I’ve been blogging for about 2 1/2 months now, not saying much I know, however I still haven’t really figured out how this works. I feel like sometimes I put something out there and I get a great response, other times I can hear crickets chirping it’s so quiet. There doesn’t seem to be a correlation to the type of writing I post and the response, it seems more related to the time of day or time of year. It’s confusing and I have yet to figure out what the optimal time for posting is. One day 5:00 pm will be a winner, so I’ll post then and the next time I try it, it fails miserably. It seems like things have slowed down here since I started in November and then picked up again somewhat. Is everyone experiencing the same thing as me? Has anyone really figured out when the best time to post is or is it a gamble?
I think the problem might be the WordPress Reader. Don’t get me wrong, being able to read the blogs I’m following is really terrific, however I wish there was more functionality. I think the problem is that the feed is strictly related to time of post. If you post at the wrong time, people will completely miss your post because it will be so far down the feed that they will never scroll to reach it and they will only see your post if they actually click on the list of blogs they follow and specifically remember to click on your blog. That takes some dedication. I have a few blogs that I follow this way if I miss their posts, but not many.
I probably do miss so many great posts because of the time of day that I happen to check WordPress and the time of day that the poster added new material to their blog. I wish there were other ways to filter the results. I’m sure WordPress, just like other large platforms, is essentially a huge database that can be infinitely searchable. I think it might be nice to have some kind of dashboard that showed boxes of all the blogs that you follow, much like the Freshly Pressed dashboard. This would give you access to whatever latest content that your favorite blogs have posted. And you’d never miss anything.
I’m also sometimes frustrated with the search capabilities. I like that I can search by key word, however sometimes it would be nice to search by multiple key words or by name of the blog. Sometimes I’ll stumble upon a blog and want to find it within wordpress but for some reason I can’t seem to figure out how to do this easily.
Now don’t get me wrong. I really do like WordPress overall and of course it’s fantastic for a free product. I just wish that it was a little more user friendly in the reader section. I want to make sure people see my posts and I want to make sure I don’t miss something from my favorite bloggers. I will say that I really like the stats I can get from WordPress and I like the Freshly Pressed page because I’m sure it feels awesome to be Freshly Pressed and I’ve found a lot of great blogs that way.
So, what do you think? Have you found the magical time of day to post? Of course, we’re from all over the world on here, so my time isn’t necessarily your time, so that is a challenge too. Is there some magical formula? Am I missing something? Am I being a total idiot about using WordPress? I don’t think I am since I’m fairly computer savvy.
Oh the Cruel Cruel WordPress World! I can’t get no satisfaction!!!
Ok, WordPress, your turn! Show me what you’ve got!