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Slow Blogging Movement

December 8, 2014

I’ve decided to start a blogger series called Blog Trends #20blogtrends that will focus primarily on creative blogs so design, art, food, entertaining, floral, craft, decorating, wedding, you get it… With a new year approaching, it’s a timely topic for us to not only examine the current state of affairs but because doing so will help us as bloggers to plan out a fresh, new approach for the year ahead. You can count on this column to appear once weekly on Mondays for the next 20 weeks. If any of these topics hit you as interesting, or you want to start your own conversations about them on Instagram, Twitter, etc. please use hashtag #20blogtrends so we can pool our thoughts and have one big global conversation.

Slow Blogging Movement

The first blog trend I want to talk about is called Slow Blogging or, quality over quantity.

This trend is a biggie but it’s met with some fan and advertiser/sponsor displeasure, that’s for sure. It’s when a blogger consciously decides to start producing quality content on a consistent basis but not at a frenetic pace as was the case in the past. Posts go from 5 times a day to 5 times a week or less, for instance. More thought travels into what’s being thrown out into the world. It used to be that blogs were esteemed if they churned out streaming content 24/7, the time when posts were scheduled to go live every few hours (I remember being a fan girl to some blogs like this). Currently, such blogs are at the top of field earning crazy revenue dollars but to the rest of us who read blogs for what we can learn and find inspiring, blogs like that come across lately as tiresome to keep up with, old school, uninspired and muddy/unedited. Some readers want streaming daily content and get upset when their favorite blogger slows down. But many of us have a lot of responsibilities in our life and just don’t have the time to read blogs for hours each day.

I love a good, slow blog.

I frankly can’t read blogs that post more than once or twice a day because I use Friday afternoons to indulge in catching up on blog reading for the week and if a ton of posts have mounted up from a fave blogger, I am instantly overwhelmed. I then half-heartedly scan the content and don’t feel that excited because it’s just too much to take in. Even worse is when every post is “Click here to read more”. I don’t have time for that if I’ve missed the last 20 posts and they are all good! Whereas if I only have maybe 5 or 10 posts to look at from my favorite blogger after a week’s time, I feel excited to read them. Even better is if there are only 3 or 5 quality posts because then I savor and even share them. And for the really great blogs that I have to stay on top of each day, I simply subscribe to them to be sent to my inbox if they have this option so they get read along with my daily email.

Quantity (number of posts) was key when I started blogging 9 years ago but today quality (posts that stand out) opens doors to bigger things: book writing, magazine work, lecturing, working with advertisers, television, video, etc. It also increases exposure and helps you get your name circulating much faster. Hustling has begun to look desperate in my eyes at least. I don’t think you need to hustle to make it in this business as much as you need to have an opinion and voice it and if you can create other things outside of great words, like photos, DIY projects, videos, recipes, etc. then even better.

When it comes to frequency of posts, it’s the difference between dinner out at your favorite Michelin star restaurant vs. an all-you-can-eat buffet for $7.99. At least to me. While there is nothing wrong with either and some who comb blogs for a living (magazine editors and publicists for instance) seek out the buffets, I personally want to dine on blogs that take time to craft each meal (post) – either with thoughtful words, a great how-to, an instructional video, an interesting series or column, beautiful photography, recipes or a combination of some or all.

Oftentimes, my favorite posts are those that have great story telling. Beautiful photos abound online but those stories of love and woe, parenting issues, travel tales, home renovations and the problems encountered, health issues and how one feels (told in a frank way), behind-the-scenes of how a blogger did something interesting, that’s all content that I get into. Of course, every blogger has a different mission, some have advertisers to please, and not everyone has a great story to tell daily or even weekly.

The web is filled with distraction and noise – and a lot of junk. There are also a ton of copycats and things that look all look the same lately – including the stuff on blogs. Which is only normal because we are all inspiring one another – it’s impossible to not find similarities between us. Similarities in aesthetics isn’t the problem though, the problem is when voices all begin to sound the same.

Imagine squeezing tubes of acrylic paint onto a palette. Individually they posses a district color. If you blend them all together you are left with one big brown pool of muddy paint. This is what happens when we all claim to think the same way and like the same things and keep the real stuff we wish she could share behind the scenes. But those things we don’t share are the gems that help us to carve out our niche. We love people like that, who follow their own beat – like Zooey Deschanel and Iris Apfel. Even Jenna Lyons, she definitely does her own thing and has created an iconic American fashion empire in doing so. When we follow protocol too closely, take a formulaic approach, walk the easy road and stop taking risks that becomes the greatest risk.

Note: The Slow Blogging trend is not for everyone, especially pro bloggers who make their living serving millions of hungry readers each day. But I think even a pro blogger makes that decision – no one is forcing us to pump out a billion blog posts. Usually this comes from an overwhelming need to succeed coupled with fear of losing readers, fear of losing advertisers and worry that you’ll no longer hold the spotlight. Is this what blogging has to come down to though? Is this all that matters? I don’t judge either way, I only know what feels right to me and that’s a decision each blogger needs to make without regret.

What are some blogs, in your eyes, that have a blogger behind them who has a strong vision and voice? Which bloggers do you think have great photography and styling? The best videos? I’d love to also hear what you think about this topic in general. Comment below and remember, if you comment elsewhere online or want to extend this conversation, please use hashtag #20blogtrends

(image: holly becker for decor8)






99 Comments

  • Reply Jessica Rose December 8, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    I feel it depends on the blog I’m reading….some people post very frequently and I love all their posts..some people post a couple of times a week and their content isn’t very good!

  • Reply Marie / Madeleines plumes December 8, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    I totally relate to this trend. I rarely post beacause I have a job that takes me lots of time and enegy but when I do I try to gather great content, a yummy and tested recipe, great photos, with some story. I think that’s a sort of respect for the people that read me but also for me. I don’t want to repeat the ideas of other. I also really appreciate slow blogging in people I read as, like you, I don’t have much time to read but also because i find it annoying to read article about the same product or with the same idea on 10 diffretnt blogs in the same week.

