This idea came from the NaNoWriMo initiative whereby people are encouraged to write the majority of a book during the month of November. 50,000 words which makes it 1667 words a day. People can sign up to NaNoWriMo to register their word counts each day and get support from each other. The emphasis is on quantity, the advice being that the quality will come with the editing during later months. It is particularly designed for those who are nervous of starting a book, procrastinating, wanting it to be perfect from the first word and this encourages them to grasp the mettle and just write.
Apparently the Post a Day challenge started back in January but bloggers can join at any time. The Daily Post at wordpress offers tips for blog topics and offers advice on how to write a blog post. I have to admit that I wasn’t overly impressed by their tips for inspiration and topics but I like the idea of giving yourself a goal of a post each week or even each day. In preparation for NaNoWriMo, they are encouraging writers to write a post a day. You can sign up for the post a day or a post a week and see what others are doing, join in a community and learn from others.
Writing a post a day is certainly a challenge for even the most avid of bloggers. It is one thing to come up with ideas for blog posts which can be difficult at times and it is quite another to find the time to sit down and write interesting blog posts. However, it is worth remembering that not all blog posts need lots of content. I find that writing a blog post can take anything between 15 and 90 minutes, depending on the length, the number of links I include, the research I need to do and the number of images I include.
I am going to partake in this challenge, not on this blog but on one that I started last month. Called Wallpaper Review, it is about wallpapers. It is the type of blog that will vary its posts from advisory posts on wallpapers to posts that might have a single image with just a couple of lines of text. I’ll let you know at the end of October how I got on and how traffic to this blog improved during the month.
As stated on the NaNoWriMo website, would you prefer to write an imperfect-but-complete novel or no novel at all? The same goes for blogging – would you prefer to grasp the nettle and start a blog or have no blog at all? We offer blog coaching at Write on Track so if you are nervous about starting and would like some coaching to ensure you are ‘on the right track’, do get in contact.