When Do You Read Blogs?

I’ve been writing this blog for three-and-a-half years and this whole time, I’ve been on a Monday through Friday blogging schedule. So now I’m experimenting with posting on weekends, too, which I think will give me more time for some fun stuff like comics and questions and polls and contests and videos. But I’m wondering if people even read blogs on weekends.

little boy with laptop

And that led me to wonder about your blog reading patterns in general. Do you have a regular time when you normally read blogs? Or is it random? Do you ever sit down to read blogs on the weekend? Do you only read at work (i.e. on the weekdays?) Do you read at home, or both?

Inquiring minds want to know!

Tell us about your blog reading patterns.

P.S. Just to answer my own question…my own blog reading is completely random. I read blogs in my Google Reader and I rarely read them at my desk. Most of the time, I read blogs on my phone at odd times like when I’m waiting in line at the post office, or waiting for my daughter to get done with gymnastics practice. So for me, whether people post on weekends or weekdays doesn’t make any difference.

 

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  • http://curatedwriter.blogspot.com Kat

    When I have time, which usually means late evening. The day of the week rarely matters.

  • http://www.stephanie-mcgee.com Stephanie McGee

    I’ve found, for me, that if I don’t get to it in the morning, I’m far less likely to comment if I read at all. Not getting to it first thing off the bat (this is where being currently unemployed helps), I’m that much more likely to click “Mark all as read” in my Google reader.

    When I was interning at the magazine, now out of business, sadly, the days I was there were hard on my blog reading. By the time I’d get done with the day all I wanted was to crash on the couch if I didn’t have someplace to be after work.

    If people post on the weekend I’ll read. I generally try to read as soon as possible. (I’m almost neurotic in how often I check my reader.)

  • Meg

    I read blogs through RSS as well, so I check on them fairly regularly when I’m using the computer for fun (weekends and evenings) and then on my phone during times like my lunch break. So I don’t really have a preference either, although I will say I really like it when people have posts queued up for holidays so something is still posted. I always seem to have a lot of spare time on holidays, and while I completely understand not posting and don’t begrudge anyone for taking a vacation day, I really enjoy it when bloggers have some little thing that they can schedule so I still have something to read. :-)

  • http://www.cebumakeupartists.com CebuMUAs

    I read blogs in the morning on my iPhone Google Reader while drinking coffee. If there is something I find really interesting I check back on it when I’m on the computer. :)

  • http://www.theroadtowhere.com Julie

    I read blogs all the time, at my desk during quiet moments, on my phone, and on my laptop at home. here in Kuwait there isn’t a lot to do but work and sleep and I find most blogs really informative. Some are encouraging, some useful,and some funny, but I never find them boring.
    I also blog on my own website, every few days if and when I find the time.
    I say keep them coming, and weekends to.

  • Susy

    If I didn’t read blogs on the weekend, I wouldn’t get to read many at all!
    That is to say, I would tend to do more browsing though blogs on the weekend, if I follow a blog and get notification through my email I tend to read it straight away.
    Also if I see a new blog post on FB (like this one) I tend also to read straight away…
    So yes, definite more blog reading on weekends!

  • Olivia Newport

    Usually in the morning on weekdays I take a spin through what’s in my Google Reader. Occasionally I will check again in the evening, just to keep the backlog from getting too long for the next day, and perhaps once on the weekend. There’s not usually much on the weekend. Also in the evening I may go back to read a blog more carefully if it caught my attention in the morning run-through. I prefer blog posts that are not overly long. I realize that’s subjective, but long posts are the ones I’m likely to just keep tabs on without really reading. You know, the modern reading style.

  • http://julienilson.wordpress.com Julie Nilson

    Totally random for me–whenever I can find the time!

  • http://sheilaghleeblogspot.com Sheilagh Lee

    I read when i find the time.

  • http://jonathonarntson.blogspot.com/ Jonathon Arntson

    It’s the weekend? My schedule doesn’t know what those are.

  • http://godspotting.net Sheila Lagrand

    Mostly mornings, but I’m reading this one now….

    The question confuses me a little, though. If I follow a blog but don’t read a post on the day it goes up, I will read it when I return to that blog a day or two later.

    I also use the scheduling tool on my own blog. I try to keep three or four posts “in the can” as it were, scheduled to be posted. If something timely comes up I can reschedule them. I post on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, but I often write a post on another day if something is burning in my mind.

  • Melissia Griffith

    Hi! I rad blogs jsut about everyday. I’m building one and it is slow going. i have been reading so much, i can’t write! I love your blog so Ill subscribe. You can see the start of my photography blog if you want to. it’s bitly.com/myphotoblog

  • http://www.LaurindaOnLeadership.com Laurinda

    Every morning I check my Google Reader. In the evening I check Facebook, which is how I saw this post. I read daily but appreciate the light reading over the weekend.

