Trying to maintain more than one blog is like juggling a number of plates in the air, you only need to take your eye of one of them for a short time and it comes crashing to the ground. Up to now I have been posting on three different blogs – 21st Century Learning (which I have just put into hibernation!), this one and Short Stories. That would all be fine if I wasn’t so vain!
My problem is that every day when I look at my blogs I do two things. First I check to see if I’ve had any comments and if so I try to comment back, secondly I check the stats! I like to keep an eye on the number of views that I’ve had in any one day. My problem is that I feel guilty when the views per day drop – it’s as if I’ve taken my eye of the spinning plate. In recent weeks I have been posting a lot of short stories on to my Short Stories blog and the views have been steadily rising. I’ve not posted on this blog for about a week and the views have plummeted.
The answer, I know, is obvious – if I want both blogs to be successful then I need to be posting on both on a regular basis. I wonder how often ‘regular’ should be? I thought that maybe a post a day would be ideal, but on reflection I wonder if this is too often? Is too often too much and possible likely to put readers off? I have decided that I’m going to try 3 or 4 posts a week on each blog and see how that goes. Wish me luck.
Finally a word about comments. I sometimes wonder why, if I’ve had 30+ views in a day, very few of these visitors add a comment. I know that the obvious answer is that people don’t comment because they don’t appreciate/like what I’ve posted. On the other hand I know people who read blogs, enjoy them but don’t comment because they are not sure what to say. I spoke to another new blogger recently who told me that she enjoyed the comments that she was getting but didn’t think she had to reply. Of course she doesn’t have to but I have found that it’s a great way to develop links and dialogue with other bloggers.