Let’s Talk Blogger to Blogger: Consistency, and How I Struggle with it 3 Years Later

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Consistency, and How I Struggle with it 3 Years Later

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One of the key things that I’ve read (and been told) about the success of your blog is consistency. Post regularly. Stick to your niche. etc. etc. etc. Readers want to know what to expect from you. Do you review a certain genre? Do you always have an awesome TTT up each week? Even thought out and well written discussions.

In part, I agree.

I think it would depend on YOUR definition of consistent, outside the obvious. Posting 3 times a week is pretty consistent. Posting a Meme ever week is pretty consistent. But does that mean someone who only posts once a week isn’t?

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One of the things that I have struggled with in my 3 1/2 years in blogging is being consistent with post content. I’m consistent in the sense that I post reviews. I have my Weekly Wrap Up each Saturday, and two discussion posts features… and that’s about it. Which, when it comes to the weekly wrap up, I’ve changed it several times over the years. I’ve started several series or “features” I never stuck to. There are Memes that I’ve tried and dropped off. I even shut down my other blog!

There are two reasons for this:

  1. I get bored. Especially with certain Memes. It becomes so freaking tedious that I almost resent having to do it. Then, I get this spark to do it again and I do. And… then I get bored. Rinse. Repeat.
  2. Time. I do 90% of my blogging on the weekends. One day I spend drafting, making graphics and some commenting, while the other day is for writing content. And sometimes, when I have two reviews, two memes, a wrap up and a discussion, it takes FOREVER, and it’s easier to get rid of the small things (Waiting on Wednesday).
    1. In conjunction with that, is reading time. I had the Convince me to Read feature but I was having a hard time finding time to read and the thought of adding another based on a vote scared me LOL

I’ve also very inconsistent with commenting, but that’s a topic for another day!

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  • How consistent are you on your blog? Do you struggle to remain consistent?
  • Have you got burned out on topics, series, or Memes on your blog and quit?
  • Is consistency important when it comes to following other blogs?

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32 responses to “Let’s Talk Blogger to Blogger: Consistency, and How I Struggle with it 3 Years Later

  1. Ashley

    I think it’s important to remember that in this context, blogging is supposed to be fun.

    Consistency and niches is important if you’re set on growing your blog and traffic, which is usually the case if this is your job or your business.

    But in your case (and most book bloggers), this isn’t your job. This is a hobby. Hobbies are supposed to be fun. And if that’s the case, who cares about being consistent or following arbitrary rules? This is about you having a fun hobby and you should do whatever it takes to keep it that way.

    If certain memes bore you – ditch them.
    If you’re tired of posting a certain kind of thing – don’t do it.
    If you can’t stick to a blogging schedule – post sporadically.

    There’s a lot of advice out there (like “stick to your niche” and “be consistent”) and it’s usually great advice. BUT, it’s our job to figure out if that advice actually applies to us and our goals. If this is just something you do for fun, then I think more often than not you should sit back and think, “Is this actually something I want to do? Will it keep this fun for me?” There’s nothing wrong with rejecting a piece of advice because it will make blogging feel more tedious to you.
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    • tonyalee

      I agree, 100%! I think a lot of other bloggers have that sense of OBLIGATION and GUILT when they don’t follow an unwritten rule about book blogging, and that’s where burnout comes in. I wrote this post to show that, even this far into blogging there are things we still struggle with, and things that you don’t have to do in order to “succeed”

  2. Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict

    I am one of those people after I think 4 yrs who spends the whole weekend trying to put together posts for the next week. Nevermind graphics. I envy those that are able to put together nice ones or insert funny images. I struggle to get the content. I kind of hate not being consistent because I see a huge decline in comments, like I get many now, and that is how I get to know other bloggers. I feel bad spending so much time putting together my stuff that I never get to other blogs to see what they are up to. I might get to scroll through my Bloglovin once a week, then I’m WAY behind. Thankfully I have some of my favorites on email subs so I can check them right away, but in some ways that’s not fair to the blogs that need more attention. But you’re right, that is a good topic for another day!
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  3. Laura

    I am terrible at being consistent, even though I do try! I have had particular trouble recently because I’ve just been feeling so tired and uninspired, but it does make me feel really guilty when I don’t get blog posts up when I wanted them up.
    In terms of other blogs though, I don’t tend to notice that much, so I don’t know why I think other people notice my lack of consistency! If a blogger I like hasn’t posted on a couple of weeks I might wonder where they’ve gone, but if they haven’t for a review up on a Thursday when that’s when they usually post a review I probably wouldn’t even notice, let alone be bothered by it. I think we always judge ourselves more harshly than everyone else, and seen as you do see the advice ‘be consistent’ everywhere, it’s so easy to get hung up about it.
    Great post! 🙂
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  4. Brittany