  • http://www.lifeisstory.com Josh Olds

    I read them in Google reader late at night after everything else is done.

  • http://www.thebaldpatch.blogspot.com/ Botanist

    I don’t have time at work for distractions, so my reading pattern is evenings and weekends. Usually to unwind after work, and at random times in between other activities.

  • http://adamheine.com Adam Heine

    I read mostly in the mornings, and pretty much all week. Working at home will do that to you :-)

  • http://neuroticworkaholic.blogspot.com Neurotic Workaholic

    I read blogs every day, including weekends. But I’ve noticed that most bloggers don’t post anything on the weekends, though I wish they would.

  • http://casinerina.blogspot.com Casi

    I read at totally random times as well. However, I read them on my computer. What app do you use on your phone to read them there? Because I’d love to be able to read them on the bus and the subway.

    • http://www.rachellegardner.com Rachelle

      I have a Droid X and my Google Reader syncs up on it perfectly, so I can go back and forth between computer and phone.

      • http://sophiathewriter.blogspot.com Sophia Chang

        Oh man it’s bad. I stumble out of bed, crack my neck, and stand at my kitchen counter with my laptop and immediately start reading blogs – I can’t really wake up until I do.

        I read on my iPhone (Casi and others – just search for a google reader app and download the one with the best ratings) when I’m a passenger in the car, or waiting in line.

        And I’m reading now before I go to bed…sigh

  • http://thefarseas.blogspot.com Trisha

    I can read blogs on most days, and any time of day. But mostly it will be confined to evenings (for me, about 6pm-9:30 pm is my time span during the week) and weekends.

  • http://www.writinginflow.blogspot.com Beverly Diehl

    I read some in the morning, some at lunch, some at night after work. Some on the weekend. Kind of depends on how backed up I am with my own blogging & writing. If it’s not gong well and I need inspiration, I may do a lot of reading; if I’m in the flow, I won’t read anything until I’ve put some serious pages behind me.

  • http://www.eliznewton.com elizabeth newton

    Most reliably in the morning and later @ night. Also when I’m on the computer and feeling distracted from work :}

  • http://www.danielfcase.com Daniel F. Case

    I usually read the RSS feed of your blog in my email client (Thunderbird). Whenever I check mail and see a new posting, I read it right then.

    Case in point: it’s now 12:22 AM and I need to finish the Sunday School lesson I’m teaching in about 9 hours, then get some sleep. What am I doing? Reading your blog!

    (and now I’ll be a good boy and go to bed, or at least move in that general direction) :-)

  • http://ablogadaywhileyoureaway.blogspot.com Chantal

    I read blogs when I get up in the morning and usually throughout the day, every day!

  • http://anmari.com anmari

    I read randomly but often when I want to stay physically present and able to be distracted while my kids are doing their homework.(my work requires great concentration to get in what I call the zone)

    Also smartphones are great for catching up via the rss readers while I am waiting at pickup time.

  • http://www.judycroome.blogspot.com Judy Croome

    I am very interested in reading the response to this blog. With the differences in time zones I’ve been wondering what is the best time to post a blog or tweet. I’ve recently changed my weekly blog post to auto post at 2a.m. Tuesday mornings (South African time) and I noticed a slight increase in comments. I’ve started using hootsuite and schedule my tweet/FB updates across three time zones across different days. I do seem to be getting more clicks/comments.

    For myself, I’m a completely random blog reader/commentator

    Judy, South Africa

  • Gabryyl

    I use Google Reader as well, but since I subscribe to so many blogs I view them daily. I usually check 3 times a day, varied times, every day but as list view. If the title interests me I star it, mark everything as read and go back at the end of the evening and read the starred items. I’d never be able to get through them all if I read every post and I follow so many great blogs (like yours!) I can’t bring myself to unsubscribe.

  • Najela

    I read blogs during lunch and in the evenings.

  • http://www.supamomthoughts.blogspot.com Angie Dicken

    I am extremely random. My blogger dashboard is one of my three sure places I go to on the web (email and fb being the other two). My reading list appears there, so when I see one of my subscribed blogs has a new post, I click on it. Could be a Sunday, Tuesday, or middle of the night, avoiding sleep, like I am doing right now. :)

  • http://patsy-collins.blogspot.com/ Patsy Collins

    My blog reading is random. When someone comments on my blog, I like to read theirs, but it can be any day of the week and in the morning or evening.

  • http://emmawilhelm.com Emma

    I read blogs seven days a week and at random times (such as now, when I am up eating cereal in the middle of the night).

