Currency of information, probably matters to a lot of bloggers. I have been watching the visitor patterns to my blog. It is interesting to note that some blogs I have written almost 6 months ago are suddenly attracting a lot of visitors.
I myself follow links and read and blog about information that is useful but not current. I know that most of the high volume of visitors like the latest and greatest.
Here are a few things I was told, that I do not believe in, any more.
- Blog Often, if possible several times a day.
- Have a predictable frequency (daily if possible)
- Stay current
Now I blog when I feel like it and that has not altered my readership much. So I do burst blogging (write a few over the weekend when I am in the mood and skip blogging most of the days during the week, when I cannot afford to spend the time)
I used to blog daily and since every day is not the same, sometimes, I used to do filler blogs (a filler blog in my opinion, is one written to just put something out daily). I stopped doing that.
Staying current is not my chief aim, any more. I do not want to rush and cover every Google or Yahoo announcement (I used to do that before). I would rather think about think about a topic and provide some perspectives and ideas.
So If I have to start my blog again, what would I do different?
I think the subjects I pick to blog about and the unique perspective I provide, are more important than just covering the latest and greatest with a couple of sentences and a few screen shots.
- Blog when something compels me to share my learning
- Participate in group writing projects, if I have something worth saying
- Pick a few areas I am passionate about and stick to blogging about them
- Blog when I feel like it, and have the time
- Write as few or as many I like, when I like
The one exception to this list is when I blog quotes. Sometimes you read something that touches you so much, you need to share it with others. In some cases, I may provide some context about the quote or how it touched me. Most of the time, the quote stands by itself as a blog entry.This blog is motivated by “If I have to start my blog again..” . I really like the concept of these group writing projects. Whoever came up with this idea, is a genious in my opinion.
The currency of information probably matters for a lot of blogs. But not every one.