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How to Blog on Slow News Days

Andy Merrett has a post on how to Blog on slow news days where he gives a few options of what to do on days when there is very little happening in your niche:

  • Do nothing
  • Post opinion / forum / consumer views
  • Stray from your niche
  • Revisit old news
  • Publish an article you’ve written in advance

He writes more on each one – head over and add what you do in his comments.

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Comments

  1. Last week was rather slow, so on Wednesday I published something which was slightly outside my normal topic, and on Thursday I followed it up. I would have published them anyway, since I found them interesting, and they are somewhat related to my blog’s topic.

    On Thursday night, both posts were published to slashdot.org. I spent the next two hours getting the machine, which was new and hadn’t been performance-tuned, to behave and handle all the traffic. Good thing, too; on Friday I made it onto reddit.com, and on Saturday onto the front page of digg.com AND del.icio.us/popular, where traffic seriously spiked again. This time the server held up well, thanks to my preparations.

    From Thursday night to now, I got at least 120,000 unique visitors and possibly more, made over $200 in AdSense, and picked up a thousand new feed subscribers.

    On Friday night, I wrote up a brief look at what I did to get the server to stand up to the oncoming hordes of barbarians, which I hope will be useful to anybody wanting to get 100,000 people reading their blog on a “slow news day.”

  2. Thilak says:

    Nice article, I used to following #1 until today. But I feel I should follow #5 and #2.

    “Most Borring Day to Blog is Sunday”

  3. RinzeWind says:

    There’s no such a thing as a “slow news day.” Get your digital camera, hit the street… get the news yourself. Prove that “grassroots journalism” is something more than a few words written somewhere.

  4. Andy Merrett says:

    Like the idea RinzeWind, however it’s still not always that simple. I wish it were. I think #2 in my list covers this to some extent.

  5. Steven Creek says:

    I have a few slow days because my niche is seasonal. It starts to slow down during this time period so this article was great. I need to try something a little different to get me through the slow times.

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