Chris Garret of Performancing.Com writes about the value of timing for bloggers. I think that this would be interesting for bloggers here. Garret discusses his topic under the following headings:
- Posting Rhythm
- Time of Day
- Traffic Days
- Niche Rhythm
First of all we want there to be a good chance of your return visitor seeing fresh content. If they do not see anything new there might be a thought in their mind that your blog is going stale and they should unsubscribe.
Secondly you want your really good stuff to get prominence, if you post fluff after your best post of the day you might be reducing the chances of subscriptions as the first impression will be the fluff rather than the most representative work.
Both of these factors come down to timing. The way you can work out your posting schedule is by looking at your stats.
Among the four topics he writes about, I could not understand “niche” at first until I noticed that my blog called “The Sacred Page” seems to get a lot of reads on Sundays but none on weekdays!
One factor I haven’t mentioned yet is other blogs in your niche. Is there a certain day when everyone seems to post? Are there regularly slow news days? Maybe you could get more attention, links and tags on days where it is quiet, or maybe the reason why everyone posts on certain days is because on the quiet days posts go down like a lead balloon
Read the full article here.
Francois Planque’s B2Evolution — sister of WordPress — is now on its 1.6 version. But even in its 0.9.0.+ status, it was already displaying certain features that I fail to find in WordPress. For me, the more important plus is the multi-blog capability. Even in its early versions, B2Evo’s default install already had four blogs in it: one “blog” that showed the posts of the other blogs, a linkblog that appeared on the sidebar (if you choose to configure it that way) and two other blogs where one can put longer content. I’ve been looking for ways to have the same thing done for WordPress, but the multiplied plugin doesn’t seem to work Strayhorn 1.5.2 (Not even WordPress 2.0 has this multi-blog feature). I guess that on this aspect Planque’s B2Evo is better than WordPress.
I have Phoenix installed here.
Performancing.Com’s Chris Garret rates WordPress as the No. 1 blogging application around. I am surprised however that among those that were rated, the following were not included:
Performancing.Com is a website of professional bloggers who would like to help bloggers improve. And from the few articles I’ve read, it seems to be on its way to becoming a top blog site for bloggers.
Phillip Lenssen of Performancing.Com offers ten tips for writing “quotable blog posts”
1. It must be in plain text. The rationale behind is that if someone copies your text off a browser, it should come out well on a post, and not appear with extra characters. This happens most often, he writes, in the case of accented characters.
2. Interesting Structure. He explains: “In articles, I often try to write in a circle. That is, the beginning and the end are located at the same point, but they show a 180 degree turn in perspective.” Of course, Lenssen is a literati thinking that his blog would be read by people who are sensitive to things like literary structure. Under this post, he also includes other writing styles like the punch-line and repetition.
3. Images. I’ve seen how rather boring blogs can be enlivened by images. In fact, there is one blogger whose name I won’t mention (he is somewhere at the top of the blogosphere) who makes up for his meaningless blather by posting “appropriate” images.
4. Creative Commons Lenssen writes that if one is too strict about one’s copyright, readers may be discouraged from quoting (copying and pasting) a selection of one’s blog on theirs.
5. Using Metaphors Lenssen discourages similes as much as possible. Similes weaken the impact of a comparison.
6. Using Oxymoron Stylish contradictions? He writes: ” it’s a contradiction on first glance; actually, it can contain an important message you want to convey, and one you strongly believe it. For example, “stop reading to read more” is an oxymoron. “
7. Surprise “You can surprise by creating an information delta between what your readers know and expect, and by what you have to offer. Whenever someone reads a post of yours, they expect to end up with different knowledge afterwards.” Information delta? It is like Charlize Theron talking about a “knowledge gap.” He continues: “The worst you could do is to repeat what everyone else is saying — the opposite of a good surprise is a boring post.”
8. Tell The Truth No comment.
9. Expert Opinion No comment.
10. If you want to be quoted, don’t want to be quoted. Excellent advice.
Well, looks like what Phillip Lenssen is teaching works. Go get the article yourself!