Post a Day, Post a Week?

WordPress is starting a post a day/post a week challenge for 2011. I want to do this, I really do. It will be fun. I doubt my ability to write anything worth posting on a regular basis, but maybe that is only part of the reason for jumping in. Some of this will be about developing regularity and commitment, discipline and perseverance. What can you lose?

Here is the sample post and challenge from WordPress:

Title: I’m Posting every day in 2011!

I’ve decided I want to blog more. Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now.  I will be posting on this blog once a day / once a week for all of 2011.

I know it won’t be easy, but it might be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful. Therefore I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similiar goals, to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can.

If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way.

Signed,

<Your Name Here>

Sound like fun? Are you up for it? What is holding you back?

For me there is some fear associated with this. What will I write about? Who will read it? Will it stink out loud? Likely some of it will, but at the end of 2011 we will all look back with a sense of accomplishment. We’ll see growth and development in our skills. We’ll have a new community of readers and writers.

Will I make a post a day, or even a week? Likely not. There are already some weeks ahead that are tightly scheduled and won’t allow the luxury of an unintimidated keyboard. But somewhere between 52 posts (if you post once a week) and 365 posts (if you post once a day) is what I’ll shoot for. That leaves some wiggle room. That is something I can do!

From where I sit, the positives outweigh the negatives.

So, as morning light gains a foothold over the snow draped mountains, I’ll look forward to the coming year of posts. What’s the worst that will happen? I won’t make a post a day, maybe not even a post a week, but I’ll end the year having written more than the year before, and that will have made it all worthwhile.

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2 thoughts on “Post a Day, Post a Week?

  1. Hi!

    I’ve just been on the tags page, clicked on musings, found your blog and… was so relieved to see that there’s someone who feels the same way!

    First I didn’t know if I should take this challenge, mainly because of the same questions you asked yourself above and the problems I have with the English grammar (I’m from Switzerland) that helped me lose my motivation like about a thousand times.

    But as you say it: At the end of 2011 we all will have this (great) feeling of satisfaction of having posted so many posts.

    And it’s great to know that you’re not the only one out there doing this and so I want to thank you: I’m feeling bette know after reading your post and knowing that I’m really not alone with this. And I think in the end it doesn’t matter that much whether you wrote about meaningful topics or not, whether many people will read it or not.

    So thanks again!

    Stella

    • Hi, Stella,
      Your English is excellent–better than a lot of native speakers of any language. You are right, I think, that reading and writing will help improve grammar. Tenses are tough, but gaining the lyric quality that comes with their use will help. Your use of idioms is good enough that your blog reads like an American English speaker.

      I agree, too, that the motivation needs to come from something other than wanting more readers, or the meaningfulness of the topic, at least at this stage. I do think those will come, and look forward to this year to hone skills and improve in every way.

      Hearing from you has made this easier already!

      Thanks, Stella.

      Kris

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