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Scheduling Blog Posts

To reach the greatest number of readers possible, timing is very important. I have to think about where my readers live and when they’re likely to be online. When I lived in Japan, I tended to make a post around noon and one in the evening or very early morning. That corresponded to North American times of evening and early morning. But I’m now considering scheduling my posts so they’re up at the same time every day.

First of all, I need to think about where my readers live. Most of them are American, while Canadians are in second place. After that, it’s British or expats living in Japan, and below that, it’s Australians. But there are a lot of other Europeans that read, as well. I need to cover all three general time zones with my posts.

Since North America is my biggest audience, I try to post around 6 pm Mountain Time, which is between 5 pm Pacific and 8 pm Eastern. That covers most people, and is the best time for people to be reading. It’s morning in Australia and Japan, so they can read, but Europeans are probably sleeping.

For my other post, I need to think about what the best time is to schedule. I’m thinking that 12 pm Mountain Time is best. That means Europeans get to read in the evening, but those in Australia and Japan won’t get to read it until they get out of bed. It’s not easy to time it well.

What do you think? Is this a good way to schedule my posts? What time do you usually read blogs and where do you live? Depending on your answers, I may adjust the schedule a bit.

What Defines a Successful Blog?

Blogging can be a hobby, a platform for selling something, or it could be a job. But what makes a blog successful?

My short answer: You enjoy doing it. That’s it. The numbers don’t matter.

But, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t care about the numbers. The numbers are fascinating for me. I like to see them go up, but this isn’t because I have an ego to stroke. More views and more followers mean my network grows and my ability to get my books out to more readers improves. It’s an important factor for my future livelihood.

If we look at the numbers, there are several to consider: views, followers, likes, reblogs, and comments. They all show something positive.

  • Views: The more you have, the more popular your blog may be, or you’re just good at marketing your blog.
  • Followers: Another measure of popularity. Or maybe you follow a lot, so they follow back.
  • Likes: If they like the post, then they click on like. Or they click on like merely because they saw it in their newsfeed without even reading it.
  • Reblogs: Someone really likes your post! But I find that these aren’t nearly as common as the other factors.
  • Comments: People want to talk about what you posted. What you said inspired someone to say something. It means your message is getting out to people and they want to engage with you.

Personally, I think the most important measure is comments, especially if many of them are your own. This means you are active, interested in your readers, and attract readers. They want to talk to you. Views are good, especially if you have a lot of return readers. You can easily tell this by your comments section. You want people to return. But I believe comments are the greatest indicator of your blog’s success.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments below (see what I did there?).

What Drives Traffic to My Blog?

I love stats. I’ve said this many times before, and it’s a reason I post monthly reviews of my blog stats. It’s interesting. This year has been big for traffic on my blog so far. With almost four months finished, I’ve been able to come to some conclusions about blogging and generating content that’s interesting for readers. Here are my brief thoughts.

The most obvious thing I’ve noticed are that February and April have been my slowest months this year. Why aren’t they getting as much traffic? What do they have in common? In February, I did a blog tour involving author interviews. This month, I’m doing the A to Z Challenge showing my own writing. Past experience has taught me that interviews perform poorly in terms of views. Also, showing my own fiction tends to not be that popular. I think that’s quite normal and I expected that.

There are things that people want to see, and interviews, flash fiction, and book reviews are not what generate a lot of traffic. Sure, people are interested in that kind of thing, but a lot of people are more interested in informational posts that provide advice and posts that invite discussion. My most popular posts tend to be about the writing process itself. But there are also hot topics, especially things that are trendy. My most popular post continues to be the analysis of my personality. I get a lot of INTJ people coming here.

What gets traffic are topics people search about. People want to know things. That’s where SEO comes in. I won’t go into it, though. I frankly don’t care about it, because I just want to write about what I like. And you know what? Even though my A to Z Challenge posts don’t generate a lot of traffic, I’m having a lot of fun with it. And that’s what matters. What I do get with it are the return readers who never fail to comment on them. My fans? Haha.

One final thing that I find drives traffic to my blog has nothing to do with what I post. It has to do with commenting. I notice that when I reply to comments promptly, I get more views. Not only that, when I comment more often on other blogs, I get more new readers and a higher number of views. In conclusion, interaction with other bloggers is probably one of the biggest ways to get readers. Support them and they’ll support you. It’s really simple.

What do you think?

Incredible Response

Holy crap.  That was my response when I checked the response I was getting for my post What Is the United States?  I really couldn’t believe I was getting so many comments.  I didn’t expect that.

I also didn’t expect the number of views I got yesterday.  225 views, 98 on that post alone.  Without that post, I would’ve gotten 127 views, which is also quite incredible considering I rarely got more than 100 views in a day last year.  Now this year, every day has been over 100.  In fact, for the past 9 days, 8 of them have been over 100 views.  I don’t know why I suddenly have so many views.  It’s not like I’ve done anything different.

But back to the post in question.  I’ve gotten some very interesting responses, and it seems that there are some very common answers.

In question 1, the most popular places seem to be national parks, the south (especially New Orleans), and small towns.

In question 2, the most common food answers are hamburgers and hot dogs, which was quite predictable.  I got a few barbecues, as well.

In question 3, the most common activities were watching baseball and American football.

In question 4, the most popular answer was Mark Twain.  Other authors that got a lot of attention were Edgar Allen Poe, Ernest Hemingway, and more than one mention for Kurt Vonnegut and Stephen King.

Great answers, and there are still more coming in as I type this.  I also looked at the stats for the day regarding countries.  Out of 225 views, 149 were American, which was expected.  There were 26 from the UK and 22 from Canada, as well.  And 10 came from Japan.

The next country I do probably won’t get such a big response, but we’ll see.  I’m interested in seeing what the answers are regardless.

I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who responded to that post.  I’m just amazed.