Earlier in the week I was asked the following question:
‘How long does it take a blog to come of age?’
It’s a question I get asked regularly, usually by bloggers who have been blogging for a month or two who are wondering how long to stick with it.
I always struggle to answer the question so today thought I’d try doing so a little differently – with a tangent (hold on tight – this could be a little freaky)….
Here are the gestation periods for some of some mammals:
- Mice – 19 days
- Rabbits – 33 days
- Foxes – 52 days
- Lions – 112 days
- Goats – 151 days
- Baboons – 183 days
- Humans – 267 days
- Whales – 490 days
- Elephants (Asian) – 645 days
As you can see – in the animal kingdom there’s a fair bit of variation between the length of time between conception of birth.
In a similar way different blogs have a large variety of gestation periods (at least the blogs I’ve been involved with have).
For some – it seems like a matter of weeks between the first post to that day when they burst forth with a flurry of inbound links from bigger sites and quickly build a loyal readership.
For others the growth is much slower and takes a long time, adding readers one by one rather than in leaps and bounds.
Of course the analogy of looking at animals breaks down when you look at the size vs days. In the list above it’s the larger animals that take the longest and the smaller ones that don’t take long – however there’s no such pattern with blogs!
How long did it take for your blog ‘take off’?