End Of The Blog Every Day For Thirty Days Challenge

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Today is the last day of the Blog Every Day For 30 Days Challenge I have been doing with Mary Ulrich.

It’s been exhausting, exhilarating, rewarding and sometimes frustrating.

I have written 29 posts in thirty days.

Each post takes between two and five hours to write, edit and post. That’s a lot of time.

Here is what I learned from the experience:

1. I can get the bulk of a post done before anyone is up if I start at 6am.
2. Posts about being a terrible mommy and school uniform are very popular but readers like inspiring and magical even more.
3. Editing takes as long as writing the original post.
4. Setting specific goals for measurement and motivation is helpful.
5. Photo dropper is a plugin for photos.
6. I can make a dent in my seat cushion if I spend enough time blogging.
7. You can get spammed on Facebook pages.
8. Asking for them increases subscribers/fans/likes/comments.
9. I should schedule the publish time of a post before I start so I don’t publish a half-written post.
10. Commenting on others blogs means they will comment on mine.
11. Check the bit.ly links before I send them out.
12. Blogging daily builds momentum in terms of readership and writing skill.
13. Blogging daily is a lot of work and a tough discipline.
14. Blogging every day means that everything done, thought, or said gets passed through the filter – can I blog about that?
15. Prince Poppycock fans are rabid.
16. Posts about America’s Got Talent increase readership by ten-fold. For that day only.
17. It was a pleasure to blog alongside Mary Ulrich and learn so much about her. I will continue to read her blog every day she publishes.

Thank you for joining me in this challenge. Thank you if you read some of the posts. A very special thank you if you read all of the posts – I know some of you did. πŸ™‚

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I am participating in the final day of a Blog Every Day For 30 Days Challenge advocated by Chris Brogan. I am doing this with the lovely Mary Ulrich who writes for Parents and Caregivers of Adults with Disabilities at Climbing Every Mountain. Check her out!

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Tilly October 19, 2010 at 6:33 am

Blogging every day – that’s some task. I’m lucky if I manage once per week. Not sure I’d be dedicated enough to get up at 6.00am to blog, especially as the kids have me up most nights!
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Alison Golden October 19, 2010 at 8:45 am

Hi Tilly: It certainly required dedication but I wanted to see what happened. My writing sharpened up, I learned how to vlog and my readership at least doubled even if we take the AGT outlier post out of the equation. So now I’m pondering what to do next. Should I continue or not? Thanks for stopping by!

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Jenn Sebben-Russo October 19, 2010 at 9:27 am

I do not want this to end, Alision. Though, I must admit- as you picked-up the Boys from School- and your Mini-Van drove you to them- each day I could see your BLOG running over your beautiful face! Your Friends were waving at you frantically for a month you know! I really think you should write a book like this- there is a huge need for humor in the world these days. And- you better think about this my friend- I had to type this with one hand after my horse threw me off when it incountered a rattle snake in the hills! I will edit your book/ writing for free. Fondly- Jenn

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Mary E. Ulrich
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October 19, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Jenn is right. Getting more humor out there would be a gift to the world of mothers… and all of us. Plus, I think you should interview about the rattlesnake story–sounds like a great story.
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Alison Golden October 19, 2010 at 6:57 pm

Good point about the humor, I hadn’t thought about that. I was a bit glazed over, though, during this time. Soooo time and energy consuming. But good. And if Jenn can type a comment to me one-handed, I can crank out a few more posts, glazed looks notwithstanding πŸ™‚

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Mary E. Ulrich
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October 19, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Alison, I looked at your list and was really inspired. Wow oh wow! What a great learning opportunity. I got up at 6AM too, and don’t even have twins… and my post isn’t finished. So, congratulations to your determination and you are indeed a Superhero.

Much love, Mary
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Alison Golden October 19, 2010 at 6:55 pm

Hi Mary:

Can’t wait to see your list. And I don’t get up at 6am and write posts, you know. Once, just once, I did that. And I learned I could get a post nearly written at that time of day…and I never did it again. πŸ˜‰

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