Funk

I haven’t been making anything in my free time lately. No woodworking. No electronics projects. I think I got burnt out from doing so many projects over November, December, and January. I have several projects started in the basement workshop and my main workbench is piled with salvaged parts from various things. My hobby desk has several electronics kits I haven’t opened. So it’s not like I don’t have projects I could be working on. I probably need to find the motivation or inspiration for that one project that gets me going again. It’ll come.

When I’m not making things, it’s a lot harder to come up with content for blog posts and continue my daily posting streak. This post marks day 938. If you’ve been following along you probably noticed a lot more pictures and random shit over the last few months. It seems like I’m getting to 6, 7, or 8 pm more often before I finally post something. I’ve thought about ending the streak, but I’m so close to 1,000 days!

Daily Posts For 2 Years

Yesterday’s post finished year two of publishing every day on my blog. Seven hundred and thirty days! I never expected to last so long.

How about some updated stats? Totals for the streak are displayed first with the counts for year two in parentheses.

  • 860 Posts (387)
  • 107,100 Words (45,324)
  • 2,078 Links (679)
  • 1,139 Images (630)
  • 205 Videos (68)

Also check out last year’s post about the streak.

1 Year of Daily Posting

A year ago I started my blog post streak, which made yesterday the 365th day in a row I’ve published something here on nick.blog!

We’ve been testing posting streak achievements/notifications internally for WordPress.com and hopefully they’ll be ready for a public launch soon.

During the streak I’ve published 473 posts containing 61,776 words, 1,399 links, 509 images, and 137 videos! (code)

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Previous posts about the streak:

 

100 Days

My posting streak hits triple digits with this post! It all started on November 10th. I tallied up some rough numbers:

  • 123 Posts
  • 18,660 Words
  • 400 Links
  • 121 Images

You can get the function (not perfect) I wrote to calculate these numbers on GitHub.

I’m not sure if I’m getting burnt out or if I’m just not as excited about recent posts because I haven’t been working on many cool hobby projects to write about. Hopefully I can get motivated to finish up some projects I’ve already started and work on updates to others.

I don’t know how long I’ll continue this daily posting, but I do have a cool announcement coming next week.

A Record Streak

screen-shot-2017-01-26-at-9-17-37-pm This post makes 79 days in a row, breaking my old streak, which was set on April 13th, 2009. When I took notice of the posting streak and decided to keep going, I was worried I’d run out of things to publish within a couple of weeks. I haven’t had any issues though. These things have really helped:

  1. I quickly made the decision not to get caught up in the length of posts. Sharing a video or a simple link would be just fine some days.
  2. Whenever an idea strikes, I try to get an early title and some quick notes saved as a draft post in WordPress. I usually have at least 5 drafts in progress and had 10 at one point. Some of the drafts are waiting for a specific date or event while others just need to be completed.
  3. In Apple’s Reminders app, I have a repeating daily reminder. I don’t mark it as completed until I have published or scheduled the post for the day.
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    The notification on my iPhone as well as my computers doesn’t let me forget.
  4. Speaking of scheduled posts, I usually have at least 1-2 posts set for the upcoming days. I tend to move them around when I want to publish something right away, but it helps to keep the process stress free.

I don’t follow my blog stats closely, but I’m curious if the increased activity has caused the decline in visits and visitors. I would expect the numbers to move in the other direction.

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Streaking

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I’ve been on a nice publishing streak here. It all started with a food post in Iceland. After a few days in a row I decided to keep it going. When I hit 14 days I was curious how it compared historically so I wrote a little script. The code is on GitHub. Here’s the output before publishing this post.

Posts published: 6,909 since 2003-11-22

Longest streak: 78 (2009-01-26 – 2009-04-13)
Longest slump: 90 (2007-01-01 – 2007-03-30)

Currently on a 41 day streak, since 2016-11-10. Post today to keep it going!

This post did keep it going, so the streak is up to 42 days. Can I break my record? I think so.

This renewed focus on blogging has helped to fuel some new hobbies. It’s also a reminder of how blogging changed my life years ago. I started programming PHP after setting up WordPress to run this site. Eventually I was creating plugins and contributing back to WordPress, which of course led to me getting hired at Automattic. Maybe blogging can pay off for you too.

With the rise of social media, many of you have become content creators, but almost nobody owns their own content. If Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram disappear what happens to all of your words, pictures, and videos? Probably gone. If you use your own domain and push content to other services, you’re in control.

Here, I control my words. Nobody can shut this site down, run annoying ads on it, or sell it to a phone company. Nobody can tell me what I can or can’t say, and I have complete control over the way it’s displayed.

– Andy Baio

Maybe you don’t care. If you do and would like to give blogging a try, head over to get.blog. Can you match my posting streak?