1, 2, or 3 Times A Day? Blogging Frequency, Content, and Quality

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Did any of you catch Zesty’s awesome presentation on Blogging 101 either at the summit or watching it online? You can check it out here if you missed it. I listened to about 4 sessions on Saturday afternoon while I worked. It was so fun!

This afternoon I am going to talk a bit about an issue that I started thinking about after listening to Zesty’s presentation.

Zesty gave some great tips on how to make our blogs successful. I am not going to reiterate everything he said, but I will just point out a few of the take home messages that I found most helpful.

1) Content is the most important aspect of your blog

Content is what keeps people coming back again and again. It’s so true isn’t it? We need to have good content above anything else. It is important to find your own niche and how you can make your blog unique.

2) Quality

Remember that every time you hit publish, you are publishing a post for the world to see. Each post you put up will be online forever (unless you remove it/edit it), so make sure that everything you publish is your best work and is the best representation of your blog’s content.

3) Make sure you have a catchy title

Zesty says your title can make or break your post. Make your title captivating and you will attract readers and make them want to click on your blog.

My thoughts:

One message that hit home for myself was the point about content and quality. As you may know, I try to adhere to the 3-times-a-day posting framework for Oh She Glows. Morning, afternoon, evening posts are the norm for me on most days, unless I am away.

With that being said, I would be lying if I said that it wasn’t stressful at times. Given that the majority of my posts are writing-heavy posts (like my hot topics), the posts can take a lot of time to prepare and plan before it goes up. So some days I find myself in a rush to throw up the post so I can get back to my other work.

What is the result of rushing posts?

  • Poor content,
  • Lack of research,
  • Typos,
  • A generally ‘hurried’ or ‘rushed’ tone to the post.
  • Stress!

Now don’t get me wrong, I do think that some of these quick and rushed posts are real and reflect a real person behind the screen who is leading a busy life like the next person, but at the same time I stop and ask myself why I feel that I should adhere to this strict 3 times a day posting schedule. Is it because I think that I won’t have as many readers if I post less? Or people will think that I am not as dedicated to Oh She Glows?

I think that 3 times a day posting can work for a lot of food bloggers. They eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so it naturally can work for many people, but for others maybe once or twice a day works the best. For about 3 months I was posting 3 times a day while working full time in the workplace. This meant posting before work, on my lunch break, and after work. It was insane and I can’t believe I did it that frequently! Talk about being in a rush to get a post up. Yeesh.

When I tell people about OSG, I don’t tell them I am a food blogger. I tell them I have a healthy living blog where I write about various health and food topics. Yes, I do post pictures of what I eat, but I also write about fitness, health, beauty, food issues that appeal to myself and readers. So why this need to feel like I should post 3 times a day? I know for a fact that I could write higher quality posts if I gave myself the proper amount of time.

I think of many blogs that I absolutely love that are hugely successful- Vegan Yum Yum, Smitten Kitchen, and Bakerella– and they post once or twice PER week. I know, I can hear your *gasps* from here. Their posts are not rushed, I never see a typo, and they read beautifully.

They post whenever they damn well want to post, but you can be assured that when they do post it is good, ohhhh it is good.

A while back I did a poll on OSG to gather your thoughts. I remember being a bit taken aback by a couple comments I received that went something like this:

“Angela, I don’t think you should post 3 times a day. I have a hard time keeping up and I hate missing some of your posts!”

And I thought to myself, my readers want me to post LESS frequently? Huh? I couldn’t quite understand it. But now I think I see what they were getting at.

I have also talked to other bloggers who used to adhere to the 3 times a day posting framework and they got completely stressed out about it. They said they stressed about when they couldn’t post and they started not to like blogging anymore. Once they eased off a bit they found that they had content coming out of their wazoo and they were much happier.

Much like running, when I take a step back, I come back renewed and refreshed with lots of energy to give back.

Now this isn’t to say that I am going to stop posting 3 times a day or vanish from all eternity (although some days that sounds appealing! haha), but I do think that I need to stop and reflect on things more when I do feel that pressure to ‘throw up a post just for the sake of posting’. I have such a strong research background, but I hardly ever maximize it on this blog because I feel like I never quite have enough time in the day to do actual research in scholarly journals anymore. Perhaps, if I gave myself more time, I could do this more often (as I so enjoy doing health research). Makes sense, right?

And I know I can’t be alone. I know there are a ton of you bloggers out there who feel the same pressures to post. I also know that there are many readers out there who can’t keep up with all the posts they want to read because us bloggers are just posting-so-damn-much-all-the-time-when-do-we-sleep!

Thoughts? :D

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1 Courtney August 17, 2009

Thanks so much for posting this Angela! I’m a “lurker” on your blog and recently started my own healthy living blog as I document my training for a sprint tri. As I started to get more and more response to my blog I was feeling more and more pressure to post more and of course make it entertaining so people would continue to read. I was getting a little stressed and it wasn’t as fun as it originally was. However, I took a step back and decided to just keep my focus on fun recipes and my tri training and it became fun again.
Keep up the great work and thanks again!
Courtney
Adventures in Tri-ing

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2 Maureen August 17, 2009

I agree with the less blogging and I do not know how you keep up with 3 times a day. With all you are doing developing your business and baking I can certainly see where the stress would come in. Having sad that I do enjoy reading your morning blog with my breakfast so if you do reduce down to one this is the time I would choose.

