Slow blogging is a movement that I only recently found myself a part of. And apparently I joined in unintentionally. The movement is really all about creating quality content over quantity content and giving your readers your best you.
At the end of February I found myself feeling rushed, overwhelmed and out of ideas. What on earth could I bring to you wonderful readers even twice a week (when I factored in the Friday Five)? And how could I keep creating relevant content that hasn't already been done to death?
Then and there I decided to slow down and review my goals. Right there, in black and white, in my own handwriting, was my goal to bring QUALITY content to my readers and nowhere did I mention that I needed to stick hard to the Monday, Wednesday and Friday schedule. So I decided to chill for a weekend and reevaluate.
I pulled up my trusty EverNote folder with my potential blog posts in it and set to work. How many of those posts could I realistically turn I to full on posts that are educational, relevant and valuable? I had about three which would be one week and a day of the next if I kept my schedule. Then what?
Clearly I needed to slow down.
In the end, I opted to post on Wednesday's because they are high traffic days for me, they are days I have slow business engagements and that I can take the time to edit and update if necessary. It's the middle of the week so I wasn't worried about losing readers and I loved the idea of being able to use the rest of my week to really focus on new post (and other) content without feeling like I was rolling them out like a factory processing children's toys.
I also knew I was going to be working on other projects. Bringing you wonderful readers freebies, downloadable content and even my latest project: The EAE Better Business Newsletter!
So what are the benefits?
I really DO have time for every single project I have been organizing. I'm producing high quality content and creating tighter network connections, more engagement means more happy readers who then tell their friends about me and my happy home here on the web. Not one complaint has come in since I started slow blogging a month and a half ago and I have received nothing but accolades on my new approach.
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Until next time,