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.
www.carolyncholland2011.wordpress.com to review postaday2011 writings
www.intertwinedlove.wordpress.com to read posts related to my historical novel-in-progress
www.beanerywriters.wordpress.com to read the Beanery Online Literary Magazine, supported by the Beanery Writers Group in Latrobe, Pennsylvania
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