  • http://nerinedorman.blogspot.com Nerine Dorman

    In many ways for me reading blogs has replaced magazines or newspapers. I very rarely read those to media anymore and rely to a degree on blogs for my industry-related news.

    I make time usually first thing in the morning, or during lunch, or between editing cycles when I’m busy with my freelance work.

  • http://creativenovelist.wordpress.com Lisa Fredersdorf

    I have no real schedule for blog reading, I do it whenever I have the time. After school when my homework is done, or when I newly woke up (only during the holidays of course) and can’t really do anything else. (:

  • April

    I check my Google Reader several times a day, every day (including weekends).

  • http://irefusetogoquietly.blogspot.com/ SueH

    Having recently given up the ‘day job’ I don’t really have ‘week’s ds’ anymore so reading blogs is a 7/7 thing for me!

    I periodically scan the blogroll on my site a few times a day (e.g. over breakfast; while I’m standing in the kitchen waiting for the kettle to boil; or in between TV programmes) and dip in and out of whatever takes my fancy.

    I try to leave comments if there’s anything appropriate to say – if someone’s taken the time to write and I’ve invested time in reading what they have to say it seems reasonable to contribute. and I’d hope people who visit my blog would also be stirred to do likewise.
    ;-)

    When there are a long list of comments I confess I often skim-read those, otherwise I’d never have time to visit other blogs!

  • http://lifeinclarity.blogspot.com Rebecca Bradley

    I usually have more time to get online at a weekend so do read more during a weekend, but I try to read a few every day, usually when I’m eating breakfast before I go out to work.

  • http://doubtingwriter.blogspot.com/ Jeff O’Handley

    I read blogs all week, so if you’ve got new material on the weekends I’ll usually catch it on the weekends. I get up pretty early and try to catch up on blogs early, sipping a cup of coffee. It’s a good way to ease into my day and rev up my brain for writing.

  • http://www.DyspepsiaGeneration.com Tim of Angle

    I use an RSS reader, so it doesn’t matter when you post stuff – I get to it when I get to it.

  • Kimmy

    I also use Google Reader and read through every new post each morning before work. If I have the chance, I check it on my phone at lunch. Once I get home, I check it periodically as I write for any new posts. Basically, I guess I check my Google Reader a good 5 or 6 times per day!

  • http://perichoreticlife.blogspot.com/ Michael

    I read anytime except work hours, but I am more likely to comment in the morning.

  • http://writingspectacle.blogspot.com/ B.E Sanderson

    I mostly read blogs first thing in the morning 7 days a week. When I have time in the afternoon or in the evening, I’ll check my blogroll to see if anything interesting has posted – but that’s rare.

  • http://calliekingston.blogspot.com Callie Kingston

    I usually scroll through the blog list when I pull up my dashboard as I’m about to post to my blogs. I use my phone for twitter mostly, and get to a lot of blogs via tweets. On weekends when I have a bit more time, I’ll surf through favorite blogs and their blog rolls. Tough to keep up.

  • http://Byrdhouse.wordpress.com Jonathan

    I’ve been reading your blog and Twitter feeds for months (nearly a year) and only recently started using Google Reader. That has streamlined the process and allows me to read more. I check it a few times during the day but usually spend the most time reading in the morning. Weekends or weekdays.
    My last blog post (23rd) was Social Media Pecking Order and in it I consider blogging to be a social media like Twitter and Facebook.
    Byrdhouse.wordpress.com

  • http://www.themindthatneverstops.blogspot.com Heidi M

    I read every morning over coffee, 7 days a week. If I can get back to it during the afternoon, I do, but that’s not always a sure thing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/TheVoodooProphecies Chris Lunda

    Anytime the title grabs me usually in the evenings though and mostly things to do with writing style and publishing tips.

  • http://www.nebraskagraceful.blogspot.com Michelle DeRusha

    I pretty much read them all the time, here and there whenever I have time. As for weekends, sometimes I get up early on Saturday morning to have some quiet blog reading/commenting time. That way it’s guilt-free!

  • http://www.laureninwaiting.com Lauren

    I read randomly, too – no set schedule. Right now, I’m reading waiting for my cousin to get out the shower. I read at work some, too, and also at home as I’m settling down for bed. It’s funny because they say it’s bad to be on the computer before bed, but it’s good to read before bed. But what if what you want to read before bed to settle down is on the computer? Lol.

  • http://richardgibsonwriter.blogspot.com/ Richard Gibson

    Usually in the morning – I’m in Mountain Time so the New Yorkers often have posted even if I get up early. Typically check another time or two during the day, when I go through my email-facebook-news routine.

    Day of the week is irrelevant, except that I like seeing something interesting on Saturday morning because it’s a pretty slow time, electronically.

  • Amy

    I’m not a morning person, so I tend to read more in the mornings while I’m drinking my tea. And I will spend more time on it on the weekends.

