Change is inevitable. Change is constant. Benjamin Disraeli
Disraeli was right, but sometimes I’d just like things to stay the same long enough for me to establish a routine. Some change is forced on me. Sometimes, I choose the change. Check out these changes I’ve recently made in my blogging tools and methods.
Posting Day Change, a Success
When I started Blog4Writers six years ago (count ’em), the conventional wisdom was that bloggers not posting every day should post during times of “slow” volume . I post once a week, so I chose Tuesday. Mondays are hectic for everyone. On Fridays, people are trying to finish their work so that they can get on with the weekend. My thinking was that, on Tuesdays, people would be caught up on Monday mail and be ready for new information. By Wednesday or Thursday, they would be losing their steam on the way to the weekend.
Recently, I noticed that, although my posts went out on Tuesdays, I would often get a comment or two the following weekend. Then, I noticed something about my own inbox. I received fewer e-mails and RSS feeds on weekends, and I was doing a lot of catch-up email reading on weekends. So, I changed my blog posts to publish on Saturdays. Since then, I’m getting a larger volume of comments on my posts. Definitely a good change.
Photo Source Change
For my blog photos, I have used the following sources: Morguefile.com, Freedigitalphotos.net, and photos that I took with my own camera. Both online options are free, and they both offer photos that are available for purchase.
Due to some changes made by Morguefile (which does not require attribution), I’ve pretty much abandoned using it altogether. Freedigitalphotos has business-related graphics and photos and does require attribution info on the same page as the photo. It was usually my second choice. Now I’ve discovered Pixabay.com. The photos are excellent, and the license information is plainly displayed along with the photo. Attribution is not required. The only problem I have is that sometimes I can’t find one that goes with my subject.
Operating System Change: Microsoft Made Me Do It
Technically, this is not a blogging issue, but operating system affects everything. PC users, who hasn’t been annoyed by the Windows 10 pop-up? I was determined to stick with Windows 7 Pro for as long as my current computer lasts (because Microsoft said they will support Windows 7 until 2020). Well, working in a bleary-eyed state a few days ago, I somehow clicked the wrong thing to close the pop-up, and—-Armageddon! My computer shut itself down and started installing Windows 10. There was no way to stop it. And it took forever to complete the installation. I was madder than the proverbial wet hen. After I calmed down, I checked with a tech advisor. He said I have 30 days to undo the installation. So time will tell whether I stick with Windows 10, but I’m going to take my time deciding. So far my apps work. FYI: here’s the link to instructions to uninstall. And here’s a link to an article about the Windows 10 update on Consumer Reports website.
Readers, I guess the moral of this post is that change is going to happen. We just have to deal with it. Have you made changes in your blogging methods lately? Please share in the comments. If you get this post by email, please click on the title of the post to go to my site. Scroll down to Leave a Reply and comment there.