When Are You Reading This? A Trending Look At Reading Personal Finance Blogs

I myself open up my Google RSS reader probably every 2 days to take a look at the 93 feeds I’m subscribed to. Yes, 93 people have things to say that very much interest me. And in my scanning of everyones latest posts today, I got to thinking, I only seem to scan the first post in each of them. This means I’m only looking at the most recent article they’ve written, skipping the older articles which may be juicy, but I’m just not hitting.

Is this a matter of preference? Am I “the norm”? If so, am I getting the most readability out of my posts when I send them off to the chopping block? I want to get the best bang for my typing buck and am interested in YOU the readers perspective to help me out…

Now, I am very aware that many of you folks on my RSS feed are bloggers yourself, so you can probably relate with me. We all love personal finance, and honestly, 87 of my 93 feeds I look at are in regards to the wonderful world of personal finance. However, am I (or the realm in general) skipping good personal finance articles that are 3 days old from ONE exceptional writer, or getting the best out of my subscriptions by just browsing the latest?

I guess that’s a question for you folks, my loyal readers:
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I have been posting almost daily for 7 months straight and have a base of about 200+ articles in my stash and closing in on 25,000 page views this month and I don’t plan on it slowing in the coming months. But how are you, the reader, getting to my pages? Are you watching daily what I post, or swinging by every other day? Weekly? I’m certainly interested in that as well, so please share:[poll=3]

Depending on this info, I’m planning on catering the shop to my readers. I’ve got so many posts backed up (guest posts included) that I’m considering posting twice daily for a while to get caught up, but don’t want to overwhelm people, nor get good articles skipped either. I’ve already laid out my posts through April 5 right now, and have 42 articles waiting for final edit in the “drafts” folder. Here is a look at my current dashboard showing the laundry list that is accumulating:
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I’ve read on a few of the sites I visit, namely CopyBlogger that cutting back might be a good idea:

“If you write seven posts a week and publish all seven, you’re going to post writing that isn’t very good. Don’t do that. The boys in the basement have to know that you won’t betray them by sharing work that isn’t ready. And your readers have to know the same.”

It’s funny too, because I really DO think that my articles are ALL quality works, but I’m looking at my site through rose colored glasses too, so that probably plays a part. It’s strange because articles that I think are absolute gems, get trumped and OVERStumbledUpon by newer gems that I’ve posted earlier in the week, so the impact isn’t hitting like I had hoped. I am assuming this is because my readers are the same way, but again, I have been wrong before so lets let the amazing WP-Polls answer it:[poll=5]

Based on the results of this last poll, I’ll likely be experimenting on how my posts are allocated out to the site likely in 2 week intervals. I want to give you folks the best bang for your buck as well, but maybe not in an “all you can eat” mentality.

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  • Hank, this is an interesting topic and timely too. I recently changed how I manage my subscriptions. I use to keep everything in one feedreader. But a couple hundred pf feeds, plus my other subscriptions would tend to overwhelm me. Important articles would be overlooked and I rarely even scanned the multitude of pf feeds.

    I tried organizing the must read pf feeds from the the rest, but even that didn’t work because I’d still see 1,000 or 2,000 unread posts in my feed reader.

    These past two weeks I’ve been working with a strategy that is really working well for me. I keep my most important feeds in one program and the rest in another. I keep my primary feed reader open all day, so I can read a post or two as I have time. My primary feed reader has a handful of pf blogs (basically, the blogs where I have some kind of contact, relationship, or acknowledgment of existence!)

    And the rest pf blog subscriptions are in a second program that I’ll fire up once or twice a week. That way I still scan the pf headlines, but in a way that doesn’t crowd out my regular reading.

    I agree with the CopyBlogger advice, but posting frequency also needs to be determined by one’s long-term goals for the blog.

    Aaron Stroud’s last blog post..Exhaustion is financial success’ kryptonite

  • I tend to limit my subscriptions to around ten (I call them the “Majors” – an obvious baseball reference). This does not mean I only read ten, it just means that these ten get read every day. From the Majors that I read, I will then ride a link to another author suggested link (hence the reason I really like your weekly hangouts post).

    If one of my “Top 10” starts to disappoint, it may get sent down to the minor leagues (where I may or may not remember to go back and visit often).

    When I hear that people have thousands of subscriptions, I just cannot fathom how much time they spend reading. I try and limit my reading to about an hour a day, so that I can spend more time writing and spending time with my son.

    In my opinion, your posting quality and frequency is just about perfect. Keep it up my friend!

    Dusty’s last blog post..March Madness – One Reason for My Sanity

  • Similar to Dusty, I try to float 10-20 of my favorites to the top of my reader list of 97 (I use Bloglines). I religiously read those daily, but only ever few days reach back to catch up on the ones below. I wouldn’t be against you moving to a twice-daily routine, as I’ve considered it myself recently. I may vary my schedule with morning posts on my primary theme and afternoon posts on a lighter, secondary theme such as something funny, or a “most ridiculous item of the day” type thing.

    Frugal Dad’s last blog post..There Are No Financial Cinderellas

  • I pretty much read every article I come across in my rss, but mine is nowhere near 93.. so that might make a difference.

    theWild1’s last blog post..Best Month and NO Research

  • I had around 90 subscriptions through the winter months – but have decided to scale back to approximately 20-25. I just didn’t have the time to keep up with them all…
    I think prioritizing to my favorites, will allow me to keep up.
    I think your main fan base would probably keep up with your double posting – but it is hard for everybody to keep up…
    I think a lot of your posts get lost to us want-to-be-loyal readers – because so many posts can be overwhelming!!
    I’d rather savor a good post read… than read & dump, to move on to the next. But, that’s just me!

    dawn’s last blog post..The Power of Our Thoughts…

  • I don’t subscribe… I like to visit my favorite blogs. I visit them all everyday. That’s how I roll…

    Mom@wide open wallet’s last blog post..Saving will set you free.

  • I think a lot of PF blogs are ‘more of the same’ – current blog excepted 😉

    – Save more than you spend

    What the world needs are more PW (Personal Wealth) blogs that tell you how to earn more than you spend … eventually, without working!

    AJC @ 7million7years’s last blog post..The most important question that you can ever ask about your own business …

  • I use Bloglines as my RSS reader and I understand how you tend to just read the most recent posts and eventually skip and miss good articles written at an earlier date.

    I’m trying to change this habit by forcing myself to scan through all the posts I’ve missed and I’ve discovered that creating a good title / headline affects significantly my decision to read through the article.

    Just my two cents.

    Fitz’s last blog post..The Secret to Continuous Self Motivation

  • @Aaron – good call on the separation of your faves. I might have to check it out.

    @Dusty % FrugalDad – I like the idea, majors and minors; that might be next on my list.

    @Wild1 – to each their own on the total number for sure…

    @Dawn – I tend to agree – the loyal fans would stick around, but I think 2 a day is too much to handle. I know I’m not the top of everyones list, so clearly all I say isn’t all they read. 🙂

    @Mom – good method too – I started that way myself.

    @AJC – totally; personal wealth blogs; similar to yours? 🙂

    @Fitz – I haven’t tried Bloglines before, but it sounds very similiar to the rest of the pack, eh?