Recently, Meleah of Momma Mea Mea Culpa posted on Where Do You Write? I thought I’d continue the theme by asking, When? If you are a regular here, you know that Older Eyes is a bit of a split personality. There’s the creative, Left-Brained Bud who’s always writing in his head and will sit down at the keyboard whenever inspiration strikes. And there’s the geek-engineer Rational Bud who wants a method to this madness. He asks, Why are we doing this? … a lot … but this post is about When? not Why?
Since Older Eyes – Bud’s Blog is Left-Brained Bud’s sandbox, he gets to go first. To some degree, the answer to When Do You Write? is anytime. Since becoming Bud the Blogger, I’m always on the lookout for potential topics which I write in the margins of my notebook or record in my Blackberry, and once a topic is recorded, I’m usually mentally working on a post. When I was working, I had writing nights … Wednesdays and Sundays … dedicated to writing. As a Reluctant Retiree, I found that if I blog late into the evening, I head off to bed with posts still cooking in my brain, which means either temporary insomnia or blogging dreams (in which wonderful topics turn out to be nonsense upon awakening). So, these days most of my writing for Older Eyes is done late in the morning. Old habits die hard, though, so as a rule, Sunday and Wednesday are my most prolific days. Usually, I’ve got posts scheduled a day or two ahead but if I’ve got nothing ready for the next day, I may risk the dreams and write in the evening. I do, however, use the evenings to do the other half of blogging, catching up on the Blogs I Read.
I usually schedule my posts for 8:30 am Pacific Time which gives me time for one last read in the morning before they head off into the blogosphere. This drives Rational Bud crazy because he’s less interested in when I write than in when I post. Since he knows he won’t get a satisfactory answer to Why We Do This, he wants to know the BEST post time to maximize readers, maximize comments, maximize something, for Pete’s sake. He thinks about how long a new post shows up on page 1 of the Postaday2011 Latest Posts Page and if potential readers are more likely to look there at certain times of the day. At eight am, by the way, Tuesday’s post stayed on page 1 for an hour and a half. At three in the afternoon, a post stayed on page 1 for substantially longer. So, there may be a pattern there but I’d rather write than figure it out. If you are so inclined, there are numerous When to Post articles on the web. Here are some observations from Lorelle on WordPress:
- The highest traffic days of the week are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday.
- The highest traffic in an average day comes during 0800 – 1400 PST (1600 – 2200 GMT).
- Most comments are posted between 0900 – 1400 PST (1600 – 2200 GMT).
- People are more likely to comment on a post on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
My instincts must be fairly good … I post my lighter, more popular topics on Monday through Thursday … Favorites, one of my least commented topics on Friday (maybe it’s the day not the subject) … and more serious stuff, like spirituality and perspectives, on the weekend. Yeah, I know. I will always be an engineer as well as a writer.
When do you blog? Have you ever tried timing your posts?