10 Things I Learned from Publishing Every Day for 30 Days

If you’ve been following along, you know that during November I published a blog post here every day. Monday, Tuesday… every day including the weekends.

That was a big change from my publishing schedule before. I published more in November than I did during the previous 9 months.

There were a couple of reasons why I decided to step up the frequency here. First, I thought it would be a fun experiment. Lately I’ve been living under the “life is an experiment” philosophy, and I’m learning a lot of cool things just by trying new stuff. This was no exception.

I also decided to publish every day for 30 days because I wanted to establish a new posting schedule here, and I thought this would be a great jump-start to get me in the habit.

Here’s what I learned from this experiment:

1) It isn’t as hard as I thought it would be to publish every day. At first I was worried that I’d be scrambling at 11:50 pm each night to get something out. Instead, I ended up doing most of my posts first thing in the morning.

2) Writing first thing in the morning is a great habit to get into. I found that I love writing in the morning, before my head is filled with to-do lists and emails that need to be responded to. It’s a very relaxing and introspective way to start the day.

3) You don’t have to write a lengthy tome to create something worthwhile. Sometimes smaller, more thoughtful posts are just what people want.

4) When you publish more frequently (and on a rigid schedule), it takes the pressure off of each post. Instead of worrying about creating something massive and epic each time, there’s always tomorrow if today’s post isn’t a huge hit.

5) At the same time, I was aware that it’s difficult to crank out really great posts every time at such a high frequency. I think the overall quality suffered a bit in my case, for the sake of the experiment. Not everyone can be Seth Godin, at least not without his experience as a writer.

6) By publishing more frequently, I found myself writing more for me, instead of writing for what other people think. I’m not sure why this is, but I ended up caring more about the work than the response it solicited.

7) I learned to create videos with much better quality. During this month, I decided it would also be fun to publish videos along with the written content (see the four most recent on YouTube, all published this month). I studied several resources on how to create quality online video and put what I learned to the test. People have noticed the quality, and I’m feeling much more comfortable behind the camera.

8 ) Traffic definitely increased during the month. The blog was visited by nearly twice as many people during November as it was during October, when I published just 3 posts.

9) Net subscriber growth (RSS and email) was fairly flat. I gained only slightly more subscribers than I lost, as old subscribers must have been a little shocked of the increase in frequency (and because email subscribers get every post delivered to their inbox). Total subscribers started growing again after a few weeks and the unsubscribe rate has leveled off. This isn’t all that surprising considering I previously wrote only about 3 times per month.

10) I discovered a new “rallying cry” for this site in one of the posts I wrote this month. Our new theme here is rewriting the rules we live by. That post has become my new about page and tagline.

All in all, I’m feeling much more connected to the craft of writing because of this experiment. I’ve also met and connected with lots of new and old readers during the last month.

Would I recommend this little test to other bloggers?

Yes, absolutely for personal growth and to better ground yourself as a writer. If your blog is feeling a little stagnant, this could be a great way to turn over a new page, so to speak.

Just realize that some of your existing subscribers won’t appreciate the extra volume. Perhaps give them fair warning and an option to get weekly notifications instead of daily. Or, just ask people to re-subscribe later.

What’s next for this site?

Something I really enjoyed about the past month was the rigid schedule. I knew that I had to post every day, and it wasn’t really a problem to meet that goal because I set aside the time. Without a set posting schedule, it’s much easier to push things off until the next day, or even the next week.

For the next month, I’m going to publish 3 times per week, on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. I plan to do about one video per week in that mix as well.

If you would like to follow along with me over the next month and beyond, we’ll be talking about doing passion-based meaningful work, living a fun and adventurous life, and becoming the best version of yourself possible.

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Now, what about you? For the writers out there, have you tried writing something every day for a month or more? What did you learn from it? If you haven’t tried this experiment, are you considering it now?

If you’re not a blogger or writer, have you tried doing something else new every day for a month or more?

I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

Thanks for following along with my little experiment over the past month. It’s great to have readers, and I appreciate each of you.

