Monday, May 2, 2011

A-Z Challenge: The Wrap-Up

Holy crap, that was a long month!

I'm glad I did it, but that was exhausting.  Previously I had been averaging about three posts a week.  I knew full well that doubling that output wasn't going to be effortless, but I hadn't expected the reality of it.  I like to spend an hour or so doing each post.  It's not just the writing, but also the research, getting the links and pictures ready, and sharing it.  Before, the time was spread fairly thin in the week.  Last month Blogging became a significant daily event.

My daily traffic raised significantly.  I've been doing this blog for six months... really?  Has it already been six months?  Wow.  Anyway, I got a third of my total traffic last month alone.  The cheese post was the most popular.  It had the most hits and the most comments.  However, to be fair, that is likely in part because it is directly linked on my about page, which was also linked in the Ultimate Blog Party that took place in the first week.  Still, it wasn't B is for Boobs, so I'm pretty shocked.

Dan at Will Work 4 Followers claims that it is best to write your blog every day.  I can definitely see the advantages of it, but I'm not sure that I would be able to sustain it long term.  Writing it six days a week for the last four has left me frazzled.  I honestly can't fathom doing it seven a week indefinitely.  Even every weekday has me a little nervous.  It's not that I don't think I can do it, I'm just not sure I could do it well.  So for now, I'm going back to thrice a week.  This time, though, I'm nailing it down to Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  If I feel that I can do more, there may be bonus posts in in-between days.  Maybe now I'll have time to read all of those fantastic blogs I found last month.

Overall, this challenge made me realize how much I truly love this medium, and that I really want to do something with it.  So here's to many more posts, and many, many more awkward moments.

P.S. - There is a big hosted wrap-up post here.

P.P.S. - Penis.


Melissa said...

Really really enjoyed the last month of your words. Also, I havent found an owl. Dumb. But, I found a cat, and its awesome. You would love him.

Nate Wilson said...

Cheese is more popular than boobs? On the internet?! Wow, what is the world coming to?

I too, would break under the weight of daily blogging. I prefer my more sporadic "whenever I damn well feel like it" approach.

And speaking of awkward moments, my annual haiku contest is underway, and in my opinion there isn't nearly enough inappropriateness yet. You're move, Adam.

Anonymous said...

I missed stopping by during the event. Its good to meet you now. I'm already looking forward to next year.

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