Amusingly enough, I wrote the article that went live this morning on Saturday, and then scheduled for it to post today. That’s what I’ve been doing for the last two weeks: writing articles, trying to get ahead a bit, and scheduling them to post in the future at 8 a.m. every day. In this manner, I could have a consistent update schedule and not have to get up super-early in the morning. The problem is that, even with the internship ending, I still have limited time to write, and some projects or pieces I want to work on take significantly longer than others. On average, a blog entry takes me about 15 minutes, so in theory I can do all four blog entries in an hour. An hour a day to have a consistent update schedule of an entry posting every day at 8 a.m. isn’t bad, but the problem is that not all blog entries are equal.
A poem might take 1-2 hours for me to write, and revision might lengthen that time. A short story might take me a week or longer. How-to articles on the tech blog often take an hour and a half to two hours, not counting research and testing time. A theological piece should take at least an hour or two as well. Personal updates are short and sweet, but everything else adds up quite a bit, to the extent that, if I put out the quality of work I desire, I’d be doing nothing but blogging for about four or five hours a day. Which I don’t have.
And the massive issue is that I still can’t do the length of work I want with that update schedule (like short stories). The quantity is there, but it’s not about quantity, it’s about quality. Therefore, I’ve decided to drop the update schedule of an entry by 1 GMT every day and revert to “when I feel like it” blogging. It was a good experiment, but ultimately failed. Not only has my work been of a lower quality than I like (particularly in the religion section), but I don’t like feeling like I have to schedule things to post at 8 a.m. the next day. I want to write something in the moment, and to post it at that moment, rather than having to sanitize my language to place everything in the past tense and schedule it for post somewhere down the road.
Not every blog will be updated every day, or even every few days, but I should have at least one entry in one of the blogs per day. You’d be best-off just subscribing to them all on an RSS feed (I’ve recently started using Google Reader and heartily endorse the technology) and seeing updates as they come.