How often should I blog?

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How often should I blog?

New bloggers often ask me, What should I blog about? Another question that seems to come up a lot is How often should I blog? Although many experts (self-appointed and otherwise) claim to have the definitive answer, you actually need to answer a few other questions before you can determine the blogging frequency that’s right for you.

1 – Why are you blogging?

If your primary goal is to improve your search engine optimization, the more often you blog the better. Every time you publish a post, it alerts the search engine robots to visit your site and add the new content to their index. This is especially valuable when your blog is quite new.

However – and it’s a big however – search engine technology has changed a lot in recent years, and continues to do so. As Google works towards providing information that is truly beneficial to users, the keywords in your content are no longer the main factor that influences your positioning in the search results. If readers don’t confirm the value of your posts by sharing, tweeting, liking, and pinning them on social media, your blog is not going to do well in the long term.

2 – Who is your target audience?

You need to understand the habits of your chosen demographic. Busy executives don’t have a lot of time to read blogs, so if that’s who you’re aiming to reach, there’s probably not a lot of benefit in posting daily. On the other hand, online business owners typically spend hours on the internet every day, so if you only blog once a month, you may not get noticed by readers in this group.

3 – How much time do you have to devote to your blog?

You might love the idea of blogging several times per week, but if you’re busy with clients, it’s probably not practical.

4 – Will you have other regular contributors or guest bloggers?

Sharing the work with other writers can lighten the load, but only to a certain extent.

It takes time to locate and communicate with guest bloggers, proofread their work, and coordinate it into your schedule. And, if you want to build a team of regular bloggers, you’ll have to first find people you’re comfortable working with, and then train them in your expectations and possibly your blogging platform.

Which brings me to the next question…

5 – Will you require the services of a virtual assistant? How much can you afford to invest?

Whether or not you’ll be the only blogger, writing posts is only one step in the blogging process. Someone needs to proofread your work (because trying to spot your own errors is really difficult), locate one or more images and format them for your blog, and schedule or publish the posts in your blogging platform.

If you’re an established organizer, these tasks can easily be delegated and the cost offset by the extra time you’ll have for working with clients and following up with prospects.

If you’re still in start-up mode, a virtual assistant can still be a worthwhile investment, but you might need to start slowly, outsourcing only the tasks you find most challenging, and then backing out of the process as your client workload increases.

How often should YOU blog?

I recommend that you develop a regular blogging schedule based on your goals, your audience, your time, and your budget. Typically this will be once a week or once every two weeks, but if you can’t commit to blogging at least once a month, you’re unlikely to engage a loyal readership.

Note: Blogging strategies have evolved since I wrote this in 2014, so I’ve written an updated post: The best blogging schedule for your business.

Be careful not to overextend yourself by committing to blogging every week if you can really only manage every other week. Even if you have a bunch of content right now, unless it’s time-sensitive, you’re better off spreading it out over the coming weeks or even months than to blog like crazy and then hit a dry spell. That’s not to say that you can’t throw in an “extra” post now and then!

Don’t ever post something on your blog just because it’s Wednesday or the 10th of the month. Most of your readers probably won’t even be aware of your schedule.

The purpose of the schedule is mainly to keep you on track. If you’re not committed to a regular schedule, you may find that weeks or even months are going by without publishing any new content. Even though your existing content is still out there working for you, if someone lands on your blog and sees you haven’t updated it in a long time, they’re not going to bother subscribing.

Do you have a blogging schedule or do you just wing it?

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  1. Avatar Seana Turner on September 3, 2014 at 8:52 am

    I blog once a week, and try to vary the content from “nuts and bolts” instruction on organizing stuff to stress management to humor. Having a schedule is very helpful!

    • Avatar Janet Barclay on September 3, 2014 at 11:18 am

      Once a week is what I recommend to most of my clients, but when it’s not realistic for them, I suggest biweekly or at least monthly. Mixing up your content helps too – not every post has to be a meaty article! 🙂

  2. Hazel Thornton Hazel Thornton on September 6, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    I wing it…BUT I have a strict monthly newsletter schedule, and I often link to new blog articles. Whatever topic has been on my mind finds its way into my blog articles, newsletter, and social media posts. I haven’t counted, but it probably averages out to a couple of blog posts per month.

    • Avatar Janet Barclay on September 7, 2014 at 7:44 am

      Kudos to you for maintaining a regular schedule for your newsletter! I know a few people who do that, but most either have good intentions but no consistency, or have given up altogether to focus on blogging (I’m guilty of that). Email newsletters are still valuable marketing tools, and the fact that you tie yours in with your blogging endeavors is great.

  3. Linda Samuels Linda Samuels on September 6, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Great post, Janet! I’ve been blogging for four years now. At first it was a few times a month, but now it’s once a week. I have a blogging calendar that gets set in December for the following year. I use a mixture of posts which include ones I write, interviews with thought leaders, collaborative posts with colleagues, special features, and giveaways.

    To keep on track, I have a weekly repeating “Write blog post” on my to do list, which cues me that “it’s time” on my writing day. Unless there are extraordinary circumstances, I’m very good about keeping true to my plan and deadline.

    Aside from writing, my next favorite part is engaging with my readers. I put an idea out there and then learn so much from other perspectives or stories that my readers share. I love the conversations!

    • Avatar Janet Barclay on September 7, 2014 at 7:51 am

      I really admire your ability to plan the whole year in advance. I feel I’m doing well when I can plan a month in advance! But, like you, I blog every Tuesday, and I have a set time for writing every week – which is also a recurring item on my task list, not that I’d ever forget, since it’s one of my favorite activities!

  4. Linda Samuels Linda Samuels on September 7, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Thanks so much, Janet. I don’t plan the exact content of the posts, but plan what subject I’ll focus on each month and when certain features (giveaways, interviews, collaborative posts) will occur.

    I’m with you about writing as a favorite activity. I’ve been writing and journaling for decades, but never as regularly as I am now. It’s one of life’s great joys.

    • Avatar Janet Barclay on September 7, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      I admire you for even planning your monthly subjects in advance! I try to plan the topics for the Professional Organizers Blog Carnival as far ahead of time as possible, but I rarely plan my regular posts more than a few weeks in advance.

      • Linda Samuels Linda Samuels on September 7, 2014 at 4:02 pm

        I so enjoy reading and participating in your PO Blog Carnival. Thank you for providing us with a great venue to share.

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