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  • http://www.ramblingsofawahm.com Allie | Ramblings of a WAHM

    Corbett,

    I have been busy reading over at Think Traffic and Expert Enough that I rarely come here. Sorry. But I saw this post on Twitter just now and thought I would check out your “other” blog. Sure glad I did!

    Writing everyday is quite the challenge. I don’t know if I could accomplish that. I think my record in 5 posts in one week then it went back down to 2-3.

    But what really impressed me is that you did it as a learning experience. I write on an article site. I took a slight hiatus from my blog to pump out some articles over there, work the SEO and social media on my articles and found that I can do it and well! After I realized that, I kicked myself for not trying that experiment on my own blog. I guess I didn’t want my readers to see my experiment and get accustomed me writing that often.

    I never thought of it but writing more often you do start writing for yourself and that brings out the passion. Readers love that and can sense it, can’t they?

    And writing more often does take the pressure off, I never thought of that. When I don’t write for over a week I find myself scrambling for ideas. It’s almost like I forget what and how to write.

    Thanks for helping me see what needs to be done.

    ~Allie

    • Corbett

      Always glad to help Allie ;) Go get ‘em! Let us know how it goes for you. I’m thinking I will keep writing more often, just not always for immediate publication.

  • http://www.vicmagary.com Vic Magary

    I just finished day 18 of a 40 day daily writing experiment. I wanted to do a “40 Things I’ve Learned In 40 Years” post for my 40th birthday, but it was getting so long that I decided to break it into 40 daily posts.

    Like you I enjoy the rigid posting schedule and I feel that quality is down a bit with the frequent posting. But overall I think it is a worthy experiment.

    • http://www.briangerald.com Brian Gerald Murphy

      That sounds like a really cool series (and a natural fit for a daily post series too)

    • Corbett

      Hey Vic, congrats on sticking with it. I can’t wait to hear what you learned overall after the experiment (and what you decide to run with for a posting schedule going forward).

  • http://www.ricardobueno.com Ricardo Bueno

    Some days, it’s harder to write than others. The words come out easier (or not). For me, it’s all about forming that creative habit. Meaning, gaining an understanding of when you’re most productive/creative. For me, that’s either very early in the morning of very late at night.

  • http://barroncuadro.com Barron

    It’s been a month already? amazing. I really enjoyed many of the posts (and video posts) you put up. For some reason, they were what I needed to hear / read at the right moment.

  • http://ensojourney.com/ Alejandro Reyes

    Excellent results Corbett! thanks for sharing them with us.

    I truly agree about having a posting schedule, it takes the pain off. at least for me, because I like to be at least one post ahead on the schedule. This gives me a lot of room for changing my mind or focusing on other projects.

    Also writing first thing in the morning is something I fully endorse. Writing with a clear mind is one of the best things that we can do for our writing.

    I may get into this challenge after i publish my new ebook. It would be a great way to drive more traffic to the site.

    Again huge thanks for sharing your insights. And keep up the great work you are doing.

  • http://backdrum.biz Mac

    Seems like frequency definitely contributes to more traffic for sure, but how would one manage to maintain the ‘epic shit’ part?

    Were you stock piling epic ideas for the particular month? (Maybe not in content, but in terms of worthwhile ideas)

    I’ve recently made a change where I told my audience I’ll be posting less frequently for the sake of quality because I found myself going ‘Good enough’ and posting where deep down, I knew it could be better.

    How do you balance that part when you try to post frequently?

    Thanks! :)

    • Corbett

      Hey Mac, here’s what I’ve learned about writing epic stuff: it requires a lot of experimentation. You can’t expect everything to be epic, and if you don’t try lots of different things, you may never write anything really outstanding. An experiment like this helps me test things out and come up with new ideas for epic content.

      I wasn’t stockpiling ideas too much. I had a small list that I would work from if I wasn’t inspired by anything else at the moment, but most days I had something on my mind already that I wanted to cover.

      See what works for you with the new posting schedule. You’ll probably like some aspects of posting less, but will also notice some downsides (like the lack of schedule).

