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Daily blogging and why consistency is key

When it comes to daily blogging, consistency makes such a difference for me. Daily blogging isn’t the easiest thing to do with full time work and other commitments, but I enjoy it. It is very important for anyone wanting to watch their blog grow to keep that ball rolling and no matter how often you post, keep the posting consistent.

I find it fascinating to watch the view count when I am blogging everyday. I put at least a couple of hours into my blog daily before or after work, and more if I have a day off. I know when I am not working on it as much as despite the daily posts, the less time I spend on it everyday is reflected in the stats.

Take this snapshot for example.

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You can see the pattern emerge on October 18, in which I continued to post daily however spend more time on the blog. Before this you can see another similar pattern on October 3rd, a big spike (probably a day off) and then a gradual rise before a drop again on the 15th. The reasons are simple. Less time on the blog, less engagement.

Again, the same can be seen with the weekly view count. When I finished my farmwork in August, I started to travel down the east coast of Australia. I can tell from the stats why my view count is where it is, which is cool. Farming meant I had little signal a lot of the time and little time in the day to daily blog. So I didn’t. In fact, I only posted nine times between April and June. That is nothing for me, and a little regret of mine. But that’s life. It is only this month I am back on track with posting daily.

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And of course, the stats are reflected in the longer term. I didn’t blog too much between 2014 and 2017, I did keep it active and had productive spells however these were short bursts and rare. When I landed in Sydney in September I spent a lot of time alone, and therefore much more free time to blog. I changed my blog theme, took plenty of photographs and had a ton of things to blog about. I kept this up and blogged full time, peaking in December before I had to leave Sydney and head up to the farm for my second year visa. The circled section is the same circled section in the weekly shot above, and despite the ups and downs seen above, it is clear that with every month my blog continues to grow at a steady and consistent pace.

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I love the pattern in this one. Daily stats are going to vary, however my monthly shot has such a satisfying and continuous increase- a bit like a set of stairs- showing that when I blog consistently, I am rewarded. Readers like consistency, whether it is daily, weekly or monthly. Knowing what to expect and when keeps us coming back for more and the reason I am still subscribed to so many people. Inconsistency makes us unsure whether or not someone will deliver, and this makes us lose interest. Fast. This is why I have unsubscribed to some, be it social media, YouTube or WordPress. If you want readers, prove to them why you deserve their time, and vice versa.

And in the longer term. Such a huge difference between where I am now and when I started all the way back in 2014. I was very happy with my stats in 2014, despite being almost invisible now. The rise in views keeps me going and I know I have viewers that have been there since day one and I couldn’t be more grateful. Whether you are new to this blog or not, thank you so much for the engagement.

If I had any advice it would be to keep an eye on your stats. It is such a great tool to help monitor your growth and to help build your motivation moving forward. I check the yearly stats as much as the daily as it shows how far I have come. And thank you so much for that.

What a difference a few years makes.

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Have fun blogging, keep it up and watch it bloom. What has your blog got in store for 2019?

Whatever it is, stay consistent!

 


 

Featured Photo by Jungwoo Hong on Unsplash


 

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Sam

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  1. Yes, blog stats are always interesting. I’ve noticed a decline since other issues in my life have forced me to take a back step. But that’s life isn’t it? We can’t all blog every day, much as we’d like to, sometimes it’s just not possible.

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    • I am in my own head everyday, I have Tourettes and OCD and I find it is very hard to get out of my own head and keep thoughts to a minimum. But I feel this can be used to my advantage, I also try to stimulate myself with walks everyday and follow my interests and always try to think of what my next post will be with the help of these. Also, the more I blog the more I find other topics to blog about that were inspired by my previous post. The more frequently I post the more ideas I gain from them and the comments I receive!

      I rarely just type and see what flows, I often think of posts when I am working or busy and type the idea into a draft to come back to when I have time.

      I hope this helps!

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      • Exactly 🙂 Find time to fit blogging in, try to allocate a set time for it daily or weekly if you can and stick to that schedule. It is a bit like working out… if you want to do it you will find time to.

        I hope I can help give you some ideas to blog about with my posts!

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    • I guess it depends on the blog in particular and what you prefer or are able to do. I don’t like to post more than once a day because I don’t want the first post to be hidden underneath the second and therefore reach less people, and I believe more than once a day (at a push two) is too much and hard to follow for a reader.

      Once a day works for me, however if it’s less than that keep the number consistent every week or month and probably at a certain set time of day too. Less frequent posts probably rely on consistency more to keep readers coming back after the gaps in between.

      I hope this helps!

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  2. Nice. I do watch my stats page daily to see how my blog performs out there. Daily blogging is really difficult if you have a full time job. But if you can manage both that is really great !

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    • It is difficult, but I don’t mind a chunk of my free time being taken up by it. Especially considering that I am travelling solo for the majority of it, I am using that free time whilst I have it 🙂

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  3. Daily blogging is exhausting when you’ve got school and a part-time job to share your time and energy with. But it’s no doubt very rewarding.

