Posta Week 2011 Wrap Up

I’ve been participating in WordPress’s Post a Day/Week Challenge this year.  It is time to take a look a back at my blogging for the year.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

September Wrap-UP

Three things I’m working on for 2011 is my attitudeblogging more, and loosing weight.

Theme Verse:

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

This month I discovered apps to help me with my attitude and weight loss. Both apps are free.

YouVersionThe 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.

Lose It!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

September 9: Weekly Photo Challenge – Path

Driving path in Ravine Garden State Park

Location: Ravine Gardens State Park, Palatka, Florida — Original Post

September 14: Weekly Photo Challenge – Textured


Original Post

Weekly Photo Challenge: Path

Weekly photography challenge

Driving path in Ravine Garden State ParkLocation: 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.