      Let us know how it goes for you.

      • http://backdrum.biz Mac

        Thank you for the reply Corbett. :)

        I suppose there’s nothing more better (and accurate) than just good ol’ testing and experimenting :P

        Love reading your posts, thank you again for the great contents!

  • http://www.preppster.com Russ B

    Thanks for writing this post. I have a tendency to hold on to content and only post what is my best. I think experimenting like this will definitely help with letting go of the majority of my writing and seeing the response to it. Thanks!

    Best,

    Russ

  • http://iamseandavis.com Sean Davis

    I totally disagree with #5. The quality of your posts didn’t drop at all. They just changed the tone of your content. They were more conversational and straight to the point… something that has inspired my writing style on one of my blogs.

    I think it was a great experiment and you may remember me saying that on Twitter.

    Keep up the good work. You’re currently my favorite internet entrepreneur by far.

    • Corbett

      Thanks Sean!

  • http://none SkylerRay

    This post was appreciated and it prompted me to write an entry of my own for a blog I have not yet launched and am still organizing around still undefined central principles, mission, vision, and goals.

    While I did learn from most of the points made, I particularly shared resonance with working first thing in the morning and keeping a rigid schedule. In my case, I work shift work for the military and find that any major change in geographical setting can act as the “beginning” of my day within the context or where I’m at and what my responsibilities are. This often clears my mind, like a reset button, of to-do lists etc, second only to a good cardio run or intense workout session.

    My direct feedback is simply how excited I am for the new focus on re-writing the rules of our lives and I hope to see more on that topic. Tim Ferris just writes too infrequently and lives on a different plane. I hope I can hear this from a real person now.

  • teresa

    I really enjoyed the daily posts – they weren’t so long that I was investing loads of time reading but many were insightful and thought-provoking. Pre-experiment, I had come to be surprised when you did post and wondered if you were neglecting the blog because you were “done with it”. Glad to see you are around in full-force!

    • Corbett

      I’m definitely still committed here, I was just busily getting other projects off the ground. It’s nice to be back in full force :)

  • http://satyacolombo.com Satya

    You got some great work in there last month, and I appreciated the effort and intention — super happy to hear about your new direction/flow on rewriting the rules. My inbox is kinda relieved your 30 day crusade is over though! ;)

    - perhaps a weekly summary could actually be one of the 7 days and programmed/offered as an option.

    • Corbett

      Yeah, I think if I did this again, I would have offered an option for email frequency (and maybe by default put everybody on a weekly summary or 2x per week). Cheers Satya, thanks for the feedback.

  • http://jetsetcitizen.com John Bardos

    Hi Corbett,

    It is fantastic how much you keep experimenting and improving. You are an amazing role model.

    I have a question: Do you think daily posts would increase traffic and subscribers over the long run, or would it be too much for most readers?

    • Corbett

      I think daily posts could definitely increase traffic and subscribers over the long run. There are just more options for your stuff to be shared when you’re publishing every day. I would give email subscribers a frequency option though.

  • http://www.senyorita.net Micamyx|Senyorita

    I will apply everything you mentioned here. There are just some days wherein you feel that you’re productive and some days, lazy.

    • Corbett

      That’s what I liked about the rigid schedule: it forced me to push through those lazy days.

  • http://www.danapalumbo.com Dana

    I personally loved reading everyday! I’ve been thinking about increasing the frequency of my posts but, I’m just starting out (read: tiny subscriber list) and I’m wondering if they won’t just get annoyed with me?

    Anyway, loved the experiment, oh and the new videos too!

    • Corbett

      There is only one way to find out… I definitely recommend trying lots of different things when you’re just starting out. I also recommend that new bloggers write at least twice per week to establish a rhythm and audience.

  • MB

    I expected that you would enjoy the practice of writing every day. And you did. The dynamic of writing has a power we often forgot and fail to harness. Writing a little every day actually makes one look forward to the process, even when the writing is brief. It pulls you in. It clarifies your own thoughts. It makes you want to write again. It generates new ideas.

