Day by Day

Today marks the end of my brief return to daily blogging. Starting tomorrow, I’ll be going back to posting (at least) twice a week. It was fun, really.

I feel like I should use this time to reflect on what it’s been like to go back and forth between posting rates.

At some point this past year I realized how valuable each post could be when writing only twice a week. A post that could have been timely quickly becomes anything but just after a few posts. I’m not running a news site here which depends on how quickly I can get information out here or anything like that, but on more than one occasion I’ve felt my posts have less impact simply because I fired them too late. Not only that, but more frivolous entries were technically taking up the “space” of possibly better ones. The Fujoshi Files posts, for instance, sometimes felt like they were not worth being one of the two main posts during a week. This is why in some instances I had it be a “third post.”

Then again, I am well aware that this is a self-imposed limitation and that if I really wanted to I could still try to post daily. It’s just a preemptive measure I’ve set into place for when my workload gets heavier.

So over the past six weeks I’ve made 42 posts, including this one. I have to say, daily posting doesn’t feel as easy as it used to be, but I think it’s because 1) I haven’t done it in a while, 2) this being my vacation time meant I had to also juggle a lot of other activities, and 3) months of operating under a reduced schedule has changed my writing somewhat. With two posts a week, I could sit on a topic for much longer and massage the words out. I don’t have any conclusive evidence, but I think my posts had gotten longer and more elaborate as a result. Trying to combine that mindset with seven posts a week has been something of a challenge.

Another thing I’ve thought about is that idea of writing every day to get better and how this differs from writing enough for multiple days in advance. Writing one hour a day every day is probably better than writing 7 hours in one day for the entire week. Still, we’re all busy people and sometimes that’s just necessary. I myself had to build up a reserve because I was spending weekends in situations where I wouldn’t be able to post. All in all, it sometimes felt like too much and yet also not enough.

Maybe I just needed more hours in a single day. Wouldn’t have it any other way though.

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3 thoughts on “Day by Day

  1. Gosh, I don’t have enough to talk about to post daily, you are clearly a far more interesting person than I am. xD What are your views on post regularity? Is it better to have, say, eight posts in four weeks posted with roughly the same amount of time between them, or eight in four weeks posted whenever the author finishes them?

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  2. Another thing I’ve thought about is that idea of writing every day to get better and how this differs from writing enough for multiple days in advance. Writing one hour a day every day is probably better than writing 7 hours in one day for the entire week. Still, we’re all busy people and sometimes that’s just necessary. I myself had to build up a reserve because I was spending weekends in situations where I wouldn’t be able to post. All in all, it sometimes felt like too much and yet also not enough.

    Can’t agree more. I just spent my Saturday sick in bed but I did write enough material for 2 posts to ensure WRL lives on for another week. It’s far from writing to improve… while I do write every day, it’s for personal journal stuff that serves more as a fix for my compulsion than it does for practice for improvement.

    Sometimes even I get taken aback at how seriously I approach this hobby, but it is what it is. I can only hope readers derive even just a fraction of the utility I get out of it.

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    • Writing daily gets tiring, real fast. Soon it becomes more like “must write SOMETHING up by tomorrow” instead of “hmm, what should I pick to write for next ______?”

      Writing early is the way to go. You have the time to edit, rewrite, and do much more fun stuff with your posts, to say the least.

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