Posts Tagged ‘writing process’
Prompt #12 (Nov 13)
Dina Goldstein is most known for her series Fallen Princesses, which juxtaposes what happens after “happily ever after” with real life issues she saw were affecting women around her. Goldstein is back at it again with her latest series Dollhouse.
Choose one photo from her series and let yourself respond to it or tell us the story of what’s happening in that photo.
- Fairy Tale Princesses Can Fall, too — but They Keep Going by Kelly on Kelly Clay
- On Losing One’s Head by Harmony on Harmonious Mess
This year for National Blog Posting Month (aka NaBloPoMo), I’m not writing blog posts, I am writing blogging prompts for other bloggers.
Each night between 8pm and 10pm I write a prompt and send it to the bloggers via text. We started with one blogger, then there were two. Last week it became three, and since my post went up on Thursday, we are up to four bloggers receiving nightly NaBloPoMo writing prompts via a private group message on Facebook. Oh, how technology has made distribution a lot easier.
Each night after sending the prompts to the writers, I’ll post the same prompt here on my blog (full list/archives). This will be the prompt that you should write about — and publish — the following day. If you’re looking for some inspiration for your own blog, you’re more than welcome to take it. My only request is that you mention where you got the prompt and link to the post where you found the prompt. This is a kind of NaBloPoMo experiment, and I’d love to read the posts that you write.
If the prompt doesn’t inspire you, don’t worry about it. The only hard rule in National Blog Posting Month is that you write. Every day.
Nine Writing Prompts
To catch up, here are the prompts for the first eight days. The first post (Nov 1), was a post about participating in the project and laying out individual goals. (more…)
Back in October 2010, a friend dared me to blog every single day. Friends like that who know how to motivate you the right way are priceless. That November and the following November, I cranked out 60 blog posts and put my blogging stats in a healthy upswing. That experiment led to a talk that inspired even more people to set out on their own 30-day blogging challenge.
Then the fall of 2012 rolled around. I started a very awesome and intense job (that has yet to be blogged about) and I stopped blogging. Last year I knew that I didn’t have the capacity to blog every day and I let NaBloPoMo pass. Then, this year rolled around and a blogging friend posted in a Facebook group that she was looking for her National Blog Posting Month blogging buddy. I jumped on it.
Yes, I will be your blogging buddy.
(Hat tip: blogging buddies are crucial for ensuring success.)
Then, the Patron Saint of Realism on my left shoulder spoke up, “Yeah right, Laura, you barely have time to make yourself dinner.”
And the Patron Saint of Opportunity on my right shoulder countered: “You can change how you write, how you blog. You won’t write about life or epic blog posts. Keep it to one paragraph responses about things you read, thoughts you have. Don’t synthesize or analyze. Report. Blog from my phone. Post photos. The way you blog — and can blog — has changed since two years ago.”
And the Realist shit on that response: “So, you’re going to blog for the sake of blogging instead of blogging to write about what really matters? Yeah, that’ll make you happy…”
She had a point. (more…)
We all need a little push to get the creative juices going and, you know, write.
Two years ago a friend of mine came up with a crazy idea to blog every single day. It was a way to get both of us writing on a consistent basis. And it worked so well that every November I commit to writing and publishing a blog post every single day.
That experiment worked so well for me that I talked about it at WordCamp Portland last month. And guess what? The video from my talk, How to Blog Every Day, is now available!
Video of my talk, How to Blog Every Day, at WordCamp Portland
The talk lasts about 36 minutes, and is packed with ideas to help get you writing—either every day or simply every week. I’m embedding the video and the slides for you below (feel free to download and share). Once you’re finished watching the video, be sure to check out the extensive list of resources that were published with the original slides.
There was some great un-mic-ed discussion at the end of my talk during the Q&A, so and I tried to repeat anything that was said off-screen, but I apologize if there’s something you miss!
Thank you to Blaze Streaming Media for recording the video!
