Hi friends, how are you doing? And how is your writing and creativity coming along? One of the things I struggled with in the first few months of my creative journey was how frequently I should post (on both my social media and blog). It has taken a lot of trial and error to finally decide on a posting schedule that actually works for me and gives me the freedom I need to create on my own terms. But first let me give you a little background story on something that proved to ‘not’ work and also became very stressful to keep up with in the long run.
Three years ago in the very beginning of my creative journey, I posted nearly every single day. I posted about anything from food, art, fashion, inspiration, and even a little bit of poetry. There was literally no thought or structure in the theme and rhythm of my blog posts or schedule. During those days it was all about the numbers and writing for the sake of being noticed and validated by my peers. I enjoyed it but I didn’t love it and it didn’t feel authentic. I posted every single day or every other day on topics I didn’t care much about because other people were doing it and because tons of people seemed to be interested in those topics (or so I thought). Eventually the daily posting (sometimes even multiple times a day) burnt me out and it started to show in my writing. People stopped reading and visiting and the motivation to continue started to take its toll on me. I thought “what’s the point anymore?” That question plus a series of regretful decisions later i.e deciding to self-host my own blog, led me to eventually to quit.
Posting once a week.
This year I began practicing minimalism a little bit more and thanks to it, I have found myself and the rhythm of my own song. I finally know what works for me and what doesn’t, what makes me happy and sad, miserable and elated. Thanks to simplifying my overall life I was able to realize that posting just once a week is enough for the creative in me. It has proven to work so well and makes me happy and free to explore my creativity. I don’t feel pressured to write out of the urgency to keep up with a daily posting schedule, instead I am free to enjoy my life however I can and pick from any one situation I experience to write about once a week. Some say, people might forget about your blog if you decide to post less frequently but I believe that if people truly enjoy what you have to say and write about then it shouldn’t matter if you decide to share your art less frequently. We don’t see our favorite tv series and shows being aired everyday (but can you imagine if they did). We have to wait each week in anticipation on a specific day to enjoy them, I believe this rhetoric can be used in writing as well. I’m very thankful for the lessons I learned from my failed blogging days because they all led me here.
I decided to write about posting frequency because it’s something I had a really hard time grasping in the beginning and it only dawned on me a few weeks ago that I no longer have trouble with my posting schedule anymore so why not share? With that being said I would like to end my post with a few questions. How often do you post on your blog or social media? Did you have the same trouble that I had in the beginning? If you’ve already established a posting schedule what works best for you? Everyday? Every week? Once a month? Please feel free to share in the comments. Your thoughts are always welcome here. Thank you for reading!