On Wednesday evening, when I finally finished up my Monthly Wrap-Up post for March, I stopped to ask myself why I bother to put together that post every first of the month. Then I asked a few blogging friends, and I started to get a wide variety of opinions on the worth of the monthly statistic post.
Why I started writing a monthly summary. I think I started writing a monthly wrap-up because I thought I was supposed to do that as a book blogger. Then I started looking forward to seeing what I managed to accomplish each month. Lately, I think of it as a kind of burden, and I'm wondering if anyone cares about the post.
Pros. A summary post is a great way to make sure your readers can catch up with your reviews and guest posts and other musings. It's the perfect venue for reminding people about the challenges you are hosting or to not forget a book blogging community event. It gives extra exposure to those guest posts and interviews that you worked hard to put together. A wrap-up post is also a place to assess the variety of posts you publish, your reading stats, and your challenge progress.
Cons. They take a long time to write up (especially with all those links) and long time to read. Few people go back and reread a wrap-up post to find a particular post (that's what indexes and labels are for). Your brain can start to enter a fog after you've read a number of summary posts. Your faithful readers will just scroll back through your blog or their reader to find the posts that interest them.
Discussion. The truth of it is that I keep both a Word document and an Excel spreadsheet to track my reading stats and challenge progress. I also keep tabbed pages for links to my reviews, guest posts, recipes, and so on. So now I'm left wondering if I should continue to compile a wrap-up post.
- Do you like to see and read wrap-up posts? Or do you scroll like crazy to get past them?
- Do you keep blog post statistics on you blog, offline, or both?
- If you like summary posts, how often should they appear? Weekly (Sunday Salon), monthly, quarterly, yearly?
- Do you like all-inclusive posts like mine or would you rather see something simpler that just lists books read and favorite book?
- Why do you post a monthly wrap-up?
- Why don't post a summary? Did you post summaries when you first started blogging?