Then it’s on to the aggregator, to see who said what the night before. At one point I was reading 300+ blogs a day, but I’ve cut that in half in order to focus on the blogs and subjects that are more important. I spend an hour or so reading and commenting at other blogs, and then I get to my e-mail and phone calls.
That brings me up to about 8, when my anti-virus goes off, so I stop, have breakfast and plan the rest of the day. I try to leave afternoons open for the mundane activities of daily life, like cooking dinner and whatnot.If I’m writing a long article, a lot of that happens in my head as I do laundry or run errands. I may not blog at all for a few days if I’ve got something important going on in another area.
I’m mindful of the “long Trail,” that Jeff Jarvis write about awhile back, in addition to the “Long Tail” that is pretty much universally recognized. Since I’m not a current-affairs, political sort of blogger, I find that I get readers looking at stuff I wrote 2 and three years ago all the time.I don’t feel the compulsion to get something — anything — up there, just because. I know that other things I do benefit me and the blog, and (surprise!) the general public doesn’t miss me if I leave a good one up top. It often takes anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks for the traffic to a specific post to drop off.
I know I’m in this for the long haul, so I take it easy on myself, and on my readers.
I’€™m really glad things worked out the way they did!
Matt Craven is the former editor & publisher of The Blog Herald. Currently, Matt is the co-founder of Bryghtpath LLC, a consulting practice located in Woodbury, Minnesota. Matt's presently looking for new blogging gigs. Ping him at matt (at) bryghtpath dot com. You can follow him on Twitter.