6 a.m.

One thing that bugs me beyond belief about blogging is that I can publish any number of very interesting, well-planned, well-written, and engaging posts during a day, yet the post that will invariably get the most hits is the one published between 6 and 7 am. This post can be as trivial and boring as ever, but it will get the most hits.

This is a mystery I haven’t been able to solve.

Do you have a similar experience with your blog?

9 thoughts on “6 a.m.”

  1. I think you will find a lot of your readers don’t share your time zone so and that time slot hits the sweet spot for them.
    Look at the locations of your most prolific posters. JFA for instance is based in Western Australia so for her it is probably around 9:00pm now whereas for me in Adelaide it is 10:30pm.

    All you have to do is post you most brilliant stuff in this time slot 🙂

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  2. I can speak for all your European readers in that your 6-7am slot is our lunch time. At least I often check your blog during this time, but don’t have much time to scroll down and check the rest (only later in the evening), so the post that is on top then probably gets most reads. :-))

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  3. I know what you mean. Sometimes I want to write another post, but I don’t because no one has responded to something I ask for input about, and I don’t want to bury the post. I suppose I could try to make a post sticky, like you do sometimes. But I don’t know how to do it. Must investigate.

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  4. Since I’m just west of you in terms of time zones, I don’t tend to read your 6 a.m. posts, but I have noticed a similar phenomenon on my own blog. (And I scheduled my posts for between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. in my own time zone for that reason.) Like some other commenters have suggested, I think it has to do with it being a convenient time slot for people in other time zones: a before-work email check in the US Eastern time zone, around lunchtime across much of Western Europe, a late(r) evening read in Australia, etc.

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  5. Yep. And I worked nights. My posts that I wrote before work weren’t getting as many views as the ones I wrote after work, and scheduled to post a few hours later, in the early morning. It definitely contributed to my blogging burnout. 😦

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  6. I am in EST, and I get your blog posts through email, but typically don’t click through to the website at work, since other people are around (and just reading my email is innocuous enough.) I am more likely to click through in the morning, when I haven’t really settled in to start working yet though.

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