In an effort to promote creativity and good habits, WordPress.com recently issued a challenge to its members: post one blog entry each day for the entire year. There is also a once-a-week challenge, as well as a more lenient once-a-whatever-you-feel-like.
I’ve always been a believer in letting ideas flow naturally rather than sitting and staring at a blank screen and trying to force an idea onto the page. Posting once a day is a great plan, but what happens when you are genuinely out of topics? This very question occurred to me not long after I started WordPressing, so I went out and bought a playing card-sized notebook and miniature pen to keep with me because I knew I would run out of blogging ideas eventually. With the notebook always in my pocket, I can quickly scribble down any thoughts I have during the day that I think would make interesting posts. That way, when I sit down at my laptop, I don’t have to waste time trying to think of something to write about; I just flip through my notebook and pick an idea. I love working this way because I get to spend more time doing the fun part: writing.
Those undertaking the challenge just need to take care not to turn daily blogging into a chore, because that can suck the fun right out of it. Hats off to the future blogging aces of the one-a-day who stick it out for the duration.