Since I've been back to blogging I have found myself adopt a more relaxed approach to the blog, one where I don't stress within certain areas. Some of the posts I have written over the last six years have been painstakingly meticulous and I've tried so hard to use my creative writing skills, incorporating them into what I believed to be a darn good blog post. Some were well received, others were perhaps glanced at, whilst several went unappreciated and unloved. It is often the case that a blog post which has been haphazardly put together, is scrutinised and commented on; everyone wants to have their say and everyone comes back for more. I used to always publish a post on a Wednesday because that always seemed a popular day to post. But then I noticed Tuesday became a good day also, and then Thursday. People went through a phase a couple of years back when they would time their posts with precision, desperately making sure they didn't miss a chance to reel in those comments and plug away on social media. But now I'm not so sure it matters.
Who really cares what day you publish a post? Is it important to publish at 9am, or would it be more beneficial if you published at 11am? Perhaps you're an afternoon blogger, or an evening blogger. Maybe it isn't something you've ever considered. I used to publish early morning. I have no idea why. Once, I published a post at 5pm and it received a substantial amount of page views and comments. I guess it depends whom you're aiming your post at; parents, writers, paranormal investigators, each other?
I read some blogs that are incredibly popular. Some receive, on average, 60+ comments on every single post - every single day. Yet other blogs I read receive between 5 and 10 comments, though to me, they are just as popular. I used to stress about how many times I published a blog post. I would worry if I had blogger's block and think I'd start losing valuable readers if I didn't supply the goods at least Monday, Wednesday and Friday, my once-regular blogging days. Now I've realised how lame that was. With everything else I have going on in my life, blogging was right up there, with just about everything. In a way it still is, because it's my main hobby. It's something I enjoy doing and something I've proved to myself I don't want to stop doing. I am laid back, but I'm impatient and demanding. I like to chill out but I don't like having nothing to do. I guess you could say I'm a bit mixed up. But so far as blogging is concerned, taking that month's break and perusing the blogosphere has made me see blogging in a new light. Give yourself a break occasionally; life isn't all about fancy words and feedback.