How much is too much? | Fun Questions

November 16, 2013 Fun Questions 25

Join me every Saturday as I ask a Fun Question that’s been on my mind. I’ll give you my take, but I really hope you’ll jump in with your answers too, since I’m really curious to know what my fellow readers and bloggers think! So today’s question is…

How much is too much? 

Although this is a fun questions post, I’d like to think of it as a bit of a brainstorming session. See, as we approach the end of the year, I’ve been really given a lot of thought to the changes I want to make for my blog in the upcoming year. I’ve had some fun with blog tours but I’ve also been overwhelmed by them and the reading deadlines. I have a similar feeling about review requests – I found some books I wouldn’t have and it’s been wonderful, but the pressure is on. So I’m going to be cutting back big time on both tours and review requests. And this has been making me think about what I sort of schedule I should have for the blog.

Right now I have the following base schedule:

calendar

This is the core and it doesn’t change (unless I get overwhelmed and can’t get a post up). But lately I’ve been adding a lot to that. I’ve been doing my Free Book Friday feature, plus tour stops, cover reveals, blitzes, etc. And then there’s some other memes that I think are fun and I’m tempted to participate in, but I don’t want to go overboard. Which brings to the whole point of this week’s question. How much is too much?

Obviously part of this is just what I can handle. I know that three book reviews a week is all that I can do, so that’s all I’m going to do. I wish I could read faster and do more reviews, since that’s a big part of what I wanted my blog to be about. But three is all I can do. But if I can handle it, is it overkill to have more than 1 post a day? 2 a day? I’ve had as many as 3 on some days lately and I’ve really felt like it was too much – even if it wasn’t a lot of work.

And then memes. I’m so torn about memes. I like producing original content  and that’s what my Book Reviews, WIR posts and Fun Questions are all about. But I also love engaging with the blogger community and memes are a great way to do this. So I’m wondering at what point am I letting memes overwhelm the blog? I only regularly participate in two right now: Teaser Tuesday (which has actually been a bit hit and miss) and the Sunday Post. I’ve been eyeing a couple others though and I’m thinking seriously about adding them. But if I do add them, where do I put them? I don’t want to get rid of any of my base posts, so adding them means that I’ll have two posts a day some days. Is that too much for a regular basis?

I’ve been playing with the idea of having 1 day a week that rotates – and I’m eyeing Tuesday, since that’s the day I already have a meme on. The idea, if I do it, would be to have Teaser Tuesday one week, Top off Tuesday another, That’s What He Said another, and blog tour posts another. That would give me 1 of each a month, assuming I don’t find another that I really want to participate in. Reveals and Blitzes are so day specific that I can’t really do that (although I guess most memes are too, huh?), but I also feel like I only do those when I’m really interested in a book and an extra 1 or 2 a week isn’t that big of a deal – is it?

Okay, so I’ve really rambled today – like I said this is more of a brainstorming post than a fun questions post. I’m just really trying to work out the structure of my blog and I’m super curious to know what others thoughts are on how much of different kinds of content are too much.

How much is too much? Memes? Tours? Posts per day?

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Berls has been a book lover her whole life. She reads pretty much every genre and is currently working hard at making her childhood dream of becoming an author come true. She loves sharing her thoughts about books, blogging, and just random fun stuff. She's a challenge and read-a-thon junkie, so it's no wonder that she loves co-hosting the COYER reading challenge. Leave a comment, Berls is always happy to chat!

25 Responses to “How much is too much? | Fun Questions”

  1. Bookworm Brandee

    I love that you have a schedule – even if it only serves as a foundation! Gosh Berls, you have it so much more together than me! 😉 I participate regularly in one meme (Sidekick Showcase). I have thought about doing more but I just can’t seem to get it together. I’ve cut back on blitzes and cover reveals because they take a lot of time…and I’m usually short on time. 🙂 And I try to do at least 3 reviews a week. I have, on occasion, published a ‘mini review’ for books I’ve read in the past – using notes from my book journals – when I don’t have a full review to post. 🙂
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    • Berls
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      So much for me having it together – here I am responding to comments almost 2 weeks late :/ I swear, one week I’m on it and the next I’m behind.

