This year, I participated in WordPress.com’s Post a Week Challenge. Well, how’d I do?
I was using Joost de Valk‘s Blog Metrics plugin, but that only tells you how you’re doing overall and how you’ve done in the last 30 days and, while I could have logged how many posts there were on January 1 and compared it against how many there were on December 31, I, uh, didn’t. So, instead, I forked his plugin and modified it to use a ‘year’ query instead of a ‘month’ query. It seems to have done the trick, although the results are a bit inconsistent…
According to Blog Metrics, I’ve published 200 posts this year. This is across all blogs/sites (not including the super-secret blog I started over the summer) and also includes 3 posts by my wife on our kidsblog. When I went through the posts and manually added them up, I got 196, so, we’ll say that I published 193 posts over the last year and assume that maybe the Blog Metrics plugin is including posts in the trash or something like that.
77 of those posts came from this blog (which covers the 52 I would have needed to create to “pass” the Post a Week challenge), and 62 came from my Tumblr blog (which aren’t really posts, so we could, feasibly subtract those from the total, but, according to the rules of the Post a Week challenge, photo blogs/posts still count, so we’ll include that stuff).
This is still quite a bit higher than I expected. Let’s look at what I wrote about in the last year. I:
- once again participated in the RPM Challenge
- got a blogging buddy as part of the Post a Week challenge
- tried a new browser
- started a netlabel
- got a new job
- wrote a eulogy for my grandfather’s funeral
- tried Google Music
- tried a new flavor of Linux
- started role-playing with my 6 year-old and my 4 year-old
- complained about not having access to Google+ then finally got access to Google+
- went to WordCamp SLC 2011 (and was a presenter)
- tried a new IDE
- started a Kickstarter project (go become a backer now!)
…and that’s not including stuff that I was writing about on my WordPress theme development site, web design studio site, or netlabel site. So, I guess that does count for quite a bit.
Next year, I plan on not being subscribed to the Post a Day updates, and doing much of the same sorts of stuff I did this year. For anyone who stuck with this blog this year, despite it’s complete lack of focus in any one particular area, thanks for hanging around, see you next year.