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Blogging Motivation: 5,000+ Words A Week Challenge Is On!

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7:09 am
November 10, 2012


Hank Coleman

North Carolina

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Sam,

Count me in. I'm up for the challenge. Thanks for getting this together!

7:45 am
November 10, 2012


retireby40

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I wrote about 6,000 words last week and it wiped me out. Normally I write 2500-3500 words and that works pretty well for me. I can probably do one or two 5,000 words week, but not every week… I'll pass this time. 

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8:37 am
November 10, 2012


Financial Samurai

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Joe – Phew, 6,000 words a week would wipe me out too! Luckily we are only shooting for 5,000! :)

Hank – Sounds good!

Regards,

 

Sam

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1:27 pm
November 10, 2012


My Personal Finance Journey

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This is a great idea Sam! I am continuously impressed by the amount of great content you have on your site and the consistency as well! I wouldn't say that's luck at all!  

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11:39 am
November 11, 2012


Financial Samurai

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Jacob – Thanks Jacob, but Financial Samurai is nothing compared to so many other great personal finance blogs out there. Look at Trent from TSD who writes 1-2X a day, everyday with no guest posts or staff writers! Now THAT is impressive!

It's 11/11/12, LET THE GAMES BEGIN!

Regards,

 

Sam

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11:46 am
November 11, 2012


savingadvice

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Post edited 11:47 am – November 11, 2012 by savingadvice


This challenge has already started to pay dividends — I decided I better start the last couple of days to make sure I could handle the load and this is what I produced:

November 9

NationalParksBlog – "Dry Yosemite National Park" 390 words
TimeshareTrap – "David Siegel Timeshare Dishonesty" 448 words
HelloKittyHell – Hello Kitty Movie Theater" 340 words

Total: 1188 words

November 10

NoSpendDay – "No Spend Day" 1061 words

Total: 2249 words
 
Now onto the official challenge!

Challenge Blog 1

12:20 pm
November 11, 2012


Elle

Raleigh, NC

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Whew, Sam, this challenge is a good mental workout! I just finished up Monday's post on Smartphone Plans for $19/Month with Republic Wireless. Now I'm fleshing out my post on revamping our monthly budget for 2013 a bit further for Wednesday. Between the two I should knock out 3000 words.  

 

I don't know about everyone else, but having the weekly goal in mind helped me to sit down and think about what questions readers may have so I could add the information to the post. How about everyone else? How are you doing? 

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1:02 pm
November 11, 2012


Marissa

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I'm in. Between the 3 sites I should be able to hammer out 5k. Throw in a guest post a week and I think I'm set.

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5:51 pm
November 11, 2012


Financial Samurai

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Elle – The challenge definitely has helped me focus. I've started off with a 1,600 worder this morning and will probably go the 4X a week route to get to 5,000+. It helps to produce more content when there is LESS comments actually, so I can spend my time writing content rather than responding to all comments.

Marissa – Nice! What are your two other sites?

Regards,

 

Sam

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9:00 am
November 12, 2012


Jake@iHeartBudgets.net

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Sam,  this is an awesome challenge, and though I am not joining this time, I am going to set myself a slightly smaller goal (3,500 words) so I have something to shoot for.

9:41 am
November 12, 2012


Edward Antrobus

Fort Collins, CO

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Never let it be said that bandwagons don't have their use. Stung this thread constantly in the new posts section has inspired me to at least try.

When I first joined the challenge, I said that the deciding factor was that if I didn't try, I already failed. This is the same way. Whether or not I'm participating, if I don't write 5000 words per week, I'm failing the challenge.

So, I'm in. And of to a good start, I duff quite 1000 words yesterday.

 I'm looking for editors, beta-readers, and some demographic research for my upcoming novel, Once Upon a Saturn Moon. If you like reading soft sci-fi thrillers, maybe with a touch of romance thrown in, you can find more information at http://seampublishing.com/once…..aturn-moon

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10:19 am
November 12, 2012


Financial Samurai

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Ed – Cool. Try and write some evergreen type posts that can be useful no matter when someone reads it.