      You so right though, blitzes and reveals and everything do take up a lot of time. I also just really like my blog to have my voice in it, which those posts really don’t allow me to do much of. So I’m kind of holding back unless I’m in love with a book/author from now on. That way I can get more excited and it’s still me.

      Oh and I’ve totally done the same thing with reviews before – particularly when I first started the blog. I just wanted to get some content produced right away and that was the best way I could think to do it.

  2. Bree

    This is something I’ve struggled with over the last year. At first, I did only reviews. Then I discovered memes and jumped in on a LOT of them. I’ve narrowed it down to a few (Top Ten Tuesday when I like the topic, Waiting on Wednesday, What’s Next on Thursdays if I need help deciding on a book, and Stacking the Shelves on Saturdays). I try to schedule blog tours, cover reveals, etc for days I don’t already have something on the schedule, or will skip a meme if necessary. Though sometimes I’ll post both and just be sure that the meme isn’t the top post that day. I’ve got my own features that I’ve started, too…Fresh Fiction (new releases) around the first of the month, Shelf Scavenging (posting books I’ve discovered lately that are already released) mid-month, and Spilling the Beans (discussion posts) occasionally. For me, I find that one or two posts in a day are OK…much more than that and I feel like I’m overwhelming my readers.

    A trick that I discovered while I was doing my last read-a-thon was that there is a plugin (for WordPress) that I can hide things from my RSS feed, but still have it show up on my homepage. So I can post things all I want, but people will only see them if I link up to them or come directly to my site. During read-a-thons I like to do daily (or every other day) updates, but I lost a LOT of subscribers during a particularly long one because I posted so much. So that’s a helpful little tool for me.

    I don’t write reviews as fast as I read, and I don’t read as fast as I request books, haha…so I’m super far behind on that aspect and am trying to be more choosy about requesting books (but they all look SO GOOD…it’s SO HARD).

    It’s definitely a goal for next year to get this all under control…I got so overwhelmed by it all within a few months that I gave up, but missed it and started blogging again. I’m determined not to let that happen again.

    Wow, what a long comment, haha. Great question, though! 🙂
    Bree recently posted…Waiting on Wednesday: November 20My Profile

    • Berls
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      So sorry it’s taking me so long to respond to comments lately!! I’m glad I’m not the only one super overwhelmed by all these decisions – and I love the idea of this WP plugin! I’m actually preparing to do a read-a-thon that will have a lot of updates in it, so maybe I’ll try giving that a whirl then.

      I love the sounds of all your features – I love discussion posts inparticular so I’ll have to check them out. Thanks so much for stopping by and weighing in 🙂

  3. Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard
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    I think your base schedule is really good, and if you’re feeling overwhelmed, you’re right to cut back. Personally, I almost never do more than one post a day, but that’s because a) I’m still trying to get far enough ahead to have a reasonable number of posts per week for at least three weeks out, and b) because for some reason, I can’t get Blogger to shorten the posts on the home page to just show part of them, so by the time I’ve got two in a day, no-one will see the first one posted.

    As a blog reader, I do cherry-pick the posts I read, otherwise I could never keep up! In one way, I suppose that means that if a blog posts more, I’m more likely to find something I really want to read… but I often skip some of the “looking ahead” posts and non-book-related memes in favor of reading reviews.

    In the end, we each have to come up with the schedule that is right for us individually. I’d go nuts trying to keep up with your schedule, but I’m always very impressed by how much you do! 🙂
    Lark recently posted…GUEST POST, REVIEW, and GIVEAWAY: Murderous Matrimony, by Joyce and Jim LaveneMy Profile

    • Berls
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      I think you’re so right Lark – we really do have to just do what works for us. I’m still figuring out exactly what that will be in the New Year, but I’m leaning heavily towards a max of 2 posts per day. I really want to keep my reviews high though, because (like you) I know that’s what I liked to read.

