Back in January I accepted WordPress’s Post A Week challenge, although I was worried that I might not be able to keep it up. (There was a Post A Day challenge too, but I knew I wouldn’t be able to do that!) Now, WordPress has invited us challengers to reflect on our accomplishments with eleven questions to help us determine our blogging strategies for the new year…
1. Why did you start the Post a Week Challenge?
I started because I knew I was leaving Japan, and I was worried that I would lose the motivation to keep writing about Japanese culture. I really wanted to keep Haikugirl’s Japan going, but I needed something to push me. I felt that the challenge of having to post at least once a week would be a good way to stay on track.
2. Describe the state of your blog at the time you started the challenge.
My blog was doing well, but I was mainly writing about my experiences in Japan and wasn’t sure what I would write about once my adventures were over in April.
3. How did your blog evolve over the course of the challenge?
I discovered that I actually have so much to write about, and I found new angles by creating the A-Z of Japan series.
4. Did you post as often as you had hoped? Why or why not?
I kept up with my promise of blogging at least once a week, and on many occasions I managed to blog more than once a week. Why? Because I promised myself, and I promised my readers.
5. What type of blogging strategy works best for you?
I don’t know if I really have a blogging strategy. I love writing about Japan, and I would do it every day if I had the time!
6. If you could go back to the beginning, what would you do differently?
To be honest, I’m not sure I would do anything differently. I’m really pleased with how this year has gone, blogging-wise.
7. What are you most proud of accomplishing this year?
I’m proud of not only keeping up weekly posts on Haikugirl’s Japan, but of maintaining readership. Thank you everyone who has stuck with me, shared my posts, left comments, and supported me in all sorts of ways.
8. Name 3 great blogs you discovered through the challenge.
I have to confess that I haven’t discovered any blogs through Post A Week/Day. Sorry! I’ll try to improve on that next year.
9. What surprised you about the challenge?
How easy it was! Even when I was in the middle of job hunting and moving house, I didn’t have any trouble thinking of topics to write about.
10. What advice would you give to others who want to blog regularly?
Just do it! I feel like I have written more than ever this year, and it has inspired me to do the same in 2012. Whatever your blog is about, it shouldn’t be hard to commit to at least one weekly post.
11. What are your blogging goals for 2012?
Simply to keep writing! Haikugirl’s Japan is my main blog, and I will commit to weekly posts about Japan, Japanese culture, and Japanese stuff in the UK, as I have done throughout 2011. In addition, I will be keeping up with my other blogs: Picturing England, on which I post daily photos, and Being Ali on AliMuskett.com, which is full of general musings on life, travel and art (weekly posts from 2012).