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Lessons from 29 posts in 29 days

Over on Jeff Hester’s blog, he has some good observations from his experiences so far with Post a Day. As we’ve talked about before, he uses draft posts to collect ideas, giving him some buffer for days where he’s less motivated:

  1. Planning is essential, as I noted in post #17/365. I’m using the draft status to collect ideas and thoughts on articles I want to write, or to align publication with related events. I collect my thoughts over days and weeks, and this has greatly simplified the process of sitting down to actually write the finished article.
  2. Brainstorming helps, too! I tap into resources from Facebook and Twitter. I gain a lot of ideas from scanning my feeds on Flipboard or reading sites like The Daily Post which share topics and ideas for writing.

Read the rest of his post here.

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  1. Sounds like we have some common ground there. Gathering ideas in your drafts is a truly worthwhile endeavor, as it proves to be a vital asset when your creative ideas are running low. Although I don’t use Facebook or Twitter for collecting ideas, I certainly keep my eyes open. I’ll check out message boards, Google Buzz, and even the previews at movie theaters! There’s so many sources for a plethora of good posts.

    Thanks for sharing this inspiration!
    -Adventure Writer

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  2. Great introspection here. Thanks for the thoughts on the project. As someone who typically has quite a problem writing regularly, I’ve been challenging myself to write. I’m going to start building up a buffer of draft posts.

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  3. Olá Pessoal, eu me esforço para escrever aqui sempre, mas tem coisas que não entendo, por exemplo acabei de ver do lado direito, você já mentiu a sua idade? Eu nunca menti, vivo escrevendo que tenho 69 anos, o que é muito.
    Inteligente, claro quem não quer ser? Eu sim.
    A minha palavra favorita, eu no momento não sei, mas costumo agradecer a todos por tudo, e ser educada.
    O resto acho que já foi respondido. Eu acredito que aqui tenho tido bastante ajuda, gosto de participar dos tópicos, arrumei uma amiga que se chama Gildita, quero mais amigos.
    E o meu agradecimento a todos vocês que a cada dia nos incentivam um pouco mais.
    Beijos a todos Mina!!!

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  4. Thanks for providing these observations about how to used WordPress. I can use the concept of saving drafts now: such a good idea. Thanks!! I’ll pass that on to my friends who are also trying to develop strategies for successful blogging.

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  5. I do the ‘gathering of ideas/blog topics’ in my draft folder, or on the cell phone if I’m out. Works great for me.

    I have a question … or thought, regarding this Daily Post: How about these of us, taking part in this, that have self-hosted wordpress.ORG, when we choose NOT to write about the suggested topic?!

    There must be many people, like myself, who save those topics ‘for a rainy day’… I tag all my posts «postaday2011», but that doesn’t really matter since it’s a wp.org blog … links won’t appear.

    Where do we post the links? Would it be possible for WP to put in something for them?

    my post this morning

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  6. ✿♡✿Happy Valentine’s Day!✿♡✿
    Just wanted to stop by and share the Blog Hop below… Another lesson learned – connect with your community in new ways! 🙂
    All are Invited! I have another Mega Blog Hop going this week – 2 actually; one for a favorite post and one for your Facebook fan page and Networked Blog ! 🙂
    Stop by and add your posts/pages and make some new friends!
    Thank you,
    Elizabeth
    Mirth and Motivation

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