Abstract: In which the Blogger puts on his ‘gosh, i really mean it’ hat and launches into a discussion of the… well, what has historically been a somewhat funky posting schedule for the “All Flockbinkers” blog… and the possible advantages to setting it on a regular, weekly footing.
The blog “All Flockbinkers Are Treadknicious… And Other Salient Observations” has been online for several years now. However, as i look at my blog posting counter i see that we’ve only posted to it about 70 times. There’s a perfectly good reason for this: The Blogger’s inability to manage his life in a way that is reasonable or structured. No! Wait! That’s not what i was going to say! [The] Good Reader, are you messing around with my computer interface again?
The Good Reader: Me? Naw. That’s not the sort of thing i would ever do. Heh heh heh.
The Blogger: Well, let’s just hope so! Because i’m about to make an important announcement!
The Good Reader: Blogger, if you have something important to say, i’ll just sit here as quiet as a mouse and respectfully listen to the gushing stream of nourishing wisdom that is doubtless about to come bursting forth from your honeyed lips.
The Blogger: Well, i’ll be blowed. [momentarily forgets what he was going to say, while turning seventeen shades of red] Ahem. Well! Here’s the announcement. This blog is becoming just a wee bit more popular these days, which puts me in mind of the old saying, “You can lead a horse to water, but too many cooks spoil the broth.”
The Good Reader: Sorry Blogger. That’s not actually a saying.
The Blogger: It is! [makes his worst pouty face] You always want to ruin everything. You said you were going to stay quiet.
The Good Reader: Oops. Sorry. It just sort of popped out. Anyway, i think what you were wanting to say is that some changes may be afoot, since you now have more than three-and-a-half people reading your blog.
The Blogger: Um. That’s not the way i’d have wanted to put it, but yes. Something like that. Some changes may be afoot.
The Good Reader: That sounds terrific! What kind of thing did you have in mind? Are you considering adopting a policy of only saying things that make sense?
The Blogger: Well, that’s not it exactly… Hey! Waittasecond! You scoundrel! Stop it! You’re goofing up my important announcement!
The Good Reader: Sorry. No, you’re right, i shouldn’t do that to you while you’re trying to communicate with your wee little handful of readers. I’ll just sit here while you talk.
The Blogger: Well, okay then. Here’s the announcement: I’m thinking of moving this blog to a regular, once-a-week schedule, and posting at the same time every week, so my followers will have a better idea of when the new posts are going up.
The Good Reader: That sounds terrific! Consistency is always a good thing. I bet your readers–all three and a half of them–will genuinely appreciate a more regular, predictable schedule of postings!
The Blogger: That’s exactly what i’ve been thinking. (Most of it, grrr.) And the expert voices in the area of internet dynamics seem to think so, too. From what i’ve read, a weekly schedule of blog posting would be a good rhythm for this Flockbinker journal to fall into.
The Good Reader: I have to say, i completely agree. Up until the past few months or so, your posting schedule has tended to resemble the flight of the phoenix.
The Blogger: But the phoenix is a fictional bird.
The Good Reader: My point exactly.
The Blogger: Oh. Right. Okay. So, anyway, beginning right around this month or so, i’m going to move these blog posts to a regular weekly schedule. I think i’ll still experiment with various times of day, just to see when the greatest number of readers seems to be available. But i’m going to try and keep the postings to the same day every week.
The Good Reader: Well, you know what they say: A stitch in time, and then what the cat drags in.
The Blogger: What? That didn’t make any sense at all!
The Good Reader: Oops. Sorry. I can’t imagine what i was thinking.
So–seriously, guys–i’m gonna try to get this blog onto a regular, weekly posting schedule from now on. If you have any input for me about the ideal time to post new material during the week, please be in touch! And i love each of you as if you were my own fourth cousin, twice removed!