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Ultimate Blog Challenge – Day 6 And I Cheat

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It is day 6 of my Ultimate Blog Challenge. I am supposed to write a post a day throughout July but somehow I managed to fall behind. I am not even sure whether I am one or two posts short. I wasn’t being lazy, it’s just that life took over, as it often does, and writing a blog got pushed down to the bottom of my ‘to do’ list.

Why?

What are my lame excuses? Secondary schools open days, where we ended up spending more time than expected;  being a taxi driver for my son who suddenly presented me with a busy social schedule without having had discussed it with me first; trying to catch up with all the housework and piles of laundry… you know, the usual.

On top of all that, I literally lost a day this week because some strange virus got the better of me. I was fine on Friday, felt rotten on Saturday and I slept 18 hours (no, I wasn’t hangover, I hardly ever drink), and today I am perfectly fine again. The only problem is that I have no recollection of Saturday at all, so still can’t get used to the fact that it is Monday tomorrow! And I have a pile of ironing to do… (I can’t see how writing a blog post is going to help me with that.)

How do I catch up with the Ultimate Blog Challenge?

Very simple – write another post! Easier said than done. I know some people can write a post in 20-30 minutes and I wish I could do that, but I haven’t got there yet. I have to cheat, not in a horrible way, though. Time is short, so I am simply going to write a short post for a change. Is it good or bad?

What is the ideal length of a blog post? 

Being me, I always need to check things out and do a bit of research, even if it’s only a quick 5 minutes. So, I googled ‘How long should a blog post be’ and quite a few results came up. I particularly like the suggestion provided by blog.hubspot (see http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/how-long-should-your-blog-posts-be-faq/):

‘As long as it needs to be.’

Another interesting article on the subject was written by John Rampton and published by Forbes – he suggests anything between 200 and 2,000+ words, depending on the purpose of the blog. The article is really worth reading in my opinion:  http://www.forbes.com/sites/johnrampton/2014/04/04/how-long-should-my-blog-post-be

Given the advice from blog.hubspot and Forbes, I think I’m doing pretty well here – just under 500 words. I hope this should do for my ‘cheat of a post’ for day 6 of my Ultimate Blog Challenge!

By the way, I think I have discovered a solution for a ‘writer’s block’ – if you don’t know what to write about, you can make your ‘writer’s block’ a subject of your post… 🙂

 

8 thoughts on “Ultimate Blog Challenge – Day 6 And I Cheat

    1. Thank you Payal. I don’t think I could ever manage a poem, but I think going with shorter posts is a very good idea!

  1. I wouldn’t worry too much every day. I’m coming in 6 days late to the UBC and won’t be playing catch up. It’s what you do with your time here. If you scramble too much to produce you don’t gain the benefits that come from truly participating. Looking forward to getting to know you this month :-).

    1. Thanks Nanette, these are very comforting words, indeed! Maybe I should stop panicking now… And I look forward to getting to know you, too 🙂

  2. Beata, be gentle on yourself. Whatever works for you is the right answer. I sometimes have split posts in two if they get to be too long; however, I didn’t know at the beginning when I first started blogging. You don’t need to though, of course.

    I have seen blog posts of all sizes and shapes, just like people. No one size fits all here. Do what you feel drawn to do. Do what feels right.

    And yes, I have used “writer’s block” as one of my blog posts actually: http://xpressyouressence.blogspot.ca/2011/01/lost-and-found.html 😉

    1. Thank you Elly for your kind words. I will have to write some pretty short posts in the next few days, as it turns out I am still two behind! I will have a read of your ‘writer’s block’ post – than you for the link! 🙂

  3. Beata, thanks for the resources and yes, when in doubt, write about the resistance, the block and no doubt, it lifts 🙂 I’m happy to hear I’m not the only person who needs more time to write my posts as well 🙂

    1. Hi Sherri, thank you for your comment. My writing speed is about at snail pace, and I hope it will get better – I’m sure yours will, too! 🙂

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