    I very much enjoyed reading your daily entries.

    • Corbett

      The 30 days definitely helped me clarify my own thoughts. That was one of the best (and most unexpected) aspects of this.

      Chris Guillebeau recently said something I really like: “The fun thing about creativity: the more you use, the more you get.”

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  • http://lizardsintheleaves.blogspot.com Zann Carter

    I did NaPoWriMo in 2009 and 2010 – that is the challenge to write a poem every day for the month of April which is National Poetry Month. Both years it was an experience which taught me a great deal and deepened my poetry practice.

    The first year, I worked 10 p.m. to posting near midnight, working mostly with notes I’d jotted here and there through the day, or going back to old notes.

    The second year, I worked first thing in the morning.

    Both years, I discovered that when I kept to a regular time, within a week my Muse was regularly showing up, too.

    That work gave me 60 poems, of which maybe 20 needed very little revision to be poems I was proud to read publicly & send out. Many of the others required a lot more revision and a few turned out to be pieces with which I didn’t care to continue working.

    I also discovered I loved working on writing in the morning and fell into a productive schedule of morning writing (this also included time for submitting my work or organizing it.) and afternoon work in my other creative area, fiber arts.

    I skipped NaPoWriMo this year, but I am intending to do it again in 2012.

  • Olivia

    Hey Corbett,
    I would have to say that I didn’t read as many of your posts this month because I found the volume overwhelming. I’m sure they were great but I almost filtered them to clear my inbox Sorry to say….as I do love your work. Personally I preferred your ‘epic shit’ with less frequency. I found I looked forward to them. I think it depends how many bloggers one is subscribed to. I’m subscribed to quite a few so it gets a bit much in my inbox. there were only a few that i did not filter…including yours. So just thought I’d put in my two cents. Thank you for your experiments and for just be so super cool!
    Olivia

  • http://thekalechronicles.com Sharyn Dimmick

    Hi Corbett,

    I liked reading about your experiment. I have written daily for years, usually as soon as I wake up — it’s the way I like to start my day. In late August I started my first blog. Because I paint pictures for the blog rather than taking photographs to illustrate it I decided I would post twice a week. I post on Wednesdays (a fixed day) and on one other variable day to give myself some flexibility in case something interferes with posting. I have made my two posts every week. Hooking the blog to painting was a win-win for me — I know I’m going to be painting at least two new paintings a week. I’m going to subscribe to see what happens when you go three times a week. Thank you.

  • http://wellnessthenaturalway.com Sarah O

    Funny, I’ve been thinking about doing this very thing. Writing every day is of course the best way to hone the craft. But I just haven’t been sure if I wanted to subject my readers to my daily ramblings because I’m pretty sure the quality would often be less than stellar. I’m thinking about trying this experiment over at my personal blog, Grown Up Mom. That way I won’t lose subscribers on the blog I’m working hard to build.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Corbett

      Good luck with the experiment Sarah. When will you start? How long do you plan to write daily for?

  • http://www.thesocialgarden.net Eden Rudin

    Hi Corbett,
    I am one who thoroughly enjoyed reading your posts over the past 30 days. I felt more connected to your mindset and very much motivated me to continue my journey !
    Keep up the good work and I look forward to your new schedule.

    Eden

  • http://afford-anything.com Paula @ Afford Anything

    This is the first post I’ve read on this site (corbettbarr.com) though I’m a regular reader at Think Traffic. So ironically, your 30-day experiment didn’t catch me until the very end!

    I’ve heard conflicting remarks about post frequency — with some people saying that it greatly aids pageviews, and others saying it thins quality. It’s great to hear some actual real-life observations about how it impacted you (mentally) and how it impacted your site traffic. Your observations are far more useful than reading some blogger’s theory or untested opinion about post frequency.

  • http://www.pushingsocial.com Stanford @ Pushingsocial

    Hey Corbett,
    I’m in the beginning of a post-a-day regimen myself. My first week went great and I feel good about keeping up the tempo.

