Some bloggers cannot seem to stop suffocating everyone with multiple blog posts on a daily basis. We appreciate their enthusiasm and their content, but we are not 100 percent committed to reading the endless amount of posts from them that flood into our inboxes every day.
When you follow hundreds, and even thousands of blogs, it only takes a few of these sites that use this tactic to overload and make your daily email reviewing a tiresome, and time-consuming burden. It also forces you to become uninterested in what those sites are posting and to delete them off your daily email notifications.
I sometimes feel guilty when I have to do that; I follow lots of blogs and most of them have very interesting and useful content. I cannot, however, read every post from all of them that comes into my inbox 7 days per-week.
If I tried to, I would lose my job, lose my friends and go completely insane.
Blog post overload – it can be a serious dilemma and extremely hazardous to one’s health.
I often wonder how some people can produce so many blog posts in one day. I usually spend a few hours or more on a blog post to get it as perfect as possible. Word flow, style, grammar, research and imagery usually takes up a significant amount of time to produce a quality post.
I am not trying to say that daily, multiple postings do not consist of good quality, but having to choose from so many to read may cause everyone to miss out on that one truly, exceptional post that could skyrocket a blogger’s career.
And it could also be the one that truly enlightens us all.
Too many bloggers (especially beginning-bloggers) make the mistake of thinking that a high-quantity of postings each day will attract more readership and more followers. On the contrary, exactly the opposite is true.
Too many posts will scare your readership away and cause them to search for content elsewhere.
Sometimes, when I look at my email app on my iPhone, I shake my head in bewilderment – when I see that it lists 4,263-email messages.
How can that be? I only belong to about 1, 202 blogs, but as soon I start scrolling down my inbox list, I quickly realize why.
A blog named (a fictitious blog name) “Lucy C’s Ramblings” is at top and has sent 13 posts into my inbox, and all in one hour. Then when I scroll down further, I see that Lucy sent me 15 posts earlier that morning.
And she’s not the only one. “John’s Post-9/11 Conspiracy Theories Blog” (a fictitious blog name) has sent me 22 new posts and 5 reblogs from someone else’s blog, as well as 6 article excerpts and links to 5 different newswire services.
How could I possibly read all of those?
Of course, no one is saying that you are expected to read so many posts in one day, but to be presented with so many posts from one source is an instant turnoff and a temptation to hit the delete button quickly.
I know I am sticking my neck out here, may lose some followers, and voicing an opinion that a lot of other people in the blogging community will only mutter to themselves.
But that’s what I do – I put myself out there and lean closer to the edge.
In summary, one good blog post is better than 20 mediocre ones. If you want people to enjoy your posts, then do not overload them with so much material every day.
Trying to make people think that you are the only blogger investing a lot of time into blog posting is not going to make them ignore all the others. It will also not put you on the top of their daily reader list.
Like everything else in life – quality is appreciated more than quantity, and will always leave a far-greater, lasting-impression.
Joseph E. Rathjen is a freelance writer and an Opinion Writer at 1World Online – America’s Fastest Growing Research Engine.