    BTW, I love, love LOVE your new blog look!!

    • http://www.rachellegardner.com Rachelle

      Thanks!

  • http://www.rumorsofglory.com/ Lucille Zimmerman

    I read the ones that show up daily on my Facebook. The others, I save for a month or two, and read (skim!) all at once on my Google reader.

    In case people don’t know what RSS or Google Reader is, here is a helpful article: http://standup101.blogspot.com/2007/12/how-to-rss-like-rockstar-part-1.html

  • http://www.lydiasharp.blogspot.com Lydia Sharp

    I read from my Google Reader, once in the morning and once in the evening… but sometimes only one or the other, and some days I can’t get to it all. But if that’s the case I allow myself a bit more time the next day to catch up.

    I follow so many blogs, though, that I have to view my Google Reader like a slush pile. I only fully read the articles that interest me enough to be worth the time, and skim/skip the rest.

  • http://www.melissajagears.com Melissa Jagears

    I read whenever I am procrastinating! That means at any time. :) I’ve never really understood those that say you have to have a schedule on particular days (besides getting the blog author in the habit).

    I really don’t know which of my favorite bloggers blog when, I just know if they are prolific or not. If you have content I want, I leave you in my feed even if you don’t blog for months. What dooms you is if I can’t remember the last time you said anything of interest on your blog, that’s when I think about the unsubscribe button.

    I use feeddemon to read blogs. I do notice that most don’t post on the weekends because my feed is very sparse then–but I’m certainly looking! Procrastination is no respecter of days.

  • http://www.judithmercadoauthor.blogspot.com Judith Mercado

    Twice daily, I scan Google Reader, morning and late afternoon. If I find a new post I want to read more carefully, I will email it to myself and read it when I have time in my schedule.

  • http://www.freespirituniverse.org Bruce H. Johnson

    Seven days a week in the morning. Weekends? What are they? Just means some businesses aren’t open and Costco is busier.

  • Miranda Hardy

    I will read them, only if it’s an interesting topic (yes, I read all yours). I typically comment on most blogs during the week, from my phone.

  • Ray S

    24×7. I’m online a lot and usually multitasking. One of those tasks is following or posting to blogs. Some blogs is skip thru, some I read every post.

  • http://glossingoverit.com Susan

    I read blogs every day. I have my Google reader on both my computer and my iPhone, so I read when I’m waiting in line, drinking coffee, or whenever else I have little moments throughout the day.

  • http://www.tamibrothers.com Tami Brothers

    Like many others, I read when I have the time. I also read through a Google Reader (because there are so many good ones it’s just easier). I hit the highlights every morning before work. Sometimes I will do it during my break at work. If something catches my eye, I’ll pop it open into its own screen to comment on later. Unfortunately, the week is often so busy that unless it is something incredible or from a friend, I often don’t comment.

    What I do is wait til the weekend, try to remember all those that caught my eye during the week and go back to reread at a time I can comprehend everything and even take down notes.

    That’s just me, though….

    Tami

  • Loree Huebner

    I like to read blogs in the morning with my tea or coffee. Hubby reads the paper and keeps me up on any real world or local dramas. I go to Google Reader.

    I don’t always comment on a blog right away. Sometimes I like to think about my comments, so I’ll return to the blog later.

  • http://sherricornelius.com Sherri

    Generally first thing in the morning every day, and then I check my reader at random times through the day. I’ve noticed in my own blog the weekend posts get almost no hits until Monday or Tuesday.

  • Tracy

    Like you, pretty much when ever it’s convenient and all the time.

  • http://dmyates.blogspot.com DM

    I read them every day of the week.

  • http://www.ponderingcreek.com Mitch

    My blog reading is random whenever the opportunity presents itself. I am reading more via my smartphone now, using Google reader, than via my laptop. I recently “discovered” Twitter, finding even more blogs to bolster my excuse(s) to avoid writing!

  • http://bethkempuk.blogspot.com/ Beth Kemp

    I’m a Google Reader gal as well. I follow quite a lot of blogs, so there’s usually a list of posts waiting to be read. I try to not get too far behind, as I feel I can’t comment if it’s not today’s post. I’ll mark the interesting ones to follow up and comment on my laptop later.

    I read all week at odd times – on the bus to work, waiting for the kids etc – so weekend posting is fine for me.

  • http://www.jancline,net Jan Cline

    I read them randomly and sometimes I go for quite a while without reading any. A question I have is for those of you who have a long stream of comments, like you Rachel, how on earth do you have time to read all of them??