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3 VeggieGirl August 17, 2009

People just need to post when they want, however much they want. Period.

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4 Lizzie August 17, 2009

Angela – have to agree with the person who said sometimes it is hard to keep up with three times a day. The problem is your topics are just so interesting that no one wants to miss anything!! :)

I only started reading blogs a couple of months ago – while I always like to read people’s new entries I think the only time when I have been tapping my feet impatiently for a new update is after they blog about an upcoming race/event/birth and I really want to find out how they did/outcome/baby pics. :)

If you feel that posting less would make you happier in terms of time management and quality of what you write (though I think the quality is great as is!) then don’t worry about loss of interest. Judging by the number of comments you get on here and the growth of your baking biz you deserve to reshuffle your schedule!! :)

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5 Nina August 17, 2009

Ange, you have hit the nail on the head. As a new blogger, I feel pressure to get as many posts up as I can (i am trying to adhere to the 3 a day framework myself), and sometimes I find myself posting just to get a post up. The post ends up being about well, nothing. I am still trying to find my niche in the blog world; I don’t want to say that I’m one type of blogger or another, but I learned a lot from Zesty’s presentation and I’m trying to put it to good use. It is extremely hard as I currently work about 60 hrs a week, on top of commuting and trying to have a life. It’s hard, and I don’t want to get stressed about trying to get a post up just for the sake of it.

Thank you for your insight (oh, and your globars, obviously).
:)

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6 Mara @ What's for Dinner? August 17, 2009

I’m with VeggieGirl. Since your posts are very word-heavy, it does get a bit intense if I say, miss your breakfast post, then read that AND lunch at the same time! If you don’t have something to post, don’t post! Since I’m a once-a-day poster, i’m a bit biased, but sometimes, I skip a day!

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7 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 17, 2009

Great thoughts ladies…I agree, blogging is not something that should stress us out! I think it is great that we are discussing this because I think it is sort of ‘kept in the closet’ and is something no one really talks about but I think it is very real. ~A

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8 Michelle August 17, 2009

I can’t agree more. I think quality always trumps over quantity, and it can get to be a bother to HAVE TO post so frequently. The reason you started this blog is because you were passionate about health and smart living, so why detract from that by being stressed out by it? You’re doing great, so feel free to give yourself a break!

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9 VeggieGirl August 17, 2009

It’s not that it’s “kept in the closet” – it’s that people are creating this unnecessary competition and trying to post 948305983409580349850345 times per day.

Quality trumps quantity.

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10 VeggieGirl August 17, 2009

P.S. – Michelle (commenter above me), I was reiterating your statement at the end of my comment, since it sums everything up perfectly. You said it best!! :-D

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11 Pam August 17, 2009

I feel very stressed when I feel that I HAVE to do something. I know people probably expect different things from blogs, but I blog because I like to do it when I feel I WANT to do it. This is why sometimes I just don’t feel like blogging, not that it’s not important to me, but because other priorities have come up or I just don’t want to be attached to the computer that much, so I back off a bit.

Blogging to me is meant to be FUN, not stressful! There’s enough stress in this world and I don’t choose to add to this!

Have an enjoyable day!

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12 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 17, 2009

I do think it is kept in the closet because so many readers have this impression that bloggers perfectly manage and organize their time sans stress. I have spoken to so many bloggers that feel so much pressure to post. No one really talks about it out in the open. I think if we did this more, that many of us would realize how rediculous it really is. And yes quality trumps quantity for sure. ~A

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13 Hallie August 17, 2009

Thanks for posting this! When I started my blog I was posting every other day, and now I post maybe twice a week. I do wish I had the time to post more but also, sometimes I just feel like I don’t have anything to say! I don’t think I’ve found my niche yet so I feel like my blog is kinda random, but at the end of the day, it’s my hobby not my job, so I feel like I have the freedom to do with it what I wish. It took awhile for me to get to that point, however.

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14 leslie August 17, 2009

i love that you brought this up. when i started my blog, i knew posting three times a day wasn’t going to happen. i knew i might only post once or twice on weekends. and i knew i could never (and had no desire to) post everything i eat. blogging should be fun, enjoyable, a creative outlet, a place to share things we are passionate about. especially in the food blogging community, i definitely think there is pressure to match up to the most successful bloggers, who seem to all post three times a day. but you’re right angela, we each need to find our niche and do what works for us. one of the things i love about your blog is how varied your content is – it covers so many things i am interested in, and it’s different from the norm. but because you have so much content (and are building a business at the same time!), i don’t know how you keep up with your posting schedule! :) if it’s becoming stressful, you should definitely take a step back. do what works for you! i’m sure you won’t lose a single reader.

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15 Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) August 17, 2009

Thanks for being honest Angela. I say post whenever you want to – you obviously love blogging, but again it’s your blog. You do what you need to do to stay grounded and happy. More stress = less fun.

