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Here at WordPress.com we like blogs. We like bloggers. And more than anything else, we like bloggers who blog. But…

Here at WordPress.com we like blogs. We like bloggers. And more than anything else, we like bloggers who blog.

But one hard part of blogging is beyond the awesome tools you use. It’s the posting. Coming up with ideas, writing them down, or picking the right photos, can be quite the challenge. And then you need the courage to hit that Publish button.

As announced today, to help you we’re launching this experimental blog called The Daily Post. We will post every day here, hoping to inspire you to do the same.

We’ll have inspiring questions from Plinky.com you can re-use in your posts, insightful interviews with rock-star bloggers,  and fresh ways to think about blogging. We’re doing this to help build a community of people who want to be more active writers, bloggers, and creators.

How to participate:

  1. Write about any topic you see here
  2. Please use the tag postaday2011 or postaweek2011 in your posts (tips on tagging here), so we know we were of use to you.

And please subscribe to this blog and get ready to roll in 2011.

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  1. Je trouve ce blog super. C’est sympa de vouloir faire garder le moral au bloggeurs (étant donné que j’ecris un bouquin et des poèmes que je publie sur wordpress sa va m’aider)
    Merci beaucoup

  2. It’s funny, I was planning to blog daily in 2011 as it was, and then I saw this from WordPress. Perfect for added motivation! I can’t wait to begin!

  3. The problem with blogging is coming up with interesting idea’s and topic’s,and not just falling into the trap of droning on endlessly about mundane matters,like what you had for breakfast etc.

    1. Breakfast can be exciting. Have you ever had breakfast naked? Or on top of a mountain? Or naked on top of a mountain? Those are two good tricks right there for making any topic more interesting to write about.

      1. Scott,

        Naked breakfasts on top of a mountain? Hey, you don’t have to go to all that effort. Just go to Zavial beach :) What’s exciting about eating breakfast naked, anyway? More exciting for the Mosquitos :) LOL
        PiP

      2. do you mean there are people who DON”T eat breakfast naked? someone should do a post about them! Who are they? The pictures of course, would not be so interesting…depending

    2. Hi jolyonwagg1,

      I agree with your comments. I spend ages researching different topics and often have to translate from Portuguese to English before I can even begin to write a blog post about my chosen topic. I then have to take photos and depending on the topic, these may take weeks to collate.

      I could drone on about the meaning of life but who really cares?

      I would find a wordpress “writing” forum to help improve on writing style, grammar and puncutation far more useful – we are not all professional writers :)

      Surely it’s quality of posts and information rather than quantity of posts?
      PiP

      1. Oh man! I LOVE that idea. :) hm,.. Now my brain is cranking again…
        Thanks :) I’ll let you know what kind of themes I conjure up.!

    3. for topics….
      I have a notebook…
      any time I come up with an idea I jot it down.
      I end up with lists of neat stuff. Then I take a calendar and work in 1-2 month steps placing topics in each day. That way I have a bit of a road map.

      1. firebear, you’ve got the right idea. When I am on the Internet and come across something interesting I grab a snippet, open a WordPad document and file it under Article Ideas – Drafts.
        I usually end up adding some of my own thoughts on the topic before I save it. Some may call this a swipe file. It works pretty good!

    4. Don’t think on what people will say about your topic,
      just write what comes to your head, It’s about your idea.

  4. This is an interesting idea. I already blog almost every day (except Sunday). I started it last spring as an exercise for Lent and it just kept going. Some weeks I miss a day, maybe 2, but most weeks I post 6 times per week. I will be interested to see what kind of inspiration you provide here on this blog. Peace, Linda

  5. Producing great content daily is all about discipline but even professionals have writer’s block too.

    I like this idea of daily post. With a group of bloggers motivating and inspiring each other, it will enhance the blogging experience.

  6. I’m looking forward to the challenge of blogging every day and considering I just started my blog two weeks ago, I’m not doing too bad so far.
    What do you think?

    Trying to get the community encouragement going here!

  7. This is a great idea, and I sure need the encouragement. Posting everyday will be a challenge.Although a year from now I will be a much better writer.

  8. While I think this is a really good idea, I would have to add that my main interest is in communicating every day . . . regardless of the tool I use to do so. On some days that may take the form of a blog, on others a lot of tweeting, and still others might be engaging via Facebook (just because I have lots of friends in the social media world – all over the world). Heck, checking in with Foursquare, adding a comment, and sharing it is a useful form of communication (I think).

