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I really enjoyed the experiment of filling your prompts every day in January. Thank you all for coming up with such a good set of questions and topics.

It was very good for me to make myself find half an hour every evening to add the day's post. I found that surprisingly often, that time was taken out of time that I'd otherwise fill with something like surfing or playing silly games. Only a few times I was genuinely too busy to update and felt I was missing out on something I positively wanted to be doing because I'd committed to post every day. (That's partly because I deliberately chose to do the meme in a month where I was relatively less busy than some.)

It was also freeing not to have to think, I'd like to post but I don't really know what to talk about. And it was definitely a good habit to just go ahead and post whatever I could manage to type in the time I had available, rather than waiting until I had time to write something either long or well-researched. In practice, I can usually manage to extend my posts, but I very rarely get round to chasing up proper citations for everything I want to say; it's probably good just to post anyway, and if that leaves me open to challenge, well, I can always go digging for evidence reactively.

I felt like I was talking about myself quite a lot, because most people asked me about things like my favourites or my experiences. That's probably ok; I think in general I'd like to keep the balance more towards talking about topics of interest but I know I appreciate it when people give me glimpses into their lives. And I'm thinking of adding a link from my profile to the whole month because it's much better than most other periods of my blog for new people to find out about me.

I just had a look at my analytics and I definitely got more hits in a month of posting every day than I normally do with my couple of posts a week. 60-100 unique visitors every weekday in January, compared to the lower end of that range on days I post and a scattering on other days. (My PhD post from over a year ago is still 5 times more popular than anything I've posted recently, and that's not cumulative, that's during the month of January 2014. But there you go.) The problem is that it didn't really feel like I was getting more of an audience. I enjoyed answering prompts from people who primarily lurk, but I didn't get all that many comments. People have mentioned to me explicitly that the sheer volume of what I was posting (averaging almost exactly 1000 words a day for the whole month) made it hard to comment. I really appreciate the people who put smilies or hearts on my posts when they didn't have time for detailed discussions, thank you. But still, it's conversations that I really love and the daily posting seemed to reduce that, rather than increase it as I'd hoped.

That's partly because there's not very much to say if I simply tell you about something in my life; opinion blogging is much better for attracting comments. It's also partly because the daily posting meant I really didn't have as much time as I usually do to answer comments. I think on the whole it's better for me to fall back to posting a couple of times a week, and use the intervening days for discussing what I post. As well as for commenting on other people's posts; I have been reading my d-roll in more of a hurry than I often do, because I wanted to leave enough time to fill my prompts.

The other thing I haven't had time for is to make the posts I wanted to make; responses to articles that are being discussed all over the internet, book reviews (I've started reading again after not feeling much like it at the end of 2013), accounts of the fun things I've been doing such as the #croydonfunweekend, stuff that's in my head. So I probably don't want to repeat the daily posting thing at least for a while, and I'm glad I'm not trying to run this blog as a business (whether getting paid directly, or through adverts, or simply establishing my brand and reputation in order to get more paid work in a related area). But I am going to take forward some of what I've learned from this. If I have something to say there's a good chance I can find half an hour to do it. It's better to just post something timely than to wait until I have a complete or good post. Surprisingly many people are interested in my extremely random thoughts about whatever happens to cross my radar, and I have opinions even about topics I wouldn't have said I think about a lot.

I am also going to make a list of leftover stuff from January, so that I still have a bank of prompts for whenever I think, I should update DW but I'm not sure what to talk about. And because I do in fact want to answer your supplementary questions and continue the discussions I didn't have time for due to daily posting.
That should certainly keep me going for a while, especially with the backlog of everything that I wanted to post in January but I relegated to after I'd finished the meme!

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Date: 2014-02-04 12:11 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wildeabandon
I've enjoyed your posts this month, but I think I also prefer the more conversationy ones that seem to happen when it's more current events/opiniony content.

If you'd be comfortable with it I'd be quite keen to see the follow-up to the poly post when it happens, but of course it's absolutely fine if not.

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Date: 2014-02-04 03:39 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pretty_panther
I really enjoyed reading what you had to say. I just...didn't always understand bits and pieces so didn't say anything.

I really enjoyed when I did it in December for the same reasons. I got a lot more...general and fandomish questions so I couldn't get as stuck in on certain topics but I really loved when I had to wrack my brains to come up with something. Though I may have loved defending Thor lol

I think it would be cool if this was a yearly thing either in December or January because I've found it a really interesting exercise on my flist and I'm seeing people take it up for February too so, that is pretty awesome.

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Date: 2014-02-04 07:59 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] angelofthenorth
I've really enjoyed the posting meme, and got a lot out of reading. I think if it was done again, the questions might be deeper, because you could refer to what was asked the previous time, and that becomes a conversation in and of itself.

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Date: 2014-02-05 02:27 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] daharyn
Catching up on these posts was a lot of fun for me, and very interesting. I tried to drop in a few comments along the way, but I do see what you're saying about receiving fewer than usual. I think angelofthenorth's idea about deeper questions the second time round would be cool--tracking the growth of the conversation would be fun in and of itself.

(Also, I'm taken by the thought of using January as a month to push yourself to provide content. I made myself take at least one photo every day; it wasn't without effort, and it definitely happened in a relative vacuum--there wasn't any public component to that besides the end product--but I really dug the results.)

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Date: 2014-02-06 08:55 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] daharyn
Thanks for the compliments on the photography. I wasn't fishing for them but I really appreciate it. I don't get a lot of feedback. When I first started taking photographs I got positive responses quite early and now I feel like most people who see my photos think, "well, she obviously knows she does a good job; I don't need to say anything". And so many people do photography now--the visual has become a bigger part of our culture and it's harder to stand out from the crowd.

I didn't take the comment on "fewer comments than usual" at all personally; it was more that I was observing and corroborating your thoughts on more content meaning your readers feel, perhaps, less urgency to respond to each post? I know I catch up with your writing in big batches, so that probably doesn't help--I was more trying to describe my process of "oh, I'll read liv's last ten posts," and finding that even with a lot of content I had stuff to say and share back with you. Which was really quite nice.

Now I'm avoiding the size acceptance discussion, where I had some intense reactions, not so much to your post but to the other comments. I decided I would do a better job of communicating with you (an area where I also feel uncertain) if I stuck to things I felt were a little less... personal? I guess? I'm having trouble coming up with the best word. But there are ways in which that particular fight is so personal and my stake in it so well-defined that I really can't stand to see it "debated" publicly. Too many past traumas!

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Date: 2014-02-05 09:44 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hunningham
I've enjoyed reading the posts, so thank-you. I must say I found myself going Eep at the ".. very good for me to make myself find half an hour every evening". It only takes you half-an-hour to write these lengthy, delightful and very thoughtful posts?

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Date: 2014-02-06 02:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I enjoyed it, and I commented more than I usually do, which I appreciate isn't very much.

I have no inclination to do this meme myself, because I have the opposite problem from "I'd like to post but I don't really know what to talk about": lots of ideas for posts, and never the time to sit down in front of a computer and type them up. Sometimes I get quite far composing the specific wording in my head, but then end up forgetting it before it gets as far as the keyboard. I have lists of topics I meant to post about, where I wrote down the topic to remind myself, but have still forgotten the details of what I wanted to say.


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