Starting in April, the number of “I haven’t blogged in ages, sorry omg” kind of posts seem to increase on most personal blog sites. In May, they climb so much in frequency until it’s often harder to find a decent post among the masses of apologies. In June it seems to even out a little, but there is still a fair rate of emo to be noticed for lack of updates. Note that I’m targeting personal blogs here, not paid blogging, etc.
So you actually have a life “offline”, ooh la la! No one is going to hate you for it. :P Please, for the love of all things Interwebs, stop apologizing for blogging!! Do you want your blog to be filled with whiny-sounding posts made up of nothing but excuses? I certainly wouldn’t want to subscribe to something like that.
Either create a posting schedule and stick with it, or decide to write when you feel like it and do that. But donâ€™t go into the land of wishy-washy and spend the first paragraph of each post apologizing for not writing in days. No one cares all that much. Just write the post. An apology says, â€œIâ€™ve already messed up bad. Your readers rely on you to entertain them in some way. Donâ€™t wimp out on them! ~ Christine Kane
Exactly! Nobody cares. Why are you apologizing for your own busy life? You have exams, you get married, you have a baby, you’re reading a book, you just don’t feel like blogging for some reason, etc. Do you honestly think that everyone simply must be hating you and your site during that “limbo” time between posts?
Stop it. X( No one hates you. It’s not wrong to do something else for a change. If you were constantly blogging you would either a) run out of things to blog about or b) become redundant. Sort of like those mashup-like posts that are useful once in a while but become an old concept if it’s overused. Your visitors will get bored quickly if all you do is post stuff like “25 Ways to Cook Bacon” or “40000+ Web 2.0 Resources That You’ve Probably Seen Linked Somewhere Else Already”…you get what I mean. ;)
The whole point of having a personal blog to begin with is to share your experiences and other thoughts, opinions, etc. There’s no set time or day that you must blog or die. Also, you can’t expect to have much material to write about if all you’re doing is moaning about how you never blog anymore. That itself will drive people away from your blog more than you only updating a couple times a month. It sure drives me away. :P
If you tend to apologize often (or even only once in a while) for not blogging more frequently, I challenge you to STOP. If two weeks go by then so what? If months go by then whatever! Update when you feel like it next time and write like you meant to wait that long! ;)
With blogging, quality over quantity is what counts.