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16 AGS August 17, 2009

I, for one, haven’t a clue how you manage the bakery start-up business + blog.

I very much enjoy your blog, both the more serious posts and the, well, sillier/faster posts.

I know that *I* do best when I have some kind of a schedule. If you are that way, then keep to a schedule, but perhaps make it more flexible. For the wedding, I couldn’t follow all the posts — one longer recap would have been fine for me. But you should do what works for YOU! The blog is a two-way street.

And thank you for always taking your logyal readers so seriously. I appreciate that very much.

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17 Ryan @ Greens for Good August 17, 2009

Thanks for posting this! I recently did a complete rehaul of my old blog and as part of it, made the decision to post multiple times per day instead of once. For me, as a food blogger, this is MUCH easier because it keeps me from doing marathon posts at the end of the day that were leaving me completely exhausted and burnt out from blogging. I don’t beat myself up if I can’t post 3 times per day, but overall it’s a goal because it keeps me structured and helps me with time management at the end of a long day when the last thing I want to do is write a huge post. Just another point of view :)

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18 Lindsey (Mrs. LC) August 17, 2009

I’ve gone back and forth over this. On one hand, I sometimes think frequent posting can be obsessive. There are some blogs who post frequently who you can tell they just log in, post a pic and description of their meal, log out. However there are some blogs that follow the 3-a-day framework that I really enjoy – they provide good content, and even the ones that do post every meal I don’t mind – it’s almost like with their friendly tone and openness, I feel like I’m just catching up with a friend. (This is especially true with bloggers I actually know in “real life” lol).

However, there are definitely bloggers like you mentioned (Bakerella, Smitten Kitchen) who don’t post often, but when they do, it is freaking awesome.

Then there are other bloggers (Pioneer Woman) who crack me up, cover a wide variety of topics, post often and whom I adore.

It’s all about balance and everyone finding what works best for you! :) If you like your blog and have fun doing it, then no matter what others will like your blog, too. :)

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19 elliebelle August 17, 2009

I think this is a great topic to talk about. I don’t have a food or healthy lifestyle blog, but I do have a sewing/craft blog that I hardly even update once a week! I can’t imagine updating 3 times a day! I wouldn’t know what to say. Granted, I also have to make time to sew or make a project, then photograph it, and edit the photos. I think you do a wonderful job posting interesting topics – but if you did it only once a day instead of 3 times, that would be ok too. Thanks for the great insight. :)

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20 Jolene August 17, 2009

I totally agree with you! I recently started a blog, and I don’t feel like I am posting enough even though when I wasn’t away I posted probably 2 or maybe 3 times a day.

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21 Janie August 17, 2009

I definitely have a hard time keeping up with the three time a day bloggers, yourself included:) I read a lot of blogs, but I find I do a lot of skimming when there are 3 new posts in a day. I think if bloggers posted less, I would read more thoroughly.

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22 kim August 17, 2009

I tried to blog, b/c I think I have a lot to say. But I got really STRESSED trying to keep up with posting all the time. Mainly b/c of school, work, ect. I didn’t feel like I had the time to write a well thought out, photojournaled, post. Posting 1 or 2x a week would have been MUCH better for me, but I didn’t really think that was an option. But now that you mention it, I do love Bakerella and it is not a daily blog at all! I do want to blog, I think every once in a while I have something I could share with the world. And thinking about doing it less frequently to have better content is food for thought. I think if you feel like you want to post fewer posts, go for it! I’m a huge fan of the blog, but I understand you are one busy woman! I’d rather you posted fewer posts and kept the blog going, then get burned out and stop it all together.

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23 katecooks August 17, 2009

i cant even imagine posting 3 times a day! i leave my house at 745 AM for work and often dont get back until 8 PM. Posting breakfast and lunch would mean downloading images and posting on my work computer, which i don’t really like to do. honestly, i am sometimes hard pressed to post ONCE a day, especially when my computer is running slowly and it can take hours just to get a daily recap online. i was MAJORLY stressing every time i missed a post but lately i have been taking a step back and posting when i can and it has made all the difference! i am much happier and enjoy blogging so much more when i dont feel like i am losing sleep or missing out on fun activities (hello, real life!!!) so that i can get up a post. if 3 a day is too much, i definitely say post when you can! most people are probably reading several of your posts at once anyway, and might not be able to give each as much focus. for myself, i might see a post you have that is very interesting but i feel like i cant comment because even though you might have just posted it 12 hours ago, there are 4 posts since then and i am assuming the other post is over and done with by that point!

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24 TorontoGirloutWest August 17, 2009

Here’s the thing – I would LOVE to post more often but the truth of the matter is I simply can’t always squeeze it in.

I’m a lawyer and sometimes I work long hours. And even when I don’t I often come home so mentally drained I can’t bare the thought of sitting in front of a computer.

But I do want to blog! In fact I think of so many blog posts I have such a hard time getting around to writing! :(

Part of the problem is that Barney (my computer) has practically no memory left. So when I go to post I can’t just whip through it – posting often takes an hour which is insane!!! I’m going to try posting from the fiance’s computer and hopefully that will help matters along.

But yes I feel the pressure. I also feel the guilt. Bad, huh?

