If you are a part time blogger like me, the biggest challenge you might face is the frequency and quality of posts, while managing with your full time job. But maintaining a (strict) blogging schedule is good for your blog in the long run. I will show you why, in this post. Read on!
Search engines start loving your blog
If you are aware of basic SEO techniques, then you will appreciate that the Search Engines take more interest in those blogs or websites which get frequently updated. It is no good if you post once in every two days, but the content is stale and uninteresting. There is always a compromise between the frequency and quality. But once you optimize both, then more traffic from search engines start coming towards your blog!
Makes readers engage better with your blog
We are in the age of information explosion. People are stuffed with information – through blogs, web sites, Twitter, Facebook and so on. Also, people who read blogs through their RSS reader are very limited. Most of them still bookmark sites and visit them at their convenience. So maintaining a schedule lets your readers anticipate new entries and doesn’t disappoint them when they visit your blog.
Creates a sense of commitment
Once you create a blogging schedule and start sticking to it, a sense of commitment is created within. This is especially good if you are planning to get into professional blogging. Also, commitment slowly transforms into passion which is definitely good for your blog.
People know that you are blogging
I sometimes visit niche blogs with quality content, but only disappointed to find that the latest post is about a month old. Though I am tempted to browse through the blog and see what it has to offer me, I don’t feel the urge to Subscribe via RSS. So maintaining a blogging schedule and thus creating a posting frequency, tells even a new visitor that your blog is alive!
So if you are convinced that maintaining a blogging schedule is essential – then I recommend you to read the following posts from ProBlogger – one of my favorite blogging blogs – with regard to the topic in hand.
Develop an Editorial Calendar for Your Blog
Editorial Calendars and Professional Blogging
5 Ways to ‘Systemize’ your Blogging
How to Develop a Niche Blog Content Plan
What is your Weekend Blogging Strategy?
So what do you think about maintaining a blogging schedule? Do drop in your thoughts as comments to this post.
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