Random Thoughts On Writing, Social Media and Cadence

There’s an ebb and flow to writing that I never really thought about until recently.  This applies to the frequency with which a bloggers posts, as well as the rhythm of the piece of writing itself.

I’ve been studying other popular websites to understand how this works.  For example, I’ve written a few pieces for a popular parenting website called Scary Mommy.  This site just crossed the 2 million followers threshold this past week.  It is staffed by a group of writers and posts new content once an hour.  I’m just one person on this blog (A Writing Mama’s Journal) who can barely stay ahead of the two tiny tyrants who rule my house.  There’s no way I can match that pace on my blog.  But loyal Scary Mommy readers expect fresh content at the start of each hour.

So, how frequently should newbie bloggers post on their blogs?  Everything I’ve read suggests as often as possible.  At a minimum of three times a week.  That’s a hard pace to maintain when you’re drowning in small children.  It gets even more challenging if you’re trying to maintain other social media outlets to support the (WordPress) website.

Let me qualify this statement.  Three times a week is hard to maintain if you want to post something GOOD.  (And you want to sleep.)  I could easily throw garbage on this blog every day.  And while I don’t want to get bogged down by perfectionism AGAIN, I don’t want to gravitate to the other extreme of posting crap.

How do I personally define “GOOD” content?  Based on what I read, choosing topics aimed at a specific target audience.  The content should pull at emotions or at a minimum, spark a discussion.  I’m still trying to figure out how to apply this lesson to this blog.  Am I a mom?  A writer?  What is this blog supposed to be?  Is it a parenting site?  A writing site?  A fiction site?  WHAT?????  Although parenting is a large part of my life, I don’t want that to be the only focus of this blog.

It has been far easier for me to maintain a Facebook “blog” (or site) than it has been to maintain this WordPress blog.  In my opinion, Facebook has a superior format for comments.  I’m always making sarcastic comments about the pictures (MEMES!) or articles that I share with my FB friends.  I do the same thing on Scary Mommy.

Comments are the lifeblood of blog engagement.  Without comments, you can kiss your blog growth goodbye.

So, what to do, what to do…….  These are the things that keep me up at night.  It may be time to open my tight fist and fork over some money for a decent website that makes it easier to post comments.  We shall see……

 

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5 thoughts on “Random Thoughts On Writing, Social Media and Cadence

  1. pensfan23 says:

    I have no writing or blogging advice for you. I have written a few poems and small pieces expressing my feelings on things. People have said I have a way with words and should do it more. They don’t know the time and revisions it took to get to that final piece!! As a mother of a toddler I understand that struggle as well!! (Insert funny memes). Anyway just wanted to say I do enjoy reading your posts and occasionally will navigate to the comments. Whichever way the road may lead I will enjoy following along on your writing journey!

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    • Taara Donley says:

      Stephanie, I wish I could see you in person to hug and thank you. There are so many days, especially lately, when I wonder why I even bother trying to pursue my dream of writing professionally. And then I see a comment from you or Lisa below. Every one of your comments is so encouraging and I’m grateful for them. Thank you for being such a wonderful friend.

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  2. Lisa R. Palmer says:

    Taara! I’ve missed you! Somehow I lost you, and when I realized you were missing way too long from my feed, I went searching, and found you again…

    My only advice to you is that “shoulds” are the special province of neurotics, while balance breeds peace…

    In other words, go with the flow. If you’re into social media right now because it’s easier, then enjoy it without guilt. If you feel a desire to write something “substantial” that doesn’t fit there, post it here. If it’s mommy related, and you want it on the other blog, go there. There is no correct formula… and if you feel you’re neglecting one site over another for a while, you can always post a link with some snarky comment about how rumors of your disappearance have been largely overstated… 😉

    Just my thoughts. But I will grab a quick hug from you while I can! Please and thanks… 🙂

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    • Taara Donley says:

      Lisa , your comments are always such a ray of sunshine in my day. Thank you for reaching out to connect again. I admit that you are the reason I started to post on the blog again. I missed the friends I’ve made here. It feels like home on this site more so than the other one. My email address is taara@umich.edu or you can find me on Facebook. I’d love to stay in touch.

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