Day 365: Mission Accomplished! Looking Back At PostADay 2011 Challenge

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This has been an amazing challenge! Thanks for joining me!

“Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.’ John Wooden

With a great sigh of relief, I’m posting my 365th post this year!  I’ve imagined this day many times.

In mid-January, I was ready to quit posting when WordPress spurred me onward.  They highlighted my blog so that I gained new friends and followers.  My audience is not large, but they are patient and encouraging.  Knowing that someone reads my daily posts keeps me writing.

Setting goals makes life fun, but knowing what goals to set is most difficult.

Here are my reflections (as suggested by WordPress) of completing these 365 days and my reasons for doing it:

  • Why did you start the Post a Day/Week Challenge?  I was looking for a challenge last December when I happened upon the daily challenge by WordPress.  They suggested we get a blog (which I didn’t yet have) and tell the world that we would be posting every day.  That’s how I started.  I told the world that I was starting what I have found to be a very long, but exciting, challenge.
  • Describe the state of your blog at the time you started the challenge.  As I mentioned, I had never created a blog but did have a website when I began the challenge.  I didn’t even understand posting at the time.
  • How did your blog evolve over the course of the challenge? Initially, I wanted my followers to join me in creating something every day.  I tried to challenge the readers to do an activity with me.  Over time, I simply posted about things I had noticed with my camera or during the day’s activities.
  • Did you post as often as you had hoped? Why or why not?  Yes, I posted every day.  On a few occasions, I posted something very simple because of my schedule that day.  Generally, I tried to write a post that connected something tangible with something intangible.
  • What type of blogging strategy works best for you?  I fell into a pattern which helped.  I would first look at a picture and choose my topic.  Then, I would search for a quote about the topic and include it in my post.  From there, I could compare my topic with my thoughts.  I often looked for related links to put into the post.
  • If you could go back to the beginning, what would you do differently? I’m sure my first few posts would be more in line with my other posts.  As it stands, I’m happy with how it went and wouldn’t change it.
  • What are you most proud of accomplishing this year?  I’ve met some great people this year.  I’ve learned to post, and I’ve enjoyed other blogs.  Finally, I completed this daily task all year long.
  • Name 3 great blogs you discovered through the challenge.  I have enjoyed Fruitful Words, Julia’s Place, and Savoring Today.  I felt especially connected to Susan and Julia.  We’ve befriended one another during this process.
  • What surprised you about the challenge?  I found that this daily post made me look more closely at my day-to-day activities.  I started taking pictures of interesting things, and I noticed more of the little details I often overlook.
  • What advice would you give to others who want to blog regularly?  I highly suggest the PostADay initially.  If you can make yourself commit to that long length of time, it will change your daily thinking pattern and make you more vulnerable.
  • What are your blogging goals for 2012?  Basically, I have no blogging goals this year since I thoroughly blitzed myself out in 2011.  I’m in the process of putting together a BrainCaviar for Educators site.  It’s just starting up.  I will not commit to posting daily, but will post at my own pace.

Now, I must thank many of you!

  • Thank you Julia, Ruth, Susan, Cooky, and Brad for being my top commenters this year.
  • Thank you to those who have “followed” my posts.  It made the journey worthwhile knowing that someone was reading!
  • Thank you family for putting up with me during this crazy year when I would have to rush home to finish my post of the day on many occasions!
  • Thank you to the readers who put up with my ramblings and who laughed with me all year long!
  • Thank you  WordPress.  You supported me daily, sent weekly photo challenges (which helped a lot), gave me this free place to post my thoughts, and connected me to a wonderful blogging community.

If you’ve stopped in this year at BrainCaviar, please leave a comment!  I appreciate each one!

Goodbye to this PostADay 2011 Challenge!  I promise never to take another one, but I will pop in at BrainCaviar from time to time and share my latest thoughts…just not every day!

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20 responses »

    • Thanks so much, James. I had no idea that you were writing a song a week. That is a huge task! I sure did enjoy the Christmas song! It has been a joy getting to know you and your family better this year! Blessings to you all!

  1. Thanks for taking the time and putting in the effort to embark on this journey, I am sure that it wasn’t always easy. Thanks for your words of encouragement to me concerning my blog. I am sure this has been a great learning experience for you and we have enjoyed being part of it.

    • Thanks, Justin. It was nice getting to know you, and I’m excited about your new ideas for this year. I don’t know much about Eugene. It looks like I’ll be learning more. Thanks for stopping in!

  2. well, I can’t believe the year is over….never questioned you would do it! I actually enjoyed it- though surely look forward to your coming home from school and actually sitting down and TALKING instead of doing your blog!

  3. You are awesome, Claudia. This was quite an undertaking. I can’t believe that the year is already over!

    It was interesting reading how you came up with your topics. Thanks for sharing yourself with us. I don’t know if I could be so open as you were with us this past year.

    I know I didn’t always post a comment but I almost always read your post every day except when recuperating in the early days from my broken shoulder.

    I will miss you. I, too, felt a connection. I hope we get to stay in touch and maybe even meet in real life someday.

    • That would be so awesome. Somehow, I feel that we are going to meet. I’m surely going to let you know if I’m close to your area. Perhaps you’ll come out for a warm visit. We have a great location and an open door!

    • What an encourager you are! I had a great time doing it and really learned so much! I’m glad I got to meet you near the end, but I’ll post from time to time. I’m taking a short break though! Love your posts too!

  4. I shall miss my daily tonic of your posts C. I do hope you get Brain Caviar for Education off the ground. It has been a real pleasure to become your friend and maybe one day it will be in the real world!

    • Thanks so much for your daily encouragement! It has been my joy to get to know you through this blogging experience! I do hope we get to meet sometime in real life. May you have your best year ever…Happy New Year!

  5. Congratulations! I can understand the feeling of gratification on accomplishing a well endured mission. I got chance to know you much later in the game and was only able to catch a glimpse of an epic journey of post-a-day you underwent during 2011. I must admire your efforts to maintain content level at high interest with your creative ideas. One of my action items of 2012 is to go over your postathon 2011 and collect the gems you have scattered along the way. Wish you a very Happy New Year.

    • Thank you for the sweet comments. I’m so happy to have met you through the posts and appreciate your passion and willingness to share your love for God. It is the best thing we can share with others! I look forward to following your posts as well. I woke up wanting to write a post today, and made myself wait another day.

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