How do you blog – what were the responses to my poll?
I wrote quite a popular post two months ago asking the question ‘HOW do YOU blog?’ where I included a short poll and asked for responses to some simple questions.
Why? Because it is a question that intrigues me. With all the bloggers out there in the blogging world, how you blog is of utmost interest to me.
Maybe I’m just nosy!
Anyway I promised to report back on my findings with your responses and then life sort of fell apart for me – well that’s probably being a bit dramatic, when in reality life just happened, as it often does for us bloggers and I got sidetracked momentarily for a month or two 🙂
Comments on the poll – and comments on the post
Comments to my short poll included these insightful and honest thoughts as part of the poll and then there are masses of other answers in the comments on the actual post (pop back and have a read of just the comments if you’re interested!).
I currently maintain three, no, four blogs (one is hubby’s, he writes and I add photos and publish).
One is our personal blog and rarely is anything scheduled unless I am doing the April A to Z challenge. It chronicles what we are doing as well as silly dog pics of our two Goldendoodles. Hubby’s is where he is journalling the build of his hobby barn. I just proof, clean up, add photos, and publish.
One is a flash fiction photo prompt blog I took over – posts are done ahead and scheduled for midnight every Sunday. I do those a month in advance – no real writing is involved, just adding the photo/credit and the linky.
One is my author site. I have scheduled posts every Friday for flash fiction. I also try to write ahead flash fiction stories for both my Friday prompt and the Sunday photo prompt. Other than that, I try to write at least weekly but not scheduled. When a topic hits me, I write it and schedule it where it works in the week ahead.Donna B McNicol
I do a wrap-up post on a Sunday/Monday morning & usually something travel related for Thursday link-up. The rest is as and if and when the inspiration strikes. Weirdly I blog more when I’m supposed to be writing & I blog more when I’m super busy in the day job.Joanne – And Anyways
These days I tend to write my blog posts at the drop of a hat and when I’m feeling inspired. I’ve been known to write an entire blog post on my phone or in the car when inspiration strikes. Though I used to schedule posts I mostly write after a trip or when something comes to me. We evolve with our blogs don’t we and for me at the moment, with so many changes going on in my life this is what suits. Writing, travelling, living, they’re all intertwined.Miriam – Out an’ About
I am intrigued as to how Lisa is circumnavigating the world! I schedule some blogs if we’re going to have visitors staying or going away, but mostly I think of what to write as I go along, inspired by whatever’s happening locally or in the wide world. I can’t imagine blogs ready for next year, they might come across as dated or worse, clash horribly with world events!Janet – ccside writer
I am a full-time traveler and tend to post after I visit each major port. I do like to get out a post at least once a month but sometimes, travel schedules have me posting less or more than that. As I am completing my first circumnavigation, I would like to be a bit more scheduled and expand my writing beyond destination pieces. Will be interested to see the results from your postsLisa – One Ocean at a Time
Many thanks to everyone who read, took the poll and then left comments as well. It was so interesting to read how everyone else does this thing called blogging!
Responses in more detail
My basic question was how do you blog with my poll including 6 options:
42.62% selected this response: I’m more the spontaneous type of blogger and just let it flow when and how I feel like it
37.7% selected this response: I don’t plan everything but follow a basic schedule of sorts
11.48% selected Other as their response
6.56% selected this response: I plan everything, (posts, social media, images) and schedule posts weeks/months in advance
1.64% selected this response: I have a system in place in response to what my blog statistics/insights tell me
0% selected this response: I am paid to write what I write, so little input from me is required
The poll received 61 total votes which I think is quite good but the Mathematician in the family might question the validity of such an activity! But hey, I’m the blogger in the family and it’s my world 🙂
No right or wrong way to blog
I said this in my original post but it comes through loud and clear in the comments section, so I thought it was worth repeating.
There is no one right way to blog in my humble opinion. Everyone has their own style, their own reasons and their own voice – and it’s that which makes a blogger feel good, when it all comes together and works. It’s also what keeps others returning to your blog, your voice and personality shine through.Tweet
One of the many great comments on my post came from Hugh, a blogger who offers lots of useful blogging advice and who freely shares his tips and ideas. This is just a part of his comment and it resonated with me. How about you?
You’re right that there is no right way or wrong way to blog, but I believe we each individually have a right way and wrong way to blog. For example, for me, a wrong way to blog is not to respond to any comments left on posts or click the ‘like’ button without having read and enjoyed the post first. A right way to blog is to leave meaningful and genuine comments that add value to a post rather than a comment that is empty and leaves no value at all.Hugh
To plan or not to plan?
I found it interesting, but not totally unexpected, that the majority of people who answered my poll stated they are more spontaneous bloggers, rather than planning every little thing.
The comments also reflected this with many saying there’s never enough time to do it all and have a life; blogging can take over if we let it; it can be addictive and it seems our blogs are evolving over time. So as we change and move from one stage in our lives, like retiring from paid work, then so too do our blogs. They evolve with us.
Many spoke of the connections they’ve made through blogging and I am very aware of this too. More than one blogger commented on the need to enjoy our blogging, otherwise we burn out and lose our mojo. I also liked the comment about blogging being like parenting, we all do it differently.
Planning to some extent was also an important part of blogging, with it being the second highest popular response. Not planning every little thing but having a system of sorts was popular. Many bloggers plan and draft posts for future use or have notes ready for when the urge takes them. Spontaneity can be hard to find at times, so many bloggers have a few drafts ready to schedule for these moments when the thoughts are not forthcoming.
As for me, I sometimes schedule things in advance but rarely have too many posts sitting in my draft folder. Just lately life has taken over and I’ve not been quite as consistent with my blogging but I’m not particularly worried.
It’s my world and I’m in control – sometimes!
It’s been good to look more closely at these results and comments. Many thanks to everyone who took my poll and/or left a comment. I’m still amazed after all these years of the caring and sharing attitude of bloggers, it’s one of the very special attributes of many of bloggers in my world and I’m very grateful to you all.
Having the poll in my post was a fun activity and something I’ll use again I’m sure. It was an easy option to add and if you haven’t used it before I’d recommend having a play around. Let me know if you need any help.
Do you have any further thoughts to share? It’s always great to hear what you’re thinking, so leave a comment and start a conversation.
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