Why PostAWeek2011 Makes me a Better Writer

I know it’s been quite late to say this, but I thought I’d just say. This year, the folks at WordPress.com has created something they call PostADay and PostAWeek both followed by the year 2011. This is simply a massive participation of bloggers around the WordPress.com network who intend to write and publish at least one post every day or every week.

typing on a laptop

Many people have declared and joined the program with an intention to write a post every day. But I think that’s not for me. It doesn’t take much time to write a post. At least, I can convince myself. But writing a post every day will: i) result a fall in the quality of my writings; ii) keep me worried that I will have to write a post; and iii) make me habituate in writing posts without doing some research.

Now, a post after some research done is a great thing. Some call it a pillar post. It takes the highest amount of time. Writing a thought takes less time. Writing a real-life experience followed by your thoughts and comments take even less time. And writing a real-life event or experience takes the shortest amount of time when it comes to blogging.

Those participating in PostADay2011 are probably going to write down their everyday experiences. I will one day write posts that much regularly. But it’s not the right time. I’m still a student and I may not be able to write posts every day. So, I decided to be with PostAWeek2011. At least one post will be published each week. This way, I can still keep writing real-life events, experiences, thoughts, and research-specific posts.

All my PostAWeek posts will generally be published on Fridays, which is weekly holiday here in Bangladesh. I may publish more posts on other days as well.

Why Participate?

There will be no prizes at the end of the year. But participating has some benefits of my own. First of all, this participation will make me a better writer. No matter what I’ll be writing something at least once a week. Thus, I will force my brain to write, write and write. This will make my writing skill better and improve my fluency in the English language. Fluency is a very helpful and important thing when it comes to writing.

So, in a nutshell, participating in PostAWeek2011 will make me a fluent writer in the English language. I often come up with great post ideas but never end up writing up. Participation in the program will probably help me write about almost anything that pops up on my mind

How to Participate?

As simple as adding a tag. Whenever you publish a post, simply tag it as “PostAWeek2011″ for one post a week or “PostADay2011″ for one post every day (without the quotes, of course). That’s it!

The folks at WordPress.com has a dedicated blog for this program called Daily Post. You can subscribe to this blog for daily post inspirations. They will help you find a topic to write about if you’re participating. You can also announce and show off your participation on your blog’s sidebar as a widget like I did. You will find all the information and resources on Daily Post.

Readers!

To read all my PostAWeek2011 posts, click here. To read all the PostAWeek2011 posts across the network, click here. For RSS link to my PostAWeek2011, right-click here, copy link location and add the URL to your favorite RSS reader (I prefer Google Reader).

Comments

Please write down your comment. What do you think of PostAweek2011? Do you think participating in this will help you become a better writer? Are you participating? What do you plan to write? Please leave a comment with your answers and of course provide a link to your blog so that I can check back who’s commenting from where.

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23 thoughts on “Why PostAWeek2011 Makes me a Better Writer

  1. Way to go, Sajib! I think it’s like meeting a deadline each week :D

    I’m not sure if it will someone a better writer. Maybe if you really dedicate yourself to it? It sounds like a good idea, but I will not be participating because I’d like to post at my own pace. I already have too many deadlines at work; I don’t want any of that in my little blogging world :D

    Good luck with PostAWeek2011!

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    • Thanks for your comment. Here’s how it makes me a better writer: It forces me to write on the latest post idea I’ve got. Thus, it makes me search for necessary words for that post. It makes me go through dictionaries, thesaurus and grammar/spelling check. Overall, it makes me learn new words, new writing style and obviously speeds up my English writing (not typing; my speed is fast enough). In other words, it makes me fluent in English writing.

      With having deadline for your projects that pay, it’s wise not to participate on blog. :D And you post awesome photos on your blog. This requires more time I guess. Although I’m planning to publish my photos (I’m getting a point-and-shoot digital camera this February as a prize — best technology blogger, 2nd prize :D ).

      I will definitely expect your thoughts, comments and suggestions on them.

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  2. Thanks for the reminder Sajib! I’ve been meaning to do the Post a Week and your post has given me the push to add the tag to my post.

    I agree with you about posting daily. It’s great writing exercise, but I wouldn’t have much of interest to say every day. My life is just not that interesting :).

    Good luck with your posts! I look forward to reading them.

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    • My life isn’t, either. Plus, I don’t want my post quality to fall, like it will on an everyday journal. So, I prefer PostAWeek2011.

      Thanks for your comment. Hope to receive more comments on my upcoming posts. :)

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  5. Good luck with this! I agree with all of your reasoning. As you know, I’m doing Post A Day one of my blogs, and I think it’s just good practice for getting into the habit of writing on a regular basis. I also think it’s good to always try to attempt to write something “worthy,” but don’t let that cripple you. You could become so obsessed with writing only “quality” blog posts that it stops you from just writing from the heart, which is also good sometimes. As you point out, there’s no reward for finishing this, so don’t put so much pressure on yourself. Remember, this should be FUN.

    I’ve added this to blog to my blogroll, and will be sure to check back in the future.

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    • You are right that blogging should be fun and I must not force myself to come up with quality posts only. The thing is, it’s not only about quality as I have some other blogs to write on (paid ones) and a whole news agency where I work as a contributing journalist. At the same time I’m learning web development as I want to become a web developer someday. So, you know the pressure I’m already under when it comes to writing.

      But having a separate blog for little posts on an everyday basis is a nice idea. I’ll think about it when my board examinations are over.

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  8. I tried the post a day strategy but ended up feeling anxious and guilty during a writer’s block. Now, I post when the emotion is spilling from my gut.
    Since a fellow blogger suggested I submit one of my submissions to a literary magazine, I have been surfing to discover that the entries she suggested require a submission fee….Is this entry fee the norm for all literary contests? Are you aware of any other literary contests, submission feeless!
    By the way, I thought Denzel was fabulous in The Book of Eli! Awesome film!

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    • Posting on a regular basis is definitely a hard thing to do, especially if you are habituate in blogging after a bit of research or thinking. That’s exactly why I’ve chosen Post a week for this blog.

      But, I’m also participating in Post A Day program in a separate blog. I’m posting there every day. And I don’t feel any tough. Because that’s my personal (even more personal than this) journal and I write up my everyday happenings, feelings and so on. You can check out that blog called Daily Sajib if you are interested.

      I’m interested in literature and I would one day write up a story in English I hope. I often come through literary contests. Since I’m no good at literary yet, I haven’t kept track of any contest or website. I would suggest you to take some time to search on Google. I’m sure you will find out something

      The Book of Eli is a film that kept me thinking about its story and environment for a long time after watching it. Not all movies have the same taste like this one. Must watch for anyone.

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  9. I don’t participate on the program but I like to read someone’s post, daily.
    I’m like Nadia I think, trying to write at my own pace.

    Just wondering why is it holiday at Bangladesh on Friday?

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    • Ever wondered why is it holiday in Sunday? Well, it’s the same case. Different timezone, different country, different culture, different holiday, I guess. :D

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  12. Quite a decent article about why PostAWeek makes you a better writer than ever… I’m not participating in PostAWeek and PostADay program since I’ve to do a lot more study for myself as I’m a SSC candidate, Inshallah I’ll participate on this program whenever I get enough time…. :D

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