Pondering Time Zones

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image from faradayschools.com

No stranger to discussions on the fluidity of perception, I’m often pondering the different ways of interpreting events, places, and people. I include myself in the mix. Who I am is entirely based on a host of perspectives, mine and others. It changes minute by minute influenced by a stirred up stew of subtle and not so subtle emotions.

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image from popsci.com

Even the date of my birth is subject to interpretation depending where I and you live in relation to the International Date Line. Time is real, I suppose, but it’s also invented. When my brother used to fly back from Guam, he would arrive in Seattle an hour before he left Guam. Weird, huh?

When I started blogging, I became more aware of the play of time zones. I’m closer to the time-flip than quite a few readers so while I’m posting over a coffee and buttered bagel, some of you are slipping into your pajamas after a long day. If I post in the afternoon, you’re snoozing or rushing off to work.

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image from pixshark.com

WordPress occasionally confuses me. My stats show views on Tuesday and here it’s still Monday. My posts are time traveling into the future!

 

Then it only gets more complicated…

According to Kiss Metrics timing is everything and knowing when to post is mandatory for any successful blogger.

  • The highest percentage of users read blogs in the morning. Therefore, I should post occasionally at night?
  • A higher percentage of men read blogs in the evening and at night. Oh, so perhaps I should post in the morning…
  • The average blog gets the most traffic on Monday.  So, now and then I should post on Sunday which is Monday in half the world.
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image from beforeitsnews.com

To be fair, these recommendations are based on Eastern Standard Time, so it shouldn’t be all that muddling to me. Yet I care about my readers across the oceans and continents, and I think about them and where they are in their “times,” so near and yet thousands of miles away.

To finish off the stats here are the rest (based on EST):

  • The average blog gets the most traffic around 11am.
  • The average blog gets the most comments on Saturday.
  • The average blog gets the most inbound links on Monday and Thursday.
  • The average blog gets the most inbound links at 7am.

According to that round up, the best time for me to post is just before 4 AM on Saturday morning. Not gonna happen.

I’d love to hear about your slice of agreed upon time. It’s 4 AM out here when it’s 7 AM in New York (EST). What day and time is it for you?

 

65 thoughts on “Pondering Time Zones

  1. ruthgjuliano says:

    Very interesting. I’m in Australia, so we’re ahead in time. Nine eleven happened for us on 12 September. (We do our dates around the other way too.) Time is, and always will be, an abstract concept. Nobody really knows what time or date it is, but if we live in the moment and we make the most of our lives “when” it happened isn’t as important as “what” happened.

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    • Ruth, you are absolutely right that the “what” is most important. Time is abstract and I think it also changes speed (which we have some control over). But that’s for another post! Thanks for visiting.

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  2. Janice Wald says:

    Hi!
    Look at all these comments! What an engaged community you have; you must be so proud.
    In answer to your question: I’m in California. Are you?
    I agree the whole time to post thing is confusing.
    You should use Hootsuite so you don’t have to get up at 4:00 am.
    I wanted to thank you so much for following my blog on Tuesday. Welcome!
    Janice

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  3. On my Insights page I see this:
    Most popular day Monday
    Most popular hour 9:00 PM
    The other day it said Wednesday.
    I have this same time/day issue when sending out a newsletter. I’ve read Tuesday through Thursday are the best days. It doesn’t look that way for blogs. I post randomly, but after reading your stats info, I might rethink this. By the way, I’m on New York time.

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    • Hi Mary, I noticed recently that my Insights info changes. My most popular day is whatever day I post, regardless of what day of the week it is. That makes sense, right? So I give up. I’m going to float through the time zones and not worry about it. Thanks for commenting!

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  4. Randstein says:

    I enjoyed this and it does track with the stats on my minute blog. I can remember when all my communications had to be given in Greenwich mean time so all the global points responding to the dispatches could become a part of my illusion at the precise correct time relative to their position on the 24 hour clock. You can imagine the dismay when my leisure noon mission became a 0400 morning for others. Now at least, everyone can choose when they want to engage here on WordPress.

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  5. Thanks for sharing that – it’s very interesting stats. I schedule my posts way ahead of time (or I’d never be able to post every two days as I strive to). That allows me to specify the time, too/

    I post them at 8 am GMT+2, which means it’s still the dark of the night over there. I’ve noticed a morning wave, as my European friends respond, then around noon, as people wake up in the States, a second wave that carries on well into the night (local time).

    I’ve considered paying around with this, to make sure more of my American friends find my posts, but then I’m scared of losing my European ones… Sigh… 🙂

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  6. Rosanna says:

    Diana, I appreciate the statistics you provided in this post. I am blogging daily this year – it never occurred to me that there are common blog reading habits and that the stats exist.

    When it’s 7 am in New York, it’s 7 pm here in the Philippines. I’ve checked my stats and the map shows my readers are mostly from the US, Canada and Europe. Only a couple or so readers from my country.
    Anyway, with a full time job and a schedule that varies from week to week, I blog according to availability of time. Some weeks I schedule blog posts; some weeks I blog daily.

    This post got me thinking though if change is necessary

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    • Hi Rosanna. If you read through the comments, you’ll see that most people post randomly, whenever they get the chance or complete a post. Personally, I don’t worry about timing. It was just fun to contemplate. If WP comes up with the stats feature that Dawn talked about, that might be helpful.

      I think you are one of those people that is commenting from my future. Here it’s still the 19th, and your comment is posted tomorrow!

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  7. Ana says:

    Eh, that explains why I don’t get many hits in my blog. At least part of the reason!

    I live in Portugal, GMT timezone. It is almost 1pm here now on tuesday Mat 19th.