  • Reply Claire Chadwick: Mum's Closet Blog December 8, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea Holly. I’m really looking forward to this column every Monday.
    After 4 years of blogging, one thing I’ve definitely learned that works best for me – is SLOW blogging. For me, as a busy wife, mother, teacher, business owner and blogger, I know I feel better about my blogging and writing, when I’ve focused on quality over quantity – good photos and thought out posts are what makes me feel more successful as a writer.
    Couldn’t agree more with you on this one!
    C x

  • Reply Colleen Welsch December 8, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Yes yes yes and yes again! I love this post. Some of my absolute favorite bloggers post even less than once a week. Daniel from Manhattan Nest posts about every other week, but when he does it’s such a treat and I read it right away! I’m getting so sick of blogs that are posting just to post. You can sense that they aren’t truly inspired, and in turn, the readers aren’t truly inspired.

  • Reply Sophie December 8, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Hey Holly,
    great idea to start this series and I especially connect with your first topic. The quantity over quality effect that seems to be going around has been bugging me for quite a while. Especially on blogs that used to be very quality focused, became popular that way and all of a sudden turn into those quantity focused advertising machines. I guess this is a logical consequence, if one tries to monetise ones blog with the help of standard sponsored posts and, as you pointed out, earn a lot of money fast. The standard dilemma of blogging for passion vs blogging fo a living. But I start to wonder whether there is not a third way of combining both and not loosing ones soul on the way. Perhaps this discussion will help find a solution.

    Sophie

  • Reply Art & Hue December 8, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    I hear you! who has time to read a blog with multiple posts per DAY!? Much prefer less content per week that’s been curated.

    Case in point is one of my favourite blogs (alongside decor8 of course! :-) that only posts 3 times a week but with a unique voice – the writing is great and you can tell that Home Arty Home only features work they love (and they’ve generously featured my work with Art & Hue on a couple of occasions).

  • Reply Jennifer Coyle December 8, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    This is a very intriguing and timely post, Holly. I’ve struggled with this consistent-posting-versus-quality-content debate. Time limits have caused me to want to provide less but higher quality content, and I’ve seen a positive reaction to this. More engagement on fewer posts means a deeper conversation and stronger influence. I haven’t heard of the term Slow Blogging but I like it, and I hope to see the trend influence blogs I follow.

    In terms of influential blogs, I am always drawn to the topics that capture me in the moment. I will consistently read a blog once I’ve become “attached” to the blogger herself; otherwise I will skip over personal or self-indulgent posts. Lately I’ve been visiting thenectarcollective and bravethewoods often. And I’d like to think that folks are starting to feel the same way about my own blog, but one can only hope, and then keep creating helpful content.

  • Reply Holly December 8, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    I’ve been thinking about this subject a lot lately and earlier this morning I actually unfollowed quite a few blogs that were posting several times a day – I found that it was just general content that I’d just mark as unread and not read. I know some bloggers that publish once a day and I always read their posts. But I completely agree with what you say about a lot of content looking the same – there’s a huge different between being inspired and copying.

    I believe in the content I post and sometimes I feel guilty for wanting to have more readers – but that’s slow blogging for you isn’t it? I love reading a story or seeing beautiful pictures – that matters more to me than reading reviews etc. over and over.

    I really look forward to seeing what else you bring to this series – I’ve been a fan of your blog for a while! Thank you for sharing.

    Holly
    abranchofholly.blogspot.co.uk

  • Reply Laura Dunn December 8, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    I’m so glad to see you highlighting this topic. I started a blog this year to go along with my efforts to selling art. It’s easy to get into this world and be caught up in the fast lane. But I started as a personal journey a way to create and define my aesthetic. Thats a slow process. I have started following lots of blogs and those that appear superficial quickly drop to the bottom of my reading list. Quality readers will appreciate quality content.

  • Reply April San Pedro December 8, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    I love this topic… I cant wait to read more of this…

  • Reply Sophie December 8, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    More than one blogpost a day? Oh boy, I could never do that. Sometimes it is even hard to write 3 a week. And I am happy when I get that done. When I see a blog that produces so much in such a short time I loose interest. It just can´t be made with love.

  • Reply Laura @ Rather Square December 8, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Thanks for sharing this timely topic. You’re right that it seems to be trending in the blog world right now, and I think a lot of bloggers (big and small, pro and not-so-pro) struggle with this, especially during this frenetic holiday time of year. I’m definitely a fan of quality over quantity and I share your feelings of being overwhelmed when a blog produces so much content that it’s hard to keep up with. I end up skipping over posts that I might otherwise really enjoy – which is frustrating! I try to be as thoughtful as possible with content on my own blog, working to produce “evergreen” posts that will be useful for the long run instead of just in-the-moment, because that’s what I find most valuable. I’m curious to hear other comments on this!

  • Reply Sage December 8, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    A great post, and I’m really looking forward to this series! It seems like the blogging world has been changing a lot, and it’s great that you’re starting this discussion!

  • Reply Regina December 8, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    That’s a very good article Holly.

    I started blogging in 2010, and at my first blog I wrote in Portuguese (I live in America, but I was born in Brazil). My blog got a good audience, lots of comments, lots of interaction, but after about 3 years I was overwhelmed, I work full time, and to keep up blogging a few times a week , visiting blogs, etc., I simply could not go on with that, I felt I had to move on with new things, but I missed blogging and early this year I started another one, this time write in English, and mainly with things done by myself, and in a very different pace.

    Maybe the reason I liked your article so much it’s because that’s the way I am blogging now, slow, trying and having more quality instead of quantity (I was never really into quantity much). And I am a big advocate of quality, writing, photography, subject, everything that makes a blog worth followed.

    I’m sorry for such a long comment but I did want to say how I’ve identified with what you wrote.

    ps.: I agree “Click here to read more” is horrible, I never ‘click there’ :))

    Cheers

  • Reply tara December 8, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    I’m glad you’re doing this series. I agree with you on the quality over quantity, from a reader’s perspective. As a writer, I feel pressure to pump out blog posts to keep up with the competition, but hate putting out anything that isn’t my best work. This can get stressful because quality takes time. But it also pushes me to dig in. I’ll be following along.

    Thanks for sharing.

    absolutelytara.com

  • Reply Laurl December 8, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Thank you for this post! With two Etsy stores, a local vintage store and an interior design business, I don’t have time to push out lots of posts and prefer to post thoughtfully and intentionally. This post has given me licence to post as I like and not feel bad that I don’t get around to posting daily.

    One of my faves is Ephemeral New York.
    ( https://ephemeralnewyork.wordpress.com/author/wildnewyork/ ) Great content, well researched without being like lecture notes, and thoughful images. They post 3 times a week and I get them delivered to my inbox once a week. I read them when I need a break and the posts instantly engaged me and sends me to a new place and time!

