Saturday, May 1, 2010

Setting myself a challenge: A May Blogathon

Am I crazy?

I've signed up for the 2010 WordCount Blogathon in which bloggers commit to post every day during the month of May. Yes, that means at least 31 blog posts during the month of May.

I typically post 11 to 15 times a month. So I've got to double or triple my output. Yikes!

One of my survival techniques is to look at unfinished drafts. I've got 80+. Some of them must be worth finishing. 

Please let me know if there are topics you'd like me to address this month. A little outside inspiration would help.

Meanwhile, here's the list of my fellow Blogathoners

  • Rebecca I. Allen356 No More, A journey from couch to fit

  • Anjulibhulbhulaiyan, A complicated entanglement of zigzag pathways

  • Joan Lambert BaileyPopcornHomestead, Gardening, place and my life in Tokyo

  • Karen BannanNatural as Possible Mom, Because natural isn’t always possible — or easy

  • t.a. barnhartLeft Coast Foodie, Damn, that’s good: a foodie blog by someone who knows what he’s doing

  • June BellEnough is enough! Advice and support

  • Athena l. Borozon – The Desert Rat Dialogues

  • Jane Boursaw*Film Gecko, Cool movie news and reviews

  • Alisa BowmanProject Happily Ever After, Marriage advice from a recovering divorce daydreamer

  • Carson BrackneyCarson Brackney, Consultant, Copywriter, Content Provider, Factotum

  • Sheena BrockingtonGreenhouse Advertising, Cultivating ideas for small businesses

  • Danielle BuffardiHorrible Sanity, Going into the mind of a mother and freelancer

  • Beverly BurmeierGoing on Adventures, Travel stories from near and far

  • Danielle CarterLive and Love Life VA, Helping you do more of what you love, and less of what you don’t!

  • Fiona ChanCandy Prison, A typical teenager

  • Bernard ChungGreen Tea World, It’s more than just a cup of green tea here

  • Caroline ClemmonsA Writer’s Life, Writing tips, interviews and miscellaneous ramblings

  • Shelley Clunie - ShelCluzo’s Blog, Healthy, wealthy and wise at 62

  • Christianne CookA Day in My Mind, The world through my eyes

  • Sue DickmanLife Divided, Food, garden, books . . . and India

  • Jackie DishnerBike with Jackie, Using my special brand of BIKE to teach you how to turn obstacles into opportunities

  • Tracy DoerrTracy Doerr, A chronicle of ideas and things that inspire me

  • Ron S. Doyle*Blog Salad, All the blog that’s fit to eat

  • Dana DuGanChick with a View, It’s good to live on the edge. The view is better

  • Dan EldridgeLabor Party, A Young Pioneers Media blog for Creative and Alternative Entrepreneurs

  • Heather FaesyBlame it on the Full Moon, My kids, writing and reading

  • R. Jill FinkMy Opera, Musings about writing, food, weight loss and other hilarious things

  • Jennifer FinkBlogging Bout Boys, All about boys — raising them, educating them, learning with them

  • Damaris FishDamaris Fish on Genealogy, Researching my family history and helping others with theirs

  • Dylan FogleDiscordianzen, The map is not the territory

  • Katie FooteLittlefoote’s Lab, A chronicle of what the unemployed girl in NoPo is up to

  • AndreaGenevieveAndrea Genevieve, Where social medium, technology and higher education meet

  • Alexandra GrabbeChezsven’s Blog, Life as a green innkeeper on Outer Cape Cod

  • Elyse GrauMy Garden to Table, Growing what you eat, eating what you grow

  • Wendy Korn HepptBudget Style on a Shoestring, Budget savvy fashion, beauty and related news and ideas

  • Katie HindererWrite Beyond the Cubicle, A freelance writer’s thoughts on the industry

  • Amanda HirschTastee Pudding, In the search for creative life, the proof is in the Pudding

  • Lisa Jaffe Hubbell – Eat, Read and Be Harried, Making it through life one book at a time

  • Nancy Mann JacksonGrowing Food and Kids, Gardening, harvesting, cooking and preserving with kids in tow

  • Robert JanelleWithout an Apostrophe, Ottawa freelance tech journalist

  • Elizabeth King HumphreyThe Write Elizabeth, Writing. Creativity. Play. Life.

  • Walter L. Johnson IIGeorgia News Beat, An inside look at what’s happening in the state of Georgia

  • B.J. KeetonProfessor Beej, Pop culture commentary with an academic slant

  • Amy KocurAmyLizK, Maryland/ DC Metro area arts and analysis

  • Courtney KoschelFinding My Muse: A New Writer’s Journey,

  • Sara LancasterNo.2PenBlog, Resource for my clients and others interested in marketing communications

  • Bill LascherLascher at Large, A contemplative, pondered and unrushed thought banquet.

  • Mary Dixon LebeauIn the Boom Boom Room, Remember staying out until the street lights came on?

  • Pooja LohanaBrown-eyed Mystic, On writing and more!