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  8. Interesting stats in your post. I’ve always found that Saturday is the worse day for publishing a post. In fact I’ve also noticed that it’s the day when I see far more posts getting published form the blogs I follow.

    I’m in the UK and tend to publish posts in the afternoon although, like a Saturday, anything published after 5pm on a Friday afternoon seems to also go unnoticed.

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    • I also notice far fewer posts on the weekends. So much for stats, huh? I think the UK is about 9 hours ahead of me. Most of the bloggers I follow are ahead of me…in more ways than one. Have a wonderful evening.

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      • Of course it also all comes down to where most of your followers live in the world. For example, many of mine live in your part of the World, so I get a lot of traffic in the middle of the night. However, I also get a lot in the morning when in Australia it is evening time.

        It’s 15:37 here now, so not quite evening yet. We are five hours ahead of New York.

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        • You are so right that it almost doesn’t matter when we post. Almost everyone is ahead of me – how much ahead varies quite a bit. We are 8 hours apart. In Sydney it’s already tomorrow, and I’m just having my coffee today.

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          • I always wanted to see in the New Year and then travel back in time and see in the New Year again by crossing the International Date Line. Even better, doing that on my birthday. Would that make me two years older that year and would I get twice as many gifts?

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  9. That time zone stuff…hurts my head. I write and post in the early a.m. hours, EST. Once in a while, I post in the afternoon, it seems there is a different audience. I doubt that I will change my pattern, just sayin’. ☺ Van

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  10. Well Diana, unless someone has on one.of those lovely big watches with the different time zones on, they have to do the math. I found an app for my laptop that shows times for four diferent places in the world. I put in EST for my son, CST for my daughter, our time here in Pune, India, and UTC for the Universal Time Converter which shows a stanard time for the world. I think that’s like Greenwich Mean Time. The app can also be found at http://www.worldtimebuddy.com or https://www.worldtimebuddy.com We’re about 10 1`/2 hours ahead of EST in the U.S. 🙂

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    • Oh my, Suzanne. You have to keep a lot straight! I have trouble coordinating phone calls with family only 3 hours different. Because I’m 3 hours behind EST we are about 13-1/2 hours apart. (I didn’t know there were 1/2 hour increments). Good evening to you.

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  11. .I post my blog piece as soon as a write it, and that can vary as to time of day here in the Middle East…sometimes I do it early in my day, sometimes much later… however, as my posts are on WordPress, I have them linked to Twitter, Facebook, Pocket, Tumblr, Google+, LinkedIn, but I also ReTweet timing 12 hours after the post timing, so it captures Twitter twice, but on a 12 hour gap …hope that helps 🙂

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    • Thanks Seumas. I also post when I post, but I’m not quite as linked up to other sites. I knew you had worked for a time in the Middle East from your bio (or from something you posted) but didn’t realize you are there now – on the other side of this small world:) Have a great day…um, evening.

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  12. It is 7:51 pm on May 18 here. I am not sure I could stick with all the planning involved in when to post. But I think you can write a post and schedule it to be published at a particular time. Has anybody tried it? Maybe that is the way to do it!

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    • So you are 3 hours earlier than me.
      I haven’t figured out how to pre-schedule a post. I’m still pretty clueless about the technical stuff. And my brain is already full:)

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      • Dawn D says:

        There are two things I think you need to do, based on what I read in this post and comments.
        The first one is go to your site, click on WP admin (leads you to your dashboard). There, go to ‘settings’ (bottom left of the page), hover and click on ‘general’. This will take you to a page where you can set your clock right (the reason why, even though you’re saying Jane is only 3 hours ahead of you even though it shows 4 hours when you look at the time posted by her comment, or why you occasionally see stats showing you it’s Tuesday when it’s still Monday at yours (probably between 11pm and 12am, am I right?). So, once you’re on that page, make sure to change the time to match the actual time in your timezone. Based on what I see on my page and what I know of where you are, I think UTC-7 would be yours, but I may be mistaken.

        Now, if you want to schedule a post, it’s easy. On the ‘new post’ page, on the left hand side, just underneath your blog’s name, there is a column with “change status” header. It is set on ‘publish immediately’ by default. If you want to schedule your post, just check the corresponding bax, enter the time (local time) when you wish to post and press the blue button at the bottom when you’re ready to publish. Notice it doesn’t read ‘publish’ any more, but ‘schedule’…

        Hope this helps!

        As for me… Most of my readers are in the States, spread over 4 timezones, almost half a day away from me, so I don’t pay attention to the times I post. I figure: if they want to read me, my post will be in their reader. I must say that I don’t really live for my stats though, so that must help me remain quite zen and caring very little about when is the best time to post.

        This said, WP just introduced a new page in their stats today. It’s called insights and tells you when most people read, and when you most post.
        It might help you decide when to schedule your posts for 😉

        Good luck figuring it out!

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        • Thank you, Dawn. I’ll take a look at my clock. Though I sort of like the idea that my posts fly into the future – I’m a fantasy writer after all! I wonder if I can make it even more dramatic? Ha ha. Thanks for the tutorial too. I’m always learning new things about this stuff – and always from other bloggers. Where are you blogging from?

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  13. I have often had the same thoughts as you on this subject. I figure this is just a losing battle, because we’re never going to be able to reach everyone at the average peak times. The key is to post frequently, but not so much that your followers will feel bombarded with too many things to read. For me, I find that posting once a day or every other day brings steady traffic, but definitely not the amount that some people have. I have been thinking of posting more photos or quotes, because I don’t think people get overwhelmed with those types of posts. I am in Wisconsin, 2 hours ahead of you. 🙂

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