Insecure Writer's Support Group
It's the first Wednesday of the month which as most of you know means it's time again for another edition of the Insecure Writer's Support Group, the monthly event hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh. This is the time when writers from all over the globe discuss writing and all of the conflicting good and bad feelings that come with the pursuit of the literary arts. This is a forum for commiseration and encouragement. Maybe things aren't going quite like you'd like or maybe you're a bit nervous about what the future holds. You might even be riding the high horse of success and feel like you're winning the race. Whatever your circumstance join us and tell us what you're thinking.
Summertime Blogging Schedule
Most of us would probably acknowledge that our blog traffic tends to drop some during the summer months. In fact, a good many of you might even cut back during the summer months or even go so far as to put your blog on hiatus until about September or so. I've seen this and it does make sense in a lot of ways.
Every year I tend to do some traveling which interferes to some extent with my blogging activities. I've tried experiments such as focusing on using guest posts to minimize my own energies on blogging. Last year I cut back on posting days and tried to keep my posts shorter. That approach worked well for me and when something works it's probably not a bad idea to stick with it.
So for the summer of 2015 it's gonna be less posts and posts that might be a bit shorter than normal. My schedule plan will be to essentially post Mondays only. However there will be a few times when this will vary. Since I will still be participating with Battle of the Bands posts on the 1st and 15th of each month and also the #IWSG posts on the first Wednesdays of the month there will be a couple of Wednesday posts in July and two Saturday posts in August that might essentially replace my normal Monday posts. I might throw in a couple odd posts now and then, but for the most part my schedule will be as I've described.
There will be summer cutbacks on my other blogs as well. On my spiritually themed blog A Few Words there has already been the post Temporary Hiatus announcing my summer plans. Since this is like my mission blog in a sense, I almost feel like I should keep that one going over the others, but averaging less than 50 visitors per post and typically receiving only a couple comments at the most, I feel like taking a break on that site won't be a drastic loss to the blogging world.
Tomorrow an announcement post will appear on my dream blog A Faraway View telling readers about my intentions for the summer vacation season. That blog too has a small number of visitors per post, but it does have a loyal readership who regularly leave comments on every post. Last year I posted dream song videos which didn't do too badly, but still it took time to compile that. This year I'm going to save the time and not post on that blog at all until September.
My memoir blog Wrote By Rote will continue to post each Saturday as long as I don't run into complications doing so. That blog does have a more solid reader base and I'll do as I did last year and tie in my summer travels with the topics I will be sharing on that blog. I also often tie in my Battle of the Bands contests with posts on Wrote By Rote.
Now, some of you might point back to my A to Z Challenge Elements of Blogging post "UpDate!". I stirred a bit of controversy by chastising "slacker bloggers" who didn't maintain their blogs regularly. Take note though that I am following my own guidelines about announcing my intentions ahead of time and I will still be posting regularly unless some circumstance prevents me from doing so.
Of course, here is where the insecurities develop. It might be argued that less posting might lose some of my existing audience. I think anyone else who has cut back on posting days can vouch that all it does is give them more time for other things and give each of their posts more time for other bloggers to visit and leave comments. I think Alex J Cavanaugh might agree with this point.
A complete break like I'm doing on my lesser visited blogs might cause me to lose some of my audience so that I have to go back to build them up, but considering the few that could be lost I don't guess that's much building to worry about. I've got minor insecurities about these blogs but I always do throughout the year.
The biggest problem with the summer schedule is that I have less time and opportunity to make the visiting rounds that are required to keep visitors coming to my blog. I have my regulars who I can usually count on--I thank all of you--but there are always those who need to be reminded to visit me by my visit to them. If I use the past summers as an indicator, I know my comments will drop which is something that would happen whether I was keeping a summer schedule or not. The fact is that a lot of people are busy doing non-blogging activities like I'll be doing. If I don't visit your posts as much during the summer, I hope you will understand my situation.
Really it's not a big issue--just a little nagging insecurity. It's the old out of sight out of mind conundrum of marketing and maintaining a public image. But it's only a blog. But it's my blog and I've worked hard to keep it active and to have a relatively high profile. It's my baby and I worry about my babies.
I may be slowing down for the summer, but I will be here. I hope you'll be here with me.
Do you see your summer blog traffic slow down in summer? Do your blogging activities tend to slow down during summer? What will you be doing this summer?
Arlee's A to Z Summer Road Trip
I wonder if I might be able to meet up with some of you during my travels this summer. I'm going to be all over the country and bound to have some time on my hands. If we could set up some summer meetings that might be fun. If you're interested, be sure to visit Wrote By Rote in my post upcoming Saturday June 6th and I'll give you some more details.
Don't forget to vote on my current Battle of the Bands
If you have not voted yet then visit Battle of the Bands and cast your vote. I'll be adding votes up tomorrow Thursday June 4th to announce the winner on Friday June 5th.