Felix Salmon

Advice for infrequent bloggers

By Felix Salmon
August 14, 2009

I never find status-update posts (“I’ll be away from this blog for a while”) particularly helpful, so I tend not to indulge in them myself. But at least I have some non-negligible number of readers who return to the blog on a regular basis and might conceivably wonder what happened to me. If I was a blogger with the grand total of one blog entry since May, why would I put up a post saying I was back? Conversely, if I was a blogger who had posted just two blog entries since June, why would I put up a post saying I was going away?

Of course, the great thing about blogs is that you can say whatever you like, no matter how banal. But at the same time, the great thing about RSS is that you don’t need those regular readers in order to get read: your subscribers will read you if and when you post something, and they’re quite likely to be the readers with their own blogs, who will link to you and get the news out that way. I have dozens if not hundreds of infrequently-updated blogs in my RSS reader, and I generally prefer them to the frequently-updated blogs: when something appears in them, there’s a good chance it’s pretty noteworthy. Unless, of course, it’s just a status update.

3 comments so far | RSS Comments RSS

The so-called status updates are helpful for statisticians to explain residuals and errors from forecasted blogging frequency in econometric models. Square watermelons do exist!

Posted by dvictr | Report as abusive

I won’t be commenting on this blog for a while.

Posted by vonbon | Report as abusive

Lazy and spasmodic bloggers, among whom I number myself, can only hope that RSS becomes more popular outside journalistic circles.


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