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25 Kelly August 17, 2009

I definitely only post when I have time. My blog is really more like my own personal cookbook that people occasionally read, though. LOL
I do find I struggle to keep up with my “healthy living blogs” (basically the healthy living summit gals and yourself) because they post 3x a day.
I work all day, gym, walk the dog, make dinner, prep bfast snacks and lunch for the next day — I’m lucky to sit down at 9:30 and relax for a bit before bed! I try to read the blogs at work, but that isn’t always an option.
I loooove reading your blog, and I’ll continue to read, regardless of whether you post once a week, or 10 times a day :)

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26 Sarah August 17, 2009

Goodness girl, 3 times a day is a lot! I love reading your posts though; I can’t even imagine how much time it takes you between posting the links and pictures, etc. I can barely keep up one a day, and my best friend co-blogs with me at Life:Prosper. live prosperously.

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27 Runeatrepeat August 17, 2009

I feel the same way sometimes…that I better get up that lunch post or else! And it stresses me out. I like how you compared it to running.

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28 Paige @ Running Around Normal August 17, 2009

Great re-cap! I usually aim for 2-3 posts a day. You’re right, though, doing three while working full time can get stressful, so I let myself slide by with two a lot.

AS far as reading blogs goes…it depends if it’s a slow day at work or not ;-)

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29 Maria August 17, 2009

I’m very much in the Bakerella/Smitten Kitchen camp – I post when it resonates with me; usually once or twice a week, and it’s a reflective process. I love this lack of structure, and it keeps my joy for blogging.

That said, the goal of my blog is different from most lifestyle bloggers: it’s just a space to store my words – not grow a brand or generate advertisments, so perhaps the push to “publish or perish” (as we say in the academic world) is different …

I say do what makes you feel good. When a hobby becomes a chore, where is the joy? :)

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30 Alison August 17, 2009

I think posting frequently when you first start out can be a great way to attract new readers – but once you’ve got a base of readers and a lot of content in your archives you can cut back – like Smitten Kitchen, and Fat Free Vegan too.

Sometimes I do fall behind on your posts and end up having to skim. But everyone is at different places. I remember when I found healthy food blogs I LOVED that Kath (the first healthy blog I followed) posted 3x a day. Now that I’m more comfortable with healthy eating and it’s a normal part of my life, I don’t “need” three posts a day anymore, ya know?

I think it’s normal to expect that your blog will grow and change as time passes, just like people!

Remember that it’s YOUR BLOG and do what makes you happy. Your loyal readers will come along for the ride, no matter which path you take.

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31 Marilyn August 17, 2009

Great post, Angela! I’m just trying to start my own blog about my interests–fashion/makeup, art, exercise and food, so it’s probably not as focused as it needs to be. However, I don’t want to run 3-4 blogs, one with each topic because that’s just too many blogs for me to maintain… but it might get me more readers that way! It’s pretty stressful and I only post now and then… I think I’ll do the multiple blog thing soon though.

I feel like blogging frequency is definitely something that must be compatible with the blogger. I personally love that you blog so often–OSG is probably my favorite blog to read!

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32 Holly August 17, 2009

I agree – 3 times a day is a LOT! I had an insanely busy weekend and now I have sooooo many blogs to catch up on reading that it’s stressful in and of itself! I do NOT think people need to post 3 times a day.

On the other side of the coin, I’ve been wanting to get into food blogging some – but I think I’d be more like you, a mixture of exercise, food, and life. But I just know I can’t post on my lunch break – I can’t go home and I often don’t leave my place of employment at all.

I will still love you just as much with only one post a day. Or less. ;)

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33 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 17, 2009

So many awesome points of view! Thanks for sharing :) I TOTALLY get what you all mean by skimming posts because you can’t keep up! I too wish that some of my favourite blogs posted less. Funny isnt it? ~A

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34 Sheri August 17, 2009

I just recently started my own healthy living blog and I work full-time so posting 3 times a day for me is just not going to happen! It might some days but for the most part it will not. I just simply don’t have that much time plus I am a Mom as well so I usually wait until the little guy is in bed before I catch up on blogs and post.

Thanks for this post…you made some great points.

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35 Amy August 17, 2009

If I didn’t have a full time job, I would be all over the 3 times a day posting! :)

I can’t access my blog from work (or any @blogspot blogs) so I’m limited to my posting.

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36 brandi August 17, 2009

Great topic! I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, too. I love posting my meals since that’s mainly why I started my blog – to share meals and recipes with my family. I don’t usually mind posting 3 times a day and I normally have time for it, but I try not to worry about it if I don’t get one up or I have *gasp* don’t take pictures of a meal out or with friends where I just don’t feel like taking my camera out.

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37 melissa August 17, 2009

Hey Angela,

Great post. I have been a long time lover of your blog. But I must admit, sometimes there is way more content than I can absorb or find time to read. Which makes me feel guilty when you obviously put so much time into your meaty posts. Just to be totally honest, I would be able to read and capture more of your posts if there weren’t quite so many.

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38 trish (girlatgym) August 17, 2009

I work a full time job AND a part time job – for me, posting 3X per day would be impossible. I could not keep up with it. I try to post at least once per week. And I try to only post when I have something interesting to put up.

