We may not have it all together, but together we have it all.
You’ve all heard the term “fast-drafting.” I want to talk to you today about slow blogging.
After reading Marcia Richards’s post the other day, The Slow Blog Manifesto, I wonder if I owe you, the readers, an apology. Click her title if you want to read her post after you finish this one.
When I first began blogging a year and a half ago, all the advice I was hearing said I should blog a minimum of three times a week. Well, I was new, and they were experts, so I took their advice, and that’s what I’ve been doing ever since.
Between writing blogs, working on my WIP and keeping up with Facebook and Twitter, I found that I didn’t really have time to read all the blogs I subscribed to. Some I read every time, some only once a week, and some I only skimmed to see if anything jumped off the page at me.
Since I’ve been an extremely slow reader all my life, I assumed this problem was limited to me. Surely all those who read at normal speeds had plenty of time to read all the blogs they wanted to. It never occurred to me that others might have the same problem I did finding time to read the plethora of blogs that bombard us all the time.
Until I read Marcia’s blog. Wow! You mean other people—ever normal readers—have problems finding time to read all the blogs coming at them? What a concept. Maybe this is a case where less truly is more. Practically everyone who commented on Marcia’s blog thought so.
Maybe I’ve been shooting myself in the foot by posting more words in a week than most of you have time to read. I wonder how many of my subscribers have started either skipping my posts completely or just glancing over them and then moving on. If I have caused you to have to do that, I want to apologize for it.
As soon as I read Marcia’s blog, I decided to cut back on the frequency of my own posts. Expecting you to read 2,000 to 3,000 words a week from my blogs alone is a bit much. Today will mark the end of the last week in which I post three blogs. Now, I just need to decide whether to cut back to two or only one.
What do you think of the idea that we bloggers are clogging up one another’s computers with too many words, demanding that everyone spend too much time reading what we post?
How many times a week do you post, and why?
Any advice on whether I should cut back to two a week or only one?
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