I found a free blog host that runs on WordPress. It is called Blog.COM. They offer an initial 2000MB of webspace. Bloggers with free accounts will just have to endure the rather large advertisements on the pages. The 400×400 ads look cool though.
“Computers are incredibly fast, accurate and stupid; humans are incredibly slow, inaccurate and brilliant; together they are powerful beyond imagination.” — Albert Einstein
“When is the best time to blog?” The answer to this question should have been obvious in the previous posts I made. If you are a professional blogger, that is. Professional bloggers compete for readership, hence timing is important. But if you are like some web hobbyists I know and you are using blogging as a way of creatively using your time, then the question may not be that important.
I spend quite some time on the web reading, sometimes downloading or even updating a website . It is when I am downloading software that I get the urge to blog. You are logged into the internet waiting for a download to be completed, so what do you do in the meantime? If I had nothing to read on the web, I write. Hence I blog. I don’t expect other people to read these blogs anyway except those who “passing by” my website would wonder what I am doing.
Sometimes I get an email message that I think should be shared, so I post it on a blog. At other times, it is an article from one of my bookmarked sites that I blog about. I quote a part of it, create a link to the full article and say a few things about it. Sometimes if I think that some graphic needs to be used to illustrate the point of the article, I post that as well. These are all done at the spur of the moment; the moment that is, when I make my “discovery.” It doesn’t matter whether that occurs at 3 AM or 3 PM or even 10 in the evening. I “blog” about it… and that’s it. If someone chances upon that post through a trackback or even a search, then I hope that the one who finds it may have some use for it.
Not all blogs are useful. Blogging, like kissing your wife, can be the most useless activity you do in the day. And as useless things go, these are not scheduled or timed.
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
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.