It’s been almost six months since the conclusion of the 2010 WordCount Blogathon. Enough time has passed that it seems appropriate to check in with the 110+ writers and bloggers who participated to find out how their blog or blogging has changed because of our daily blogging experiment.
I’ll go first. The live chats that I held at the conclusion of the last two blogathons were so popular it encouraged me to start a monthly live chat I dubbed WordCount Last Wednesday. Starting in June, those #wclw live chats have covered topics such as the best WordPress apps for writers, how to use Twitter, Facebook and e-newsletters to promote your business. The next WordCount Last Wednesday will take place on Oct. 29 and feature The Urban Muse blogger Susan Johnston talking about e-books.
Aside from the live chats, the blogathon helped me get more disciplined about regular blogging. That’s come in handy because since April I’ve been blogging twice a week at SecondAct.com, Entrepreneur Media’s online magazine for people over 40. Except for a few especially crazy weeks, I’ve been able to juggle posting twice a week on Second Act and two or three times a week here. I could have a third blogging gig in 2011, so knowing how to manage multiple blogging assignments will come in handy.
What about other 2010 WordCount Blogathon participants?
When last we left Charles Newbery, he had won the WordCount Blogathon’s top prize, a $500 SEO makeover for Pine Tree Paradise, a blog about his family life in Argentina, where he works as a freelance journalist. Jason Lancaster, an Internet marketing consultant with Spork Marketing in Denver, completed the SEO review of Newbery’s site recently and wrote about it here. Based on his goals of getting sponsors or turning the blog into a book, Lancaster made at least a dozen suggestions for how Newbery could optimize the site for seach engines – without changing a word of his already terrific writing. Lancaster’s advice is recommended reading for anyone that blogs about personal or semi-personal matters – if you know some behind-the-scenes SEO tricks, you don’t need to mess with good prose.
Over the last couple months I’ve also heard from journalist and blogger Paul Tullis, who’s writing for Environment, and Andrew Nielsen, who’ still blogging at his A Green Mushroom video game site and possibly looking to do more writing on the video game industry. Two-time blogathoner Teresa Mears is running five websites in the Cities on the Cheap frugal entertainment network with plans to launch a sixth next year, all based in Florida. First-time blogathoner Jennie Phipps added a blog to Freelance Success, my favorite subscription-based newsletter and message board for writers.
What about you? If you took part in this year’s blogathon, how has the experience changed you or your blog?
If you didn’t take part but have a blog, what have you done that’s new and different this year?