When should you blog? Well, the answer to that is as personal as when should you write? What's your best writing time? When does your life allow for writing space?
Your blogging is just a part of that. It's "real" writing, and you need to consciously schedule time for it. One day a week? Perhaps you'll opt to write three related weekly posts on Monday. Or daily? Maybe you'll post something on your blog after dinner, each and every day.
The important thing is that you make time for it and do it with regularity. This is part of what will make your blog interesting to readers, and easier for you to accomplish. All the habit tricks you use for other writing apply to your blogging as well. Trust me, it's easier with a plan and discipline.
It's all part of your commitment to succeeding as a writer. Read Teagan Oliver's comments about commitment here.
Personally, I think it's best to post early in the day. I try to have my daily post up before 7 am (CST). If I go out visiting blogs and there's not a new post from the last time I visited, I probably won't go back later in the day to check. I just don't have the time. So, if I want people to visit my blog and come back again, I try to have a new post up early for those who might drop by before work or on a lunch break.
I either write my posts at night and then put 'em up on the blog first thing in the morning, or write 'em on the Muni with my Alpha and then post them when I get to work.
I'm an Alphie girl, too. And I recently learned to plop the Alphie musings into a Notepad file and then cut & paste over to Blogger. Gets rid of formatting that's problematic when copying from Word files. The stuff they don't tell ya!
Don't get me started on Blogger. I am furious that this blog is still spam-locked and they are going around telling that they've solved the glitch. I don't think so!
Until this year, my blog posts were only intermittent. What a difference a regular, daily commitment makes--both in traffic and a sense of momentum. And it's really pretty fun to pull up my analytics account and watch the line trend up...slowly...but up!
Alas, nighttime--after the toddler is in bed--is my best working time, with occasional breaks during in the day that allow time to check out other people's sites. Frankly, I also post in advance fairly often...it allows me to make changes, additions, etc.
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