(I can understand the occasional two posts, but still.)
For the Christian blogger, first and foremost, tell me you ARE NOT doing it for stats. Did I catch anyone off guard?
Now, I can understand a full post and then maybe a post with a picture. A lot of Christian bloggers like to have a post with a picture and scripture. Nothing wrong with that! But every day? Why? (And this may not at all be an issue for some bloggers, but for some, maybe it is.)
Something I want to point out is are we being selfish with our post schedule? I know, what a weird question! But as a Christian blogger, I strive for my blogging not to be about myself. Not to be about the numbers. But to first be about God, and then to be about my readers.
How much of my readers’ time am I taking up?
I’ve NEVER thought about that question until I started writing this post. It never crossed my mind I could potentially be selfish in posting multiple times. But the truth of the matter is, the more we post, the more time we take away from other fellow bloggers.
The world will disagree and push of course this is the aim. We should want people to flock to our blogs and not others. But as a Christian blogger, well, I can’t be that self-focused. I have to put others above myself, and as a Christian blogger, does this not include the Christian blogging community?
On my main blog, Inside Cup, I post on average five times a week. Occasionally I will post six times or maybe have a whole week’s worth, but it’s rare.
When I did post every day, for me, it was for selfish reasons. It was all for stats. Increasing my numbers. Now, I still wanted people to draw closer to Christ with the posts…but selfish gain was always at the back of my mind. I felt like I had to.
I was letting the stats steal the joy out of reaching and encouraging others. What should have been top priority was clouded.
If you happen to post multiple times I want you to think of these things.
- Why– Do you do it to enrich others? Do you feel that you have to post every day, and if you do, why? Are potential stats lingering at the door? You fear you’ll lose people if you do not post for one day? That’s how I used to feel when I struggled.
- Where is your focus– On the people or the stats the people give? How would Christ feel about posting multiple times a day? He knows us best. We can’t hide our reasons and we can’t lie to ourselves. Be willing to admit the truth.
- Would YOU be willing to give back that same amount of time to another blogger – Are you aware that the more you post, the more time investment you are asking others to give you? Would you be willing to give that same time investment to another blogger as their reader?
- Could you break up the posts– Or create days you post more than once (like a full post and a picture post that goes with that day) or even a series for those specific posts (like picture posts become their own series and appear on a specific day). As a reader when I see someone post more than once in a day, I get intimidated and feel a little dread because I WANT to support the blogger, but my plate feels full with what I’m writing and all the other bloggers I’m trying to read.
Again, I’m not saying every single blogger who posts multiple times a day does it for selfish reasons. But I know the struggle of desiring stats. I know the struggle of being so focused on myself, I forget the others it impacts. In this case, fellow bloggers, my readers, and giving myself a break. We are told to take a break. Am I doing that? Am I allowing that for my readers?
Just things to chew on.
(And if you feel like you have to defend why you post multiple times a day, maybe consider why you even need to defend it. I’m not saying it’s wrong, exactly, rather, for us to really consider why we do it and to think of others.)