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JANUARY – rules; an introduction.
FEBRUARY – tells you how to get the most comments.
MARCH – gives you tips on how to promote your content.
APRIL – gives great advice to newbies and reminds us of the basics.
MAY – reveals what to do to gain a following and what not to do if you do not want to lose the audience you already have.
JUNE – showcases the most popular niches if you are trying to pick one for yourself, or if you are looking to re-brand.
JULY – presents some surprising trends related to WP usage. See if you can relate.
I hope you find some things there that will help you make your blogging world a better place.
On average, how much time do you spend on WordPress every day? (If you do not visit WP daily, please specify what time period your time spent relates to. Example: 3h/ week; mainly on the weekends.)
- revealed that on average we spend 1-2 hours a day on WordPress.
What does that tell us? Quite a few things, actually. The most important one is that we are not on WP only when we post. Sure, there are some people who read and catch up on other people’s posts only around the time they publish their own post, but most of us come here routinely no matter if we are writing or not. This is a place to write, but it is also an enormous library, in which you can read without having to wait for others to return your desired book (i.e. post).
Quite honestly, I am a little bit surprised by this 1-2 hours figure. I expected it to be a little bit higher, since I have been told multiple times by multiple people that they check WP all day long. Perhaps it is like with any other social media platform – you open it up, scroll a little bit, maybe read a thing or two and then close it, only to repeat the cycle in a little bit. It was my impression that people spend more time on here than me. I am not sure why I thought that. Maybe because they post more often? Maybe because they have A LOT more comments on their posts than me?
Weekends are probably when I spend the least amount of time on WP. When I am bored enough or just need an intelligent break, I will come here on a Saturday, but chances are I will not stay for more than a few minutes. What I do is scroll down the feed to see how many things I am missing out on and then read a few of them that catch my eye. On Sundays, I do sometimes write my Monday posts, but I do not really read. It is the end of the weekend, Monday is approaching, and my post needs writing – hardly a mood to read.
On Mondays I catch up on the things that were posted over the weekend. Yes, I do scroll down until I see a post I am familiar with. There is a reason why I generally do not follow people who post multiple times a day, and why I do not follow a million people. It is all so that I CAN go back and catch up on the things I have missed. My time spent here does depend on the amount of work I have. A year or so ago, it was the evenings that I spent on reading and writing. Nowadays, it is the mornings. (Not early mornings, but after 8am mornings.) I like to start my day that way. And then at lunch, and sometimes before I leave work and then again in the evening.
There are days when I think I spend around 4 hours on WP easily. Writing my own posts, reading your posts and searching for new, interesting people. I think an hour is my minimum on a weekday.
Knowing that you generally spend 1-2 hours on here makes me wonder about the length of my posts… With such a limited time, we can only read so many posts that are a thousand words long.
Do you have a blogging schedule? How often do you post?
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