I have written plenty of posts about why I write on a strict schedule and what benefits I have been able to get from it. Heck I have even written posts on how I manage to write on this type of schedule. And I often get comments from other bloggers who mention that there are drawbacks.
And boy do I agree! There are in fact a lot of drawbacks even for me. And I credit my daily posting schedule as one of the biggest factors that has kept me blogging. It’s definitely not worth it for everyone. And here’s why, in my opinion.
These are the 5 worst things about posting daily, for me.
5. Running out of inspiration
Thankfully, although my schedule might be very regulated, my theme is much looser and I have a bit of leeway when it comes to the subjects I post about. As long as I can make it relate back to anime in some way, it’s fair game. Still, there are days when you just don’t have that much to say. And I don’t have the luxury to put it off to the next day.
On the flip side, it has taught me how to wrangle inspiration out of a rock. I’m not sure what that expression means either. I think I made it up so I guess no one knows!
4. Repeating yourself
It’s bound to happen. When you write a lot and in a relatively short span of time, eventually you’re going to start saying the same thing over and over and OVER again. I’m not talking about my charming habit of telling everyone I love Natsume’s Book of Friends for apparently no reason. Well for a lot of reasons. It’s great. Finished volume 24 of the manga. Still amazing. It might be getting better which is almost scary…
But yeah, I often write posts which I realize in hindsight are very similar to posts I’ve written before. Sorry about that. At least I’m consistent!
3. Avoiding the reach
Weird title… One thing that is rather important to me is to not just write something because I need to get something posted. Let me qualify this. I write every day whether I have something to write about or not. But not everything I write gets published. Because sometimes I realize I’m reaching. I’m talking about a subject that I don’t actually care about or know that much about for instance, just cause that’s the first thing that comes to mind, so my thoughts on it will end up bland or worse, fake. Maybe I’m dramatizing something just so it can sound a bit more interesting. I’m reaching.
I would rather republish an old post than post one of the reaches. Thankfully I have that option.
It is a thing! You can just overload on blogging stuff and not want to do it at all anymore because you’ve done too much of it. And that’s a real shame. Blogging isn’t just posting for a lot of us. It’s also reading and interacting with other bloggers, watching anime, some people even maintain an active social media presence. It’s commenting on other blogs and responding to comments on your own.
If you combine that with actively thinking and writing on your blog every single day, it can easily become overwhelming. I know that I get exhausted at times and need to re-tune the balance.
This should be obvious but it takes time! Like lots of time. Lots and lots of time. I could play so many games and watch so much more anime if I didn’t write about it! This is ridiculous. Posting every day, even weekends is like an intense part time job. But I already have a full time and a half job and also I’m kinda lazy…
I don’t write the deepest, longest essay posts out there but it still takes me an hour or so to get most of them out, and probably another half hour at least to get the pictures together, find a header or make one, all that jazz. It’s way longer for reviews that have extra elements like the suggested drinks and games or for any post that requires research. Fact is not everyone has that sort of time and those who do, won’t necessarily want to spend it writing.
And these are just the drawbacks for me. If people are trying to make it professionally or make money from their blogs, over-saturating their readers with constant posts might be a real bad move. I’m sure there are a lot of other reasons why daily posting is a bad idea. I’m still going to do it at least for a while though. Cause there are good parts too.