    In addition, sometimes I use Amplify to post material and others I use Posterous. Maybe I’m too scattered, but I never know when the desire will hit me and whether I’ll be at my computer, out with my iPad or phone, or just at a tab in Firefox I don’t feel like leaving. I know I could just “Press This”, but I feel I need to know what others are offering as well.

    Regardless, I love having WordPress for the heavy lifting. It is, after all, the place where it all comes together for me. I think I’m going to sign up for a weekly blather.

    You folks provide an incredible service. Thank you.

  9. I too think quality is better than quantity. In this blog, you could give us some ideas and suggestions about what to post, daily. Like ‘Share your favorite childhood moment’, ‘Which architectural monument impressed you the most’, ‘Ideas for reducing music piracy’ etc. That would really motivate a lot of people to write something sensible :) .

    Destination Infinity

  10. I think it is a great idea! I was going to try to write everyday for 2011 so now I have an avenue to do it. I am really, really new to blogging and I want to make it part of my everyday life! Here’s to a great 2011 to all

    Lorraine

  11. I’m looking forward to the motivation, as well. I’ve been wanting to blog for the longest time and finally just decided to take the plunge and go for it. The problem is my blog is so fragmented right now- a mixture of deep thoughts and philosophy, training and health tips, and business process and application (like Excel and Access) tips. I hope I can hang with you guys and gals

    Bobby
    BobbyBluford.com

  12. I am looking forward to participating. I’m glad you gave us the option to do a post a week. Time constraints make a post a day impossible right now. I will be trying to post a least three times a week with two of my posts being on the core topics for my current blog, i.e. autism spectrum, bully prevention, and the importance of tolerance and forgiveness.
    dswalkerauthor.com

  13. I just signed up! I can’t wait. It will be epic! I think that WP Mobile is a great thing, but the Blackberry App isn’t very user friendly. Well, at least for me. Hopefully, I will learn more about it as things progress. Good luck everyone and Happy New Year!!!!

  14. I’m concerned I might start blogging just to post, rather than because I have something to say. I’d like to go for more than 2 times a week, but fewer than 7. I currently blog about 2-3 times a week, depending on my inspiration, so I think 3-5 times a week is a better goal for me.

  15. Blogging… Is reAlly awesome! But I don’t think I am good with that. However, I always wanted to try share something what’s going on around me every end ov the day, quite interestin’ but as u guys see my English is broken. That’s y most ov the time my thoughts or things I wanted to share end up into a big comedy issues afterwards. So could it b possible for now, that I will just follow u guys until I learn the mojo well, in regards;( or unless it doesn’t matter to u guys at all, then why not:)) k then, just lemme know!

    Ps: Happy NY to all, Btw!

  16. Silly question I’m sure but…do we put the tag postaday2011 in every post? What if we post more than once a day – do we tag only one post for that day. Yeah, I know…details! But that is just how I’m geared.

  17. Am very excited about it! It will also be so nice to have a supportive community…

    Happy New Year and here’s to 2011!!

  18. We can all use the encouragement! Thanks. I’ve been posting everyday on my blog (the music one) for the last two months and plan on continuing throughout 2011 and beyond. I stumbled here, but I don’t think I need any help. I’m recently retired and I blog because it feels good and I look forward to posting everyday. I wish everyone the same!

  19. Well, I’m joining, since I blog most everyday anyway. I want to use this challenge to find my “voice” on my personal blog, instead of just rambling on about things no one cares about.

  20. I will succumb. Reluctantly, I resolve to drag my noodle to the keyboard at least weekly. Plinking, ever plinking, I will plunk out entry after entertaining entry.

    ~OR~

    Whoo hoo! I relish the challenge and shall rise to the occasion with vigor and fortitude!

    How ’bout I shoot for the ~OR~, which is somewhere in the middle? Either extreme is better than not writing at all… and I look forward to the day when it’s just flowing out of me, with no self discipline required, and no need to psyche myself up… it’s just a peaceful and joyful natural expression. That, I can aim for.

  21. This could get me out of repetitive thinking and into fresh approaches – it might be worth writing! Great idea – I am underway already.

    1. Just for the record – this was posted at 12.50pm on January 2nd (local time in New Zealand) – 21 hours ahead of this time – does that give me more time each day to blog? lol

  22. I have an endless supply of ideas and I try to post twice a week, Tuesdays and Fridays.
    Finding the time to write is my problem. I’d better stay committed to posting weekly. Sign me up.
    Happy New Year and Good Luck everyone!

  23. I am completely new to blogging. I wonder if I shall ever fall short of ideas. As rightly pointed out by many of you, what matters is quality and not quantity. Anyways, it’s sure shot helpful forum to connect with fellow bloggers.

