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  1. I have not yet launched my blog and have developed a number of posting categories-News, Views, and Tips, A Little Laugh, Therapy Thoughts and Parents Are People Too are the ones I would be asking people to comment or add too. I find I get annoyed if I get too many posts from the same blogger a day in my email. Have any studies been done on this? I see some of you do not even post every day. What are your recommendations?

    Second question. Would it be better to have separate blogs for some of my subjects. Emotional Fitness is about better managing negative feelings, something lots of people need help with. My recognized expertize is as a parent, but I also a licensed therapist, have taught human behavior courses at two leading schools of social work. I am interested in expanding my audience and want to shift away from parenting advice. I am thinking, therefore that at least I should create a second blog for that.

    Third question is it possible to have subscribers just get email related to one topic. That would be my preference.

    Thank you in advance for any ideas any of you can offer. I have found reading the forums has been very helpful.

    Katherine aka Kat

  2. (1) Comment Policy
    I find I get annoyed if I get too many posts from the same blogger a day in my email. Have any studies been done on this? I see some of you do not even post every day. What are your recommendations?

    I do not know if studies have been done or not. Why don't you reasearch that? It sounds like great blog for a blog post.

    I recommend approving all comments that are on-topic, relevant and meaningful. In fact I cannot see a reason not to approve such comments. They never annoy me.

    What does annoy me but only momentarily until I click the "spam" button are:
    off-topic comments;
    inflammatory comments;
    defamatory comments;
    comments fulled with cursing;
    comments containing fallacious agreements; http://www.nizkor.org/features/fallacies/
    "empty" comments designed only to strategically leave a link that can be followed back to the commenter's blog.

    TSP (thesacredpath) and I share the same position on this so here's the link to the comments policy we have posted on our blogs. Note the one must ask for permission to use it on their blog, and if granted the credit links must remain intact. http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/comments-contact/

    (2) "Would it be better to have separate blogs for some of my subjects. ... I am interested in expanding my audience and want to shift away from parenting advice. I am thinking, therefore that at least I should create a second blog for that."

    I agree that separate blogs is the way to go. Don't forget that you can post prominent links in text widgets at the top of the sidebars on both to provide the visitors who choose to move between the two with an easy way to do that.

    (3) "Third question is it possible to have subscribers just get email related to one topic. "

    The feedburner email to subscribers will include all posts you publish. You can choose whether or not to set your blog up to display summaries in feeds or the full posts. You can also use the new wordpress.com subscription feature.

    I believe but I'm not sure that any reader who wishes to get only posts on a single category can subscribe to that category by using a feed reader service. I hope another volunteer will wade in and confirm or deny this.

    I hope this halps you and wish you happy blogging. :)

  3. helps! not "halps" --- arrgghh! laughing at myself :D

  4. With regard to how frequently to post this varies from blog to blog. However, as a rule of thumb if you wish to create a blog centered community of commenters that's growing, then you need to post fresh content frequently. If you don't then you may lose the interest of existing readers and fail to attract new readers.

    I choose not to subscribe to any blogs that churn out new content in multiple posts every day because my experience has been that the bloggers in question were simply regurgitating what's found in the media and adding their personal spin and opinions to it.

  5. One good post a week will do more than any number of bad ones a day.

    I had the biggest growth in readership my main blog when I was posting between five and ten posts per day. But other blogs have worked quite differently, and gotten their biggest increases as a result of one really strong post which caused people to look around the blog and return, as they found what was there worthwhile.

    People who are interested in reading blogs multiple times per day do NOT subscribe via email. They are more digitally sophisticated and subscribe via RSS, so don't worry about losing them.

    If you want to slant your readership to the more affluent and technically up to date, multiple daily posts will help, because it will turn off people who subscribe via email. Which may or may not be what you want; with a parenting blog, speaking from experience, it's NOT what you want.

  6. Thank you both. Time-keeper, I hoped you would reply as I have followed you for awhile and you are extremely helpful. Raincoaster, not sure I have picked up your name, but you point was helpful.

    Time-keeper, I do tend to surf the media for points of interest to me to share as many of the people I communicate with (former students) do not keep up with what's happening in the mental health field despite the fact many are therapists. Sometimes I put my spin on it, sometimes I just point people to news items I think of value.
    When I taught courses in graduate school it was sad how many students really weren't interested in reading, wanted summaries and expected professors to regurgitate assigned readings. I refused and that did diminsh my popularity.

    I think I will develop two blogs--one for parents and the other for anyone wanting to deal better with negative emotions or interested in learning more about self help ways to stay strong emotionally and to read what therapists and those who have used therapy think about mental health issues. That is where I hope to get the most comments. There are over 400 ways to do therapy and for every competent therapist at least two incompetents. I ran several mental health programs in which we used advocates and many of these--considered untrained were as helpful as the therapists with multiple degrees. It is a dangerous world out there for anyone needed mental health service.

    I do rattle on. Once again. Thank you both.

    And I am hoping someone will let us know if people can just subscribe to a category.

    Happy holidaze both of you.

    Kat

  7. Thank you both. Time-keeper, I hoped you would reply as I have followed you for awhile and you are extremely helpful. Raincoaster, not sure I have picked up your name, but you point was helpful.

    Time-keeper, I do tend to surf the media for points of interest to me to share as many of the people I communicate with (former students) do not keep up with what's happening in the mental health field despite the fact many are therapists. Sometimes I put my spin on it, sometimes I just point people to news items I think of value.
    When I taught courses in graduate school it was sad how many students really weren't interested in reading, wanted summaries and expected professors to regurgitate assigned readings. I refused and that did diminsh my popularity.

    I think I will develop two blogs--one for parents and the other for anyone wanting to deal better with negative emotions or interested in learning more about self help ways to stay strong emotionally and to read what therapists and those who have used therapy think about mental health issues. That is where I hope to get the most comments. There are over 400 ways to do therapy and for every competent therapist at least two incompetents. I ran several mental health programs in which we used advocates and many of these--considered untrained were as helpful as the therapists with multiple degrees. It is a dangerous world out there for anyone needed mental health service.

    I do rattle on. Once again. Thank you both.

    And I am hoping someone will let us know if people can just subscribe to a category.

    Happy holidaze both of you.

    Kat

  8. Whoops, apology for double post. Was trying to get back to my home page. I am an old lady and mostly competent but I do have my moments. Thank you again.

  9. Yes, categories have feeds, and if they know how to subscribe to RSS feeds, they can subscribe to the RSS feed of the category page. If you want to enable people to subscribe to the EMAIL updates of a category, you're going to have to get that RSS feed address and run it through Feedburner and use that in a text widget about email updates, which is a significantly more involved process.

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/email-subscriptions/

  10. @raincoaster
    I'm still "rusty" so thanks for the confirmation that there can be subscriptions to the RSS feeds to categories.

  11. Thank you raincaster. Am learning lots and will now try to understand feedburner so people can pick categories. Than gives me more freedom. Still planning to create a separate blog for parents.

    Thanks again.

  12. @emofit
    I'm so glad you were able to resolve this. Happy blogging :)

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