Do You Read Blogs on the Weekend?

by Janice

It is late Saturday afternoon.

weekend-calendar

My daughter Olivia is playing at Susan’s house with her girls, my son is playing in his room, and my husband is out watching a hockey game at his parent’s.

And so I am consuming content — by the handful. Stuffing myself with it, after weeks of being too busy to read blogs or watch videos.

Which leads me to a question I often consider — do you read blogs on the weekend?

Our analytics show a slight drop on the weekends, but not a huge difference. And yet I feel like the posts I publish on the weekends get a bad deal, so I tend to not publish much on Saturday or Sundays.

What about YOU?

Do you read blogs on the weekend?
Do you publish on the weekend?

Written by Janice Croze, co-founder of the Mom Blog 5 Minutes for Mom
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1 Denise March 26, 2011 at 9:55 pm

That’s when I actually get to do most of my reading. Working a full time job during the day just doesn’t give me enough energy to do it during the week nights. I’m usually up super early so I do try to do most of my email/blog readings then.

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2 Janice March 26, 2011 at 11:54 pm

I do most of my reading late at night or on the weekends too – but my biggest problem is that it is usually on my iPad or iPhone and commenting on those is such a pain! So I don’t comment as much as I want to.

Thanks for the feedback on your reading times!

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3 Lucinda March 26, 2011 at 9:57 pm

I’ve noticed that I am online a lot less in general, on weekends…Saturdays especially. My peak blog reading periods are weekday mornings (preschool hours) and then again very late at night (after kids go to bed).

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4 Janice March 26, 2011 at 11:55 pm

Sometimes I am not online at all on the weekends until everyone else is in bed, but then other weekends, things are slower and I get lots of screen time. But most of everything happens after the kids go to bed!

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5 Coco of VidaCoco.com March 27, 2011 at 2:09 am

I’m with Rachel @RunningRachel- I read blogs whenever I have the chance to put everything else aside and sit in front of my computer, which these days feels like never! It seems like every time I sit down in front of my computer to work on my website or blog, one of my kids will come to me to either tell me he’s hungry or show me something. I get the most done at night after I’ve put them to bed or in the wee hours of the morning (I’m expecting my fourth very soon and can’t sleep through the night…) On weekends we are able to have “lazy” days, I like to blog hop and get inspired for the week ahead.

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6 Melissa March 26, 2011 at 10:01 pm

I hardly ever read anything on the weekends. And I’m like you, I dont like to post anything “too big” on the weekends because my numbers seem to really drop then.

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7 Janice March 26, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Interesting — thanks for the feedback. It is hard tho, cause if we don’t post anything good on the weekends then we really won’t get many views! lol

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8 Angie (Losing It and Loving It) March 26, 2011 at 10:41 pm

I do read blogs on the weekend and publish as well. BUT the post I publish on the weekends is my workouts for the week so it’s not that big of a deal blog post ha ha.

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9 Janice March 26, 2011 at 11:57 pm

Yes – we have our Around the Blogosphere that goes up regularly. I like that I do have something that is regular because then our readers know what to expect.

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10 hotpants™ March 26, 2011 at 10:51 pm

I rarely post on the weekends. I tend to stick to Mon-Fri posts. I often read on the weekends to catch up from the busy week. I do notice a drop off. But because I work full-time during the week, weekends are the best time for me to read without a lot of interruptions. Other than that, I read at night before bed.

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11 Janice March 26, 2011 at 11:59 pm

That is similar to me – bu tI do try to get some posts up on weekends. I just feel like I have given them a bad time slot!
I read in bed a lot too – but on my iPad or iPhone, so I don’t comment – which I hate.

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12 Rachel March 26, 2011 at 11:28 pm

I find that I read blogs whenever I get a free chance. Weekends are usually uber busy for my family (children home, sporting events, husband home, etc). When I can sneak in a few moments online I will read or even post… but I do most of my browsing and posting in the evenings (whenever I am free). :)

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13 Janice March 27, 2011 at 12:00 am

Yes – we moms just have to sneak everything in whenever we can, don’t we! Thanks for sneaking us in! :)

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14 Stephanie March 27, 2011 at 12:06 am

I definitely see a decline in interaction and comments on my blog on the weekends. I think most people are busy having family time…which is a very good thing.

