Why Working Weekends Can be a Great Competitive Advantage for Publishers

Many businesses are still stuck around the concept of working on weekdays while working little on weekends. I actually like working weekends and then try to take some time off during the work week. Why?

  • Many companies time news that they do not want discussed. For instance, at 1:02AM this morning the WSJ published an article titled Two More Banks Fail. During the weekday it is hard to beat others to the scoop, but it is much easier to do on weekends.
  • In the constant blur of noise it is easy to get distracted on weekdays. But on weekends it is much easier to be productive because not as much is going on.
  • If I go to the park today I pay $3 for parking and there will be lots of people out and about. On weekdays parking is free, fewer people are using the same resources, and there is less traffic.
Published: July 26, 2008 by Aaron Wall in business


July 26, 2008 - 11:25pm

If you can work weekends and take your breaks at unconventional times, enjoy it while you can. Parenthood tends to impose a certain rhythm to the working week (and year) that's a definite financial disadvantage. We earn less, spend more, and have less freedom to take holidays during the cheap termtime period.

July 27, 2008 - 6:23am

I am sure that in a year or two I would probably be writing a different post. ;)

July 27, 2008 - 5:58am

I will work on weekends occasionally - but I try not to make it a habit.

What I have done is scheduled two (almost) untouchable evenings during the week for my family and a date with my wife. Mondays for the whole family and Thursdays for my wife. This let's us take advantage of the 'free parking' and fewer people - these two items seem to make these evenings much more enjoyable than the ordinary Friday or Saturday excursions.

My weekends are reserved for family, yard work, fishing, avoiding crowds...etc.

July 27, 2008 - 10:47am

weekends are also good to spend my time improving my skills, as posted on my blog. (sorry shameless post)

Peter Wyspianski
July 27, 2008 - 10:59am

Great point regarding publishers. Wonder how many links will point to this story tomorrow morning :)

July 27, 2008 - 11:10am

I try not to work, the residual income of a couple of large sites makes life easy.

Interesting thing about google.com, we have this site with 6.5 million pages, we are hoping that bot will index the whole site.

I am a traveler, I am often in Asia, here in Philippines it is exactly 12 hours difference. Every Saturday in the USA at 12 Midnight, it apears for about 4-6 hours there is the calculations by google.com done to index page, or to give rank.

Now, this is probably not news to everyone who only reads SEO 24/7, but then again I do not try to work. But as I am available on weekends, I alway play around.


Andy in Manila, Philippines

August 19, 2008 - 10:55pm

I still tend to do quite a bit at weekend. Like you Aaron, I like to take time off in the week when everyone else is at work.

My lazy Sunday can happen any day I like when the sun is out (not often here in England!)

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