Daily Blogging & PostADay2011 Challenge – A Lot Harder Than It Looks!
Before I started the WordPress PostADay2011 Challenge I always told myself the reason I wasn’t a daily blogger is because I don’t have the time, or I don’t want to force it, or I only want to post when I am inspired. I am going to be totally honest here…that was partially real and partially me giving myself rationalizations and excuses for why I am not posting on this blog more often. I only want to be truthful here in this space so I will endeavor to never spew BS – I am not afraid to call myself on it and I encourage you, the reader, to call me on it when you see me doing it.
So, as the title of this post indicates I have come to realize as I have continued in this challenge that it is hard to produce content every day that I am (and will be) proud of in the future every 24 hours. I started this challenge with this post on January 4th and thus far I think I have kept true to my word posting at least one piece of quality content every day (no, I do not consider my Oatmeal post one of those…though it is funny). The only day I think I failed to do that was with this post here and it was called #LoserKaraoke & Snow.
As such I realize that I need to do a few things to encourage this to be an easier challenge to complete.
- Get on a specific schedule of when I am going to write these blog posts.
- Try new ways of blogging to keep this whole thing interesting in more ways than just raw content generated. The form must be kept interesting as well in my opinion.
- Deny myself once per week or so the ability to post a topic I suddenly get inspired about and would like to blog about. Once I get onto a specific schedule I will increase that number. The reason for this is so I can build a stockpile of content for when I know I will not have time to really devote to blogging or will be without interwebs or whatever. If the stockpile gets too big I can always just give myself a “blogging vacation”.
In regard to #2 up there: I am at some point soon going to try the whole “Post By Voice” thing as outlined here by WordPress Support. It entails “calling your blog” on the phone and leaving I guess what amounts to a voicemail which becomes a blog post. I have no idea how exactly it all works so it will be a test for me as much as for you folks out there.
Further, if you have any other ideas how I can keep this interesting let me know! Maybe I will do a Video Blog Post at some point. Someone on Twitter suggested I do a drunk post at some point…maybe that will be my Birthday Blog Post (you’ll have to wait til June for that).
I have a newfound appreciation for all life bloggers I have followed and do follow. I have a newfound appreciation for blogging in general through this whole experience thus far.