A Tiny Insignificant Blogging Challenge

When I think about the old days at Be Awesome Online, where I published an article every single day for ten months, my inner manager says, “I couldn’t do that nowadays. Oh hell no.”

Why not?

“Too busy. Too many priorities. Too many demands.”

Really? It doesn’t take that much time to write an article, especially if you don’t make assumptions about how long it should be. Remember those times when we’d just publish one paragraph-question? It took fifteen minutes, tops.

“Well, we can’t write those any more. They were part of the old website, not the new one. We have Standards now.”

Yeah, but with these Standards we’re lucky to publish once a week. We still have a never-ending flood of article ideas, but we don’t write them down.

“Most of those ideas aren’t any good! We write the good ones!”

What’s our measure for good?

“Don’t do, “Hey, this happened and then this happened and this is what I think it means.” Tell stories. Don’t write about yourself all the damn time. Write more Jonahs.”

And if we can’t write one of those now?

“Then maybe it’s better to write nothing. Or maybe to write, but not publish.”

So we are the sole arbiter of which articles are good, and which ones aren’t?

This is the point where my inner manager throws a hissy-fit. “This is what we decided! We didn’t want to publish throwaway crap any more! We – YOU – wanted to be all goddamn profound and artistic and shit. I’m just doing what you wanted.”

I think what I wanted is broken. I think that I need to write more often, publish more often. I think I need to stop trying to be original, or definitive, and start trying to be true. To let it be ordinary.

“Like the old days.”

Like the old days.

“We publish every day?”

Except this time we’ll take Sunday off.

Heartfelt sigh. “I still don’t think we have the time or the energy for this.”

Well, we could try it for a month and see what happens. No harm, no foul.

“What about comments? Comments are pretty dead. You killed them.”

Ack, I don’t know. We could try the old “Ask a questions, tell me in the comments” call to action we used back in the days of Be Awesome Online. But you wanted to stop doing that when we started writing here.

“Because I thought it was time we actually promoted our offerings. So sue me.”

No, you were right to be a hard-liner about that. We were still really shy and unconfident about promoting our work back then. But that was… holy crispy crap… two full years ago. We don’t need the practice of saying, “Here is my thing, it is awesome, you should buy it” that much nowadays.

“Granted. Most people don’t convert directly from our articles unless the article and the offering are well-aligned, anyway.”

Right. So if they are, we talk about the offering, and if they aren’t, the call to action is for comments.

“Just for this month.”

Just for this month. It doesn’t hurt to try.

“It might.”

Shaddup. We’re trying it anyway.

So the Tiny Insignificant Blogging Challenge begins.

For one month, I’m going to publish every day but Sundays. I’ll be encouraging (and replying to) comments. And I’ll likely be getting rather meta with some of the articles, like this one.

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What will I write about? I have no idea. It’ll be interesting to find out.

Is this a masterly plan, or total insanity? Tell me in the comments!

photo by: Ed Yourdon

19 thoughts on “A Tiny Insignificant Blogging Challenge

  1. Have you heard about Kelly Kingman’s Contentpalooza? It’s like NaNoWriMo, but for bloggers – you write 50K of posts in November. Could be a big help for you, with all those other people doing something dedicated and regular like that.

    1. Ooh, I shall have a looksee, thank you lovely!

      Although for me, I think the simplest thing is the black and white “I’m gonna, no excuses” decision. It’ll be nice to have backup, though.

  2. Way to go! I figure, write what you wanna write, when you wanna. If it’s daily, perfect. If it’s personal not sales, perfect. If you change your mind about any of it and that feels like what you wanna, perfect. Like whichever one of you that said it said, it can’t hurt to try.

    Besides, I can always use more CC in my inbox 🙂

    1. Thank you, Laureen lovely!

      It’s hilariously ironical that I need to be less constrained in the work. As Rhiannon and I were talking about a couple weeks ago on her podcast (http://loveandmoneyrevolution.com/6/), one of the reasons I started this website in the first place was to feel less constrained in my writing.

      Why hello spiral, how are you?

  3. It’s good to have you back. :>

    While it will be lovely to have more Jonahs, and more Christinas, and I do hope you write more of them in your time, you’re right – those are not everyday.

    And while they are lovely and awesome and inspiring and everything, I’m not so sure they are the best sole-source plan for a Jester-Alchemist who wishes to interact with the people.

    Sounds more like a Ruler who wishes to dictate from above, even. Just sayin’. :>

  4. Yes, totally, break out of the rut and celebrate your art! I think it’s a masterly plan. 😀

    My favourite lines: “We didn’t want to publish throwaway crap any more! We – YOU – wanted to be all goddamn profound and artistic and shit.” LOVED ’em; cracked me up no end, LOL.

    1. It’s even better if you imagine the inner voice petulantly throwing a beret at the other one.

      Celebrate my art… you know, I really haven’t thought about it that way. But it is!

  5. Holy crispy crap! This is a masterly plan OF total insanity!

    I am all behind it, because it’s something I’ve secretly wondered if I could do myself. I will be living vicariously through you and no doubt being inspired midway through to try something similar myself.

    Plus, I’m just greedy and want to hear more of your thoughts and fantabulous voice on a daily basis. 🙂

    1. I know it wasn’t hard when I did it the first time. It’ll be fascinating to see whether the problems are logistical – Busy Catherine is Busy! – or mental.

      To judge by the panicked “I have to write an article, what shall I write about, here is some sort of dream involving an exploding city and a girl with a red face and the Winchester brothers” squirrel-brain this morning, I suspect most of the problems are me.

      And thank you for the compliment, lovely!

  6. Big call, sugar pants, but a good one. It’s ye olde fear of I’M GOING TO DRIBBLE CRAP AND PEOPLE WILL THINK I’M AVERAGE (rather than stellar, which you are). Don’t fear being human – you never know what’s gonna rise out of this. Hrm. I should apply this sage advise to my life – as Cordellia would say “the pot is calling the kettle stinky”. And hey, I’m looking forward to seeing you tomoz.

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