Blogging every day for a month: what happened?

If you’ve been following me lately, you’ll know I was planning to blog every day for a month. I love creating ridiculous challenges for myself and I’ve always admired those bloggers who somehow manage to push out quality content every single day – so I thought… why shouldn’t I try the same thing?

I was initially going to attempt this challenge for a fortnight, but I was really worried about the ‘side effects’ so thought I’d keep it to a week – and then I thought, ah what the heck! Why not blog every day for a month, because you know, it will easy. 

It was not easy guys, and as you can see, I only managed 6 days before I threw in the towel.

Firstly, blogging on a weekend is weird. Also… who the hell has time to write 30 articles in advance?  Secondly… I felt so disconnected from the community I’ve come to love so much (are you guys still there!?) that I simply didn’t have enough time or energy to engage like I usually do. And lastly, I did not have time to work on my novels. Considering I usually write every night, this was not good, not good at all.

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The worst part about this whole thing

The one thing I love the most about blogging is engaging with other bloggers. I had an inkling that this favourite part of my routine would suffer badly during my challenge. How would I manage to reply to every single comment? How would I even begin to return the favour and visit other people’s blogs too!? Do I even have enough time in the day to keep up?

In a nutshell: no, no I don’t.

My reply rate to comments has been abysmally low. Last year, when I was getting 25+ subscribers a day, my trick wasn’t that I was blogging every day or even every second day, my trick was making time for those who visited my blog. I would always reply to as many comments as possible and visit other blogs in return.

No surprise, once my engagement floundered, the stats also decreased significantly. Engagement is the name of the game guys, and I was silly to think it could be otherwise. Actually, I didn’t think it would be otherwise, but it’s good to have this confirmed.

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What I learned

By day three of this insane monthly blogging challenge, I lost my blogging joy. You could almost say blogging every day was pure torture for me. I blog for fun, not to make money (one look at the regularity of my posts and you’ll know this to be true).

It’s stressful pushing out content every day, even if planned in advance. There’s selecting images, proofreading, tagging, coming up with new ideas for future blogs, writing those future blogs to keep ahead and… trying to press the publish button while you’re suffering from massive stage fright.

I had a few completed blogs up my sleeve, but it came to a point where I was up at 12am composing a philosophical rant about how life has a meandering way of delivering you to the exact spot you need to be (if you don’t understand, then that makes two of us). Safe to say, I think returning to blogging a few times a month might be a good idea.

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Here’s what you’ve been waiting for, the stats

During this week-long experience, my best-performing post was my relationship-themed blog about How To Cope Being Single.

Can you believe?? To say I am surprised is a complete underfuckingstatement. Perhaps I missed my true calling? Should I have been blogging about my single life all this time? And my transition into a not-so-single-life? Could I have been the Australian Carrie Bradshaw who finally found her Mr. Big?

Yeah, nah. I’m not that cool, but it’s a nice idea.

My least successful post was my first one, Blogging Every Day for A Month, which is not surprising as I hadn’t blogged for a while, so you know, no returning readers. But what I did find interesting was that daily blogs did not have a cumulative effect on my stats like I expected. Perhaps this would change over a month of daily blogging, but I don’t think it would be a good idea for me to keep going.

Here’s that WordPress bar graph I promised:

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I averaged about 180 views a day, with a total of 1,086 views for the six days. I think these numbers were lower than they could have been due to my non-existent engagement. Usually when I post a blog, my views sit at about 500 a day. Also, over the week, my subscriber count went up by 20, averaging three a day. Nowhere near the 25+ a day I was getting last year!

If I continued to blog daily, I could possibly get 4,000-5,000 views a month, which wouldn’t even qualify my blog for the WordAds program. Just so you all know, I’m on the premium plan so I’m already in the WordAds program, so no matter how dismal my stats are I still make all the money in the world. Although… I did write my first sponsored blog post for PDFelement this year, of which I made the princely sum of $120 AUD (paid for my blog this year, so I’m very happy with that).

If you’d like to know the reason why I upgraded, it’s because I wanted access to all of the premium templates WordPress has on offer. As much as I loved the Canard theme, I wanted a more black/white magazine feel to my blog.

So there we have it, my ‘blogging every day’ for a month and the resulting failure in full, honest review. One day I’d love to blog more often, but for the moment I’m happy to concentrate on immersing myself in the WordPress community and – the most important thing of all – writing.

Thanks for putting up with me the other week and all my spam. Back to normal in November folks 🙂 Though I do hope to blog more often than once or twice a month. It’s entirely possible this experiment has cured me… Never say never!

Now I will go and catch up on all those wonderful comments you guys have been dropping. Thank you a million times over!