  • Reply Chloe Mason Gray December 8, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    I love this post. I’ve recently started a travel and design blog, and in thinking about how to make my blog stand out I’ve decided to focus on high-quality, long-form content. I typically spend between 10 and 20 hours on a post, and I put a lot of care into crafting stories that will really resonate emotionally with readers (like this one: http://www.onehourbehind.co/blog/2014/7/12/love-global-world).

    Another blogger who I think does this really well is Beth Kirby at Local Milk (http://localmilkblog.com/).

    It’s really helpful to see a successful blogger confirming that this trend is worth paying attention to. Thanks!

  • Reply Niken December 8, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    hhhaa,,
    this is me. i don’t post when i don’t have anything to say or when i don’t feel it.

  • Reply Diyet December 8, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    yes yes yes and yes again! I love this post.

    KadinaModa last blog post .. Cilt Bakımı | Moda

  • Reply Vineeta December 8, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Wham!!! what a topic! and HOW timely! This has been on my mind like BIG time. This whole quality over quantity argumnt& in my case it might even seem like sour grapes – since I just never manage to do quantity. I started blogging in 2007 and the fact that I still blog speaks for how much it matters to me. But in 2004 once I turned entrepreneur – because of my blog – my blog is what is suffering in the long run. Initially I made time & saw to it that I posted regularly, but with financial responsibilities catching up and with being a one woman army that one often is when you are an entrepreneur – my blog and the frequency really took a beating – till there are times I feel like a non-blogger.
    And yes, blogs that are uninspired just make me loose respect for them. Its great to feature exciting work – but where’s your voice or your angle? And with pinterest bombing us with eyecandy – eyecandy alone just does not do the trick anymore.
    My blog has got me the recognition I enjoy today and it kills me that I don’t manage to blog more often. But I cannot EVEN BEGIN to tell you what a validation your post is for me. That does not mean I don’t try and blog more often- but like we say CONTENT is king and the only thing that matters.
    Will definitely be tuning in to your #20blogtrends. Love you for it :) Hugs from India :)

  • Reply Tina December 8, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Thank you for this post, Holly! I’m all for slow blogging and quality over quantity. I’ve only recently started my blog (thanks to you and BYW) and right now I only post once a week. Writing and putting a good post together that makes me feel good and that I feel comfortable about to press the publish button (!) takes so much time! I’ve also learned that I don’t write as well when I’m in a rush or feel too much pressure. If that’s the case, my readers have to wait a day or two. I rather have an impatient reader who checks back on my blog frequently than a disappointed reader who quits reading my blog altogether.
    I’m really looking forward to this series! Great idea!
    Tina

  • Reply Michele S December 8, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    I, too, become overwhelmed if there are too many posts to keep up with on any particular blog. I just click through “mark as read”. A single occasional post from a favorite blogger is worth WAY MORE than daily postings from a high-volume blog.

    My favorite example would be Leslie Shewring’s blog “A Creative Mint”. Sadly, she doesn’t post much to her blog anymore, but thankfully I can follow her on Instagram and still see her fabulous photos. Back when she posted her ‘color stories’ (approximately once a month) I would get positively GIDDY when I saw that she had posted something new. It was completely worth waiting for!!! And I understand that she probably doesn’t have time to post to her blog anymore, as she has been so busy with writing “Decorate With Flowers” with Holly. I also suspect she is in demand for a number of other projects. (So happy for your successes, Leslie!)

    So a strong vote from me to see higher quality posts, at a more leisurely rate. I don’t have a lot of time to devote to reading blogs, so they really have to resonate with me to make me follow them.

  • Reply Nancy December 8, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    I am somewhat new to your blog, and I appreciate this perspective. I use my own blog to share thoughts related to my artwork or share works in progress. My main creative outlet is drawing and illustration and blogging is a way to add information and depth for people interested in me and my work. I post infrequently since I’d rather be making things than typing or talking about them. I agree with your statement about having a strong voice and something interesting to say. I only post when its really important, I don’t want to add to the “internet clutter.”

  • Reply Melanie Biehle December 8, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    This post really resonates with me, Holly. I’ve been more focused on slower everything lately! I think taking the time to really be present and thoughtful is good with so many creative endeavors, blogging included. Erin Loechner of Design for Mankind does a FANTASTIC job with this. I’ve been reading her blog for years and have loved seeing it evolve. xo

  • Reply knobz December 8, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Sehr schön geschrieben! Ich frage mich auch wie man diesen Massen an blogposts manchmal folgen soll? Und Instagram? Und Twitter? Und und und. Da liebe ich auch liebevolle Postings. Masse gibt es genug um uns rum. Die Kunst ist es jetzt die wirklich schönen und besonderen Beiträge aus der Masse zu angeln.
    Iris Apfel mag ich übrigens ganz besonders. Wie bunt und schön sie raussticht aus der Masse.
    Vielen Dank für den Denkanstoss! Da mein Englisch nicht perfekt ist, musste ich leider auf deutsch antworten.

  • Reply Dianna December 8, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Great topic, Holly! I’ve been thinking about this one a lot, making my plans for 2015 and I have to say that I plan on making a few changes and slowing down a bit. Currently, I have been publishing new posts 4-5 times per week and I feel I have great content (of course!), but I feel that I can write even fewer, better posts. One change I plan to make is the phasing out of a weekly round up I have. While I enjoy putting it together, a LOT of bloggers do the same thing and I’m not sure I’m standing out from the masses. There are so many amazing bloggers doing such wonderful things, I don’t want to be “just another blog”, so I plan to slow down, just a little! I totally get overwhelmed with the frequency of bloggers who post more than once a day. I read so many blogs that I just can’t keep up with some of it.

  • Reply Sarah Rooftops December 8, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    I’m all for slow blogging – but, if I was a newbie, I think I might feel differently. In the early days of my blog, I posted daily; after a couple of years I slumped and posted once every few months; now that I’m back into blogging, I’m posting when I feel like it – generally a few times a week but I’m not really tracking that – and that’s fine because I’ve built up a community over the years and still have people reading and commenting; if I was a newbie, posting sporadically and getting very little response, I suspect could easily become disheartened.

    I do very much value the move towards more personal content. I’ve found myself unfollowing so many blogs recently because they felt very sterile and samey; the blogs I continue to follow rarely stick to schedules but do have very real voices behind them.