    I do have a concern about unsubscribes. My #1 goal is to increase my email list so the attrition is disconcerting. I’m thinking about experimenting with sending out email updates just twice a week so I don’t overwhelm my subscribers. What do you think?

    Stan

    • Corbett

      Hey Stan, that might be a good idea if you’re trying to grow email subscribers. The biggest complaint I heard about this experiment was from existing subscribers who were overwhelmed by the daily email.

  • http://www.evolvinglifeintransition.com Catherine Adams

    Well I for one just can’t post everyday. After your announcement to post daily, I was motivated to make a declaration to post 2 times weekly. I couldn’t keep it up. :) At this point, not working and exploring what is next, I dont’ have the time to commit such headspace to blogging. Love writing but the pressure was to great. Trying to write and focus on other happenings in my life was too much. Hence my latest post about doing my own thing.

    I certainly admire anyone that can post daily and I enjoyed your posts and I’ve learned a thing or two just being involved in the ‘experiment’. Reading everyday and watching the creativity in action. Its a motivator for someone who is stifled by herself, in a creative box. Ugh!

    Maybe one day I’ll be able to blog more than what I do now. That will be a time when my creativity and FOCUS will be in alignment. Thank You Corbett for sharing honestly.

  • http://vivekmayasandra.com Vivek Mayasandra

    Hey Corbett + all,

    Haven’t been down here in a while, but the points are so legit.

    I’m doing the same 30-day writing thing on my blog, inspired in part by your (Corbett’s) experiment here, and in part by Willie Jackson’s succint writing. (williejackson.com) Only 3 days in, but I feel a lot of this (granted these lessons will prob change over the 30 days).

    The points on writing quality are specifically true – writing for yourself you hold yourself to a higher standard.

    Anyway just wanted to say cheers!

    Vivek

  • http://elephantseyegarden.blogspot.com/ Elephant’s Eye

    Not for a month, but last year I did the 12 Days of Christmas. As you did, as a blog experiment. I found my readers averaged out to the same. They read only the posts that interested them. I will do the 12 days again, starting on the 26th of December. The repeated experiment will be different since I have gained readers over the intervening year.
    Diana of EE

  • http://raidious.com Taulbee Jackson

    Hi there – I work at an interactive agency (http://raidious.com) – was curious, how was your bounce rate affected by this kind of frequency? This is a question we get from lots of clients, would love to have a story to tell them regarding this.

    Thanks!

    Taulbee Jackson
    President/CEO
    http://raidious.com

    • Corbett

      Hey Taulbee,

      My bounce rate in October (when I published just 3 posts was 78.3%. During November (with 30 posts published) the bounce rate was lower at 74.3%.

      I suspect that the rate was lower mostly because the traffic shifted from being 48.82% search visits in October to 29.6% search in November. The total search traffic increased by 500 visits, but as a percentage it went down because social media and other sources increase so much during the month.

      Great question. I hope that helps.

      Cheers,

      -Corbett

  • http://learnhowtodecorateacake.com/how-to-start-a-cupcake-business/ Kathy @ How to Start a Cupcake Business

    Hi Corbett!
    I LOVE this challenge! I met another marketer and website builder in a forum, and we became accountability partners to help one another push the envelope. It’s an awesome thing to experience, and I’m going to show him your post as well. This might be a fun competition (or just another accountability exercise) to help push each other even more – and then see how our respective sites fare in generating traffic.

    Thanks for this excellent idea! A post per day… Hmmm. Can I do it? I think so! :) Kathy

  • http://lovecuriosity.com Derek Jensen

    The whole concept of Tumblr with reblogging is really what blogging was about in the early days. You would find something someone said and post that and then write your own thoughts. It was basically like an extended comment. Plus a link exchange would happen.

    The style of Daring Fireball, Marco, and others inspired me to start Love Curiosity full of reblogs with a few comments and then your own articles based on other material you find that you felt deserved more than just a reblog.

    In terms of frequency, the battle is always with setting up a consistent workflow. I’ve found if I do all my writing around lunch after reading my reader and then begin scheduling items it works well. But, realize that most of this popular blogs like Daring Fireball just started by writing really great original content at a weekly rate and so I’m going to try to at least go that route.

