If you don’t write for a few days, you are unfaithful to the readers who come to visit. Missing an update is a small thing – rudeness, not betrayal – and readers will excuse the occasional lapse.The article was written in 2002, a long time ago in terms of the Internet. It is a good article and still has lots of good advice, but I wonder how RSS changes things.
If you are inconsistent, readers will conclude you are untrustworthy. If you are absent, readers will conclude you are gone. It’s better to keep religiously to a once-a-week, or once-a-fortnight schedule, than to go dark mysteriously.
Few people actually go to my blog. (Heck, not that many read it anyway!) If they log into Bloglines or whatever aggregator they use and there is a post to my blog, they might read it. If there is no post, it doesn't even enter on their radar. At least that's how I am with my Bloglines account. I notice that there are some people who haven't posted in months, but I keep them on the list. When someone who usually posts regularly doesn't post for awhile, I notice it, but that is about it.
So I ask you, does RSS change the rules about how often we should post?