  • Reply Linda @ a design snack December 8, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    I’m very glad to hear this as I subscribe to quality vs quantity. Being a designer first, writer second (maybe third), it is not possible for me to write a decent post in less than 5-6 hours. Editing to make sure I have a logical thread, no spelling or grammar errors and making sure I am not inadvertantly offending anyone takes time.

    Then we have the whole subject of pictures. I think the time has arrived for all of us who want to write publically — and that’s what blogging is — to credit a photo’s original source. Granted, tracking down that riginal source takes time. But if we don’t do it, isn’t it passive plagiarism?

    My goal is one good post a week. Sometimes I don’t make it. I would rather not publish than send out a post that doesn’t hang together or one that seems frivolous.

    I’ll be looking forward to your Monday posts on this.

    Thank you!

  • Reply Lisa at celebrate creativity December 8, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Timely topic Holly. I’ve been a “slow blogger” for many years. Once a week (gasp!) with a few exceptions for special series’.

    I’m amazed at those bloggers who are actually able to produce original content on a daily basis.

    When you see the financial rewards that many are enjoying thanks to quantity (among many other things), it does create a bit of a pull to consider competing on the same high-volume posting level.

    Still I haven’t made that leap. Quality over quantity in my book. That may mean that in addition to being a slow blogger, I may also always be a “poor” blogger-lol

    Thanks for initiating the conversation. I look forward to your upcoming posts on blog trends.

  • Reply Katie December 8, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    I follow Papercraft blogs, and a few home Decore blogs.. I rarely read all the words because I follow so many. This post it out and I had to read the whole thing, it was that interesting to me.
    I have a blog but don’t post often at all, because it takes me so long to craft something that I’m proud enough of to put up on the web. Occasionally I will throw something together to just have something up there. But I’ve decided against that, so glad to see slow blogging is a thing

  • Reply Katie December 8, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    I definitely prefer slow blogging. I like good content but also to hear stories and the heart of the person blogging. If it’s a recipe, I like to hear who gave it to you, the hilarious things that happened at the dinner party where it was served, etc. I like to take time and really appreciate a post. The ones that are quick and churned out tend to be the ones I flip through without reading.

  • Reply Ibabe December 8, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    It is great for me. Being able to write when i have something to tell or when real life lets…but sometimes i fell i lost that continuity of people…difficult

  • Reply Amy - Bead Bash December 8, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    As a sporadic blogger to say the least, I would definitely class myself as a Slow Blogger. I am on to my second blog now. My first blog was about interior design and as I was finding my way I tried to copy others and keep up with the pace. I found myself stressing out about producing regular content and stopped blogging completely.

    I started my second and current blog when I started my jewellery making party business. To begin with the blog was going down the same route as my first blog and I could feel myself struggling. Since having my son and stopping my business I have been a sporadic poster but I am a lot more comfortable with what I am doing. I have put less pressure on myself and I feel my content has improved as a result. I have never had a lot of readers and I don’t expect I am going to grow my blog much this way but at least I am much more proud of my content now.

    ps – great topic Holly, I will be returning to read these on a weekly basis.

  • Reply Pip December 8, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    Hey Holly! I am really looking forward to this series. Thanks in advance for al the work you’re putting in for us! x

  • Reply julie @ tractorgirl December 8, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    Thanks for writing about this!! Definitely quality over quantity. I started my blog 3 years ago, posting 3 times a week, always spending 4 hours or more on each post; as a mum of 3 small children it consumed my life trying to keep up and I simply couldn’t manage it all.

    The original purpose of my blog was to provide inspiration, but also to provide a link or an ‘in’ to my shop (handmade homewares and accessories) so I could make a bit of cash. But the blog took over and it didn’t generate much cash either. It was frustrating and stressful and overwhelming, and I’m sure that fed into my writing as well… which doesn’t help my readers either.

    When I cut back on the frequency about a year ago, I felt like I could move again. I’m feeling much more like I’ve got a direction to go and I have the energy to get there. I’m getting great comments on my blog, so it seems my readers can tell teh difference too!

  • Reply mel December 9, 2014 at 12:19 am

    Quality over quantity any day! I also think that there are so many more blogs out there these days that there’s a lot more reading and have the luxury of being selective. I look forward to this series Holly. Mel x

  • Reply dawn December 9, 2014 at 12:33 am

    love the topic and anything that is geared toward intentional or mindful as opposed to posting for posting sake. just started again after a year break, so i probably need to speed up to even be considered slow …

    i love alicia’s blog posy gets cozy. she posts about once a week and it is like opening the pages of your favorite book and settling in for the next short chapter … i also agree with michele, i loved leslie’s posts and miss them … i followed dreamy whites as well, but she is almost totally instagram lately …

    and i always have a peek here too … enjoy these types of posts the most :)

  • Reply Melissa December 9, 2014 at 2:42 am

    You’re absolutely right in your thoughts. I tell myself I’m inconsistent with blogging, but I also don’t want to post something just for the sake of posting.
    Truthfully, I’ve been getting bored of a lot of blogs lately, even some that I visit daily. They may post everyday, but I find that maybe only 2-3 of those posts per week are content I’m actually interested in.
    I will point out though, that freepeople posts about 3-5 posts a day, and they actually do it right. Each one in a separate category, so there’s something for everyone. They have several full time bloggers, though, so it’s a bit easier for them to pull it off.
    Looking forward to more posts in this series

  • Reply Deanna December 9, 2014 at 4:00 am

    Love this post. I seem to be a slow writer, it takes me days/weeks to pull all of the thoughts and stories I have swirling around in my head together. Slow blogging suits me best, I’ve had blogs in the past where the pressure to post daily became too much and I ended up stalling completely.

  • Reply Heidi @ Fabric Mutt December 9, 2014 at 4:41 am

    So very excited about this series, Holly. I feel a little shaky at times lately when I see how much blogging has changed over the past 3 years since I started. It feels like I’m on a road trip, but someone has changed the map, and I’m not entirely sure where we’re heading anymore, let alone how we’re going to get there. I guess it’s made me focus a lot more on what’s most important, and that, of course, is never a bad thing.

