Posting Frequency: How often would like like a new post? (Poll)

by cv harquail on May 7, 2010

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In anticipation of this blog’s second birthday (I know, they grow up So Fast!), I’m starting a little bit of spring blog-keeping… just general blog admin, much of it behind the scenes.

I want to update the blog in ways that matter to you, so there are a few elements of blog-keeping where I’ll be asking for your opinion. Here’s my first question:

How often would you like to see a new post on AuPairMom?

As regular readers know, this blog is my side gig, and as such it gets more or less attention depending on the demands of my actual job job. So, sometimes I’ll post every weekday, other times only 3 posts a week, and still other times (like this week) even more than once a day. My question to you is, do you care? And if you care, what do you prefer?

How often would you like to see a new post on AuPairMom?

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If you have other questions or concerns that you’d like me to consider during my spring blog-keeping extravaganza, please let me know via email at

thanks everyone.

P.s. This photo isn’t of me… but my dog sleeps under my desk too.

Image: Day 282: Spring Cleaning! from Alice Harold


mack May 7, 2010 at 12:04 pm

I think you post too many comments, on your blog. It is just too much to read and keep up with. We have au pairs because we are very busy, we don’t have time to read new comments on your blog every day and I hardly ever read through all the comments, which are basically the same, each host mom says the same thing as the one before her., so it gets pretty repetitive.

One blog a week would be much better! Let us digest the stuff you do put on each day just once a week!

West Coast Mom May 7, 2010 at 12:09 pm

I like to check AP Mom once a day, and maybe a few more times if there is a lively chat going on that interests me (there have been quite a few in the past week). So once or twice a day would be perfect for me.

I also find that it’s a bit cyclical … right now, I’m in the middle of screening for our next match, so I have APs on my mind all the time. That will likely happen again as new AP arrival date gets close.

But, as I’ve said before … I LOVE this blog. ;-)

PA AP mom May 7, 2010 at 1:12 pm

I guess my view is a bit skewed right now because I am on medical leave due to my recent stroke. I have a lot more time than I would usually have to read the blog and post comments. I love it!!

Calif Mom May 7, 2010 at 3:37 pm

I may be biased, but the comments are where a lot of the juice is, so please don’t limit them. Yes, we sometimes repeat each other, but I do try to restrain myself when i truly don’t have an original angle. Even the “hear hear!”s are useful, though, if you are the mom facing the issue that’s being chewed over. If you don’t like the comments, skip ’em. I give you permission to not feel guilty about it.

PA AP mom — So sorry to hear about your stroke! And so glad you have an AP to support you and your family during your recovery. (Ask CV to share my email with you if you’d like my perspective on lovenox. It hurts, but works!) best wishes, and Happy Mother’s Day!

Host Mommy Dearest May 7, 2010 at 3:48 pm

I am the opposite of mack – I like to read through all the comments. If I am too busy at work or home – which tends to be cyclical for me too, I just catch up later. I think 2-3 posts per week is enough if the topics are red hot (losts of participation) but if topics get stale quickly or spiral into other topics then maybe a new or separate post is needed sooner. Thanks CV for sharing so much of your free time with us!

English Au Pair...x May 7, 2010 at 5:36 pm

As many as you can do…!!! I love having a read whilst the kids are at school :)

Should be working May 7, 2010 at 7:36 pm

If you posted all day long, I would read each and every posts and hundreds of comments a day . . . but then again, this is why I call myself SHOULD BE WORKING! Good compromise for me is once a day.

Az. May 8, 2010 at 9:37 am

Agreed! :)

mommyof2 May 7, 2010 at 10:51 pm

I love this blog!! I read every night before turning in for the night and look forward to it. Thanks for all you do for us! The support we get here is fabulous!

Taking a computer lunch May 7, 2010 at 11:34 pm

I like the ebb and flow of the list as it is. There are some days when I really have to crank, and can’t sneak a peak at what’s happening (usually at the weekends when I have the kids – ha!). I like the dialogue and hopeful it’s as useful to everyone else to see how many sides we all come at the same issue. I like to see the different viewpoints that parents and APs have – reflecting on them will help me become a more thoughtful HM.

massaupairmom May 8, 2010 at 4:14 pm

I also love this blog! I voted 2-3 times per week because that gives me more time to think about each one, read through the comments, and possibly post before I move on to the next.

au pair now host mom 2morrow May 9, 2010 at 3:17 pm

I really love your blog! And every post here is ver very very interesting , I check your blog several times a day, so 4 me it could be great if you post too many comments as you can :)

·”Happy mothers day 4 all of you that makes the world possible.”