As for me, I read blogs all throughout the week and often on the weekends too. It just depends on our schedule and when I can squeeze in a few spare minutes (like now, for example…it’s midnight here in FL). :)

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15 Prerna March 27, 2011 at 12:08 am

Like most moms, I do keep my reading for Sundays! I don’t do a regular post but I do a round up of great reads from across the blogosphere as well as some old posts that are relevant!

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16 Janice March 27, 2011 at 1:43 am

We do our weekly round op on Sundays too!

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17 Susan March 27, 2011 at 12:47 am

Weekends for me are mostly offline time with my girls. And as Janice pointed out, I also usually have her daughter on playdates with mine. LOL

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18 Janice March 27, 2011 at 1:44 am

Yes – thanks for those playdates!

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19 se7en March 27, 2011 at 1:20 am

I definitely post longer more thought filled posts during the week, it just isn’t worth the energy on the weekend. I post more often on weekends and much shorter posts. Big posts don’t get read on weekends, short sharp ones do and keep my stats from falling. I also do most of my linking to link-ups on weekends, it keeps the traffic coming in even if I spend the whole day out playing and don’t have time to post.

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20 Janice March 27, 2011 at 1:43 am

Those are good strategies!

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21 ExpatMamaInTO March 27, 2011 at 4:47 am

I read blogs every day… I am new to blogging myself so I actually appreciated this asca wake up call- not to post my meaty content on weekends! I am very happy if the readers are out bring active with their children!

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22 Terra Heck March 27, 2011 at 5:21 am

I post on weekends once in a while but have noticed the pattern that traffic to my blog drops on the weekends. Usually, especially during spring and summer, I don’t post on weekends or read other blogs because I’m busy spending time with the kids. The stats for my particular blog show that the biggest traffic comes to me on Wednesdays and Thursdays, with the least traffic coming on Saturdays and Sundays.

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23 blueviolet March 27, 2011 at 8:44 am

This caught my eye, but no, not normally. Weekends are days I pretty much take off from reading blogs. I used to read them 7/7, but I comment on everything I read and I have carpal tunnel syndrome, so I force myself to take weekends off now to rest my hands.

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24 alicia March 27, 2011 at 8:54 am

Not normally, but I am so behind and my son is gone and the house is quiet… ahhh.

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25 Helen March 27, 2011 at 9:17 am

I read some, but not as much as I do during the week. I think my readers must be the same way because I can see a dip as much as 1/4 of my readers on the weekends (Friday included) as I do on Mondays and Tuesdays.

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26 LaVonne
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March 27, 2011 at 1:55 pm

I read and publish on the weekend. I have not even checked my analytics to see what my visitor count is like on weekends. Now I want to :)

Blessings and Happy Sunday!

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27 JDaniel4's Mom March 27, 2011 at 5:20 pm

I use weekend to catch up on reading. Giveaways are posted on my blog on weekends as well as reviews.

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28 Carolem March 27, 2011 at 11:08 pm

I certainly read them less on weekends, as I can tell by me blog roll which is insane. But it’s Sunday night and this is the 1st time I’ve had to even read email or blogs this weekend. But that’s okay, had a good weekend with the kiddos, so that was good.

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29 Heather March 28, 2011 at 11:40 am

I do read and blog on the weekends but not as much as I do during the week. This weekend was an exception and I felt like a slave to the new site!

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30 Carrie March 28, 2011 at 6:36 pm

i might read a little bit or publish something quick but no deep content on the weekends.

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31 Ruth Hill April 4, 2011 at 12:10 pm

I actually get caught up on my reading on the weekends–I work during the week.

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33 Madison May 2, 2011 at 5:52 pm

I sure do! I love reading blogs at anyday of the week. Even if I am busy I manage to read a blog or two.

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