Ask the Readers: Posting Frequency – To Change or Not to Change?

I am considering a move to change the posting frequency here at Frugal Dad, and I wanted to gather input from my readers. Currently, I post once daily, including a weekend roundup and Saturday morning book review. Going forward, I will incorporate short reviews of books as part of larger posts on theme with my readings. The dedicated, Saturday morning book reviews were not very popular gauging from the lack of comments. And that is alright with me; to be quite honest they are a chore to crank out each week and I can use this time to deliver more frugal living content.

Back to posting frequency – what are your thoughts on twice daily blog posts? As a fellow blog reader myself I have mixed emotions. Like most of you, my feed reader subscription list is pretty long (93 blogs, at last count), and I rarely get to all of them each day. When a blog posts twice a day, it puts me that much further behind. However, if I enjoy the content I look forward to morning and early afternoon posts to help break up the day.

What say you, readers? Please share your thoughts on the one or two posts per day dilemma in the comments below.

Comments

  1. I really like reading your posts. I would not mind if you posted whenever you got the urge. Personally I check my favorite blogs/sites a few times a day, just in case there is something new. I definitely agree with Kaye and LJ

  2. I enjoy reading your posts – the quality is above most of the blogs I read. But, like you, I attempt to read too many of them. I would probably read let some of them slip by due to time. Also, I think it’s wise to drop the book reviews if there hasn’t been much interest. It just gives you more time to spend on other topics. But, I would appreciate your overall rank/opinion of each one that you read. Just my opinion. Keep up the good work.

  3. I say post every time you have something to say. I love reading blogs daily, but don’t want to read something that was written just for the sake of having something typed for the day. Also, if you have an inspiration after you’ve already blogged for the day…go ahead and write another one. Don’t stifle inspiration for the sake of “rules.” =)

    Just my two cents…

  4. @Kaye – that was the inspiration behind my question. I have so much to say, but don’t want to bombard readers with too many posts. Regardless of the results of this informal poll, I will probably write when I am inspired to write going forward – sometimes once a day, sometimes twice. I was interested in reader comments to help decide which way to lean. Thanks for your comments.

    @Link – Thanks for your kind words. I will continue to provide a thumbs up/thumbs down on my readings, but will do so in a much more informal, unscheduled manner.

  5. I agree with Kaye-you don’t really need a “schedule”

    Your readers want to hear what you are saying, but don’t need you to “rush” just to have something typed up.

    I can’t write when I am “rushed” so I may skip a day (or 2) from writing at all.

    It’s Quality over Quantity in my opinion.

    I love the ideas you share and the thoughts you bring up, so I say keep up the good work and post when you feel inspired to do so!

    Take Care

    LJ

  6. Another vote for Kaye’s answer, and for McGinnis. I currently read everything you write and will probably stop if the number of posts grows by 100%. OTOH, because the content level is so high I really make the time to read FrugalDad. Keep on writing when you’ve something to say and take a break when not inspired and we’ll all win.

    Thanks!
    Matthew

  7. I tend to pass on the book reviews here and elsewhere.
    Two post a day (or more) is fine with me!

  8. I would say that if you can deal with posting multiple times a day, go for it! However, as a guy who blogs on multiple sites, one of which is seven days a week, I know it can be a tough schedule to do… let alone multiple times a day.

  9. As a reader, once a day is fine by me. But if you want to post more often, that would be fine, too. I’ve got you on RSS feed, so I’ll catch it no matter what.

    I do hope you’ll at least mention the books you’re reading, as some of them have caught my eye and I’ve put them on my list for the next time I head to the library.

  10. I agree with Kaye. Write when you feel inspired. Either way, your readers will read your posts when they find a post interesting. Hope that didn’t sound mean. I find a great majority of your posts very interesting. Just stating the principle.

    “I say post every time you have something to say. I love reading blogs daily, but don’t want to read something that was written just for the sake of having something typed for the day. Also, if you have an inspiration after you’ve already blogged for the day…go ahead and write another one. Don’t stifle inspiration for the sake of “rules.” =)

    Just my two cents…”

  11. I read almost every word. Comments, IMHO, aren’t the best barometer of an article’s popularity. I can’t comment on all the posts I read. I either have nothing new and original to add to the discussion or I just don’t have time.

    Once a day is still fine for a blog with real substance such as yours. Frequency doesn’t make you a top blogger, quality content does.

  12. I read via emails, so I don’t mind receiving more a day if you have more to say! (I still can’t figure out to do the RSS feed, so I really like receiving the posts as emails!)

  13. I also pass on the books reviews but look forward to the daily postings and I would greatly enjoy 2 per day.

  14. I love your content, but to be honest, I only check my daily blogs once a day. I’d read both posts, of course, but I don’t know that it would change my Frugal Dad experience that much.

    On another note, I was wondering how you get your “Stumble This” etc. links at the bottom of your posts. I have a WP plugin right now that’s supposed to do that, but it’s counterintuitive and seems to have a lot of bugs…

  15. @Jen: Try using the FeedFlare option in FeedBurner (it’s under the Optimize tab). It allows you to select which options you want to display in the footer or each post. Hope this helps.

    @All of you: Thanks for your comments. It sounds like the consensus is to do what feels natural, and so that’s the approach I’ll take. Most days I’ll continue to publish one article a day, but on days where I have a lot to say I’ll sneak in an afternoon post.

  16. I enjoy your posts and I like to read the main points. My honest opinion is, for readers like you and I with numerous blogs we like to read, to the point is best. I’m not one for wordiness. I like that you bold some points in each post. I usually skip a lot of the rest of the content.