  • http://www.tracyantonioli.com Tracy Antonioli

    I mainly read in the mornings, whilst eating breakfast! Yes, I eat breakfast at my desk (in my home office, not at work). As a teacher, most blogs were blocked at work. Now that I’m not a teacher anymore, my blog reading and blog commenting (and blog writing) has gone up.

    When I write my own blogs, I tend try to post them (or at least wait to promote them on social media) until the work week. I can see twitter activity die on the weekends, so I assume everyone is out playing T-ball with their children. It seems to me that most people are more active online Monday-Friday…which says a lot about productivity at work!

  • http://www.joyweesemoll.com/ Joy Weese Moll

    I read blogs with Google Reader first thing in the morning, before breakfast, on my iPad. It’s a low-key way to wake up for me. Weekends, too.

  • http://WeGrowMedia.com Dan Blank

    I tend to read blogs at any time of day or week, but I know that might not be “average.” Weekends tend to slow down for most blogs, which is why I think it could be an opportunity to post more often on Sat & Sun – less voices vying for attention, more space in the readers’ minds to really listen and engage.
    Thanks!
    -Dan

  • http://www.rachellerea.com Rachelle

    I read whenever I have a spare moment, usually in the early afternoon. I agree with Dan (above) that many blogs are quiet on the weekends and yet that is often the time of the week when I have the most time to spend reading blogs. Opportunity there!

    By the way, your daughter is a gymnast? How lovely! I retired from competing just last year.

  • http://www.judithleger.weebly.com Judith Leger

    I read some during the day but alot at night. I also read on the weekend. I find I have more views on my blog during the weekend, usually on Sunday. Takes a lot of time to keep up with your blogs but also visit other ones.

  • http://www.joannesher.com Joanne Sher

    I read mostly during the day, on any day of the week. But it’s one of the “high priority” things for me.

  • http://valeriecomer.com Valerie Comer

    I read blogs sporadically, two or three times a week whenever there’s a few minutes. There are only a few, such as yours, Seekerville, and International Christian Fiction, that I read back to make sure I haven’t missed anything.

    I used to follow more blogs more closely but time: it is of the essence. I need to find a happier balance, to be honest!

  • http://esthersdestiny.blogspot.com Sherri

    Totally random for me. Sometimes it’s a quick read, but sometimes I follow links to several other blogs and before I know it I’ve been reading for an hour!

    I’m new to reading blogs and to writing them. I don’t get many comments yet so I try to make part of my reading time responding and commenting on the blogs I read. It’s nice to interact with others and get feedback.

  • http://lexcade.blogspot.com lexcade

    My current job is at a hotel, so I do work most weekends. I read a LOT when I’m at work, too. When I had internet at home, I’d read there randomly.

  • http://janudlock.com/blog/ Jan Udlock

    I was just thinking about this question because my blog stats tell me that I get a lot less traffic on the weekends so I’m leaning to blogging only Monday through Friday.

  • http://www.beckymushko.com Becky Mushko

    I read a few blogs every morning, then a few more later in the day, and more later at night. I don’t read every blog I follow every day—probably about two or three times a week.

  • http://www.victorianchick.com victoria ordin

    I just found your blog off a friend’s FB page. I have a new blog, Victorian Chick, only 3 months old. I have found that I get the HIGHEST readership and response to Friday night posts. Thus I am religious about Friday night posts now unless there is absolutely no way for whatever reason I can swing it. I have gotten , with a very new blog, 50 or 65 shares on FB with posts on Friday night or Saturday morning .My review of Bridesmaids–also picked up by a blog for which I am now listed “contributor, Writers Clearinghouse Press–had some 50 shares in a 10 hour period on a Saturday.

    Of course it is no news that sex sells. I am ABD in British literature and the blog is high culture, pop culture and personal reflections and if the topic–as it is in a movie review about FWB and casual dating–has even a remotely sexual overtone, the readership is triple what it will be for an essay on Kant or GEorge Eliot. Such is life.

  • http://melindapontruff.blogspot.com/ Melinda Pontruff

    I read then just whenever I can! It’s normally on the evenings but I do get caught up on my weekends.

  • http://lynneawest.blogspot.com Erica Olson

    I work full-time and have 2 kids as well as try to write blog posts and novels, so I visit blogs MORE often on the weekends than during the week.

  • http://ashleyclarkwrites.blogspot.com Ashley Clark

    Personally, I read blogs whenever I’m online, which tends to be every day. I don’t really consider blogs work-related, even though perhaps they are, so I read them outside standard work hours. But being an instructor and writer, I don’t have very standard working hours anyway!

  • http://www.iamwriterhearmeroar.blogspot.com Gracie

    I honestly don’t understand why so many people don’t blog on weekends… the weekend is when I have the most time to both read & write blog posts!

  • http://cagolden71.blogspot.com Carrie Ann

    I usually don’t have much time to read blogs during the week (probably two or three times); I’m more of a weekend blogger/blog reader.

