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According to Google Reader, I publish about 5-6 posts per week.  But a few days ago, I received a comment from a reader asking me if I could post less often.  She wrote:

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Katie, I love your blog.  It’s definitely my favorite, and it’s the first one I read when I get a chance.  So I know this is going to sound strange, but could you possibly consider not posting every day?  I know this seems strange to ask, but the thing is that your blog is so amazing that I hate to miss a post, and it’s hard to keep up when you post so often.  Furthermore, you have such great ideas and recipes that I’m constantly bookmarking your posts with the intent of making something, but then you go and post something else, and I want to make that too!  Then I get overwhelmed and end up making nothing. 

I know it’s unfair to tell you to change the way you blog, and it makes me sound selfish.  But I just thought I’d send out my request.  In no way does this mean you have to scale back if you don’t want to.  I’ll just have to find a way to keep up, because I do NOT want to ever miss an amazing CCV post! 

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Am I posting too much?  Would it be better if I posted only 3-4 times per week (or just did small, meal-of-the-day posts in between)?  I do try, as often as possible, to link back to previous posts, because I know there’s no way all my readers can read all my posts.   

What do you think?  (Or maybe you really don’t care, and I am taking myself too seriously.  After all, I’m only one little blogger in a “world” of millions!) 

But since I’m on this tangent, I have another question for ya:  Does the time that one publishes make a difference?  I’m always afraid that I’ll pick a time to publish when no one is online, and therefore no one will see my post.  Other bloggers: Do you worry about this and about trying to pick a “best” time to post? 

Part of me says, “Katie, the whole reason to blog is simply to have fun, not to overanalyze and worry about “rights” and “wrongs” in terms of post frequency and timing.  But another part of me feels that writing my posts takes a lot of time and effort (I’m sure all you other bloggers know what I mean!).  So I’d feel sad if I put all this hard work into a post and then nobody read it.

In any case, I’d love to hear what y’all think!

 

And thanks so much for sharing all your funny/scary/terrible, horrible, no good, very bad (anyone get the book reference?) stories yesterday.  It’s nice to know I’m not the only one.  While I wish those things hadn’t happened to any of you, misery still loves company. 

So keep sharing!

I’ll have another “big” post up tomorrow.  If you like nut butter (and who doesn’t?), check back!

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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. Um…sorry, but I think that’s a really weird email to get 😛 Nobody is obligated to read/respond to every post and it’s your blog. Post away 😀

  2. brandi says:

    i like your # of posts per week, but you do what you want to! :) i’ll be here reading whenever!

    ooh…can’t wait to see the nut butter post!

  3. I like the number of times you post. I worry about the time of day I post too, but I’ve decided I just need to stick with what’s convenient for me. That keeps blogging fun rather than making it into a chore for me.

    I always think of Alexander and his terrible, horrible, no good very bad day when things are going wrong. 😉

  4. Kristina says:

    Katie, please keep posting at the rate that you do (if thats possible :] ) I read your posts all the time and your blog is a breath of fresh air in both in its creativity and also in its consistency. It is such a great ”mood pick-me-up” after a long day at work. Thank you so much for posting at a day to day basis!
    -Wish you all the best!!

  5. Danielle says:

    I like the frequency of your posting, it’s not too frequent or too slow. I’m always seeing things on blogs I want to try/make but I just bookmark it for when I have the time. Keep doing what you’re doing!!

  6. I LOVE the frequency of your posting. The ones I can’t keep up with are the 3-4 times a day posts, but about once a day is totally manageable. I just noticed you changed your domain!! Congrats!

  7. Caroline says:

    Personally, I think the amount one blogs depends on what they have to share. If you have a lot of interesting things than you will have to post, and if you are going for a point where you aren’t trying much, then you’ll post less.

    I think the frequency should be the result of the content, not the other way around.

    So, Ummm, keep on posting, basically :OD

  8. Meg says:

    I’m going to have to disagree and say that I LOVE how many times you post – it always gives me something to read and enjoy. If I happen to miss a post it’s definitely no trouble at all to go back and read it 😛 I think you should take into consideration how you feel about it as well! Post when you have time, when you want to, and when you just feel like it! Ya know?! I can honestly say that no matter how many times you post, people will read, always; your blog is one of the best, Katie :)

    Also, I don’t think the time should matter too much – especially if most people live by Google Reader, haha. But I think whatever you feel is best in this situation is the way to go. Gather everyone’s ideas and opinions and make a decision, no matter which decision you make I promsie I’ll still be reading 😉

    Have a wonderful day Katie! Can’t wait for the next post!
    Love,
    Meg

  9. Jessica says:

    I always like reading your posts, no matter how many you put up per week. It’s actually good for me when you post every day, cause it gives me something to do on my work breaks :)

  10. Licia says:

    If anything, you should post MORE. I love your blog.

  11. Heatherkind says:

    Dont change a thing. Especially because one person asked you too. I think that person has some nerve really. I love reading your posts everyday. I dont think that you should scale back. She should just scale back. i mean, if she only wants to read a post at a time instead of two or three than that is her problem. She can just read one when she wants.

    That is just my opinon.

  12. Yasmin says:

    Personally, I wouldn’t change a thing. Keep them coming!

  13. Jen says:

    I like that you post a lot. I have a lot of them bookmarked too, but that’s just because you’re so awesome 😉

    That said, time of day doesn’t matter to me at all. I don’t even notice the time a blog is posted (sorry!).

  14. Kelly says:

    Personally, I think your rate of posting is just perfect. I sometimes find it difficult to keep up with bloggers who post multiple times a day, but even then it’s not like it’s a huge hassle. And since I’ve just caved and started using Google Reader, things are easier than ever. :) As for the time of day, I think about that too, but since your blog is so popular I’m pretty sure you could post at 3:00 AM and not notice a drop in readership! People return for a reason, and it’s not because of the time you post. 😉 So keep on keepin’ on, sista!

    (And you gave me a major flashback to childhood with your book reference at the end! Ah, nostalgia!)

  15. jessy says:

    i thoroughly enjoy all of your posts, Katie – i say, the more the merrier! keep ’em coming! yay!

  16. Nelly says:

    don’t change a thing…you should be able to do whatever you want to do…whatever makes you happy…your posts are amazing and insightful and i look forward to all of them everyday or whenever you can post!

    keep posting lady!

    =)

  17. Samantha says:

    Hi Katie!

    Just wanted to let you know that I think your posting is fine…and the timing is good as well, as google reader just keeps the post until it is read. There are some bloggers that I feel post too often, but it comes to that only when there are multiple posts a day.

    Keep up your amazing work!

  18. Kate G. says:

    Hi Katie,

    Im going to agree with most people here and say DON’T CHANGE!
    Honestly i think that is a really strange comment to request less posts when the like your blog so much… why WOULDN’T you want to read more???
    Keep ’em comin’ girl :)

  19. Vegyogini says:

    I believe you should post as often as feels right to you! It’s your blog and it’s up to you. :)

  20. Lisa C. says:

    Post where, when and how often you will. It’s your blog.

    One a day is fine. Five a week is fine. Three a year is fine if it works for you (of course the rest of us would sorely miss you). Thirty a day is fine if it works for you (and the rest of us would be scrambling to keep up and wondering if you’d cloned yourself).

    And two words for folks who feel they can’t keep up/ keep organized: Google Reader. Lets me see what I’ve read, what I haven’t, and twice a week I can crank through the 15+ BoingBoing posts a day all in one swoop.