The blogging challenge

Not long ago, a colleague at Automattic threw down the gauntlet with a month long blogging challenge.  The goal?  As sort of implied in the link, is to post something everyday for a month.

On the surface, this seems like a pretty simple and achievable goal.  After a few days, it became evident that it wasn’t as easy as it sounded.  Call it writers block, or a lack of excitement in my personal life, but as the days continued on it was difficult to find things to talk about.

Switch to photoblogging.  Is that cheating?  I kind of felt like it was since in my mind publishing text is synonymous with blogging.  But per the parameters of the challenge, this is okay.  My saving grace. 🙂

I love to write, but also like to take my time to flesh out a thought and articulate it to my own personal standards. Those are pretty high, which might explain why my draft to published article ratio is on completely opposite ends of the scale.  Pretty sure that’s even mentioned on my Automattic Bio page.

So, bottom line?  I enjoy writing a lot, but I’m not likely to be publishing articles at the NY Times anytime soon (not that I’m looking) – deadlines and I do not get along. At all. 🙂

To everyone who participated in this challenge, good on you!  If you finished successfully, then great! Keep up the great work.  I have a new found respect for those who blog regularly, daily and more than just once daily.

For me, I plan on writing more, but at a pace where I feel really comfortable with what is being published.  Perhaps by doing that I can increase both.

Cheers!

3 thoughts on “The blogging challenge

  1. I found myself enjoying photoblogging more than I thought I would; I don’t think of myself as a photographer.

    I did discover this, though, because I “cheated” as well. My photoblogs, generally, were quick outs when I wasn’t sure what else to say.

    • I’m with you, certainly don’t consider myself a photographer. But I’m happy that I was able to dig through my Smugmug archives and share some of the photos I took that have never seen the light of day.

  2. I did a lot more photoblogging, too. The downside for me was that I often put a photo out there without any commentary (because I was tired or short on time), and I think some of the photos may have been more interesting with context. The upside was that I actually blogged every single day — those photo slack days helped me keep up my momentum and share a little something every day.

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