  • http://www.sarahanneloudinthomas.wordpress.com Sarah Thomas

    I have several blogs I check in on most mornings during the work week. On weekends I catch up on several others, reading a week’s worth of posts. I like that you’re posting on weekends, I often felt like there was a dearth of fresh material. I generally don’t post on my blog on weekends because it seemed like hardly anyone else did and I assumed that meant there was little activity over the weekend. I love that you asked this question so I can see whether that’s true!

  • http://patriciastoltey.blogspot.com Patricia Stoltey

    I tend to read at random times and not very regularly, but once I get to a favorite blog, I scroll back through several posts to see what’s been happening in that blogger’s life.

  • http://www.carlaharker.com DeadlyAccurate

    Completely random times. I usually let them build up for a while and then sit back and go through a lot of them.

    I may be the odd person out, but I actually prefer blogs that aren’t daily, simply because I have a lot of them on my reader.

  • http://www.rebeccaboschee.com Rebecca Boschee

    I have the blogs I follow set up in iGoogle, and it’s my home page when I launch the internet. So, pretty much whenever I’m on the internet I can see if there’s a new blog to read. Since I write 7 days a week, I’m always on the internet at some point. Whether or not I stop to read the blog—weekend or weekday—depends on whether or not it hooks me with what I can see in the first few paragraphs on my reader—sounds familiar, no? ;)

  • http://www.marilhazlett.com Maril Hazlett

    I mostly read blogs like you do, on my phone and on the run between kid stuff and work. I have about ten blogs that I read during the day at work, all directly job-related. The rest I scan while on the go – and thus I rarely have time to leave comments on those, sadly.

    Couldn’t live without my Feeddler app for my phone. I use google reader on computer, but Feeddler rocks for mobile.

  • http://www.thehahnhuntinglodge.com Nikole Hahn

    If I were to go by my readers, I would have to say weekends get the same results, if not more sometimes than mid-week. I read blogs during the week and I try to get to them on the weekends. It’s just easier to read them at my desk.

  • Michael Seese

    With three young ‘uns running me ragged, any night around this time.

  • http://thekoalabearwriter.blogspot.com Bonnie

    Blog reading happens when I have a few minutes with nothing else to do… or when I’m too tired to do anything else. Usually later at night, after the girls have gone to bed (or when I’m holding one who doesn’t want to go to bed). So weekdays/weekends makes no difference to me. I tend to post MWF, just because that’s easiest for me, and hopefully my readers can read it when they get a chance. :)

  • http://catherinemjohnson.wordpress.com Catherine Johnson

    Recently I try getting up early to clear emails and blog readers but some days I skip commenting, depending on how many emails I have. But I have just bought a netbook so I can check blogs on the go freeing up my sitting at the computer time for writing yay! So my habits change all the time.

  • http://www.novelnatterings.com Lisa Marie

    I have an unpredictable schedule, so it really depends. I’m far more likely to read a blog on any other day than Monday and Tuesday, because I’ve noticed that these tend to be the days when I get most of my writing work done. By the end of the day/night, my mind is toast. I always find time to read your blog, Rachelle, but don’t always comment (when my mind feels like toast). Usually, I read blogs late at night, in between my regular work and my creative writing – this puts me in a “creative writing” mindset and gets me motivated.

  • http://nataliesharpston.com/ Natalie Sharpston

    I always read blogs at home, usually after 9pm, and frequently wind up staying up way past my bed time. :) Like Meg, I love it when bloggers I follow have posts queued up during weekends, vacations or holidays or else I’d go through withdrawal pain.

    I don’t like to use Google Reader as I prefer to experience the individual websites rather than a bland, text only web page.

    Rachelle, I love that we’ll have more of your posts to read on the weekends, too. Great plan. :)

  • http://bethvogt.com Beth K. Vogt

    I usually read blogs M-F in the mornings … but sometimes I will “go random” and visit blogs on the weekend!

  • http://barbarakoob.com Barbara Koob

    I randomly read blogs on my phone whenever I have a free moment. It’s so cool to see what others are writing about. If there’s a blog that I really like, I subscribe to it. It goes directly to my email and I can read it whenever I’m processing my other email stuff. But for me, it doesn’t seem to matter when the post occurs. It’s when I can get to reading it.

  • http://janettedolores.blogspot.com Janette Dolores

    I read blogs at night at home, when the rest of my household is asleep. Usually after 11 p.m., with hot herbal tea in hand. I tend to read more blogs Monday through Friday than on the weekends. Thank you for asking about our blog-reading habits!

    Have a beautiful week.

  • http://www.bkjackson.blogspot.com BK Jackson

    I skim about 6 blogs weekday mornings.