  • Reply Kylie December 9, 2014 at 5:49 am

    Oh Holly PLEASE check out my blog. I started a few years ago and said that I would always be quality over quantity, so while it was a slow start I have built up a lovely following and reputation. I do 1 post, maybe 2 a week (depending on how excited I am about what I’m writing about) and I feel like I’m REALLY helping people vs just filling space on the web.
    I always enjoy your site and thank you SO much for bringing light to us ‘Quality Gals’ ;)
    ~Kylie
    http://www.kylieminteriors.ca

  • Reply Sarah yakawonis December 9, 2014 at 5:53 am

    I have been planing a new blog focused on paper flowers! I’m so excited for this series!!! It’s exsactly what I need!

  • Reply Vickie Armstrong December 9, 2014 at 6:17 am

    I love that you put this out there. You hear and read so much about the frequency of blog posts to boost your rankings, etc., but, honestly, to create those kinds of posts is just too much and try and maintain some quality of life. I am a very new blogger, just took your Blogging Your Way course and am still trying find my “followers”. I have several projects that I am trying to develop so it is quite welcoming to know quality versus quantity seems to be a trend I am more than happy to embrace.

  • Reply Libby December 9, 2014 at 7:25 am

    I’m a huge fan of the slow blogging trend. I find these are the blogs that I stick with because they are just so thoughtful. One of my favourites is http://www.destinationhereandnow.com – all her own photographs, which are breathtaking but it’s also her writing that is just so wonderful. She’s Australian and I’m Australian but she makes me look at my country in a whole new way. So worth the visit.

  • Reply Nicole December 9, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Hi Holly

    I couldn’t agree more. I really enjoy blogging but with a business to run and so many other responsibilities, I would rather publish one good post per week than lots of so-so material. And even one a week is sometimes hard!

    And as for reading posts, there’s only a handful of blogs that I read each day and they are from bloggers who write well, thoughtfully and who definitely have a voice! There’s just no time to waste reading anything else!

    Thanks for this series. I look forward to reading more.

    Nicole x

  • Reply Kristin Nilsen December 9, 2014 at 8:55 am

    So glad that you mention storytelling as a compelling reason to slow down the pace. This is where I have the most fun on my blog. But it’s asking a lot of a reader to settle in and enjoy a longer piece – it’s a commitment for them – which is why I don’t throw stories at them every day. I’ve settled on once a week or less and it feels really good. We are living in an information glut right now and I feel like slow blogging might be the remedy.

  • Reply Andrea Hamann December 9, 2014 at 10:28 am

    One of my favourite blogs is mamanourish.com. It is a blog that has morphed to focus on nourishing food and lifestyle, with lots of beautifully photographed recipes/meals which are all researched/developed by Lila
    (the blog owner).

    It definitely falls into the slow category. ;)

  • Reply Andrea Hamann December 9, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Sophie,

    here here. Occassionally, if I’m on a roll, there may be a few posts a day, but generally it is only one a week or so.

  • Reply Jasmin Kolschen December 9, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Great idea, Holly! I totally I loved this post. I’m really looking forward to your series!
    I started reading blogs very late, like two years ago. But I can see a change: Back then blogs were kind of personal. Now they all holler out “click my post and make me earn money”. I wonder if you will also write about this. One of my favorite blogs is http://www.thislittlestreet.com/blog/ which still is different: it feels like a person is doing this blog and not a company.
    Jasmin

  • Reply Lindsey Kitchin December 9, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Refreshingly I appear to be on trend! I enjoy writing my blog but only when I have something to say rather than for the sole purpose of throwing a few paragraphs together. My own style is that of a florist’s journal.
    Whilst this is not for all, and let’s face it, we all have a different reasons for blogging, mine happens to be a desire to communicate on a more casual basis rather than a need to basis.
    Long live the slow blog!

  • Reply linda December 9, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    I think it definitely depends on the reader… when I had more time and different lifestyle, I loved the blogs with lots of content to take in 24/7. But now that I’m a parent, time is limited and I only can take in so much – otherwise it’s instant overwhelm!

    • Reply decor8 December 9, 2014 at 2:55 pm

      @Linda – I read more blogs now that I became a mother – I have more time! Funny but true.

  • Reply Maria December 9, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    I agree with Jasmin´s comment above. Lately, I am starting to feel that most of the blogs I read are giving me the feeling of “click (or comment) my post and make me earn money”. It is not a nice feeling, because it makes me think they are less interested in sharing lifestyle stories, opinions or ideas and more focus on doing give aways or creating paid traffic to sponsored stores and products. The result is I have less appreciation and respect for the blogger. I still check these blogs, jus to see if they finally posted something interesting, but once I see no content, I dont spend more than a few seconds in the blog.

    Unconciously (up to this very moment) i have started to categorize the blogs I used to read in one these two categories: advertising blog or real blog.

    I know bloggers need to make money. We all need to make money. The thing is that blogging was so appealing and real, because it was not meant for advertising, but as a medium to communicate and build a community with similar interests.

    So, yes to slow blogging with content and No to daily blogging with the feeling of “click (or comment) my post and make me earn money”.

  • Reply MissJackson December 9, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Hello everyone! I find this trend reassuring. I read several blogs faithfully and they are all ones where I feel as if the writer has a full and fufilling life behind the scenes. Bloggers that post and post and post begin to seem as if they must have no other life but blogging, and that in turn discourages me. In my opinion blogging should be out of the overflow of a creative and happy exsistence–not a reason for exsisting!

  • Reply Sandra Harris December 9, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    I like the slow blogging as a reader because I crave depth and connection. I want to know the person who writes the words. I want them to have an opinion and to share something of themselves.

    And as a blogger, I want the challenge of more depth while also more time out in the world living my life.

    There’s so much noise coming at us in words and images that I find I’m reading and looking less and less. But what I do read is of a higher quality.

  • Reply Desiree December 9, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Great new topic… I think I will adapt the term slow blogging seeing I totally agree on this..

    No pressure just fun !

  • Reply Beth December 9, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    I am so looking forward to this series, Holly! I have been so excited about starting my blog this year that I have enjoyed posting daily and I do believe this has helped me gain an audience but I am growing more and more interested in creating tutorials which take a lot of time so I anticipate slowing down the pace in 2015. Another topic I am very interested in is seeing how some bloggers seem to effortlessly incorporate their personal lives into their content in an authentic way….As I begin my second year of blogging in 2015 my goal is to share a little more about myself and my journey along with my illustrations, tutorials and creative endeavors. To be very blunt my experience being a single parent to three kids including one with significant special needs has not been something I want to blog about!! I would much rather use my limited time to create beautiful visual content and creative stories…..But blogging, no matter what your subject matter is, is ultimately about being vulnerable, isn’t it?

