December 30, 2011

The WordPress postaday2011 Challenge


The WordPress postaday2011 Challenge

     2011 is over. During the year I accepted a challenge made by this blog’s host site, WordPress: to post once a day. Note: the challenge wasn’t to write once a day. It was to post once a day.

     I accomplished this goal by creating a sub-blog, Carolyn’s Daily Posts: 2011.

     WordPress emailed participants a list of questions about their blogging experience. Below are the questions and my answers:

Well, you made it to the end — congratulations! Now is the perfect time to reflect on your 2011 in blogging, and your goals for 2012.

Here are eleven questions to help you determine your blogging strategy for the new year: (which I will follow for my final post)

  • Why did you start the Post a Day/Week Challenge?

I began the challenge because I was already posting almost once a day on the four blogs I facilitate (listed at the end of this post), and I believed (and still do) that a post a day is not impossible.

  • Describe the state of your blog at the time you started the challenge.

Actually, I began a special blog for the Post a Day challenge, expecting to draw from all the other blogs I facilitate. I posted once a week on my personal writing blog, twice a week on the Beanery Online Literary Magazine, occasionally on my novel-oriented blog, and occasionally on my Ellsworth American Newspaper (Maine) blog.

  • How did your blog evolve over the course of the challenge?

It continued to be of the magazine style of my writing blog—that is, not devoted to a specific subject but to a magazine style where anything and everything could be posted. I agree with the adage that if I am interested in a subject, others will be too. This flies in the face of advice I’ve read where a blog should be limited to only one topic. Also, I did end up doing a lot of original-topic posts, more than I had hoped to do.

  • Did you post as often as you had hoped? Why or why not?

Yes and no. I found I had to depend on pre- and post-posting at times. When my life was going well, I posted as one should. However, I experienced a seven week illness, traveled to Chicago, Cleveland, Northern New York, took numerous overnight trips and experienced several day trips. These were times when I had to pre-post or post after the fact. However, I managed to have at least one post a day, and sometimes two posts.

  • What type of blogging strategy works best for you?

One blogging strategy that is serves me well is to pre-post—and if I had excess posts written, I pre-posted them for December 31, 2011. That way I could change the dates when an emergency arose and I couldn’t be at the computer to post (for example, hubby claiming the computer, traveling, illness).

  • If you could go back to the beginning, what would you do differently?

I’m not certain there would be much I would do differently

  • What are you most proud of accomplishing this year?

Helping to integrate a newly discovered sibling into our crazy, mixed-up, dysfunctional family. It has nothing to do with blogging, and everything to do with blogging (in that it provided an awful lot of post material).

  • Name 3 great blogs you discovered through the challenge.

I honestly didn’t have the time to research other blogs. I’m attempting to write an in-depth-researched historical novel, and I devoted much time to that project—although much less time than I had hoped to due to my answer in question number 7.

  • What surprised you about the challenge?

It did take more time than I thought it would. And the blog received minimal attention—that is, not many persons showed an interest in it.

  • What advice would you give to others who want to blog regularly?

Keep at it, don’t feel you must post every day (but try to keep a schedule).Don’t be discouraged if few people visit your blog. If you have a quality presentation—that is, neat, well-written posts people will gradually come. Good writing is a must.

  • What are your blogging goals for 2012?

Whoops—my main goal will be to complete my novel and two short stories. Blogging must be integrated with those two projects. . I’m considering doing a daily photo posting, but am not certain how much that will distract me from my novel writing. Also, I have a Flickr account I can post on, so considering this project could be redundant. Perhaps I should drop the Post a Day until 2013 in order to put all my efforts into the novel and short stories.


ADDITIONAL READING: to review postaday2011 writings to read posts related to my historical novel-in-progress to read the Beanery Online Literary Magazine, supported by the Beanery Writers Group in Latrobe, Pennsylvania  to read this blog, my personal writing site. Check the CATEGORY list in the right hand column to read stories in your personal interest area. SUBSCRIBE (upper right hand column) to receive e-mail notification of posts as they are posted.



  1. Dear Carolyn,


    That word is not to easily earned or honestly levied.

    Although you may not have known it and I might not have necessarily agreed with all of your points of view, I have been a subscriber for the last 365 days, following the progress of the challenge. Without trying to sound too stalker-like, I actually have all of your blogs filed.

    One of the answers you have given to the WordPress Challenge is that you sometimes chose pre-posting. As journalists, we are all expected to be objective. Can this actually happen? We are human and, in my opinion, it is not within our condition to be that at all. We can hope or anticipate how we will feel regarding the outcome of situations, but neither are predictable. So, in turn, are you being true to your readers to pre-blog when, again, in my subjective opinion, our human condition allots for only subjectivity?

    In your opinion, it seems you are.

    In my opinion, you have.

    So, (and I stress), in my non-objective opinion, you’ve earned…


    Your silent admirer,

    Tara O’Leary

    Comment by Tara O'Leary — December 31, 2011 @ 7:47 am | Reply

  2. On a side note, may I express, which is obviously now in my subjectivity, that the Ellsworth American, be it only a once weekly publication, still seems to serve mostly as an Hancock County tab-rag which requires monkey arms to read and that, even though there is PLENTY of paper source in the state, that it could be better sent via internet?

    I would bet money that in each town, village, hamlet or shire there are three of it’s thirteen residents who subscribe to dial-up service; one each side of six battling neighbor groups (all somehow related) and a third for the ignored (to their face) non-native.

    Having been personally victimized, no one seems to care that, in each of the aforementioned locations, the tattler doesn’t usually ask for one’s permission to expose one’s dirty laundry.

    Does anyone wonder if Gouldsboro resident, formerly of Otis, Hattie Merchant’s extended outtah-statah family came to visit the first week in October to admire the foliage, but, because of the unseasonably warm temperatures following Hurricane Irene, the leaves were only 25% turned, so, Merchant’s second cousin, Harvey Beal, chose to heavily imbibe around a campfire with lobsters on the boil, but, In his heavily inebriate state, Mr. Beal forgot about his wicked shellfish allergy and had to be rushed to EMMC for anaphylactic shock and was succcessfully treated with a dose of epinephrine, but not before he puked on his father’s new shoes wanted everyone to know she had a cousin who couldn’t eat shellfish?

    I think not. At least I would not if I was she.

    Lay it to physical rest so one or two twisted locals cannot clip out every story and categorize them by individual, only to use it all as evidence as to one’s questionable ethics and morals on some later date?

    Pennsylvania and current resident of Western PA, former ten year resident of Downeast, but still desiring to go back,

    Tara O’L

    Comment by Tara O'Leary — December 31, 2011 @ 8:57 am | Reply

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