Want to blog every day and need ideas?
Here are two ideas that will help get you writing:
The Daily Post – A project from WordPress.com filled with ideas, prompts, and even writing challenges with the soul purpose to keep bloggers blogging.
Join a daily blogging challenge – Every once in a while an organization will start a month-long writing series where they will release prompts daily and invite bloggers to write about it. It’s a great way to give you ideas of what to write. You can either search out a new writing series or check out prompts from the archives of past writing events. For example, check out the prompts from Trust30 and Reverb11 to get started (links go to the archives).
If you’re interested in blogging every day this November (or any month), leave a comment with a link to your blog! I’m collecting a small team of daily bloggers and want to follow you, too!
Next up, the video from my presentation at WordCamp Seattle, How to Promote Your Blog Without Losing Your Soul.
Today I’m giving a talk at WordCamp Portland on how to blog every day. I wrote this talk based on what I learned from blogging every day for a month in November 2010 and November 2011 and I’m excited to share it with the Portland-area WordPress community.
Once I get a recording of the video, I’ll post it here. For now, here’s a copy of my slides and additional resources that I reference in the talk. Feel free to download and share this presentation as you’d like!
How to Blog Every Day
The secret to blogging every day is easy—just write. But the process of coming up with an idea is hard. Then it comes the excruciating part of putting words to the page, editing it, finding the perfect photo to accompany your post, and formatting it on your site all before you can press that beloved “Publish” button.
Oh, and if you’re writing every single day, you do it all again tomorrow.
Resources to help you Blog Every Day
Here is a list of blog posts and resources I reference during my talk, and here’s a link to the video of my talk so that you can catch what you missed at WordCamp Portland.
Where to buy my t-shirt
- I’m not a player, I just blog a lot from Raygun (unisex and ladies)
What I learned from blogging every day for 30 days
- 2010 recap: When Creativity Flows, Don’t Turn off the Faucet
- 2011 recap: NaBloPoMo Goals and Milestones
Examples of how to create a content or editorial calendar
- How to Put Together an Editorial Calendar for Content Marketing on Content Marketing Institute
- How to Create a Successful Editorial Calendar on Unbounce
- How to Create an Editorial Calendar on Spin Sucks
Tools to help you capture your ideas
- Favorite note-taking app that syncs with your phone, computer, tablet: Evernote
- Favorite tool that helps you start writing: 750 Words
- Favorite non-battery-powered option: a journal
Examples of different blog formats
- Standard: Today is Sunday
- Epic: Book Publishers are Not Tech Companies
- Response: How to be a Hipster and 500 Words or Less
- Single Paragraph: How to Impress your Customers and Create Lifelong Fans
- Photo: Nobody Tells this to Beginners and Picturing My True Identity
- Link Roundup: Musings on Adulthood and Ambition
Ways to beat writer’s block
- Choose a different topic on your content calendar
- Get inspired by going for a walk, watch a video, hop on Twitter, read something, talk with a friend
- Take a day off (it’s okay, but tell us what you’re doing instead of blogging)
- Help Me Be Fing Creative
Examples of posts I wrote when I had writer’s block
What to after you publish your blog post
After you have that out of your system, sit back down, and promote your blog post like crazy. If you need help, check out the presentation I did for WordCamp Seattle on just that: How to Promote Your Blog without Losing Your Soul.
Why I wrote this talk
I’m not expecting you to start blogging every single day. But if you only blog once every other month and really want to blog more, this presentation and ideas should help you get started. If you blog once or twice a week and want to start blogging three times a week, this will help you even more.
Blogging every single day is not for the faint of heart; it takes time, lots of time. Plus you have to strike a careful balance between planning what you’re going to post and letting your muse run away with you. However blogging every single day for thirty days straight will teach you more about your writing style and how you blog than you could from anything else. I highly recommend it.
If you do decide to blog every day for thirty days, please let me know, I’d love to help cheer you along!