To post daily, or not to post daily

In the myriad of blog posts and websites around the Interwebz, one of the most common themes put out by social media experts is “more, more MORE!”. They tell you to post Tweets every few minutes, post multiple daily posts on your blog or website, and do everything you can to stay on the top of everyone’s social media lists of “active” posters.

Some people have asked why I don’t write daily posts, or multiple tweets per day. The answer? Quantity does not always equal quality.

The problem is simply this: if I were to post something every single day on my website, I would eventually run out of things to say. Eventually I would simply be repeating what 50 other people on the Internet are saying on their blogs, which is an exercise in futility. I prefer to keep the posts on my website informative, quality-driven, and aimed at providing actual resources for the readers who visit on a daily basis, not just fluff on a webpage to bring in hits-per-day.

Will I always write superb posts? Nope. I’m a human, just like anyone else, which means I am cursed to some degree with the gene of mediocrity. However, I do strive to rise above that gene and provide my readers with content that can actually help them improve upon their writing skills and in their writing career. You also have to remember that the main purpose of this website is simply an online resume with some added resources thrown in for people who care to read.

Some websites get thousands of hits per day. Others get tens of thousands. I get a few hundred. I’m happy with that number. Why? Because I know that when I make a post it’s not a regurgitated piece of copy that has been written a hundred times somewhere else in a watered-down format. Perhaps eventually I’ll build up to that number, but this website has only been in existence since November of 2009. We have a long, long way to go, and we are just getting started!

With that in mind, throughout 2010 I will be taking the time with Complete Writing Solutions to provide you, the reader (and hopefully writers!), with ways to increase your productivity, as well as show you ways to make more money with less effort.

The current writing contest is part of what I have planned for the year. Week 3 will be wrapping up sometime this week, and you’ll be happy to know I’m well ahead of my 50 dollars an hour plan. This is great news for all of the newbie writers out there who are wondering how the heck to make any money while they are working at building up clips and padding their CV, or for veteran writers who are looking for a way to supplement their income. The project is taking a close look at writing disposable website content for the we-want-it-now-and-we-want-it-in-bulk web content phenomena, and how to make it profitable for you, and so far, the results have been beyond expectations. So good, in fact, that I’m already prepping a round 2, which will be a second writing experiment I perform sometime in March or April.

In the meantime, for those of you who read, I’d like to thank you for your participation, and for your support. Work is going excellent on this side of the world, and 2010 is shaping up to be our best year ever as we move forward into the rest of it. There are a lot of big plans, and I’m grateful to those of you who are along for the ride. To the rest, feel free to browse around the website and hopefully take away something that will help you in your writing career.

Stay tuned for Week 3’s results later this week!

T.W. Anderson is the founder of Complete Writing Solutions, and is a freelance writer specializing in travel writing, website content, interior design and home improvement, green-related topics, as well as anything else potential clients need him to be.

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2 comments on “To post daily, or not to post daily
  1. Anne Wayman says:

    Although you didn’t say so specifically, the answer to should you post every day, etc. is implied when you talk about what you want for your blog.

    That’s the real key. If you want thousands or 10s of thousands of readers you have to post and market more. If that isn’t your goal, post to support the goal… not what some expert says.

    I actually suggest writers use wordpress for almost static websites now, simply because they are so easy to update… the implication there is a post every year or so…

    A

  2. I love WordPress, personally. It’s easy to use, and I don’t have to spend a lot of time keeping things up-to-date, nor do I need to spend time learning coding, or pay money to someone else. I pay a little for the hosting every year, and that’s about it.

    You are absolutely right about traffic. It’s not my primary goal, for sure. Mostly this is a place to use as my online CV, and post a few resources for other writers. I also have no plans on using AdSense or selling any ad space to other people, at least not at this point in time. Most of my spare energy is focused on fiction work, while content work pays the bills :) Things could change in the future, but I’m not currently interested in the work it takes to bring in thousands of views per day.

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