On post regularity

I’ve had a few conversations with Jake and Brady and the rest of the DOTM crew about post regularity and how I thought that they should be posting more often.  Not only to their personal blogs but also to the DOTM blog and the SuperGeekBlog.

Today, I realized that I may have been off track a little.  DOTM and SuperGeekBlog are more commercialized than most personal blogs and as such really do need more regular content.  It’s part of the evolution of the web.  Where it once was ok to have a static business website, it has now become a near requirement to have a blog as a part of that website.  This give the company a constant connection with the customer.  It also adds dynamic content.  The ability for the company and the customer to have dialog.

Where I was off track is that the same is not true for personal blogs.  Since a blog becomes a kind of dynamic home page or website for both companies and people alike, each person’s blog is what they want it to be.  Or at least it should be.  There are still some people out there that have a static html homepage.  And they are completely happy with it and probably only update it once every six months or so.  Those people could still benefit from the ease of updating provided by some of the more popular blog software, but their homepage is what they want.

So the important thing is that your blog serves the purpose that you want it to.  If you want it to be a medium for connection with family and friends that you don’t talk to regularly enough, a new post every week might be enough.  If, however, you decide that you want more from your blog.  You want traffic and maybe some revenue to pay for hosting.  And hell, lets throw in a little recognition too.  To accomplish these things, posting regularly will give you a great head start.  (hint: It helps to be original as well)

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About Shane Ede

Shane Ede is an IT guy by day and a Entrepreneurial Blogger by night. You can follow him here on Thatedeguy or over on Twitter and Google+.

Comments

  1. Yes, it is critical to have content. What the key element people seem to miss though, is having good fresh content. That is what builds a readership. My own site (Olorinpc.com) is designed mostly for friends. So I building a readership is not the primary goal of the site. Having information about me and what is going on in my life is… which despite whatever aspirations I have of universal adoration and my ego tell me… limits the readership right off the bat.

    Actually I intend to redo the site at some point. It still isn’t exactly what I want. About 3-4 years ago I used a static site with a dynamic page built in. That way I was able to have the various static content that I want on my site, poems and pictures. but also have dynamic content. That way is now archaic of course and not practical. So the eventual goal will be to design a static shell for WordPress, so still leaving it with a dynamic backend. It is going to be one heck of a project, but one that once started (and completed) will be personally what I want to see in a personal website. However I digress here.

    So when we talk about “post regularity” you hit the nail on the head – it is the purpose behind the site that dictates the frequency in which the site should be updated with fresh content.

  2. ummm…are you talking to me? Hehe. 🙂

    I’m finding it rare – like dooce.com rare – where a kick-ass writer who also knows how to design sites has an interesting life to write about. Most are like me: I can write. Sometimes. And I know just enough html to be dangerous. And my life goes in fits and starts. Doesn’t make for regular posting…is there an “exlax” product for that?

  3. NG: I’ve been reading your posts and this must be one of those starts kinda times. Or is it a fit?

    I think that there are a lot of people like yourself that have discovered the medium and it’s many benefits. Some, rarely, like Heather get lucky and hit it big like that. The rest of us sit and churn out our meager traffic and our meager posts and cross our fingers.

  4. Oh, this is definately a “fit” kinda time. Aackkththpbt. Excuse me.

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