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:
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:
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.