The Benefits of Blogging Every Day

As I was researching and contemplating what to write about today, none of the ideas I came up with seemed to meet my fuzzy criteria for being blog worthy.

As the day got later and later, I started to think that maybe I had finally reached that point where my daily blogging streak might finally end. The voice inside my head started whispering that maybe it would be better to focus on writing one quality piece per week as opposed to wring average to below average stuff every day. And this is certainly not the first time I’ve heard that voice inside my head.

But then I thought that part of what keeps me going is the streak. If I missed a day, my fear is that I would not care that much anymore about my blog, and I would start to just post sporadically, eventually fading away into oblivion (actually even now it wouldn’t take much fading for that to happen).

Another benefit of daily blogging is that it does not put as much pressure on each of my blog posts to be of the highest quality (although I certainly hope that each post I write is of such quality).

If I were just publishing weekly, that would seem to put a lot of pressure on that one post to be really good.

Plus, I’m not the best judge of what readers might find interesting or thought-provoking or humorous.

Sometimes I’ll come up with what I think is a great idea for a post, think about it for a few days, and then sit and write the post. Let’s call it Post A. When I am finished, my assumption is that it will be an article that gets lots of view and people talking. However, what happens quite often is that Post A, and others like it, get little to no reaction.

On the other hand, there have been some nights when it is getting close to midnight, I have nothing written, and so I write a quick post (call it Post B) about some nonsensical topic (i.e., most of my posts), and such a post gets lots of views and generates several comments.

If I were writing weekly, I would likely publish posts a lot of posts like Post A above, and posts like Post B might never see the light of day. But by writing every day, blogs like Post B do end up getting published and get a discussion going.

So those are two key benefits I have found of writing on a daily basis – the motivation provided by maintaining a streak, and that by producing something every day the likelihood of producing something worthwhile increases dramatically. This is not only because of the higher volume of posts, but because many times I’m not the best judge of what will be considered worthwhile, and so I’ll publish things that I might have otherwise ignored, and those might turn out to be some of my best posts.

So what this all means is that you are stuck with me. God willing, I’ll continue to post something every day.

Sometimes it will be a gem, and sometimes it will be a dud.

That’s up to you to decide; I’m just trying to increase the odds that you come across something you like.

Thanks for reading.

8 thoughts on “The Benefits of Blogging Every Day

  1. Philosophical question – is it worthwhile to blog every day or to blog when you have something important to say? Almost like writing songs – do you only write them when inspired – that’s me now – or do you write everyday to improve your craft – that was me years ago!

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    1. I guess the hard part is determining if what I am about to write is “something important to say”. By sticking to a daily deadline, sometimes creativity rises to the surface. I never know when the muse will strike, if ever.

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  2. I think one of the best things about writing so often is it helps you become a better writer. Here’s an excerpt from this article https://jamesclear.com/repetitions :

    “On the first day of class, Jerry Uelsmann, a professor at the University of Florida, divided his film photography students into two groups.

    Everyone on the left side of the classroom, he explained, would be in the “quantity” group. They would be graded solely on the amount of work they produced. On the final day of class, he would tally the number of photos submitted by each student. One hundred photos would rate an A, ninety photos a B, eighty photos a C, and so on.

    Meanwhile, everyone on the right side of the room would be in the “quality” group. They would be graded only on the excellence of their work. They would only need to produce one photo during the semester, but to get an A, it had to be a nearly perfect image.

    At the end of the term, he was surprised to find that all the best photos were produced by the quantity group. During the semester, these students were busy taking photos, experimenting with composition and lighting, testing out various methods in the darkroom, and learning from their mistakes. In the process of creating hundreds of photos, they honed their skills. Meanwhile, the quality group sat around speculating about perfection. In the end, they had little to show for their efforts other than unverified theories and one mediocre photo.”

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