I also have to agree that keeping up with 3x per day as a reader can be tough. If it’s just quick ones, it’s not so bad. I’d rather quality over quantity though – that gets my vote. Fewer posts would be okay by me – too much to keep up with otherwise!

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39 JessinNYC August 17, 2009

This talk given by Zesty was fantastic! As a new blogger I’ve often wonder how to make it happen. Prior to hearing Zesty’s stance on this, both my sister and husband had advised the exact same things. I’m in Zesty’s camp, quality over quantity.

Plus when there are so many posts going out on a regular basis I feel that I miss out on reading the best posts, because its impossible to keep up (this is bloggers in general not specific to you).

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40 April August 17, 2009

I don’t post on Sundays, that’s my rule. Unless I am bored. I only post once a day and right now that’s only because i’m jobless. When I return to the working world once a day will NOT happen. Life is more about sitting behind a computer. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE your posts and learn from them.

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41 Alex August 17, 2009

Angela,

I think once a day would be plenty. I tend to check your blog every morning (and sometimes again in the afternoons if work is slow) and that’s it. I rarely check on weekends because I’m usually too busy, or I forget. Sometimes I feel like “Ack, there are three (or more) posts to catch up on!” and I often really wonder how you do it without compromising your other priorities.

I have a blog too and I post once, maybe twice a week. What I write about tends to have a lot of thought and research put into it, and it usually takes me a couple of days to polish and revise every post. My readership isn’t huge, but I feel really proud about what I put out there. Some of my favourite bloggers only post once a week or so and they still keep my consistent interest and loyalty.

I REALLY love your posts (I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: You are one of the main sources of inspirations for ME to start blogging!), but I especially love the ones that seem like you spent more time on them. My favourites are always hot topics, for that reason.

Maybe your reader count will go down if you stop blogging 3x a day, but is that really what matters? I think once a day is plenty to capture your loyal readers (and any newcomers) to come back to you regularly for your insight, positive attitude, and heartfelt encouragemnt to improve our lifestyles too…Just don’t forget about yourself!

I’ll take quality over quantity any day! The same is true for my tastes in chocolate ;)

You’re doing a great thing, and you’re reaching a lot of people, but remember to keep your cup (or GM shaker as it were) full before you start sharing with your readers. It’s truly better for all of us :)

A loyal fan!
Alex

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42 Darlene August 17, 2009

I am in web development and marketing professional. From our research on blogs we find that a whopping 80% of people follow blogs once a day. If the blogger posts more often they either skip the missed posts or try to catch up over time. Most real blog followers follow 18 to 20 blogs daily or weekly. Most people are too busy on the weekend to follow blogs and get agitated when there are too many posts to catch up on.

The best forum of blogging from the research is
1. Blog early in the day and only once per day before.
2. Don’t bother with weekend blogging. Make Monday a weekend recap day.
3. Make your blog count. Link to research and articles about your topic.
4. Do silly or off topic blogs once in awhile. Too many of these and the readers move on as they only have so much time.
5. Keep it real but informative.
6. A great number of very successful blogs run a day behind the blogger. They will do blogs up in advance that are more technical or need research and will keep a data base of preformatted blogs to put up when they decide that is the topic they want to discuss that day.

These research results are taken over a 4 year span. The best blogging ways are a list of features from blogs that have high read counts for at least 3 years with special attention to blogs that have kept the same readers for 3 or more years.

I know this is general information but I think it makes a great forum to follow for your blogging.

Having a successful blog is all about content, not the amount of times you blog in a day

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43 Sana August 17, 2009

I feel you!!! I think its amazing that you are able to do this while working. I don’t even have time to eat, I am so busy somedays. Write from your heart, and when you want to. This is YOUR blog :)

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44 Darlene August 17, 2009

Oh sorry that 1. line should read 1. Blog early in the day and only once per day before 11 am.

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45 gliding calm August 17, 2009

Similarly to you, I can’t imgine how I used to post 3 times a day. I look back on those posts and think they are so boring, and obviously many of them became… “because I felt as though I had to”. Of course in the beginning I was using it as a “fuel” log for skating, so it was partly that I felt that I couldn’t get too behind with pictures/posts…and let them pile up. It was helpful for me to follow and track my food intake for fitness performance on the ice…but that chapter of my blog did not last long.

I am so happy I no longer have the pressure to blog ___ times per week!!

I also feel like, though I ADORE Oh She Glows (without a doubt has always been a fav.), sometimes there used to be soo many posts that I’d miss even in a day or two, and thus I wouldn’t be able to enjoy them as much as I would have liked to…for I was rushed to catch up, etc.

Basically, one should blog for themselves.

Love you Ang!

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46 Rose August 17, 2009

I have been dealing with this issue a lot, as I have somewhat turned into a 3-times-a-day blogger without meaning to. Because quality is hugely important to me, I’ve been slowly changing some things and getting back to the basics of why I’m doing this and what I want to do with it, which is (ultimately) just good story telling :)

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47 Michelle Gay August 17, 2009

Ang,

I used to feel the same pressure as well. Then I thought to myself…who cares if I post 1 or 6 times a day. There’s a threshold..which I’ve been toying with ‘living in the present moment and living in the bloggin present moment’. I think that if blogging interfers, adds stress, to your life..you have to ask yourself if you’re ok with that.

