September 20, 2019

Trying a New Posting Schedule at Atheist Revolution

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I have been making an effort to reduce my rate of posting here lately, and I expect this will continue. I have been feeling overworked and short on time due to some changes at my job, and this has led me to re-evaluate how best to fit hobby blogging into my life. Since I am not ready to give it up, I have been experimenting with scaling back the number of posts. My new target is roughly 10 posts per month, but I am approaching that number flexibly. I'm not going to freak out if I write somewhat fewer than 10 or somewhat more than 10 posts. I may freak out if I end up writing 2-3 times more than that because that would indicate that my efforts to scale things back had failed and that I was back to my usual numbers.

The other thing I've been trying to do is adopt a more consistent and predictable posting schedule. Of all the advice I have read from the professional bloggers who share blogging tips, this is one that almost everyone seems to agree on and one that I have never really tried. They insist that it is helpful to set a schedule and stick to it. I'm not sure I understand why this is supposed to be helpful, but it seemed like it was worth a try. At least for now, I'm aiming to post on Wednesdays and Sundays. Doing so would bring me to 8 posts a month, and that means I can post a couple outside of that schedule when I feel like doing so (like I am doing with this post) to hit the new target of 10.

Based on past experience with similar efforts, I am somewhat skeptical of my ability to stick to this plan. All I can do is give it a try. I managed to do it throughout September, and I think it should be fairly easy to sustain it through October and November. December may be more challenging since I usually find myself with a bit more free time in late December and early January. My hope is to use some of whatever additional free time I might regain then to read a book or two. That seems to be the first thing to go when I get busy, and I'm not happy about it.