  • Reply Aileen December 9, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    I love this post and am very excited for this new series! I would say YOU are the first blogger that comes to mind that encapsulates thoughtful, meaningful, and intentional slow blogging…both beautiful words, beautiful photos, and a distinct point of view. I’m always excited to catch up on Decor8! I also love Designlovefest–I feel she is very true to herself and marches to her own beat. xo!

  • Reply Lucy Chen December 10, 2014 at 2:30 am

    I love your blog, Holly. And Susannah Conway, and Penelope Trunk. Your blogs I read almost every post.

    You all have beautiful photos, but for me, that’s the starting point. What keeps me coming back again and again, and can never hear enough from you is posts like this – this one. Where you write from your heart about what you’re passionate about, about what you feel that you have a mission to fulfill, a light torch to pass on.

    I aspire to do that with my own blog, but finding it easier said than done. When I share a short speed painting video of my process, it’s always most popular and get the best feedback, and I don’t have to write much in those posts. Perhaps I should do more videos, where I can share “me” more visually.

  • Reply Kathy December 10, 2014 at 3:55 am

    Just 2 minutes before reading this I went through the list of blogs I follow using the DIGG app and deleted the blogs that I felt were repetitive, chronic and not as inspiring as I was hoping for. Impeccable timing on your post about this topic. I’m looking forward to reading more in this series. As always, thank you!

  • Reply Lee Melahn and Rick Shaver December 10, 2014 at 5:22 am

    It was a series of broken rungs on our ladder to success that left me with time on my hands and an itch to write I needed to scratch. Blogging being the vogue became my midnight companion. It wasn’t so much a need to spread wisdom earned from decades of work in the design fields (you even highlighted our work in your February 26, 2007 post) but more a means of discovering where I wanted to go next. I set a goal of one post every week that way I had the time I could actually do a rewrite and spell-check. I still haven’t focused on developing a fan base. My blog’s most important purpose is still self-enrichment and like slow cooking, slow blogging is what makes it work.
    http://www.pleasantlivinghome.blogspot.com

  • Reply Kate @ Songs Kate Sang December 10, 2014 at 5:34 am

    Definitely Under the Sycamore – I’ve followed her for years. Her voice is absolutely amazing and her storytelling and photography is stunning.

  • Reply Melissa December 10, 2014 at 6:19 am

    Holly, i’m so looking forward to this series! I haven’t been able to “keep up” with my own expectations for my blog and it’s been a bit disheartening. I love Monica Lee at Smart Creative Women- I anticipate her post/podcast each week. I probably love it even more because there’s anticipation attached to it- it’s NOT in my inbox every day.

  • Reply sylvie boudeau December 10, 2014 at 10:21 am

    6 years today that I’m bloging so much time and so much pleasure !
    have a good day !

  • Reply Zrna December 10, 2014 at 11:28 am

    I prefer quality over quantity. Spitting out multiple posts per day without doing sufficient research and putting enough thought into posts is very disrespectful towards your readership and sooner or later they figure it out.

  • Reply Wrenaissance Art December 10, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Very much looking forward to this series! These columns that focus on writing and thinking about design, blogging and life are the ones that attract me to your blog over some of the other lifestyle blogs.
    Victoria at Bois de Jasmin is another blogger I enjoy reading for her writing. Her blog is about so much more than perfume reviews: it’s about the nature of scent and fragrance, and how they play a role in our lives. Great stuff!
    I’m in the process of re-thinking my own blog-writing. A lot of artist blogs are pretty boring: “This is my new painting”, “This is a cool technique.”
    But the time and effort it takes to write about art in the larger sense means less time for painting, the reason I have a blog ?!
    So it’s a conundrum.

  • Reply Hester December 10, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    I’m definatly a slow blogger maybe even a sloth blogger as I only post once a week! My posts are all video tutorial and cost a lot of time to make, if I would do one a day the quality would go downhill fast. And to be honoust there is only so much time in the week you can spend on reading blogs I rather have two good reads a week then a daily overdose :)

  • Reply Maria December 11, 2014 at 9:14 am

    I love Penelope Trunk! (dont always agree with her) She is crazy, fun and smart. And she is an ESTJ like me. She only writes once or twice a week. But her posts are interesting and give me food for though the whole week. So I would not be able to keep up with post from Penelope if she wrote more than twice a week …. I am following now her next start up. I wish I can do a start up with her. It would probably be nerving, irritating, but in any case, fun and a learning experience.

  • Reply Pinelopi December 11, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    This post really caught me, I was supposed to just take a look on some posts to have a break and ended up reading all of it!
    I had the same conversation with my cousin recently, we are new bloggers that started together (in different fields) and we share our thoughts. She doesn’t have the time to write as frequently as she would like and I am afraid that if I don’t write 3 times a week I will loose on audience. It’s a difficult balance to achieve , but I think the most important is to find your own rhythm and keep a consistency on it. Thank you for sharing these thoughts with such sincerity!

  • Reply Corina December 13, 2014 at 6:21 am

    This is a post I actually was waiting for. :-) Since I prefer the “less is more” motto and love everything minimalistic, I am overwhelmed too by having hundreds of blog posts every weekend to go through, cause this is the only time when I have time to do it. Sometimes I am also a bit annoyed when I get the feeling it’s all about making the sponsors happy and lots of the posts are just filled with “the best products you can get right now”. I love reading personal stories behind and enjoy looking at pictures or watching a short film, even if it’s only one post a week. So thank you for sharing, Holly! :-)

  • Reply Tracey Fletcher King December 15, 2014 at 10:54 am

    I have been blogging for a couple of years and used to get very caught up in making sure I got a few blog posts out every week and it drove my work as a painter and illustrator and it was pretty intense so I can’t imagine how people manage a few a day, but then last year I was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer and everything changed…
    It wasn’t just the physical stresses of 3 operations, 16 rounds of chemo and mountains of radiation that changed me… It was the getting back to blogging for the right reasons, and that is to make connections with people. I was reminded of why I started blogging in the first place and it made me focus on making sure the one blog post that I could manage a week was good, that the artwork that went with it was a reflection of what I was going through and it was a huge positive in a very negative and scary time. I managed to blog most weeks and I drew so much from the act of connecting on a more personal level again, to put aside the rush to use it as a vehicle, and instead just be a reflection of what was happening… And it sustained me more than I can ever describe. People were so insanely generous in their support and it really grounded me throughout the whole nightmare.
    Now I am in recovery mode and I found that I still blog differently… Certainly on the slow blog train that’s for sure, but it is so much more fun, personal, and honest and it suits my new normal and feels so right… Thanks for starting this conversation. And I look forward to more in the series… Xx