36 thoughts

  1. Blogging daily is hard. I can only do it a couple time’s in a row before I need a break to just write for a couple days. It is hard to engage if I do it daily. I did expect your stats to rise because I have read everywhere that daily blogging brings on more readers and followers. Interesting to find out that isn’t true

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  2. I tried blogging every day for a month, back in November 2016 – the same month I was doing NaNoWriMo (and going to work every day for my writing job). It’s a wonder I was able to get through the ordeal with my sanity intact. It IS a lot of work…so why am I suddenly thinking of trying it again this year??

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  3. Thanks for this post! The honesty is so refreshing! I have to admit my first thought when I read your post about blogging daily was: “Hmm, should I try?” and my second thought was “Hell,no!” Posting daily would be torture for me too, I have to admit. I hope you can get back to posting when you feel like it and loving your blog! ❤

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  4. Personally Millie, I wouldn’t follow someone who blogs that frequently. My inboxes fill up quickly enough as it is, and I just wouldn’t have time to read every post. I would say you should only post when you’ve got something to say.

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  5. Finding the perfect blogging balance can be very difficult to do. Over the six years I have blogged, my blogging balance has shifted several times. Now, I publish one blog post a week which I spend at least five days drafting. It’s working very well for me, and my stats are doing fantastic. It’s always been more about quality than quantity. Blogging should always be fun and enjoyable. If it starts to become a burden, then step away and take a good look at how you are blogging.

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  6. I’ve been blogging every day for years now and don’t make a penny from it. Unless I’m away for a couple of days, I answer all comments within a few hours. I visit other blogs, read their work and get to know the bloggers, often by email or in person. I write books, help run an international school, as well as working full-time, seven days a week. It can be done. But, if you aren’t enjoying it…why on earth would you want to? 😉

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  7. My vote is always quality over quantity, sister. I don’t blame you at all for throwing in the towel. You have a life to live and a reputation to maintain!
    When I first started blogging I was ASTOUNDED at the amount of people who blog daily or even several times a week. I get that it’s “easier” if it’s your full time job, but HOLY CRAP when do you eat and go to the bathroom?? I also still struggle with the concept of readers and followers reading even their favorite blogger’s posts every day. I only follow maybe 30 people and sometimes my inbox/notifications get out of control. I simply do not have time to read Every. Single. Post. So I have no idea how people blog that often and I seriously wonder what their burn out rate is.
    I think your posts are relevant and frequent enough without going on same crazy 30-day marathon.

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    1. I don’t have time to read my favourite blogs anymore, I tend to just visit the blogs of the people who comment on mine. Partly because it seems like the right thing to do, and also partly due to curiosity – I love checking out other people’s blogs, especially ones I’ve never come across before. I suppose I really am a cat haha.

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  8. I feel this so much. At the beginning of the year, I had my blog posts planned in advance (3x/week, MWF) for at least two weeks. And I just kept writing and scheduling. I eventually fizzled out. I knew I would, but I was hoping I wouldn’t. It’s hard to think of topics all the time, not to mention exhausting. I’m slowly dipping my toes back in.

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    1. Three times a week is hectic! It sounds so little to some people, but it’s actually tough to do. I can see why you fizzled out.

      I once planned ahead and blogged twice a week for a month and even that was difficult for me.

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  9. I can’t even keep up with reading daily blogs, much less writing them that frequently! Often if I start to receive daily stuff from people or businesses, that’s when it hit the “unsubscribe” button because it’s too much. I have too many other things to do. So, you have to choose what works for you, or you’re only going to stress yourself out trying to keep up. The world is full of people and programs saying, “This is important!” But really it’s up to us to decide what’s important for us. And know when to say no so we can make space for what truly nurtures us.

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    1. It was such a silly plan of mine, not really sure what I was hoping to truly get out of it haha. And I definitely lost some subscribers! I’ve also unsubscribed from bloggers who were spamming me before, so I can see why I lost some, even if it was only for 6 days. And absolutely – we need to make space for what nurtures us!

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  10. I could not even attempt daily blogging. I decided early on that I could do one a week at the level I wanted to without driving myself too crazy. It’s mostly worked. And I definitely could not engage as much as I do if I blogger more frequently. What I’ve also been amazed to discover is that when life has pulled me away from blogging for a while or when I’ve taken a week off here or there, my community is largely still there to welcome me back.

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      1. That happens to me, too. But I think for me it has more to do with my topics. Often half or more of my best performing posts of the year end up being posts from previous years. But I blog about silly or quirky history so interest sometimes pops up sort of randomly.

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    1. Once a week sounds good! My happy medium is usually two times a week depending on how many interesting things I have to share. If I have nothing cool going on and nothing to report… I just don’t’ blog. I love this community, as you said, they are largely still there waiting to welcome you back after long siestas.

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  11. When it becomes pressure, it sucks the joy out of you, doesn’t it…

    I wonder though, does each post need to have some deep, existential theme to it? Must one have a philosophical thread? Sometimes, you just want to empty your head. I know I do that and I don’t even look at the stats at that moment.

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