- Why did you start the Post a Day/Week Challenge?
In 2010 I started having trouble coming up with topics for my blog. I thought participating in the Post A Day/Week Challenge might help me come up with fresh topics.
- Describe the state of your blog at the time you started the challenge.
By the end of 2010 I felt my blogging was becoming stale.
- How did your blog evolve over the course of the challenge?
I started out with the goal of posting once a week. As the year progress I actually, posted more than I had anticipated. As the year progress I was able to come up with more topics on my on.
- Did you post as often as you had hoped? Why or why not?
The frequency of my blogging exceeded my expectations. From March 28th – August 28th was the longest continuous blogging streak in the history of The Dee Zone.
- What type of blogging strategy works best for you?
I try to keep several drafts going at a time. I write on one post until I get stuck and then switch to another post. Eventually I get one written. On Sundays I try to schedule several posts for the week. Participating in photo challenges like Sky Watch Friday and Weekly Photo Challenge.
- What surprised you about the challenge?
Over time it became easier to come up with topics. Last year I had considered closing my blog down. Currently I have 60+ drafts started. I start a draft when I get and idea but don’t have time to write the blog.
- What advice would you give to others who want to blog regularly?
Blog at least three times a week. Keep a drafts file of at least 20 blogs. Set aside sometime to blog each day.
This week’s theme is between.
This week’s theme is celebration.
This week’s topic is family. I took this when we were at Daytona Beach. Set up the tripod and timer.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9 NIV
The biggest attitude adjuster/booster I have found is devoting quality time to prayer and Bible study. This helps me to keep my priorities straight and centered. I become more God and other focused rather than self-absorbed. Consistency is a constant struggle for me. I always plan to make time for Bible study but somehow get distracted. This month I discovered the YouVersion Bible App. It has several translations but not all are downloadable. I like being able to add my own notes and the reading plans. Currently, I’m using the Lifetime Daily Devotions written by Anabel Gillham.
I’ve been struggling with weight loss for a long time. Lose It! is helping me change attitudes and habits. I have had any huge weight loss but I’m changing habits. The daily keeps me accountable. While the calorie counts may not be exact it does help me think about what I’m eating and how activity I’ve been.
PostAWeek participation for September
The topic for this week’s photo challenge is textured.
Can you guess the texture? Find out what it is here.
Location: Ravine Gardens State Park, Palatka, Florida
Ravine Gardens state park was built between 1933-1939 with funding through the Works Project Administration. The park features formal gardens and trail system. A 1.8 mile driving trail loops around the outside of the park.