  • Reply Jen R December 15, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Wow, great article! I am an amateur blogger with a teeny tiny following of friends. I rarely blog, mostly because I feel overwhelmed by the post-post-post mentality. I find it impossible to keep up with all reading of other folks blogs and then trying to find time to post my own, especially when the following is so small. However, I now find the need to start blogging again in the new year, as part of my new business strategy. I was dreading it until this article and reading folks replies. Stunned at how many want quality over quantity has eased my mind quite a lot. Now determined to start out with a bit of hype to get some more followers then slow it down and try to provide more quality content over quantity to keep them interested. I hate to feel like I have wasted someone’s time by just providing fluff. Thanks for this helpful advice

  • Reply inspiringgreen December 16, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    That is a great post Holly! I absolutely love your idea of the blogtrends series. I started my blog in 2014 and in the beginning I was overwhelmed by all this beautiful, creative and unique posts that I saw in my timeline every week. But one day I realised they are not unique, they are often very similar. And they don’t show things that the blogger made, but they show things that the blogger bought (ore got from a sponsor).
    And I have to say I understand this. Because nobody can write every single day a interesting story, a unique recipe, a diy as never seen before.
    For me its very easy. I write a post when I have to tell a diy I never saw on the www, I created my OWN recipe AND it was delicious AND I tried it at least 3 times AND I’m happy with my photos. And yes I’m glad if I’m blogging one time in a week ;)) But otherwise I woudn’t like my blog.

    • Reply decor8 December 17, 2014 at 11:48 am

      @inspiringgreen – It’s always been that way, even before sponsors came in, to simply share. Whether that be something a blogger WROTE or FELT — OR MADE or PURCHASED or FOUND or whatever. And that’s ALL okay.

      I think one of the biggest flaws right now in thinking when it comes to bloggers, and I wonder if you agree, is that a majority of bloggers and readers believe EXCLUSIVE CONTENT means MAKING THINGS. It’s a bit bogus honestly because not every single blogger out there is crafty or even creative enough to make things worth photographing and putting on a blog, or even interested in crafting or making stuff at all.

      What about ALL of those bloggers? Where does this leave them?

      Most of them, due to the pressure to perform, hire creative people to make and do all of this stuff for their blogs. Some of my favorite creative bloggers aren’t really MAKING anything with their hands – they are graphic designers making things on the computer (yes I know that is creative but they aren’t pressuring themselves to MAKE crafts by hand and photograph them for their blogs). These bloggers generally outsource the glue gun to others and just pay them because they know readers want to see custom content like DIY stories but they also know they aren’t able to really produce professional grade work without hiring help.

      The others bloggers who want custom content and believe it’s only what you make and show that matters, get bogged down because they can’t staff up so they tend to:
      1. Feel overwhelmed because they can’t craft stuff. They feel stuck and give up blogging thinking that exclusive content means ONLY making stuff.
      2. These same bloggers decide to push themselves to MAKE even though it’s not their thing, to just to keep up with the others which usually results in more frustration or copycats
      3. Decide that they are who they are, and that isn’t a crafty maker, and focus on creating custom content through WORDS. Either straight up writing great posts, or podcasting or doing videos. And that is great because they found their natural fit.

      WORDS originally were behind all of this – blogging means “Web Log”, a log that is kept up by writing or logging in, multiple, regular entries much like a ship’s diary or Star Trek (Captain’s Log StarDate!). Then creative bloggers, who wanted to look and feel MORE like magazines, became very visual and that’s wonderful, but for those who aren’t creating gorgeous photographs, or are stylists, or crafters, etc. – where does this leave them? Those inspiring story tellers, where does this leave those who have great wisdom to share? Words are also exclusive, custom content. In fact, more than anything else, our mouth is what our hearts and minds use to communicate our innermost thoughts and feelings to the world.

      Sure a picture is worth a thousand words, but a thousand words can also create a beautiful picture.

  • Reply Beverley December 17, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    This has been really interesting to read and a helpful tool. I look forward to the rest of the series. Thank you

  • Reply Meabh December 18, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    I’m still a newbie at blogging and started a blog with my friends as a hobby, I definitely relate to everything blending into 1 aesthetic, it’s so hard to stay fresh and also positive! Looking forward to the rest of this series

  • Reply Cate Holst December 19, 2014 at 4:16 am

    I’ve finally come to terms with blogging ‘slowly’ two to three times a week after so many years of posting feverishly everyday to not posting for weeks due to burn out. Life is much easier and less stressful now. Fabulous article, thanks

  • Reply Elizabeth Rebecca December 24, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    I have a daily blog/diary – so I do post everyday but I do post small entries and large entries.

  • Reply lucy December 24, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    A really interesting blog series, I am looking forward to reading the rest. I am pretty new to blogging and even still always post what I feel is quality over quantity. I’ve seen some big bloggers posting daily content that really just seem like filler posts. If I was ever fortunate enough to gain a substantial following I like to think I’d stay true to my values and only post quality content as opposed to feeling the need to get content out there every single day. I like to write off the cuff, from the heart and take my reader on a journey, it’s impossible to be putting out content like that everyday.

  • Reply Andrea December 29, 2014 at 2:21 am

    I feel there is information overload all over the net. Every day I read a different blog. A blog I like and I’ve gone back to is A Beautiful Mess. But usually I discover a new blog everyday. Thank you for these articles.

  • Reply Katie Sullivan January 2, 2015 at 2:49 am

    This post really resonates with me. I want to produce quality not quantity and I think that is the biggest lesson I have learned In my 4 years of blogging; that and being authentic. In the world of social media people can create themselves to be anything they want; I just want to be known for being real, keeping it real, and sharing something valuable.

  • Reply Courtney Bentley January 2, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Will totally agree with you on this! When I first started blogging my content had spelling errors and I just posted to post because I had this image that I had to get out and posting EVERYDAY was important. I look back and laugh because spelling errors are SO not professional. Thank you for sharing this insight and I hope you have a beautiful 2015!

  • Reply Andrea@personallyandrea January 2, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    So thoughtful and insightful…I look forward to the rest of the series.

