Changing My Posting Times
As you may or may not have noticed, I have been posting at a different time this week and not at my regular time. The reason for this was simply to experiment a little with my posting times and see if they make a positive or negative difference on my stats.
I also thought it would be an interesting experiment to write about since so many of you seem interested in the posts I write about blogging and WordPress. Since this will be the last post for the week, I thought I would share the results of this little experiment of mine:
I was hoping for an increase in views although I did expect a drop especially on the first day. I actually experienced an increase in views on Monday (the first day) when I posted at an earlier time but I experienced a slight decrease on Tuesday. On Tuesdays I post a blogging advice post which is generally my most viewed post of the week but this week was slightly less viewed than usual.
Wednesday was great. I post poetry on Wednesdays and my poetry posts generally do well anyway but this one did great and got more views than usual. However, this may be because I switched the posting time and made it one more hour earlier. So, on Monday I posted at 8pm and on Wednesday at 7pm.
Thursday and Friday have done pretty much the same as last week. There were no major changes in views on either days.
When it came to comments, again there were no major changes on most days. Monday’s QOTD post got about the same amount of comments as the weeks before. Tuesdays post got slightly less comments which was expected since it also got less views.
Wednesdays post did well as I mentioned with the views and so as expected there was an increase in comments too. I got about twenty more comments on my post this week than I had gotten last week. Thursday was good too and got about 20 more comments which isn’t too much but better than the week before.
Yesterday’s (Friday’s) post did poorly compared to the week before. There were about 30 less comments compared to the week before but I had expected this drop because it was a very specific post that not all my followers would be interested in. I had talked about Only Murder’s In The Buildings last post and that is not a show the majority of my followers watch.
Most of my likes remained almost exactly the apart from my Tuesday post about backlinks which had less likes then I expected. My OMITB post did have less likes too. But I just posted that and hopefully it will get more over time. And again, it’s a super specific post so most people may not even be interested in reading it. This is probably why it has less likes.
Personally, I found posting so many hours earlier than usual to be annoying. I am somewhat of an immutable person when it comes to my schedule. I like doing things in a certain way at a certain time and any change in my schedule irritates me.
Not only were there no changes but it was also extremely annoying to have to reply to comments and complete posts so early. I’m a night owl and I like doing these things in the evening once I am done with work. Because of posting earlier, I had to do all these things earlier which was unnecessarily stressful.
The change in posting times did not make that much of a difference if I’m being honest. It made a slight difference with my poetry post but that was about it. Is the poetry community on WordPress filled with early birds? Let me know if you’re part of the poetry community!
I will be sticking to posting at my usual times and not earlier because this did not work for me. I wanted to quit and start posting later again but to be honest I hate quitting even when it’s for my own good so I stuck with it.
These results are a bit premature since the week isn’t up yet but I factored that in when I was looking at my stats. So don’t worry it’s something I’ve taken into consideration.
I also wanted to let you guys know that a couple of followers have told me that they woke up to find they were no longer following me. They had not knowingly unfollowed me and had to re-follow me. So. if I disappear off your Reader for a couple of days please check and make sure you’re still following me.
I hope this post was informative and let me know your thoughts about my pretty unsuccessful experiment in the comments below. And let me know if my changes in posting times effected you at all.
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