MinnyMom May 10, 2010 at 5:25 pm

I think the amount of posts are great and I like seeing all the repititive comments. It is a visual confirmation that reflects if there are a *lot* of other HFs who have the same view versus just seeing one response that perhaps is an isolated opinion. So I like the repitition and the number of posts. THANKS CV for even asking about what we want on your blog!

OB Mom May 10, 2010 at 6:35 pm

I mainly read during a lunch or “mental” break while at work, so prefer daily M-F. I never find time for this on the weekends. I do know that I do miss if you haven’t posted for a couple days, so 2-3/week would be too infrequent (I may lose it as a habit).
Thanks for all your work!

NoVA Host Mom May 11, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Hi there. I know it has been a while (just over 2 months, specifically), but I have had the baby (and should explain all that needs to be said over my absence). That said, I voted for 2 to 3 times a week, with an exception.

We have had some very good posts in the 2 months I have been busy, which I know from the e-mail updates. I have had only the time to check the email and see how good the post is and not enough to really devote to reading posts and replies before putting in my own 2-cents. As I try to catch up, reducing the frequency of posts will help greatly.

My exception: sometimes another HF needs a timely bit of advice or help and in those circumstances, I think an extra post is warranted.

I have missed you guys and look forward to reading all the back stuff (and putting in my sage advice even if it is not needed or requested). Happy Posting!

Should be working May 11, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Congratulations on the new baby, NoVa! I look forward to seeing more of your always-sage comments on here again.

Host Mommy Dearest May 11, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Congrats & welcome back!

TX Mom May 11, 2010 at 2:30 pm

I have often wanted a “like” button to show that I agree with a comment and don’t have anything original to add. I agree with others that I like to know when others agree with a comment to understand the distribution of thoughts. And it’s nice to get feedback that someone else understands your perspective.

Host Mommy Dearest May 11, 2010 at 4:34 pm

I like the like button idea :) Also, from a ‘blog maintainence’ perspective….. I didn’t find the blog until recently so every now and then I go to “Earlier Posts” to read what’s out there. The Earlier Posts page is functional but not very user friendly if you are using it frequently so I would love to see an update there if possible.

JJ host mom May 12, 2010 at 4:24 am

I think you should post as often as topics present themselves. I don’t have time to read all of the posts, and frankly, when things are running smoothly with my au pair, I don’t read as often, but it’s so nice to have this as a resource when I’m facing a difficult situation and I need advice, or when I’m getting ready to select a new au pair and need guidance. I visit past posts just as often as I read current posts. I like all the comments, even those that are repetitive, and get a lot out of them, although I agree that a like button might be useful. When I’m short on time I’d be more inclined to hit the like button than to take the time to write out a comment myself.

This is a great blog and I really appreciate you spending the time on it, CV.

Should be working May 12, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Call me negative nelly, but I am OPPOSED to the ‘like’ button (a la Facebook). It doesn’t allow for any nuance, any anecdotal experience, any of the shading that the comments have. Even most of the ‘me too’ comments have a tiny difference that can bring a point home, e.g. when the ‘me too’ commenter includes a detail that more accurately represents my own situation, so I can see how the whole discussion is applicable to me whereas I might not have otherwise.

That ‘like’ button on FB seems to me more a way for friends who already know each other to pat each other on the back. I like the anecdotal-informative thing on this blog, which serves a very different purpose.

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Should be working May 17, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Previous three comments look fishy, or shall we say ‘spammy’ to me, CV.

Let me add that I wish I could click on a commenter’s name and call up her/his previous posts (perhaps posters could ‘opt out’ of this if they don’t want to be tracked). Then I could remind myself of who had which problem, for instance, and see how things have developed.

This might be a bit of a job to organize, however. Write me if you want my ‘example’ of how this works well, I don’t want to mention the message board I’m thinking of because then I’ll look like a spammer!

NoVA Host Mom June 10, 2010 at 10:28 am

I like this idea. Especially since there is a “frequent posters” list now, I think if there was a way to look up some of the posts of the different posters, that would be great. Not very computer savvy myself, I have no idea how hard or complicated this might be to accomplish, so if it’s a mess to do, I understand totally.

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