One month ago, on August 7, I started this blog.
I’ve been publishing one post each day since then.
I made a point to blog consistently, and I had a few reasons for this:
I wanted to blog over a long period of time so that I could see the SEO progress compound as I tweaked things, using post consistency as a control variable.
Consistent posting over a long period of time is (supposedly) great for SEO, and I do want to grow the organic traffic to this site over time.
Most developer websites (with blogs) that I’ve come across over the years typically have fewer than three posts. Sometimes just one, which is usually something along the lines of “how I built my blog”.
So I wanted to publish at least one or two posts a week.
But I ended up getting into the habit of blogging daily, mostly writing short technical articles that solve a specific problem well, and I’ve found it so far to not be too difficult or time-consuming.
In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever spent more than an hour writing a post. Usually, it just takes around 10-15 minutes, although most posts I’ve written so far are fairly short.
I’ve been doing it for a month, so I guess I can’t stop now. And I’m sure the longer I go blogging daily, the more pressure I’ll feel to continue.
I should probably start building up a backlog in case there’s a day I must skip, but in any case, I look forward to seeing where this goes.
I might migrate to a weekly or biweekly cadence in the future, but for the forseeable future, I’m going to continue trying to publish something new daily.
My progress so far
Since launch, I’ve had a couple hundred page views, but I’ll have to post an update a few months or a year from now!
I’m especially curious to see how closely motivation is tied to page views (if at all).
I know I was definitely most motivated when I first launched this blog.
Perhaps that’s why so many developers (and perhaps bloggers from other niches as well) quit after the first few posts.
But so far, I can definitely recommend daily blogging to anyone with the time and ability, especially fellow developers.
And while I plan to write about other topics besides development, I think technical articles that solve a specific problem concisely have a great balance of high demand and little time spent writing.
It breaks up your day with something different, while making consistent progress that compounds over time. And it might take less time to actually write the posts than you think!