I started this blog ten months ago in August 2013. Since then, I’ve published 556 posts, which is not far short of two posts a day on average. About half of these have been original, full-length posts.
In the ten months of its existence, this blog has had roughly 11,500 visits and 18,500 page views from 11,500 users. I think this exceeds my expectations, though it’s hard to say because I didn’t really have any when I started it.
What I did have was hopes – two in particular. First, I hoped I would be able to use the blog as an outlet for my own thoughts and to develop my writing ability. If I had one worry, it was that I might not be able to find enough to write about. Second, I hoped my posts would find some kind of audience, however small – that the things I wrote about would resonate with, encourage and help others in some way. I think I’m happy that both these hopes have thus far been fulfilled (and the above figures seem to bear that out).
Looking back, then, my overall review of my blogging life to date is, on the whole, pretty positive.
Looking forward, I’ve reached the point where I’ve realised I need to adjust my approach. Specifically, I need to ease off on my posting schedule. Let me explain.
I wanted to get into a regular posting schedule from the start. I felt this was important in order to develop a regular writing habit, and to attract regular readers. My efforts have paid up in that I have regular readers and a solid store of past posts on the site that continue to attract visitors some months after they were written. But now that the blog has a sizeable established footprint in this little corner of the internet, there isn’t such a strong need to keep churning out posts quite so frequently.
There are three reasons why I think I need to dial back my posting schedule a little:
1. I think good writing needs time and space, and mechanically churning out a thousand words a day on top of an otherwise fairly busy life isn’t necessarily giving it the time and space it needs.
2. I don’t think it’s good for me to try to keep posting at the same pace. Sometimes the self-imposed pressure becomes quite high, and I don’t want it to begin to sap the pleasure out of writing. I’d rather dial things back a little so that I can enjoy more when I do write.
3. It’s all too easy to get swept into the chase after page views and readers. Some days I find myself looking obsessively at my blog stats to see whether I got as many hits as yesterday, last week or last month. This is not a good thing, and I want to get off that train before it goes any further.
The upshot of all this is that I’m going to deliberately reduce my schedule. I’m not going to set a fixed schedule of X number of posts per week, other than to say that I still intend to post several times a week. In practice, I guess this could be anything from two to four or five times. I’m also going to dispense with my “This week on Faith Meets World” summary posts, as I’m not convinced they fulfil any useful purpose. And I think I’m going to stop my regular short morning posts, which are usually nothing more than a quote that I’ve found inspiring in some way or a prayer. (I may still post the odd snippet when I find it, but I’m removing from myself the burden of doing this daily.)
I hope you’ll understand these changes. I’m sincerely thankful to everyone who has read along this far, and I hope you’ll stick with me and keep reading.
I don’t plan to post anything over the next couple of days, so stay tuned for next week. In the meantime, have a great weekend!