The Big Blog Question: Quantity vs. Quality

Choose Two: Quantity of posts, Quality of posts, or Your Non-Blogging Life.

Well, one of those is probably going to take priority (unless you’ve gotten past that ‘needing food’ conundrum), so the rest of blogging is just figuring out how to deal with balancing the other two.  Here’s some hints and tips I’ve learned to help with that balance.

Schedule Posts Ahead of Time

By scheduling your posts ahead of time, you can bank up time for when you need to be busy.  If Saturdays are your blog days, you can make all your blog posts then and not worry throughout the week.

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As well, many people can work faster when they’re on a roll.  If you write all your blog posts at once, you won’t have to get into or out of the mood as much.

Keep Most Posts Below 1,000 Words

The longer your post, the more likely people will get bored somewhere in the middle.

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By limiting the size of your posts, you reduce the chances for boredom and, thus, reduce the chances that your reader will leave before finishing.

As well, limiting the size of your post will help you decide the scope.  If you don’t have a scope, you might end up with enormous articles that take too much of your valuable time.  Remember – you can do a lot of work, but that will eat away at the time you could be writing your books or other publishable goods.  Keep scope creep down and cut your posts off when they need to be.

Decide On A Pattern

Do you post weekly?  Daily?  Something else?  Once you’ve figured out your routine, decide on what kind of posts you’ll make.

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I post daily, and right now I follow a week-by-week schedule as follows:

Monday – Book Review
Tuesday – Tanka Tuesday (Poetry practice!)
Wednesday – Prompt Showcase
Thursday – Blogging/Writing tips or Longer Stories
Friday – Carrot Ranch Prompt (Flash fiction!)
Saturday – Sammi Scribbles Prompt
Sunday – #CountVlad Guest Posts from Dracula

Because I follow this schedule, I know which posts I can write ahead of time.  I know what formats and types of information needs to be written.  This can almost act as a prompt, helping to give me a start on each of the posts.  That takes care of the hardest part – just starting.

Don’t Waste Your Readers’ Time

If you wouldn’t want to read the article, you can bet your bottom dollar that other people wouldn’t want to.  If you start an article or story and can’t stand it, think about if it’s worth your time to finish it.

If it’s a very short article, like a prompted flash fiction, you might as well finish it.  But if you’re prepping your major articles, stop before you think it’s going to fall apart.  Save what you’ve written and try to repurpose it – WordPress let’s you have plenty of drafts, so make use of them!

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How do you save time?  Are there methods you use to ensure quality?  I’d love to hear about some of your tips in the comments!

13 thoughts on “The Big Blog Question: Quantity vs. Quality

  1. Priscilla Bettis says:

    Good article!

    I post about every 2 weeks, but not on a strict schedule. I keep my strict scheduling for my book-type writing. That way the blog is fun and a means to hold myself accountable (because I post my writing goals on my blog), and the blog doesn’t become another TASK hanging over my head.

    I keep my posts pretty short for the reasons you mentioned . . . hmm, I don’t know what word counts I hit, though. I should check!

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      I think the main thing is to know your goals and needs, which it seems you do! For me, I need to think of everything as TASKS or else I don’t get that pleasure of completing them!

      I bet people who post less often can have a bit more leeway when it comes to word count. For me, I find that participation drops off over 1k, but that’s just me.

  2. Tina Stewart Brakebill says:

    This approach speaks to my type-A soul! Honestly I’ve avoided putting myself on a schedule in order to keep this fun for me because so much of my life is on a deadline but … oh joy … you make it sound appealing! 🙂

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      Haha – I am indeed about as square as they come, so scheduling is absolutely up my alley. I’d do it if it speaks to you, perhaps give it a try, but don’t be religious about it unless you find it’s great!

  3. robertawrites235681907 says:

    I am a bit of a fly by the seat of my pants blogger. I sort of try to post on both my blogs on Saturday’s and Sundays and I do the prompts when the fancy takes me so there is not schedule for them, I don’t even always do them if I don’t like the topic. I also alternate between my blogs depending on whether I was inspired to write for my light or dark half.

  4. Book Club Mom says:

    Hi, this is a great subject. Balancing life with blogging is tricky, but these are good tips. I generally blog about 3x a week, sometimes more, but I never force a post and I almost always limit it to 500 words. I think readers do get bored if the post is too long or too complicated. I sometimes schedule posts, but I’m always thinking about what my next post will be and enjoy that creative process – I can do that anywhere! And then, when I’m ready and have the time, I write it out.

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