    I’m not great at consistency, but I try! I definitely notice a difference in views when I post often, and when there is a long gap between posts. However, since blogging is a hobby I do for fun, I try to give myself a break and not let it become something I resent by overdoing it when I’m super tired or busy with other stuff. I did get bored with doing lots of memes. I used to do TTT every week, but I stopped because it’s so time consuming. I do love WoW because it helps me find so many new books to look forward to. Great post! ^_^

    Brittany @ Brittany’s Book Rambles
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  5. Zoe

    I don’t really bother with consistency, maybe except the format. It’s stressful, and school gives me enough stress as it already is. Blogging is supposed to be fun, not tiring, so I’ll post reviews whenever I have one completed. But I’ll try my best to post once a week. I toggle between memes if I don’t have a review, but it all depends on my mood, and reading speed. (Also, why are all the memes either on a Tuesday or Wednesday???)
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  6. Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Books

    I think what you said up there is a lot of the reason some bloggers quit blogging. I am constantly seeing posts of people apologizing for changing something about the way their posts or apologizing for taking a week or 2 off. And I’m like seriously??? It’s YOUR blog. It’s a fun hobby. Keep it fun!!! I don’t know why we pressure ourselves to do things we aren’t enjoying (I’m totally guilty of it too), but I think posts like this will show people that we really don’t have to 🙂
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  7. Genesis @ Latte Nights Reviews

    I’m the same with the consistency. Sometimes I can do good and post for a full week! Yet others, I don’t feel in the mood to write something up, so I don’t. It gets to be stressful at times, especially during Summer. But what I always try to keep in mind is that I’m supposed to be enjoying this. And the people that follow me, if they really like my content, they will stick by my side. My life and health comes first and so do yours 🙂
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  8. Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

    I feel you. It is HARD, especially because this isn’t our job, and it’s just one component of our lives- no matter how much we love it, it doesn’t pay the bills, and it doesn’t come before family and such. So yeah, I freak out a LOT when I can’t post, but I also try to keep myself in check- easier said than done 😉

    As for memes, I have quit quite a few. I used to do like, ALL the memes, but now… I occasionally do a TTT, I completely put the kibosh on WoW, and StS. I do a monthly recap instead, because it was WAY too time consuming and I wasn’t enjoying it, frankly.

    I used to try to post 5-6 times a week, and it was seriously killing me. I had to cut back. Now I try to only post 4 times a week, and most weeks that works- some not so much, because I end up with too many commitments, but when I post too much, then I have trouble keeping up with comments, so I am apologizing for THAT. Time is totally my issue too, so I feel you.

    As for other blogs, the irony is, I could not care less how consistent they are! Like, if I love a blog, I enjoy their posts and read them- whether they post every day, once a week, or once a year- though I do miss infrequent posters while they’re gone 😉 This is such an awesome post, I can totally relate to everything you have said!
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    • tonyalee

      As for memes, I do TTT every once in awhile if the topic fits my mood. But even those get boring. I do my recaps because I like to talk about/showcase different things and it works out there.

      I’m trying to NOT post that many times a week, because I don’t have the time to A) do the posts and B)promote the posts, which is a BIG thing.

      It doesn’t bother me if other bloggers are inconsistent, but I do notice. Not sure WHY it sticks out, but it does LOL
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  9. Nereyda Gonzalez

    Funny, I refuse to even touch my computer or do anything blog related on weekends. I need that time to myself. I don’t think there are any rules for blogging. Being consistent and posting every day or keeping to a schedule is not the same thing. Nick and I have a pretty good schedule. She gets Mondays, I get Tuesdays, we either do a WOW or a post together on Wednesdays, we alternate between Thursdays and Fridays and we do our recap on Saturdays. But if life gets too busy and we need to skip a day, we are both totally fine with it. It’ always been important for me to keep this a fun hobby. If that means posting something not book related or not YA book related, then I’m gonna do that if I feel like it. 🙂

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  10. Rebecca @ Unbound Pages

    Being consistent is definitely a good thing, but I think this year I’ve learned that doesn’t mean I have to post 4-5 times a week. I only post 1-2 times a week now, but I haven’t really seen a change in my traffic. Negatively anyway. I actually have seen an increase. I think it’s because I spend a lot more time on the posts I write so they’re really high quality and people enjoy reading them more. But I definitely think there’s this pressure in the book blogging community to post 4 times a week. That was giving me blogger burnout. As soon as I cut back I felt super relieved. And I definitely agree about the memes. They get so repetitive. I burned out on TTT a long time ago. 🙁

