Social Media Challenge #3 – Blog-a-Day Week

February 2, 2011

After blogging for three weeks, you should have a feel for what works, what doesn’t, and how to plan your attack. So far you’ve been doing sprints, but this week will be a 5K. Beginning with Tuesday, Feb. 1, you will post something EVERY day to your personal blog. This will not be easy, but you can do it, and at the end you’ll have a newfound respect for those who do this every week.

Some rules:

  • The first rule of Blog-a-Day Week is: We do NOT talk about Blog-a-Day Week! This means no posting about hard it is to post every day, or other such metacommentary.
  • You may, however, post a schedule of what you have planned, but this means you’ll need to actually plan what you’re going to do.
  • Likewise, no posting about how you don’t know what to post. Use the skills from previous challenges, ideas from your blogroll, comments from other students … ANYTHING that leads to a substantive post!

Your final post (Monday, Feb. 7) should be an overview of the blog-a-day week experience. What did you learn? What was difficult? What got easier over time? Post this link to the comments section of this assignment by noon, Monday, Feb. 7.

DUE: Every day from Tuesday, Feb. 1 – Monday, Feb. 7 (seven posts in all)

EXTRA CREDIT: Now that you’ve finished your 5K, try for a marathon! For every week in February that you post every day, you’ll earn two points of extra credit. Post for the entire month – that’s February 1 to February 28 – and you’ll earn 6 extra points total.

All the above rules apply – no metacommentary, no garbage posts – with two exceptions:

  • In Week 3 (Feb. 13-19), you may make one post about the blog month experience so far.
  • On February 28, you may post an overview of your blog month experience.

You might want to check out the National Blog Posting Month site for advice and support – you can even sign up to win prizes.

Mainly, though, you should have fun as you learn firsthand just what goes into regular blogging. I promise, you will survive.