As of yesterday, I have been blogging here consistently for a week. I set this website up to force myself to produce content and to share my projects with the internet, and so far I feel like it has gone pretty well. With that said, I've made a couple of changes to the site that should help me move toward those goals.
The first new feature is about accountability - it would be easy to keep posting random stuff every day without actually completing any of the creative work I set out to do. For this reason, I've set up a section in the right sidebar (look, it's there now!) which highlights the major project currently in progress and gives a quick update as to the state of that progress. Sure, this makes it easier for readers to see what I'm working on, but it has equal importance for me as a reminder to stay focused and keep moving on the things I want to do. It's a means of accountability between me and you; it is a means of accountability between me and myself.
The second new feature makes it easier to share my posts on Pinterest. Now, on any blog post featuring a picture, you can mouse over that picture to reveal a Pin It badge. Clicking this badge will take you to Pinterest and allow you to pin the post to one of your boards. If you are reading on a mobile device, simply tap the image once to reveal the Pin It badge, then tap the badge to share the post on Pinterest. I'm particularly excited about this feature because tomorrow's post just begs to be shared on Pinterest.
A Look Forward:
As I mentioned in my first post, "I am going to post something on this website every day for the month of December." Why I chose to start in December rather than opting for a fresh start in the new year is a topic for another post, but it does raise the question: What will happen to this blog after December? The answer is twofold:
First, I will be polling my readers to see what kind of content you like best (hopefully I still have readers by January 1). December is a month of vast experimentation here and while I will continue to work on projects that I find interesting, I also want to produce blog content that you all find interesting as well. I should also mention - I welcome feedback at any time (and comments are wonderful!) but the poll is coming up in January, so keep an eye out for it.
Second, I will be dialing back the frequency of posts in order to leave more time for other things and so that you don't get overwhelmed with too much content. It will probably be 2-3 posts per week but we'll see what happens when January arrives. This will likely be part of the poll mentioned above as well.
I'd love your feedback on the ideas above in the comments below! Also remember that I'm still taking song suggestions for my December project. Details in the right sidebar, or if you're on a mobile device, details are at the very bottom of this page.