  • Sarah E. LudwigParenting by Trial and Error, The learning curve in raising kids

  • Jenny Lynes – Welcome to the Good Life, A student environmentalist exploring responsible, cheap, and fun living

  • Harry MarksCurious Rat, Chewing at the tech industry’s wires…nom nom nom…

  • Joanne MasonEnglish Idioms, What they mean, how we use them, where they came from

  • Kim McNeillKim’s Play Place, An active parent trying to make sure my kids are educated

  • Teresa MearsMiamiOntheCheap, Discounts, deals and free events in Miami

  • Rose MedlockRFM, Rose Flores Medlock

  • Heather MintonStumbling into Grace, The adventure of following God and figuring it out in Portland

  • Kathy MurrayOut and Employed, News, career advice and job resources for ex-offenders

  • Alexis NeelyLife, Business and the Pursuit of Truth, A blog about the intersection

  • Charles NewberyPine Tree Paradise, The life of a work-at-home writer and father of three

  • Eric NovinsonCosting a Green Future, A green business blog

  • Tracy O’Connor I Hate My Message Board, Humor, crankiness, a museum of snack foods and the odd motivational piece

  • Andrea ParkerAutism Fundraising Guide, For parents of children with autism

  • Lilac PenafielWhat Have You Learned Today, Life lessons learned everyday…

  • Tara PhillipsTwo Hands and a Road Map

  • Jennie PhippsWalletPop, AOL’s personal finance blog

  • Ed PilollaEd Pilolla, What the f*** is love?

  • Sue PorembaI Breathe, Therefore I Write

  • Kate ReillyPolka Dot Suitcase, Family fun through creative living

  • Meredith ResnickThe Writer’s [Inner] Journey, Bestselling authors, professional creatives and emerging voices in quirky dialogue about how they write and why it works

  • Vanessa RichardsonWay Out West Texas, City girl from California moves to Way Out West Texas, what will happen?

  • Rebecca RobinsonRebecca Robinson, Updates on freelance projects, reflections on journalism innovation in Portland and beyond, and brainstorms from the wee hours

  • Carey RossiThank You Everything, Appreciate the little things

  • Natasha RogueThe Writing Blues, Little tips on how I find motivation to get past the difficulties of writing life and the road to publication

  • Andrea M. RotondoLuxury Cruise Bible, Your source for unbiased luxury cruise reviews

  • Melissa SaisDigital Mom, Raising kids in a digital world

  • Lisa SamalonisSingle Parent Savings

  • Sami Stonerpreneur, Stoner antics as they relate to my business and personal growth

  • Dina SantorelliMaking Baby Grand, And I thought giving birth to real babies was hard…

  • Lacey SavageTips and WIPS, Talking about writing fiction

  • Lilian SchaerFood and Farming Canada, A blog about the farming side of food

  • Matthew SmithSmidgen PC, Big news about tiny PCs

  • Michelle SmithLaw Office of Michelle R. Smith, Because it’s your life, your family and your choice

  • Stephanie Suesan SmithStephanie Suesan Smith PhD, Information Central

  • Claire SplanAlameda Garden, Gardening issues in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond

  • Margarita TartakovskySelf-ish, {Sorta} Sage Advice on Being a Better You

  • ThinkingtoohardThinking too hard, This is where I empty my head

  • Blake ThompsonBlack Thompson daht Net, “I’m just saying…”

  • Jodi TorpeyWestern Gardeners, Your online guide to gardening in the West

  • Paul TullisGrim Tidings- True/Slant, My rants about politics & policy

  • Brandi-Ann UyemuraBrandi-Ann Uyemura, Rather be freelancing: tips for the beginning writer

  • Beth VanHooseWriting in Sand, My adventures in freelance writing, and other stuff

  • Rachel VidoniEast Coast Musings, A humorous look at kids, family and life

  • Jen WalkerMy Morning Chocolate, Writing, experiments, culture and adventure in food

  • Katie Jett WallsOne per Week, 52 posts on things that matter to me

  • Sarah WebbWebb of Science, Connecting science and life

  • Rebecca WeberNewstilt SAfrica

  • Susan WeinerInvestment Writing, For investment and wealth managers who want to communicate more effectively with clients and prospects

  • Rashida WilliamsReally Rashida, Urban lit author blogging about my life and times

  • Jennifer WillisJennifer Willis, Thoughts on religion, sustainability, media and culture

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    1. We've got a great list here! I could spend an entire day reading all these wonderful blogs. (And I probably will!)


    2. So why do you feel compelled to post once a day for the month of May? Are you doing it in the hopes of increasing search engine rankings? To see if traffic increases?
      I'm curious, as I've debated with myself on how frequently I should update my own blog. For now, I've decided that when I feel I have something of significance to say, then I'll add a post.

    3. Bill,

      I'm curious about whether more frequent blogging will drive up traffic. But that's not the real reason why I plan to post daily.

      I've got so many things that I'd like to write about. By participating in Michelle Rafter's Blogathon for freelance writers, I hope to discipline myself to write about more of these topics.

      Under normal circumstances, I try to blog at least once a week. I'm a bit worried that posting daily will make me lower my standards.


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