    Only a couple of which I read on weekends (like The Kill Zone). I try not to on weekends b/c it gets to be overwhelming, no matter how much useful/fun stuff gets posted.

  • http://stacysjensen.blogspot.com Stacy S. Jensen

    I read mostly during the week. I use weekends to catch up. I rarely read all posts from a daily blog.

  • Catherine Read

    I usually read blogs by e-mail early in the morning ever day. I like the additional weekend posts.

  • http://www.marleengagnon.com Marleen Gagnon

    I read blogs kind of haphazard. If something catches my eye in the title, I’ll click through. My weekends are just as busy as through the week so there is no particular day.

  • http://byline.peterdehaan.name Peter DeHaan

    I generally read blogs when I am notified of a new post via email.

    However, I am also trying to minimize the amount of time I sit in front of a computer on the weekends, so I pay less attention to blogs on the weekends.

    (I am a long-time subscriber to A Word A Day. Several years ago Anu decided to switch from daily to weekdays only. I quickly realized that by taking a break on the weekends, I more highly valued and read his weekday posts.)

  • http://heathersunseri.blogspot.com Heather Sunseri

    I’m like you in that I’m completely random. Sometimes it’s when I take a break while writing or while I’m waiting for chicken to thaw for dinner. And sometimes I read them in the morning b/f I get started with the day.

    I do read blogs on the weekend sometimes, but not always.

  • http://www.popclassicsjg.blogspot.com Juliette

    I read blogs every day, unless I’m out all day or away somewhere. But I’ve noticed my own blog has a dip every Saturday, and I think Saturdays are probably the ones I’m most often out or away during myself as well!

  • http://patricianesbitt.wordpress.com Patricia Nesbitt

    I follow blogs 7 days a week. When I find a blog that I feel is really beneficial to me as a writer, I subscribe and get notifications in my email. As I go through daily emails, I read the blog postings. I follow leads in the blogs at that time or save them in files for later reference.

  • Monica

    One terrific post per week would definitely be read. Everyday is a chore – too many blogs, too much to read, watered-down ideas. Most get deleted, even those by someone as outstanding as you. So one good one per week would definitely get read.

  • http://christinerains.net/ Christine Rains

    I read in the morning if I’m up before my son or in the afternoon when he’s napping. I usually don’t get time on the weekends to read, but I try to stick to a regular schedule during the week.

  • http://davidatodd.com David Todd

    Most weekends are so busy with yardwork, church, and actual writing that I rarely look at blogs. Here it is Monday morning before work, and I’m reading your blog, knowing that it’s rare for you to post on the weekend. Guess I’ll have to make a little time on the weekend for blog reading.

  • http://www.chattykelly.com Kelly Combs

    It’s ironic I’m sitting down for my Monday blog reading and just went, “Ack! I missed 2 posts from Rachelle. How did that happen?”

    I don’t usually read on the weekends, because that is designated family time. So I’ll likely be catching up on your weekend posts on Mondays.

  • http://www.productivelifeconcepts.com Royale

    I read blogs using Feedly either on my phone or at my desk on weekdays usually first thing in the morning and then after lunch.

  • http://apps.kellymillerauthor.com/blog Kelly Miller

    I usually read blogs M-F. I just don’t have time to sit down at the computer on the weekends. But that doesn’t mean I skip the blogger’s weekend post. It just sits in my email box until I’m ready on Monday.

  • http://www.shellygoodmanwright.com Shelly Goodman Wright

    I read the weekend blogs on Mondays, if I read them at all. Honestly, if I read every blog, everyday, I’d never write my own (twice a month) blog or get any writing done. However there is so much I learn from editors and agents blogs, it’s worth the time to pick through the ones that speak to me.

    I do think the weekend blogs get the most neglect. With family time and church, reading time is almost zero.
    :-)

  • Jerry Eckert

    I’m retired and am on the computer early mornings and evenings writing. I read blogs (yours anyway) when I open up my e-mail. Or sometimes when I’m inactive somewhere (doctor’s office, car repair) on my Droid.

  • Roy Wallen

    Like you, my reading is random and completely dependent on the time I have available. As my phone is with me all the time, I often read when I have a few minutes of waiting (while my wife is in the shop, before the plane takes off, while the dentist is delayed). Otherwise, I try to read blogs over breakfast (while the house is quiet), during lunch (a great break from the work environment) or late in the work day when I need a diversion. All that said, I am woefully behind in reading electronic media received.

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  • http://www.writinginjuries.com Jenny

    I try to read them everyday. I subscribe to a lot of them, and get about 100 new posts through RSS everyday and so have to at least scan through that often.

  • http://www.sefcug.jux.com/index.html sefcug

    I, like a lot of the others, use Google Reader and read blogs when I get the chance.

