As you may have noticed, I’m pretty much back to a daily blogging schedule. Most of last year I wrote every day, but last January I decided to cut back a bit, so for a while I wrote 5 or 6 times a week, mostly 6 times. But I’ve been thinking a lot about this blogging schedule, and I’m coming to the conclusion that, at least for now, I’m happiest writing every day. I reserve the right to skip days now and then when I feel like it — usually when life is so busy I simply don’t have the time — but mostly, I’ll be here all the time.
I’ve read people who call a daily posting schedule crazy, just too much, and for a lot of people I’m sure it would feel that way, but for me it feels natural. I take pleasure in coming up with ideas every day, and, for the most part, the ideas are there. Sometimes I find myself casting about a bit for something to say, but not often.
I’ve read other people who call daily posting a mistake because it means the posts can’t be terribly well-developed or well-written. This critique I’ve considered a lot, because I think, at least as far as I’m concerned, it’s true. Other people may be able to produce brilliant essays daily, but not me (leaving aside the question of whether I can produce brilliant essays ever!) By posting, say, three or four times a week, I could probably produce better writing and longer posts, and I could probably write real reviews of the books I read, reviews that are a bit closer to publishable quality. Or at least I could try.
But here’s the thing I’ve realized about myself: if I posted three or four times a week, I still wouldn’t write the longer, smarter, more thorough, more thoughtful posts. I’m fundamentally lazy, you see. I like dashing off posts in a half hour or so, maybe a little longer for my better ones. The thought of sitting down to write a formal review, of the sort you see over at Eve’s Alexandria, for example, leaves me feeling weary. I admire those of you who write long, detailed reviews and full, thoughtful posts, but I don’t think I’ll aspire to join your ranks.
So I’m trying to accept my blogging style for what it is and to stop wistfully thinking it should be something else. I’m happy doing the kind of post I can do on a daily basis, and I’ll leave it at that.