A Very Short Dither

This happens every now and then. This iteration was brought on by the fabulous Peggy DeKay of The Business Of Writing Today. She gave a talk on self-publishing to the Corydon writers’ group, Quills and Quibble, last night. Her advice on blogs for writers:

  • Have one. Check
  • Set up an RSS feed so people can subscribe to it. Check
  • Post regularly. Check
  • Not every day. Ch— Excuse me?

She said posting every day causes reader fatigue. I’m like, “I’m writing the freakin’ stuff! If I ain’t tired, where do they get off bein’ tired?”

But that’s what the lady said.

I know what she means: I subscribe to a world of bloggers, some of whom post every day. And you know what? Some of them I read every post, and some of them I read the ones with the headlines that intrigue me.

So I’m asking again. I enjoy posting every day, but I’m thinking of my subscribers. Would it be better for you if I pare this down to, say, four days a week: Writing Monday, Food Wednesday, Friday Recommends and Sample Sunday? Or are you content to do as I do, and read what you want to read and skip what you don’t want to read?

WRITING PROMPT: Someone tells a character he or she spends too much time with a third person, that the third person will get tired of seeing him or her.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “A Very Short Dither

  1. Bish Denham

    November 17, 2011 at 9:55am

    Because I post twice a week (usually but not always) I only get around to reading on the days I post. Being a slow reader I just can’t read everyone’s blog every day or I’d never get anything else done. I realized this some time ago and cut back. That said, it’s your blog and you get to do whatever you want! 🙂

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      Marian Allen

      November 17, 2011 at 11:45am

      Just looking for feedback from my readers on what they think. 🙂

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  2. Carol Preflatish

    November 17, 2011 at 7:30pm

    I don’t see a problem with posting every day. I wish I had enough to write about every day on my blog. The way I see it is that the reader can read whatever they want. If I don’t visit a blog every day, then when I do, I’ll catch up.

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      Marian Allen

      November 17, 2011 at 9:31pm

      …I’m supposed to have something to write about?

      Thanks for the feedback, Carol. Missed you last night!

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  3. Holly Jahangiri

    November 19, 2011 at 2:44am

    I post when I feel like it. I post when I have something to say, and often when I don’t, and it’s not every day, but sometimes twice a month and sometimes twice a day.

    Nice of you to think of your readers, but here’s the truth: I don’t read your blog every day, any more than I think you read mine EVERY day. But I read it more often than I comment, and when I drop in, I like to read more than one post, if I’ve missed a few. (One thing I have noticed and I think it’s true of most readers – we are fatigued, in general, by life. We’re likely to read what we’re invited – sometimes repeatedly, but without nagging or guilt or a sense of deep moral obligation – to read. Bread crumbs are good, to help us find our way back. I don’t know about you, but my RSS reader is a confusing jumble of crap, most days. I still miss stuff. But my email subscriptions are much easier.)

    If I were GOING to read a blog every day, this would be on my short list – I’d read this one every day, for sure, and wish that I had time and energy to try every prompt, because they are all excellent.

    #FF @MarianAllen because she doesn’t write insipid writing prompts. 😉

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      Marian Allen

      November 19, 2011 at 10:46am

      I use my RSS feed reader every couple of days and catch up on the short list–including everything you write! 🙂

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  4. Jane

    November 19, 2011 at 11:17am

    Hi. I need my daily Marian fix, please,

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