Writing 101 produced great posts, fast friendships, and nearly half a million pageviews for your blogs. As we prepare for Writing 201, let’s take a look back at just how much you accomplished.
Before Writing 201 gets underway on Monday, we thought we’d take a look back at 101. You were a prolific bunch, and seeing just how much you accomplished feels great and an is excellent way to get motivated for 201.
*Blogging U. challenges are open to everyone including self-hosted, Tumblr, and Blogger bloggers, who we can’t analyze.
Ready for some numbers? During Writing 101, the 1275 bloggers we’re able to track* got nearly half a million pageviews — 442,717 to be precise — and were responsible for:
This comes from your publishing 66% more posts than you did pre-Writing 101 — 92% of you posted twice as much. Not too shabby, considering that the main goal of Writing 101 was simply to help you develop a regular writing habit, whether you chose to publish your writing or not!
And what about your individual blogs? When we took a look at Writing 101 participants’ blogs in the month before the challenge and then during Writing 101, we found:
You had 178% more views during Writing 101. Not only that, but 82% of you at least doubled your views, and another 3% tripled them. Compared to the average non-Writing 101 blogger, you racked up 868% more views. Seriously.
A lot of those viewers liked what they saw, to the tune of an average 72% increase in followers for each of your blogs. Eighty-nine percent of you now have twice as many followers as you did on day one.
Each individual post got lots of love as well, as you got 97% more likes while participating in Writing 101 — and for 86% of you, your likes doubled. Compared to your non-Blogging U. comrades, you see 38% more likes.
Your posts are also engaging enough to get people talking, inspiring 102% more comments than you got before. Eighty-seven percent of you doubled your comment counts, and you now get 30% more comments than non-Writing 101 blogs.
Even more impressive? These numbers exclude the hundreds of posts, comments, and likes you generated during your rich conversations in the Commons — they represent your personal blogs only.
Of course, Writing 101 was, at its heart, about the act of writing. Judging from the excellent posts we read and fascinating conversations in the Commons, it helped you put fingers to keyboard more often, and that’s what counts. Well done!
If you’d like to keep going and put a spit-shine on some of what your wrote during Writing 101, Writing 201: Finding Your Story starts on Monday — there’s still time to register. But whether we see you there or not, we hope you keep writing, keep publishing, and maintain all the connections you’ve created.