  4. Pamela D

    I do one post 5 days per week, and I do 2 posts one day per week. I do two posts on Monday, because I want to review all of my craft books, but I figure it isn’t the most exciting post for people, so I do a second one. 🙂

    Personally, I get a little overwhelmed when people post more than 2x a day on a regular basis. I like to comment on all the posts that I read, and when I see 5 posts for one person on one day, I groan a bit. There is only so much time in a day!
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    • Berls
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      I agree with you about too many posts getting overwhelming when you’re trying to visit and comment. And boy do I know what you mean about there being only so much time… seeing as I’m so behind on my comments, I’m constantly overwhelmed by the feeling of being behind.

  5. Vilia

    When I first started I was doing 14 reviews a week but I have cut that down to a manageable 4-5. My reading outstrips my reviewing substantially so I have about 30 books that I have read recently but still need to review. I try to keep my number of reviews per week above my memes or promo stuff even though it can get tiring if there is a lot on.
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    • Berls
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      Wow, 14 reviews a week is a lot!! When I first started I had a couple weeks of like 10 reviews, but I quickly learned I couldn’t keep up that pace. I still have about 5-6 books that I’ve read this year that I haven’t managed to put up the reviews, but that’s it. Sounds like you knock out books much more quickly than I do – so envious!

  6. Julie S.
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    You know I’d love for you to participate in our That’s What He said 🙂 Even if once a month 🙂 We do Top Ten Tuesday once a month, so participating monthly in some memes is fine in my book. I agree though I’ve been scaling back on the tour posts because they seem to overwhelm the blogging world and I don’t want everything to just be a promo post. We typically can’t seem to get that many reviews a week though so we have other posts we do. I think it is fine to do multiple posts a day. Just space them out a bit.
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      I love reading That’s What He Said – I just need to start marking good passages while I read so I’ll have them handy. I forgot that it’s a Thursday Meme though, so I may have to rethink my Tuesday rotation. But it wouldn’t hurt to have a week off from my WIR feature once a month, especially since those posts are always a lot of work for me to put together.

      I agree about the ways tours seem to really overwhelm the blog world lately. I love promoting books, but the reading on a schedule thing is getting exhausting, so I’m going to scale back. I would hate to stop having fun blogging b/c of a reading schedule.

      Ok, and I’m having a ditz moment – why didn’t I think of spacing out the blog posts for one day? I usually schedule them within a few minutes of each other, but on days with multiple posts I could have one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Duh! See, this is why I love brainstorming sessions – thanks!

  7. Angie F.

    My blog schedule is a mess for the rest of the year! Some days I have up to 4 posts scheduled! It’s nuts, but there is a reason behind my madness. I’ve been reading A LOT (which you have witnessed) and I don’t carry reviews over to the next year. I have to post them the same year in which I read them, so I’m doubling up, tripling up, quadrupling, maybe even quintupling to cram them all in. This is insane and I’m sure lots of people are going to be very annoyed with me, but I’m doing what is right for me. Which is ultimately what you have to decide.

    Your base schedule looks good, and it’s great that you know how many reviews is feasible for you. I don’t think it would be too much if you have your regular post and a tour post, if you happen to get a day you already have a post for. But then again, I do this all the time.

    I love your idea to rotate memes/features. I do this on Wednesdays, since I want to participate in Waiting On and Wishlist, but don’t want to post both. So I alternate them, and it works out really well.

    So…yeah. Really, you need to know what works for you. If you think 2 or 3 posts per day is too many, don’t do it. If you really want to join that tour but already have a post scheduled, just post them both! Just don’t have everyday be a meme or blitz! That is basis for unfollowing. 😛
    Angie F. recently posted…Mini Review: Neighbors by L.S. MurphyMy Profile

    • Berls
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      Oh wow – I have to ask – but why won’t you carry reviews over for the year? I’m planning on carrying some over, but know you’ve got me wondering if there’s some reason that’s not a great idea… see I’m paranoid about everything LOL!