    Most of by blog reading occurs during the week, but sometimes I will check them on the weekend, or when I go on vacation too.

    When posts are made does not make a difference to me.

  • http://www.paulawhidden.wordpress.com Paula

    I blog daily and on Saturday usually make it short. Then, on Saturday night, I write a poem for Sunday. It gets posted late Saturday and runs through Sunday. (no blogging for me on Sunday, it’s family day…no computer day).

    It matters to regular readership but also keeps me in consistent habit. I hear the best way to improve is practice. Regular practice makes better right?

  • Kathy

    I read them very randomly. I try to catch up if I miss a day. I also try to keep up my own blog. I keep telling myself that I should get into a routine but…mother of 5 teenagers, wife, author, volunteer… well that doesn’t really lend itself to a regular routine so I think I will give up. It is good to know that others do the same.

  • http://www.clugstonsingermany.blogspot.com Rachael

    I read blogs after I have written a post myself. I typically look at four or five blogs over a period of 15 minutes. I would estimate that I spend about 30 mins per week reading other blogs, including links from my twitter feed. I’m disciplined, and only comment when I feel there is something worth saying.

    Thanks for the question.

  • Edwina Cowgill

    I usually read blogs throughout the day,if my schedule permits. If not, I read them in the evening.

    I always enjoy your blog, Rachelle.

  • http://www.cattapanscookies.blogspot.com AJ Cattapan

    I use Google Reader after work Monday-Friday. It keeps me consistent. :)

  • Brittany

    I read whenever I can and it’s nice to know that so-and-so is blogging Monday thru Friday and that’s when I should expect their posts. Or so-and-so numero dos is blogging Monday-Wednesday-Friday and that’s when I should expect their posts. Almost no one blogs on the weekends, and it’s nice to have someone to read on those days. I like the new format, Rachelle!

  • Kristen

    There are precious few blogs I could justify reading when I’m on the clock at the day job. I used to try to cram my blog reading into evenings, which meant I didn’t get much writing done. Now I read by RSS on my iPad during lunch hour. And when waiting in doctor’s offices. and still in the evenings. It’s like an addiction, I tell you.

  • http://brandyberry.blogspot.com/ Brandy Heineman

    I usually read blogs in Google Reader, mid-morning, Monday through Saturday. I take Sundays off from writerly pursuits, but I definitely catch up on any posts to my favorite blogs once Monday rolls around.

  • http://flowerpatchfarmgirl.blogspot.com Flower Patch Farmgirl

    I don’t use a blog reader, I go to the source. I read blogs pretty much every day. It’s my soap opera break. :)

    I have read that you “shouldn’t” post on weekends, and my traffic does drop slightly, but I also almost always pick up new followers on the weekends. I think there are many non-blogging people who only find the time to sit and browse on a Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon. Makes sense to me!

  • http://www.ourtravelinshoes.com Tonya

    I read them as ones of interest pop up on facebook when I have the time. Generally of a morning.

  • http://alexisgrant.com Alexis Grant

    I read via RSS every weekday morning, and whenever I get to it on the weekends. I do notice 1. My Google Reader is much emptier on weekends and 2. When I post on my own blog on weekends, I get fewer hits than when I post on weekdays.

    Would love to hear your conclusions from all of these responses!

  • http://thelastdraftwritersgroup.blogspot.com/ Beth MacKinney

    I read blogs during the week, usually some point in the morning during the summer, but in the afternoon during the school year. Not as often on the weekends, because most agents/writers/editors don’t post over the weekend.

    Lately I’ve been busier, so I’ve not read as much. Also, my summer routine is more random, so I miss more posts during the summer.

  • http://www.jenjdanna.com Jen J. Danna

    I read this post on Sunday… it just took me days to circle back to leave a comment! Like you, I read anywhere and usually on my phone, whenever I have a spare moment of down time. But that also usually means that I mark the post as unread in Google Reader and then come back to comment at a later time. But content on the week-end would be great as far as I’m concerned!

  • http://www.diannedykstra.us Dianne

    My blog reading is slightly random. When I discover a new blog- whether by a site I visit or a link sent to me- I’ll look in to it. If the content appeals to me- I’ll look for a connection to Networked Blogs. I get the feeds on Facebook. With blogs that I gain a lot from- (like with academics, writing, and personal) I subscribe for e-mail notices.

  • http://girlseeksplace.com Brianna

    Whenever I have time. A lot of the blogs I follow come straight to my inbox, so I can read on my phone. But I am seriously behind on my blog reading.

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    I read your blog more than any others because it’s so informative and has good titles that catch my attention. I read blogs about once a month, all in one morning, and catch up in a couple of hours…works for me!

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