  11. Eva @ All Books Considered

    I am with Nereyda– I never post/blog on the weekends. That is my zone out time and I would rather take time out of my day during the week than blog on the weekend. I do think consistency is important but only if it is what you want and it’s fun for you still! I like to have a post every day m-f but that doesn’t always work for life and i can go weeks without posting sometimes when real life is in the way. That also helps burn-out! I do notice a huge difference when I am consistent with comments but, again, I can’t sacrifice other things to make that happen. Great post!!
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  12. irena_bookdustmagic

    I noticed that I lose traffic if I don’t post regulary, but I do skip blog posts at times, I’m not perfect (now is the right example, my last post was onWednesday).
    I think it’s the best to post at least four times per week.
    I’m trying my best to post at least two book reviews weekly, but this month (and August) was sooooo busy for me that I find it hard to find an hour of my time to write a decent review. And I don’t want to write a review just for sake of writing it, I want it to be good. So I think it’s better to wait until I have more time to write all the reviews I have then have shitty ones just so I could say I posted them.
    Well, good think is that the last week of September is coming soon and then I’ll finally have time to write, blog and be consistent.

    One thing I also wanted to mantion, as a blog reader, I don’t mind if blog doesn’t have new posts every day. I’d rather read quality then quantity.
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  13. Simona

    When I started my blog I was like “Ok, I’m going to post 2 times a week, on Monday and Friday and I’ll be consistent and it’s going to be awesome and I’ll feel successful and like I have my life together.” Yeah, that didn’t happen. I realized that posting 2 times a week when you have two blogs is really difficult. I’m so happy to see other people saying that consistency is not a big deal for them, because I felt like that’s what I need when I want my blog to grow. Obviously, it’s good when a blogger posts consistently, but sometimes I don’t have time and sometimes I don’t feel like writing a blog post because I don’t have anything to say. And I learned that it’s okay not to post one week because I don’t want to feel like my blog is my job and I need to do it because as soon as I’m forced to do something, it stops being fun. And I want having fun with my blog. 🙂
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  14. Lauren @ SERIESous Book Reviews

    I honestly have no idea if me posting on a regular basis contributes positively to my overall stats. Some of my most popular posts are ones I wrote years ago and not necessarily the one I posted that day. My views seem to be consistent on a day-to-day basis, even if I don’t post that day.

    I do keep a regular posting schedule, usually 1-2 days between posts. Part of my problem is that I only post standalone reviews on Sundays or new series on Fridays so I make sure I plan everything out in advance to keep everything straight. Scheduling is the BEST!

    What I need to be consistent about is visiting other blogs! If I only have a few minutes to go online, I usually spend it on my blog and update it. I need to give a little more priority to reading what else is out there.

    I made it a point when I started participating in Top Ten Tuesdays NOT to do them every week. They are so exhausting and I have so many other original content posts that I’d rather post instead. It’s a nice treat to do them every one and a while though when one gets my attention.
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  15. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    I post relatively regularly, but I completely lack consistency. The only thing I’m completely consistent with is my Sunday Post. I almost always post a discussion each week, but there are occasional weeks where it’s just too crazy and I don’t get to it. I used to be pretty consistent with TTT posts, but I’ve found that after a few years of them I’ve gotten kind of bored. Other than that, it’s just reviews. I post some pretty much every week. That’s about as specific as I can get. 🙂
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  16. Karen Blue

    Great topic!
    I post kinda consistently. I have been better about posting outside of my niche since starting Beyond the Books, because sometimes I NEED to do something different. I post what I want for the most part. I don’t care what my blog is *suppose to* look like, I do what I want for the most part. I think I end up looking pretty consistent, even without meaning to.
    I feel like I know what I am going to get when I go check out your site. You have a lot of fun stuff happening here, like the middle grade thing, even if I don’t participate. You look busy and consistent. Does that help?
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  17. Tessa

    I am normally pretty consistent with content, but posting regularly has always been the challenge for me. I am a procrastinator by nature, so scheduling posts in advance never really worked for me. Most of my posts are written the night before they are posted, which makes consistency fly out the window. There have been months where my blog is fully stocked with posts and blossoming, and there are other where there is virtually no content due to my lack of proper scheduling. For me, the problem is time. My life is not exactly predictable, so my blogging life cannot be fit into a neat little calendar. But I love blogging, so I am going to do it however I want, regardless of my inconsistency.
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