– They take a lot of time and effort to write.
+ They’re heavy traffic post because more people are likely to link to or feature this style of post.
– A lot of the traffic will be people who just want free patterns or tutorials. It’s unlikely those people will ever become regular readers, but you’ll still have to deal with their comments and requests for help.
+ Because they’re frequently linked to and tend to feature SEO titles, a potential reader is more likely to find them in a search engine.
– They’re boring posts to read if the reader isn’t interested in making the project.
+ They’re a nice way to give back to your readers if they are interested in making the project.
– Patterns and tutorials tend to be impersonal so they don’t make a reader feel connected to you, the writer. You need other types of content to do that.
+ Most patterns and tutorial posts can stand alone so they’re approachable for new readers. A pattern can draw them in and your other content will keep them around.
In my opinion, patterns and tutorials are great once in awhile, but they don’t make for the best regular content. What do you think? Do you like reading patterns and tutorial posts? If you’ve published ones on your blog before, do you find that they were worth the work?