  • Reply Patty Day January 3, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    AGREE! I only write a Post when I have something new to share with my friends and family. That was the purpose of my Blog. I enjoy it. It’s my fun hobby!

  • Reply Eleanor January 3, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    I am so with you. Any blog that posts more than once a day is an instant overwhelm and the posts remain unread. Quality > over quantity!

  • Reply Lory at Designthusiasm January 4, 2015 at 5:12 am

    I love this concept and it fits for me because it’s how I approach every aspect of my life. I’m definitely the Michelin star girl and I sometimes worry my taste for quality alienates people who are looking for budget versions of everything. But my aim is to inspire and it’s really the only voice I relate to anyway. The only thing that made me chuckle a bit is that as a relatively new blogger (7 months), 5 posts a week would be speeding up for me… ;-) Looking forward to the rest of your series!

  • Reply Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality January 4, 2015 at 6:06 am

    Hi, Holly, this was a really interesting post to read and I really agree with your concept of slower blogging too. I’ve been blogging 8 years, so I’m just behind you a year and wow, as we all know it’s changed SO much in these years. So many blogs out there now that I can’t even consistently read blogs anymore. I am a full-time blogger and this is how I make my living. I do post 4 to 5 times a week and mix things up. I’ve been fortunate to build a nice core readership and I am primarily a decorating/DIY blog, but also do recipes, travel, a little fashion and definitely thrifting ideas too. I’ve seen the frenzy of DIY bloggers trying to constantly do new projects to put out there and I took the pressure off myself years ago on that. I renovated a house and shared all of that, but that is about finished for the most part and so I have to find other ways to share ideas on decorating and DIY without constantly doing a project. Everyone has to figure out their own method of doing things, but I totally agree that the internet is so noisy these days. We are all social media-ing ourselves like crazy and it just gets to be a rat race at times. I’ve been fortunate to hang in there for 8 years and be successful and doing it my own way has been a learning process to say the least. If we follow what everyone else it doing, it’s a sure way to burn out. Thanks for this informative conversation!

  • Reply Erin January 5, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    This post came right when I needed it most. My own blogging has been stop and go and I think I’ve felt overwhelmed by the time commitment and the ability to keep up and still share something honest and meaningful. I feared being a dime in a dozen of similar blogs out there. I had every intention of trying to post each day this week and started to feel the pressure creep in. That’s not what I want blogging to be for me. I’ve even slowed down my blog reading for many of the reasons you’ve shared. Sometimes there’s just not enough time to catch up.

    I’ve always loved your blog, and am still a big fan of Emily A. Clark’s and Erin Gates’s. The common thread between these three are great content and honesty. Thanks for jerking me back to center! Definitely a fan of the slow blogging trend. Have a great day.

  • Reply Gwen. The Makerista January 7, 2015 at 2:23 am

    Thank you for saying so many things that I needed to hear. As someone who loves to share through photography and words, I often struggle to find the balance and because I’m more drawn to design blogs I sometimes wonder if my words even matter. I feel like I need to fit into a box to grow – ditch the words and embrace the design – but you’ve made me realize I’ve got to be me and do my own thing and cancel out the noise.

    We keep hearing about a society who doesn’t have time for lengthy posts, but I think when they’re well done and have a story to tell, readers love that. I know as I reader I love that. Thanks again for this confirmation.

  • Reply Nicola O. January 7, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    I completely agree! I blog in a different space entirely, and I make zero income from it, but I have always preferred single-contributor blogs with a strong voice and interesting content.

    I got more traffic in the days when I was posting 3x per week, but I couldn’t keep it up for a hobby site.

  • Reply Jennifer January 7, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    I, for one, am thrilled to see this trend. Slow blogger — that’s me. I’ve struggled with people wanting me to write more, and would love to oblige, but feel that when I do, it needs to be from the heart. I’ve considered all the things that would increase followers, advertising dollars, brand recognition, but ultimately I started my blog for me, and that’s who I have to be true to, even if it means I have to sacrifice fame and fortune (which is not why I got into it to begin with!). Loved to read this. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Janet January 10, 2015 at 8:23 am

    I really love this trend and am excited that you wrote about it. I have a hard time staying excited about blogs that post 5 times a day. For me, I think it is hard for the content to always be on point if there’s no time to relax. That’s when your creativity really comes alive. I think a good content based blog is kind of like Christmas- it may not be every day even- but when it comes around- it is full of fun and surprises.

  • Reply renu February 12, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    #20blogtrends. I can’t agree more with you.

  • Reply Lizzie February 19, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    I love this post, I too only catch up once a week on blog reading and hate that some of my favorite blogs now post numerous times a day and content is seriously lacking!

    I have just started a new blog after a years hiatus and only have time to write three times a week, this post made me realise this is OK!

  • Reply Katie Andraski March 3, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    I do’t like blogs that post daily as they clutter my inbox. Like you all I’d prefer less frequent blogs that speak to my heart or cheer me up. I love Crafted in Carhartt because they’re short with beautiful pictures. I wondered if I should be more “canned” in what I write, but have shrugged that notion off and just listen to what I need to write. My posts come about every two weeks. It’s a joy to be read. (My audience is not big at all, but after writing lots of years by myself, it feels good to find readers.)

  • Reply Kristin at Interior Nature April 1, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    After blogging for six months on the Slow Accretion of Beloved Objects, I realized to stay true to my storytelling world I live, I can only blog once a month! I know its naive, and it means the attention I need to bring to my store will suffer for it, but there really is way too many people just posting photos or lists. And some innocuous regurgitation out there for SEO. I’ll cross my fingers that meaningfulness can grow attention! Thank you very much for your post.

  • Reply Kristi Craig April 2, 2015 at 3:39 am

    I think regardless of posting every day or once a week, or what have you, it is always obvious when thought is put into posts. I know for myself, when I writing about things I love and am not feeling rushed is when I do my best work, and I know that it shows especially when contrasted to those times where I was just trying to post something, anything.

  • Reply Ruzu@moonandroses June 2, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    Long time not coming to your blog :D great post by the way
    Now I am a slow blogger because i am very busy with university, I am a fashion designer student, and is hard

    xo

  • Reply Hayley September 9, 2015 at 6:03 am

    I have completely fallen out of love with my own blog lately and this idea is really starting to appeal to me. I’m very much that if a blog I’m following has updated 10 times then I will flick through and only read what jumps out at me rather than if they were posted less frequently I maybe would have read them all.

    Great post.

    Hayley

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