The beauty of your blog and you, is that no matter how many or little you post people are going to read. Your words are genuine, honest, and interesting. It’s not about how much we get to read about..it’s that we get to read.

Relax and enjoy blogging. That’s why you started in the first place.

Live.Life.Fully ~M

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48 EatingRD August 17, 2009

I have yet to watch all the hls videos!! This is such a great topic. I honestly don’t know how you gals post 3 x/day! I try my best to get 3-4/week with everything going on and just wanting to take time for myself/family in general. I find it very stressful just trying to keep with all the blogs out there because they are soo wonderful :) I do find myself skimming at times just to get through them, or secretly commenting at work sshhh! I just feel it’s almost impossible to keep up with it all sometimes. I LOVE smitten kitchen too! Have you checked out la tartine gourmande? Amazing stories and photography! When they don’t post that often, I really look forward to them when I do get them because it makes them more special I guess? I do love your topics, and feel they are very well written even if I may not get to them all, but I think you should do what works best for you!

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49 heather August 17, 2009

to be honest, i’m way more likely to stop reading someone who posts too often than someone who doesn’t post enough. three posts a day is about my limit–i usually remove people who post more than that–and even three is too many if the posts aren’t of good quality but only seem to be put out there to increase page views.

the most important thing is whether the content is worth reading. if you only post once or twice a week, but you offer readers something that’s interesting and that they can’t get elsewhere–people will stick around for it. if you post several times a day and the content is good, people will read it–but the more often you write, the less likely it is that you can maintain solid content for every single post. if you’re posting just because you feel like you should be, without purpose or quality . . . it’s no better than not posting at all.

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50 Kris August 17, 2009

Rest is soooooooo good….and an important part of living a healthy lifestyle :)

Less is more!

Go make a tea and take a break bella!

xo

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51 Courtney August 17, 2009

Wow, going back and re-reading the comments throughout the day has really given me some great insight into what blog readers want. I am currently jobless and so therefore have more time on my hands to read blogs…but I do tend to get a little annoyed when I get behind on my reading, don’t want to miss anything. I know if I had a full-time job right now I wouldn’t be able to read as many blogs as I do nor would I be on Facebook quite so much! :> I think keeping my blogging to once or twice a day and not on the weekends will continue to work for me. Leave em wanting more right?!

Thanks for the great hot topic, this has really been eye opening with my own blogging. Keep up the great work!
Courtney
Adventures in Tri-ing

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52 Beth @ CrossBorderCravings August 17, 2009

This makes a lot of sense! Aaron and I gave a lot of consideration about how often to post when we first began blogging. Because I work full-time in an office and Aaron is a full-time masters student, we decided to try once a day and see how it goes. I felt bad at first not doing more, but it’s the format that works best and I think it helps us enjoy the blog in a way we couldn’t if it became a chore.

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53 Dana August 17, 2009

My blog is no where as good as yours, or as exciting for that matter, but I try to post once a day. I feel like if I get more into it than I will be spending my entire day on the computer and reading everyone’s blogs. I enjoy your blog, no matter how many times you decide to post!

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54 Lainie August 17, 2009

Hi Angela! That is seriously funny you put up this topic, because it’s honestly something I’ve been thinking of all day today. Although I’m a new blogger, I find myself feeling guilty if I skip a post here or there. Blogging is SO MUCH FUN and SO REWARDING…but it’s also a ton of work and takes a ton of time. To be “my best blogging self” (as I said in my post today, LOL), I announced today I actually won’t really be posting at all on the weekends. For me, to keep my sanity – and to keep my content fresh – that’s what’s gonna work.

I think your content and blog in general is wonderful; all of your posts read beautifully and your pictures are always stunning. Additionally, you always have content that I find to be rather fascinating. That being said, would I read any less if you only updated the blog once or twice a day? Absolutely not – in fact, it may build the anticipation of your writing even more!

Wonderful topic! Take care! -Lainie

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55 Meghan@traveleatlove August 17, 2009

Great topic! I only post once a day and maybe twice on weekends, but since my blog is so new and has such small numbers, I definitely feel pressured to keep adding posts so that people who expect something new will see it.
I loved Zesty’s session!

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56 Michelle-pure2raw August 17, 2009

I am so glad I read over this post Angie. It was perfect timing because I have recently started a blog with my twin sister and between the two of us we have a hard time getting in 2 post a day. We run our own bakery (so you are an inspiration to us for that too), so we understand your stress of balancing your blog and running your company. I feel it’s really hard to not get stressed over posting but I do feel there needs to be a balance. It is a struggle for all bloggers, but the key is to keep it fun and worth reading!! The sis and I are still trying to figure out what schedule works for us.

Best wishes,
Michelle

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57 Susan August 17, 2009

Wonderful topic! Personally, i have a hard time keeping up with those who post three times a day! If anything, it just brings up that number on my google reader and stresses me out. I’m also more likely to skip past posts when I have several to catch up on from the same blog.