    The question is does a higher frequency speed up the time it takes to gain critical mass or at least a good flow of traffic or can you do the same with a lower frequency? I see it depending on the quality, connections you build, and how creative/clever you are in marketing.

  • http://lifestoogood.net Alan | Life’s Too Good

    Hey Corbett,

    I have to add to something I told you earlier – i.e. the frequency was quite a lot via email with everything else but invariably when I did click through I found these posts were fairly short so then the impact is less.

    I do admire you for doing this and at least trying it out which is obviously something you’re great at (trying new things & adapting). Something you said above surely has to be the best combination of all – i.e. write every day if you want to but just don’t publish every day (at least not to email subscribers).

    I can’t wait to see what experiment you’ll try next (I’m sure you’ll never run out of ideas…) ;-)

    take care & best wishes,
    Alan

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  • http://contentequalsmoney.com/author/andi/ Andi

    You have made me consider this experiment. Thank you for taking the time to blog your thoughts about it and what you learned! We share blogging at my work, and it really helps with making posts more regular, but personally, with my photography business, I don’t post as often as I would like. I think I will try your approach only tweeked a little bit. I need to accompany each post with a photograph! I’ll be checking back on your blog soon to see if you have any more ideas about increasing conversion rates!

  • http://www.lourceyphoto.com Larry Lourcey

    Very cool. I agree with #4. It definitely takes the pressure off.
    I usually post once or twice a week. For the past couple of months, I’ve been competing in WeBlogBetter.com’s Survive The Blog competition and I’ve had to post to our new blog about 4 or 5 times a week – in addition to trying to keep my own blog updated.
    It has definitely taught me to write more efficiently.

  • http://ScarletLetterBible.com Caspar Green

    I’ve been writing a blog since early August that has been a daily post AND four posts every Monday. It was (and still is) an experiment. I figured, that if Seth Godin could do it in his field, I could do it in mine. I have a few other blogs that I post to, but much less frequently.

    I’d say that the daily deadline is a huge motivator. Knowing that you have to ship, that people who signed on did so because they EXPECT you to ship every day really keeps a lot of pressure on.

    Of course not all my stuff is equally epic – whose is? Well, besides you, Corbett. But if you really know your stuff, even your minor epic is, as you say, expert enough.

    The biggest challenge I’ve found is posting ahead far enough to take a couple weeks vacation without the daily posts lapsing. But I’m happy to say that it IS possible. I took 8 days around Thanksgiving. It took planning ahead and writing 2-3 posts a day for a couple weeks before going away!

    Anyway, that’s my experience, and I’ve gotta say, I haven’t enjoyed anything else quite so much in years.

    Cheers!

  • http://www.handbookofawesome.com Ben at Handbook of Awesome

    Great post! Me and my co-writer aim at a rather modest pace of one post per week, but feel this is justifiable since we don’t want to overwhelm our readers with new habits and recommendations (each one takes time to implement, after all). Also, we like to think the quality is improved by a rigorous review and refinement process!

  • http://topmarketingsavvy.com Gail G

    Hi Corbett,

    I salute your commitment and efforts during November. Appreciate your tips about how your email subscribers reacted. Loved learning the pros and cons.

    My decision during November was to double my posts from the previous month from five in October to ten during November. For December, I am going for fifteen and an consistent increase in my content on my social and Web 2.0 “outposts”.

    My current goal is to develop a pace I can maintain. Also, like you, I plan to incorporate my own videos.

    Thanks for sharing your insights learned.

  • http://lighthouseinsights.in Prasant

    when i started my blog I was worried that will i be able to do a daily post. But after a year now i manage to post two blog posts in a day. quality at times goes down but as you said it works. i can connect to your post. really cool

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  • http://www.financialadvisormarketing.biz Suzanne

    I have to congratulate you for sticking to your posting schedule. I tried one month to post three times per week and could not stick to it. It’s definitely a commitment. What I love is that you gained personal growth through the process!

