What’s Your Blog-Reading Style?
This is curiosity and this is research . . .
This is a not-for-profit blog (as of now). I have a full-time job and a calendar of commitments for miles (like everyone). Once in a while, I just want to spend time with Nicky, or read a book, or doodle. So sometimes – often, lately – I will go several days without posting. Maybe even a week. And then I feel guilty. I feel like I’m falling behind. I feel like I’m letting you down.
Which got me thinking:
This is what often happens to me . . . I’ll go several days without having time to check up on my RSS. Then I’ll find a random 15 minutes to go see what everyone is up to. When I scan down the list of my favorite blogs, I’ll see some that have two new posts and some that have, say, 25 new posts. Almost always, I’ll click on the blogs that have fewer new posts and really read those posts. I might even comment on those posts. I hate to admit this, but when I get somewhere that has 25 or more new posts, I usually do a very quick scan. I’ll skim through the info and stop if I see something super-enticing (and skimming isn’t very reliable – I know I’m missing out on some great stuff). I don’t know why I do this . . . maybe subconsciously I think that fewer posts equals more precious posts?
Anyway, I thought, “Perhaps I’m not the only person who reads like this,” and “Maybe it’s okay that I don’t post every day (or three times a day). Maybe I’m not a let-down after all.”
So I’m wondering, what is your blog-reading style? Are you a skimmer or do you really read through every post? Do you get overwhelmed when you see a ton of new posts in your reader? How much is too much, and what is too little? Do you prefer that a blogger posts daily, weekly, multiple times a day – or doesn’t it matter at all? I am oh-so-curious to hear what y’all have to say about this . . .