Personally, I post once a day, sometimes two if I have a lot to say :P Since I don’t do a proper “food diary” I don’t need to be doing frequent posts with everything I eat. I was trying to post at the same time every night so it was at least predictable, but I found it was getting in the way, especially when my boyfriend is in town and I want to spend an evening with him! So now I just post when I can fit it in, and when I have some good stuff to share. It’s been working really well :)

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58 Rebeca August 17, 2009

Sometimes in the middle of exam week I’m stressed because once a day is killer… so I just don’t do it… I’d rather do a big recap later than just throw up so pics and have either my post or my work suffer

Honestly, sometimes I speed read your posts because if I have a busy day with my students (like the ones where no one takes a nap, ugh) and then have my own schoolwork later I can’t give them the attention that I want or that they deserve and even worse sometimes I have a million thoughts on your three posts but then I only have time to comment on one-

That being said, I can honestly say that your posts are exceptional- it’s rare that there isn’t one with something insightful,inspiring, moving, catalyzing, or all of the above in it… I’d hate to miss some wisdom because you were trying to fit it all into fewer posts

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59 amie August 17, 2009

i gotta tell you, bloggers posting more than once a day usually end up getting cut from my blog roll. it’s just too much! i leave my computer for a few days and i have a bazillion blogs to catch up on and the content just seems to repeat itself so much: i woke up, i ate, i ran, i ate, i ate, i went to bed, repeat. i’m definitely NOT cutting OSG though because i feel like the majority of your posts have high quality content, i know i will walk away having learned something new or having something new to reflect on. but that being said, give yourself a break girl! no one will be peeved at you for taking a break every now and then. you stress the importance of balance in our lives, don’t forget it in yours either! xox

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60 Kerry August 17, 2009

This is a great topic! Most times, when I read healthy living and food blogs I feel inspired, and love being exposed to new ideas. But sometimes I do feel inferior – I ‘only’ post once a day M-F, and ‘only’ recipes. That is what I can manage with everything else on my plate right now, and I need to learn to feel good about that.

Since you have a research background, I think it would be great if you talked about articles in academic journals. There aren’t as many blogs that reference those sources, and I would be very interested in hearing your reviews and thoughts on some of the studies related to psychology, nutrition, and fitness.

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61 angieinatlanta August 17, 2009

For me, blogging is a lot like my daily food intake – I have to do what feels right for me, not just what I THINK is right.

Sometimes my body wants fruits and vegetables up the wazoo and sometimes it just wants chocolate. I feed it whatever it wants when it wants it and it keeps me happy.

Likewise, I like to blog when I want to blog otherwise blogging isn’t fun anymore. Sometimes I want to blog daily, sometimes not so much. If I’m starting to dread blogging, then I’m doing something wrong. It should be an uplifting part of my life, not something that drags me down.

-angieinatlanta

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62 Michelle (PinQue) August 17, 2009

I think in the interest of time for bloggers and readers, one well-thought, quality post is much better than several a day. I find myself not fully reading the posts and just scanning through photos when there are so many posts, and one post might lure me to read more content.

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63 Victoria August 17, 2009

On the way home I could not decide to comment on this post or not, so I will keep this short:
The main reason I started to read OSG is because you posted throughout the day.
The content is fantastic; I benefit from reading every post! (OSG is my stress relief @ work!!)
I love the photography!
Do I want to read scholarly in-depth articles about health and fitness every single day….No.
Would I stop reading if you only posted once a day…HECK NO!!! :)

Do what feels right for you! We will all be here reading and enjoying OSG no matter what!

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64 Jenn (eating bender) August 17, 2009

Wow, look at this amazing post and the well written comments! This is definitely one you should add to the “top posts” list, Ange :)

I think maybe I had a little shout out in there somewhere with regard to being one of the bloggers you talked to about the posting 3 times a day to the point of exhaustion and the need to cut back – I remember our conversation on that very well! I’m glad to see that you have continued thinking about it and, while I NEVER think your posts lack quality or creativity, I do hope that you ultimately do what’s best for you, where you can produce content that you are extremely proud of and confident in.

You know I will read no matter how many times you post. And it’s so true what you say about blogs like Vegan Yum Yum and smitten kitchen. Sometimes less is more!!

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65 Rosey Rebecca August 17, 2009

This is such a great post!! I know exactly what you mean! Sometimes I just don’t have time to post three times a day but when I DO have time, I really love it! I love posting. I also love reading blogs and it can get frustrating when I’m trying to catch up at the end of the day and one blogger has three new posts. On those days, I usually read the person’s most recent post and comment on that one and skip the earlier ones.

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66 Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now August 17, 2009

I agree. I love love love your blog and your posts, but find it difficult to read three times a day. You do a great job, though!

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67 molly August 17, 2009

great post. i use googlereader to read blogs and i will agree that when i log in and see 4968686 posts i tend to skim through a LOT of them. i find that the blogs that post the least are the ones i “savour” (because the content is less repetative.

i think as long as you set the expectation that you won’t be blogging 3x a day, readers won’t look for another post or mind.