  24. Can I do something in the middle? I don’t want to even try to post every day, but I can do better than once a week! What about a prompt for writers who commit to posting, say, three times a week? And how is it that I’m only just now seeing this, on the 4th? (Maybe this is a clue that I shouldn’t try to write every day ;)

  25. Hi there! :) Am I left out? I dont use wordpress.com but rather power my own blog using wordpress.org. Would still love to take advantage of this though! :)

  26. hi my intentions are good however just missed two days. So any inspiration will be welcome. keep me on your A list. Better yet visit me at
    Lake Worth every minute
    this is a moment by moment documentation of my new surroundings. new things always seem better.

  27. WordPress, I love you! My current blog is on training for the marathon so doesn’t really lend itself to daily updates, but when that’s over with I’m going to do a post-a-day photoblog. But for now I’m irrationally pleased with myself for working out (ok, following instructions…) how to add a link to my fundraising page from my blog homepage :)

  28. Scott, as others have said, I really appreciate WordPress’ organizing us in this way. This is the first time in a long time–I’m talking years! –that I’ve felt like I have a reciprocal relationship with a digital-age company of any size. I already sing the praises of WordPress everywhere I go. This level of engagement on the company’s part just gives me more to sing about.

    I have a couple of questions about the posting community, which I’ll ask in different posts. First question, can you tell how many bloggers are participating in the daily and weekly categories? This is just a matter of curiosity.

  29. My second question of the night , Scott: Could you give us an organizing mechanism to create interest groups? Several people mentioned their professions when responding to the topic-type discussion, so it occured to me that this is a great opportunity to network with people who not only share each other’s work backgrounds but also take the trouble to blog regularly. That’s a dynamite combination.

    1. Hey flowers, sometimes it’s about stepping out of our comfort zone and intereacting with different types of people, from different backgrounds across the world. I have found some amazing blogs by stepping out of mine. However, having said that, I agree it would be interesting to identify blogs that focus on a particular topic who are taking part in the challenge.
      Was is Forest Gump who said “Life is like a box of candy” ? I’ve thrown away the selection card and just dipped in :)

      1. Thanks for the response, Piglet. One thing that piqued my curiosity in interest-group blogs was a blog I found when following shortcuts in a WordPress folder transferred from a previous computer. The blog was called Scholars Who Blog, and its last post is dated 2002. As it turns out, however, it’s from the Bloggers community, not the WordPress community.

  30. Regardless the idea of posting everyday which I find a little bit focused on producing words, not valuable content, did you know that the typewriter that you’re using as the header has Polish signs? Is it a way to intentionally promote Polish authors? It just stroke me when I was wondering whether to accept the challenge or not and regarding pointlessly at it.

  31. This is my first blog ever, and i’m signing up for posting everyday. People say I talk too much, its just that I don’t see all that many different people who want to talk, I guess. So perhaps, blogging will be a form of relief to those who say they have to suffer my constant naggging er I mean interesting conversation
    I justify myself like this, years and years ago, I worked out that it made life easier for me to ask someone who already knew how to do something properly, how to do it. This has saved me endless time over the years in false starts, realising vital things too late etc etc. Hanging Wallpaper for the first time is a good example of this. Yes, you can hang wallpaper perfectly the first time you try, I guess, perhaps by doing a lot of reading about it, but never by trial and error, I would say the same thing about say growing and propagating seedlings; but if you are lucky enough to find someone whose home decoration and garden you admire, and IF they are prepared to share their knowledge with you, both verbally and preferably with a bit of hands on help, well then, youv’e got an almost certain head start, and you are up and running. (Its better if the person really does know what they are doing, of course.) Personally, I’ve never found asking for advice, information or help to get me started difficult or embarassing. Often people are flatterred and willing to give you a few tips, so long as that is where it stops, and they don’t feel obliged to actually do the whole job for you. The biggest problem I’ve found is that a lot of people are very protective about what they know and don’t always want to share it with others. A kind of ‘it took me years to learn this, so I’m not going to make it any easier for you’ attitude. So suddenly, asking what the best way to strip off your existing paper is, becomes a matter of great and secretive importance to them. The same is true, I find, with ‘collectors’ ( i consider myself to be one). Will they tell you the difference between porcelain and pottery, will they heck, what is the backmark for Chelsea Pottery, again its like its a state secret or even worse that they are holding some rare and esoteric gift- one they don’t want to share with others. Does anyone else have a view on this, especially these days when there is almost too much info to dredge through. Maxine