    Thinking of what to write every day is another problem, but I’ve read the advice you gave Emma and feel less frustrated now. I’m going to give daily blogging a try once again.

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    • Great to hear you will give it another try! It isn’t for everyone and I urge everyone to blog at their own frequency, but daily works best for me.

      It can be difficult to think of what to write every day, and something new every day, however I think it helps me to keep sharp. Like I mentioned earlier, the more I type about the more ideas I get for new posts.

      Good luck with your blog 🙂

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  4. Wow, if only I could reach the same stats as you after 4 years – I hope to and something to work towards.

    I’m not working and find it hard posting once each week let alone once each day. I’m hoping after I finish building my replacement photography site, I’ll have more time.
    Great write-up!

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    • The spike in stats is very recent, in fact my blog laid pretty dormant for the first three years before I started blogging more consistently. Good things may come to you much quicker than it did for me! It is all about how much you put into your blog 🙂

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    • Welcome back! I am pleased to read you are loving being back too. It is awesome you have found what to write about and this helps massively with motivation.

      Keep at it and all the best with your blog!

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  5. I am new to blogging, been six months since I started doing it. I have been enjoying so far. As you say consistent work is needed to grow your blog. You are an inspiration to me now from your growth!!! :D. you can reach out my blog when you are free :). Thanks.

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    • Welcome to blogging! I am pleased you have been enjoying it so far. It is so nice to hear that you consider me an inspiration and I truly appreciate it. I am going to try and do more moving forward to engage with my readers and to reach out to other blogs so stay tuned 🙂 I also have a meet and greet section if you want to add your blog link there 🙂

      I hope you are having a great day, and good luck with your blog moving forward!

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    • A good number of posts per week. I wanted to post around three times per week however I have realised that if I don’t do it daily, I really start to become lazy and post less and less. Daily keeps me on my toes constantly and therefore keeps my blog active haha.

      Thank you for the link, I have a meet and greet section on my site too if you haven’t already posted, up to you. Good luck moving forward!

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    • I am just thinking all the time. If I have an idea when I am out and about, I add it to a draft to come back to later. Posting daily also helps me to think of other things to blog about, such as something slightly off the topic but enough for a new post. For me, daily blogging helps me to come up with new ideas, brain training you could say.

      Taking walks, listening to music and of course other blogs helps too.

      I hope this helps!

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  6. I find it harder to blog consistently now that my husband is on first shift. When he worked second shift I had most of the evening to myself and kept the TV off and wrote more. Now that he’s home I feel rushed to get in my workout, cleaning and making dinner before he gets home. I know I could go into the bedroom and blog in the evening but I feel guilty not spending time with him, plus I lose motivation when I see him watching TV, I just end up wanting to join. I really need to work on this though as I’m very consistent with reading each night before bed and working out 4-5 times a week and I want writing to be part of my usual habit.

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    • I totally understand this. It is the same for me and always has been, which was another reason why I wanted to travel Australia and have all the free time in the world. Despite this I still work a mix of AM and PM shifts and I make sure to blog before or after work. But as I am travelling alone I have free time when I am off.

      When I was in the UK I was with my flatmate a lot and had the same issue with finding time to blog. The same when I was doing farm work with all the friends I met up there. It is only now I have the time back!

      If it is a passion, I am sure you husband would understand? Maybe even if you just take just an hour out of your evening here and there and dedicate the rest to being together. I am no expert here, but just trying to help where I can!

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  7. Stat addiction. A great phrase. It can be a challenge for sure. I think regardless of the time one can commit due to the fact we all have different things competing for our time, that being consistent is key.
    If you can only post one article per week at the same time, I think that’s great. Post consistently at the same time. If more, then that;’s great too!

    Since July or August, I’ve seen my readership triple and daily views increase a lot. Due in most part to be consistent, but also implementing blogging strategies to reach more readers in the niches I write in.

    Great post.

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    • Absolutely. No matter if it is daily, weekly or monthly, consistency means we can expect and therefore keep coming back. It is great to hear of your blogs success!

      Implementing strategies is a great idea and I need to do this more, as I feel like I could do more with my blog than I am doing. Thanks for the inspiration to 🙂

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  8. I admire that you can find a way to blog daily. I’ve been unable to do that thanks to Uni but seeing this kind of post gives me hope that it’s possible (There’s my 2019 plan). Also, is there anything more aussie than defining a period of time with “Farmwork and beer” because if there is, I’ve never seen it.

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    • Haha, Australia has really introduced me to the farming and beer lifestyle. If I didn’t know I was going to get drunk at the end of the farm day, the work would have been very difficult!

      I can imagine uni would have potential to help provide new ideas and a little creativity, as there is so many people from all over the world with different interests and new experiences to gain for yourself. See if you can turn it around and use university to be of benefit and not a hindrance!

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