Comics, blogs and update frequency

21May09

I read a few webcomics on a regular basis. Recently, I noticed that many of these webcomics provide a prominent notice about how often they’re updated, e.g. “New comics every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday”. However, you rarely see the same sort of update information on text-based blogs.

Perhaps this reflects differences in visitor behavior: comic readers may like to bookmark the page and return a few times a week, while blog readers may prefer RSS or email subscriptions instead of going to the website itself. Either way, it’s an interesting contrast, and makes me wonder if the comic guys are on to something. Maybe all online publications should provide more info about when they’re typically updated, and then see if that leads to more repeat visitors.



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