      I guess knowing you have so much and that it doesn’t bother me is kind of a good way for me to think about my blog. I mean, I probably won’t be able to read every single post you do, but I’ll enjoy the ones I can read. And I love that you rotate memes, it seems like a good way to handle wanting to do a lot without letting them overwhelm the blog.

      • Angie F.

        It’s just a weird personal thing. At the beginning I didn’t even like to carry over to the next month, but now I just like to keep reviews in the same year that I read them. I know I could get a head start on scheduling posts for 2014, but I won’t. *shrug*

        The crazy posting is just temporary (tomorrow is a 4 review day!). I usually try to only have one or two posts, and if I do have multiples, one is almost always a review rather than stacking memes and tours. I really don’t mind at all when others post more than once a day. If it’s a post I want to read, I’ll read it. If not, I skip it. 🙂

        • Berls
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          Ah ok. I get that – I have my weird things too. I wouldn’t be able to pull that off, so I’m glad it’s not something I need to be worried about!

          I think two posts a day isn’t too much, I’ve decided that I’ll do that when I have a reveal or blitz I really want to share. And people will always pick and chose what they want to read, like you said 🙂

  8. A Voracious Reader

    I only post once a day if time allows and I only participate in the Sunday Post meme right now, but there are a few I’ve created for myself such as Time Turner Tuesday, Walking on Wednesday with Audios and Saturday Shorts that I’ve been trying to do weekly, but I have decided to alternate every other week with say, blog tours or just plain ol’ reviews. Maybe I’ll even join some other memes. I’m pretty much taking December off to plan how I’m going to do my blog next year and get a good backlog of reviews drafted and ready for January. Though I’ll most likely be posting Christmas-y book reviews to keep me in the mood. 🙂

    What it boils down to is what makes YOU happy. It’s your blog. Do it the way you want. 🙂
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      I love your Saturday Shorts – It’s been killer on my TBR though! I’ve also decided to take off a couple weeks of December to get myself organized and setup for next year. I’ll probably have a few posts, but nothing like what I do right now. Thanks – you’re right, too. I probably shouldn’t stress about it – I’ll just do what makes me happy 🙂 I’m such a perfectionist I forget how to have fun sometimes LOL

      • A Voracious Reader

        Oops, slacked off on the Saturday Shorts this week, but I should have them back next week. Wouldn’t want your TBR to go into withdrawals. lol Fun is the most important thing with my blog. If I’m not having fun then I’m working and I’m not even getting paid. And *that* is not acceptable. At least, to me. 🙂
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  9. Trish @ Between My Lines

    I think just do what feels right for you and what does make you feel stressed. I (personally) only think memes get a bit too much if there is no original content to balance them out and you have lots of that going on so that’s not a problem. I do find that blogs that post multiple times a day are hard to keep up with but I just read what catches my eye. And the more you have going on, the more likely you are to catch more eyes as different things appeal to different people. I have scaled right back on blog tours to about 1 every two months and that works for me. I hate reading to a schedule as it makes me feel under pressure so I only join one now when I love the sound of the book. Basically what I think is do what feels right for you!
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Yeah, I have to agree about reading to a schedule. I’ve had to for the past couple of months because I over committed myself and even though I’m enjoying the books, I’m really missing reading what I want to when I want to. So the tours are getting way scaled back. And I think you’re right about memes – they just need to be balanced by original content. Thanks for weighing in!

  10. Kaz @ Notes on Novels

    I think your current schedule is a good basis as long as it doesn’t stress you out or anything. I’m still getting used to the idea of blogging every day – some days I just don’t have anything interesting to say 😉
    I also think that three reviews per week is plenty and I’m in awe of how much you do read & review. You really shouldn’t feel bad for not reviewing more. I’ve been going through a lot of books during coyer but I could not keep up this pace throughout the year.
    I am excited for what is to come next year here @ Fantasy is more fun. I bet you’ll come up with something really great, when you’re not even thinking about it 🙂

    Cheers, Kaz 🙂
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Thanks Kaz! I’m amazed at the pace some people can keep up with book reviews- there’s no way I could do more than 3 a week! Thanks for weighing in- it’s good to know that my current pace is ok 🙂

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