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  • http://www.mypurplebutterfly.net ChptsOfMyLife

    great post, i write daily and my head is at it’s best in the morning, i am a little personal when i write, therapy you could say but i feel much better when i have accomplished sending out my message, then i get on with my day. the odd time i will write another one during the day or evening if something hits me. btw, i love the simplicity of your site. i am looking forward to a new year with a new look, such as yours. keep up the great work.

  • http://www.vanguardprintingllc.com Anita Johnson

    Thank you Corbett for this article. I know this is an area that I need to work on. Thank you for showing the value!

  • http://www.annesamoilov.com Anne SamoIilov

    Last March I did a similar 30 day challenge for myself – with somewhat of a goal in mind. I wanted to do a 30 day series of posts to help people create more white space in their lives.

    There were several ups and downs throughout the month, but like you, I discovered when my best time of the day to create was – and I’ve stuck with that. I also let myself off the hook and wrote some shorter posts – which all ended up getting more response then some of the longer ones.

    I think it’s about time for me to do it again….because at the end of that month I did feel a clear sense of – wow, I did that! Going back to my weekly posting schedule felt like such a breeze.

    Ready to challenge myself again – thanks for the reminder!

    -Anne

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  • http://www.BigIslandDog.com Jt Clough | Big Island Dog

    Big mahalo for this post.

    It somehow gave me an experts permission to post more! For some reason I get caught up in trying not to “mess up” my blog. I have subscribed to the minimalist attitude, yet in this case people need to know what I have going on, and the whole point is to share my thoughts with people.

    The blogger “rules for success” get confusing. Some say you must stay rigidly tight to a niche. I understand that but I take it too far and just don’t post some cool stuff I should.

    It’s so bad that I have readers writing me notes on forums about where is any information from me since they have subscribed to my blog. I need to forget the fear of getting no more readers and pissing anyone off part and do this like I do the rest of my life. With great passion and not a lot of worry about what others think.

    In real life that’s part of my attraction and always has been!

    Aloha wags!

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  • http://literacies.global2.vic.edu.au/ Simone Hobbs

    I’ve been blogging for a short while as part of an attempt to help me to improve my practice and to create a forum for me to reflect on my professional experiences.

    Point 6 of your list was particularly enlightening. I frequently struggle to reconcile the post that I’d like to make with the post that I’ve managed to put together and often end up posting nothing. Through this I have come to a deeper understanding of the way that my students feel when they are completing classwork or homework – fear of judgement hampers their creativity.

    Reading your list had made me realise that the antidote for us is to write more and write to a rigid schedule, like Julia Cameron’s ‘Morning Pages’. A way to remind ourselves who we are really writing for.

    Thank you for the inspiration!

    Simone

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  • http://monthlyexperiments.com John Muldoon

    Hey man. It’s a year later, and I’m doing the same experiment. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • http://www.alexinleeds.com Alex in Leeds

    I’m a book blogger trying to post every day now too and one of the unexpected benefits I found is it is clearing through my bookmarks folder. I have been bookmarking so many interesting articles and ideas that it was getting crazy, posting every day is helping me actually do something with them and round out my blog so it better captures who I am as a reader and reviewing, it’s making it more personal which those visiting seem to be responding far more to. :)

  • http://dreamholidaysguide.com Dream Holidays Guide

    wow ain’t sure if I can do this – publish everyday, i tried to write everyday but it gives me a headache and I run out of words, but maybe like you said, it need not be long. thanks for the tips. excited to try this experiment! :)

  • http://upfromnothing.com/ alexs@upfromnothing.com

    I think that you are one of those people who has probably just pushed me over the tipping point. I have posted infrequently in the past as I figured out what exactly I needed to do as a blogger. I then moved on to the once a week model and have been really saddened by the traffic. It seems that even with keyword optimized content that there will always be a bit of chance regarding traffic. That the greatest single determinant of online success is not perfection, but stability and frequency. The way I see it if one flosses, brushes teeth, exercises etc each and everyday, then why not add writing to the list!

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