In a recent survey amongst the readers of ProBlogger, the number one reason when asked the question ‘what would make you stop following a blog? was ‘a blog that publishes too many blog posts.‘
That surprised me, as I thought of a few more reasons as to what the most popular answer would be. For example, never responding to comments or somebody coming over as being unfriendly towards their readers.
Respondents went on to say that in many cases following blogs that publish too many blog posts caused them to develop “burnout.’ Some described ‘burnout’ as ‘blogs that become too noisy.’
The article went on to compare following a blog to becoming friends with somebody. When bloggers post too many blog posts in a short space of time, it was like one half of the friendship had become too pushy or had become too much in the other friend’s face.
What’s the answer?
There is probably not a right, nor a wrong answer to the question ‘How Many Blog Posts Is Too Many? But it’s an interesting debate, don’t you think?
Take, for example, a blog that publishes up to date news events. Given that there is always ‘breaking news’ around the world, these types of blogs are continually pumping out blog post after blog post daily.
The same can be said for bloggers who help promote other writers, bloggers and authors.
Is this the answer?
What many bloggers, who publish more than once a day, do successfully is they schedule when their blog posts go out. This results in there being at least a couple of hours gap between the publication of each blog post.
Nobody wants to overwhelm their readers, do they? That’s where scheduling blog posts are of the utmost importance.
If you’re somebody who publishes more than one blog post a day, the recommendation is to leave at least a three to fours hour gap between each scheduled blog post.
Not sure how to schedule a blog post on WordPress? Click here for full details.
If like me, you receive email notifications of new blog posts from the blogs you follow, then you can always unsubscribe from receiving emails from bloggers who publish more than once a day.
However, did you know that you can also choose how often to receive emails from the bloggers you follow?
Here’s how to do it.
Go to the dashboard of your blog and click on reader.
Next, click on Manage.
You will see a list of blogs you follow.
Find the blog you want to unsubscribe from receiving emails from and click on ‘settings’ next to that blog.
Now, you can decide whether to receive email notifications instantly, daily or weekly.
After feeling overwhelmed by the number of email notifications I was receiving from some of the blogs I follow, I chose to unsubscribe from receiving emails altogether from them by switching off the ’email new posts’ button.
Instead, I now try and catch up with those bloggers via the WordPress Reader. It isn’t always possible, but it’s better than having that horrible, ‘overwhelmed’ feeling.
Something else I also did when unsubscribing from those emails was to ask myself if I still wanted to follow some of the blogs. Was I still interested in the content they were publishing? If not, I unfollowed.
One of the best things about the WordPress Reader, is it condenses blog posts of those bloggers who publish more than once in a short space of time. Instead of seeing several listings from the same blogger in your reader list, you’ll see just the one which lists the blog posts they have published.
Is this one of the biggest myths of blogging?
I’ve also heard it said many times that to become a successful blogger, you must publish content every day.
I think this tweet says it all.
What about you?
- Would you unfollow a blog if you thought it published too many blog posts?
- How many blog posts do you think are too many in one day?
- Do you think you publish too many blog posts?
- How do you cope with not feeling overwhelmed by the number of email notifications you get from the blogs you follow?
- What’s the main reason why you would unfollow a blog?
Join the discussion by leaving your comments.
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