When does a blog start getting annoying to read? How many posts can be too many posts? I know of at least a few bloggers (including myself) that post regularly throughout the day. Some of these posts are lengthy and more involved, while others are small links with a little explanation of the link.
Some of the very prolific posters (that come to mind right away) include:
Some of the people that post infrequently include:
And yet, there are some others that make it a point (or so it seems) to post once a day, everyday
Now, it is very difficult to draw any strong conclusion from this information because almost every one of the blogs listed above are top notch and have their own place in the blogosphere. Dave blogs a lot. Period. He blogs a lot, provides useful content in almost every post and is quite out of the ordinary (meaning, does not fall into any of the groups in terms of post quality/quantity comparisons)
Scoble (and almost everyone in group 1) blogs a lot, but his content is mostly short and commentary rather than being exploratory and long winded (of course, he proves me wrong with the last few posts he has had). Photomatt (I myself included, among many others) posts quite frequently and provides a lot of smaller but useful resources and insights everyday. Every couple of days, inspiration hits for a more involved and time consuming post.
Pilgrim and the others in group 2 vary in their content. Pilgrim is very involved in his posts. He lets the posts linger for a while, adding content with his asides between posts (that might be exascerbated by his other new blog). Others in that group will write as and when inspiration strikes on a variety of topics. These blogs vary too much to draw any kind of conclusion or make a generalization.
The third group is the most interesting. These blogs are the “best” read once a day. I know I can visit Alex’s blog once a day and know that I have not missed anything important. Well, thats a generalization and that comment will bite me when I turn my back, but you know what I mean. Anne writes very well explained and researched articles that are on the cutting edge and so does Jeremy. Jeremy blogs lengthy articles (mostly) at least once a day. His posts are almost always fun to read and get a lot of attention.
I myself try to moderate between the extremes and have come up with a fairly good schedule for myself. Well, not as much a schedule as a plan. If I see or read something at work that I consider to be even closely interesting in the context of blogging, it goes online. I make it a point to draft topics on which I have an opinion and then tool away at them when I am bored or when inspiration strikes. I try to get a few posts out everyday and a lengthy, useful post every few days. Now, what I would like to know is whether bloggers actually have schedules set for themselves. I know that I am caught by this bug and am a compulsive blogger so my opinions might not count. I would also like to know if people consider limits in their blogging. Is there such a thing as too much bloggage in a day?
To sum up this post in one
sentence paragraph, would this blog be less tolerable and less attractive if I had a post every half an hour? What if in order to post every half hour the topics were less important and much less contextual? Are subjective and specialized blogs more attractive (or useful, different question I guess) than generalized blogs?