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68 RunToFinish August 17, 2009

I was doing 3 times a day and realized that I couldn’t keep up with anyone else because I was busy only posting and it was stressful. now I try to do 1 a day, but honestly you have a much larger following and it seems like some folks really like to keep up with you throughout the day. I just can’t read that many posts

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69 Ashley August 17, 2009

I am amazed by the bloggers who post multiple times a day consistently! I think you have some great content, but like other posters have said, I sometimes find myself skimming the posts when I’m behind. I read a ton of blogs and if my google reader has 100+ posts that are unread, I just don’t always have the time to read everything!!

You need to do what’s best for you, but I think that slowing down a little to focus on great content, less often would be allow you a little more flexibility and a little less stress!

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70 Georgia August 17, 2009

I also feel stressed trying to “keep up” when some blogs I like to follow post multiple blogs in a day. I like the site so I try and keep up- but 6 out of 7 days I only skim b/c it’s simply too much. I’ve even unsubscribed to a few blogs, not because I wasn’t interested, but b/c it became too time consuming.

Posting once a day or even once a week is more than fine I think. You have to do what makes you happy. Otherwise, why do it?

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71 Hangry Pants August 18, 2009

Hey Homey, I personally do not always post 3 times a day and I do not feel pressure to either. I never set the expectation that I would so I don’t feel like I am failing if I do not. Sometimes, I have nothing to say and therefore, I don’t post. It’s all about what works for you.

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72 Oxidaisy August 18, 2009

Hey Angela! I totally agree with you. I have just started out my blog and I am still not even sure what it is about. Pretty soon I found myself not able to think of something interesting to say every day. So just when I was thinking about what to do with my blog, I listened to Zesty’s presentation. And then he said, hey it is all about quality you know! That is when it clicked in me. So now, I only post when I feel like it and when I have the time.
By the way, I really do love you posting several time a day because your blog is just so interesting! But I can totally understand and won’t mind if you post less or just want to skip a post every now and then

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73 Courtney's Concoctions August 18, 2009

I think we adhere to the amount we posted whenever our blog started…which is silly, really as we change just as much as our time constraints! I only started my blog a few months ago, but sometimes I pressure myself to post. Should is a dirty word!

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74 Katrina (gluten free gidget) August 18, 2009

I haven’t posted since (gasp) Friday night. I just need the time to decompress. I sometimes feel I miss your posts because I don’t have time to read all of them. (sheepish) I do enjoy your blog, though. Thank you for your insightful posts and openness with your readers.

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75 Caroline August 18, 2009

Hey Ange! I don’t feel pressure to post three times a day because it would mean loading the pictures I take of breakfast and lunch as a draft in the morning before leaving for work and honestly, having to be at work at 7 AM I try to minimize my morning routine as much as possible! I do feel quite guilty when I completely forget to post (like Sunday!). I have yet to watch Zesty’s presentation though definitely plan on it ASAP. I do need to work on content though! And formatting… Hmmm. I think I see a project in the works :)

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76 Jen August 20, 2009

I love your blog, but I think 3 times a day is too much. Last time I went on vacation, I came back to 75 OSG posts!!! It’s really hard to catch up when I don’t look at my RSS reader several times a day :)

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77 Cait (Cait's Plate) August 20, 2009

Oh how I’ve missed your blog while I was on vacation!

I TOTALLY understand your pain. I struggle with the “how-many-times-a-day-should-I-blog?” dilemma ALL the time! In the beginning I was so tense about blogging and I found I was actually making it unenjoyable for myself. I’ve relaxed much more since then and, while I try to get up a minimum of 3 a day, I don’t pressure myself to do so. I blog when I feel moved to do it and if it’s not until the next day, or two days later, I feel like that’s okay! I had to remember that I started this for ME and that’s who I need to continue to do it for.

PS – I LOVE LOVE LOVE Bakerella’s blog! Can you believe how talented she is!?

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78 Wei-Wei June 14, 2010

I’m almost a year late to this party, but I just have to say something: This post seriously speaks to me so much. I mean, I spend about 1-2 hours a day just reading and commenting on blogs – I think that I feel comments are obligatory, too. I don’t understand when bloggers reprimand themselves for forgetting to take a picture of what they ate and call themselves a “bad blogger”. I mean, they’re human, and if you feel a compulsion to take a picture of EVERYTHING you eat and feel bad when you don’t, I don’t know if that’s healthy.

I agree with what everyone said – honestly, sometimes I think that bloggers post too often. I live in China, so I have a different time zone; I wake up and usually I have your breakfast, lunch and dinner post to read! It’s hard to keep up.

This is such a late comment, but I just had to say something! I hate making rushed comments just because I have to, though. I like posts that make me think, and if you can’t always do that, then it’s no problem! It’s your blog, you’ve got great readership, and I think we’d love you anyway :)

Wei-Wei

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79 Sheila Viers | Live Well 360 August 21, 2010

I totally went through this too. I’ve since settled into a place that feels comfortable for me, with the amount of things I’m juggling in my world. As with anythings, it’s so personal, there is no rule or certain way to blog. If you try to force it, that zaps the inspiration right out of you.

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