelle, I totally understand this change. In fact, I’m surprised it didn’t happen sooner. Ever since I began reading your blog last year, I marveled at the fact you actually found the time to post 5 times a week. Having a travel blog myself, I find it exhausting trying to post just twice a week–it’s so time consuming when you’re trying to publish high-quality stuff! I respect your decision. Interested to see how it works out with everyone else.

  61. SC Author says:

    I did 4 a week before, and I was dying. I’m now down to 2. I was always in SO deep awe of your ability to do it 5 (6!) times a week, like insanely, stupefied, crazed, “How does she do it?!” awe.

    4 times a week killed me, and I still can’t believe you had such awesome things to say every post — but you did!

    You totally deserve to revamp your schedule. Thank you so much πŸ™‚

  62. Since I read your blog through Google Reader feed, when you post I’ll see it so it doesn’t matter how often you post. I won’t miss one, even if you become sporadic.

  63. Jennine G. says:

    I too read some information on building a platform, so I try to post on my blog every three days. It’s hard – teacher, reader, three kids, writing schedule, keeping up with other blogs I enjoy! But I do enjoy the sharing of ideas and life that blogs provide between groups of people with similar goals.

  64. Jeremy Myers says:

    It’s probably a good idea. Michael Hyatt just did the same thing. I just went from 7 posts a week down to 5. It helps feel less pressure and less rushed on the posts I write.

  65. I recall you asked this question before and we resoundingly replied that you should cut back for your own sake. It’s a great blog and we love to comment. Some of us (namely me) probably so much that your eyes roll. GRIN

    Take care of Rachelle. She’s too valuable to burn out.

    • Wha? Come ON. You don’t comment any more than the other Miscreants do. But as Captain, you usually lead the charge.

      Budek-Schmiesser must be under a plane wing somewhere.

      TOSK and Pote must be on vacation.

      The rest will be here any minute now.

      ANd yes, Rachelle, we did all subtley suggest you cool your jets and bring it down a notch or two.

    • Dana McNeely says:

      I agree, we don’t want you to burn out. I too have your blogs on RSS feed, so I get them whenever you post. I shared one of your posts with a few non-writer friends and they subscribed, too! They told me, “Her posts are gold! Don’t want to miss one of ’em.” Bye all means, cut yourself some slack.

  66. I went from 5 to 3 to whenever I could and now back to 3 (plus once every 2 weeks at thewritersalleys.blogspot.com)

    3 seems to work for me and my readers. I toyed with going down to 2 for a while (still might…) but right now, I’m happy where it’s at.

    When I really just don’t have time, I throw up a fun new picture or video of Annabelle:-)

  67. Well, yes, I have changed my blogging schedule — and I hold you responsible.

    After all, you blurbed Michael Hyatt’s PLATFORM which got me to read his book. It showed me I either needed to take my writer’s blog seriously or I should just give it up. So now I’m making a concerted effort to blog at least twice a week. (This is a big committent since, unlike you, my audience is measured in tiny blips on the radar screen)

    I understand the desire to cut back on some outreach to refocus energies on other things. Mind you, you won’t be able to shake some of your loyal fanbase that easily. I’ve just added the Books & Such to my RSS feed to keep up with you and your fellow blogging agents over there.

    — Tom

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