Jake – Not bad! It's all about progress.

Regards,

 

Sam

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3:19 pm
November 12, 2012


Gen Y Finance Journey

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I published a 1000+ word post yesterday and have another one lined up for tomorrow, so I may succeed for the first week at least! This will be an interesting experiment as I've always tried to keep my posts shorter rather than longer, with the assumption that most people wouldn't bother reading a post if it's too long. If I can keep this up for at least few weeks, hopefully it will give me a better idea of what length will work best to draw in readers.

3:23 pm
November 12, 2012


Financial Samurai

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Gen Y Finance Journey said:

I published a 1000+ word post yesterday and have another one lined up for tomorrow, so I may succeed for the first week at least! This will be an interesting experiment as I've always tried to keep my posts shorter rather than longer, with the assumption that most people wouldn't bother reading a post if it's too long. If I can keep this up for at least few weeks, hopefully it will give me a better idea of what length will work best to draw in readers.

In an ADD world, shorter posts definitely have its strong place online. However, if I am searching for a pressing subject, I want to read as much detail as possible about the subject. The more thorough the post the better. Think about the subject of healing some sort of health related problem. Short posts don't fly. Search engines love longer posts too, and they are the main source of "passive traffic."

Of course we should write with good structure and have some good entertainment value when appropriate. But, that just takes time.

Regards,

 

Sam

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6:18 pm
November 12, 2012


TightFistedMiser

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I'm joining the challenge.  With four blogs I probably need to be writing 5,000 words a week anyway.  I haven't been coming close to that total and have been outsourcing some of my posts on my secondary blogs.  This challenge should get me back on track to making writing a priority.

1:02 am
November 13, 2012


Buck Inspire

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Hi Sam,

 

Not sure if I can meet your 5,000+ words a week, but it did inspire me to write my first 1,500 word post.  You're in it along with a few others.  Check it out and thanks for the challenge! Cool

 

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9:13 am
November 13, 2012


martin

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Financial Samurai said:

Gen Y Finance Journey said:

I published a 1000+ word post yesterday and have another one lined up for tomorrow, so I may succeed for the first week at least! This will be an interesting experiment as I've always tried to keep my posts shorter rather than longer, with the assumption that most people wouldn't bother reading a post if it's too long. If I can keep this up for at least few weeks, hopefully it will give me a better idea of what length will work best to draw in readers.

In an ADD world, shorter posts definitely have its strong place online. However, if I am searching for a pressing subject, I want to read as much detail as possible about the subject. The more thorough the post the better. Think about the subject of healing some sort of health related problem. Short posts don't fly. Search engines love longer posts too, and they are the main source of "passive traffic."

Of course we should write with good structure and have some good entertainment value when appropriate. But, that just takes time.

I've learned that the beauty of a long post is that it will get saved by the reader and treated as a "resource" type piece. A short post on the other hand, will likely lead to more comments.

5:16 am
November 14, 2012


Edward Antrobus

Fort Collins, CO

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I probably went a little long on this one, but I just published my longest post ever and only my third over 1000 words. At 2025 words, How to Sell an Old Computer.

 

Now, time for bed.

 I'm looking for editors, beta-readers, and some demographic research for my upcoming novel, Once Upon a Saturn Moon. If you like reading soft sci-fi thrillers, maybe with a touch of romance thrown in, you can find more information at http://seampublishing.com/once…..aturn-moon

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7:56 am
November 15, 2012


FamilyMoneyValues

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Lets see, what I normally write (excluding 2 posts of about 1200 words for other sites and one post every 2 weeks for a third site):

 

Results this week:

Agingbodies.com = 0 (I have staff writers)

familyexecutor.com = 989

blog.familymoneyvalues.com = "Benefits of writing an autobiography" =  1087 plus "Have you ever tested your estate plan" = 937 = blog total 2024  - note that I excluded the Carnival of retirement post….

http://www.familymoneyvalues.com = 851

Total = 3864

 

Think I will pass this time, what with the holidays, travel and some other new responsibilities and trying to keep up with 7 sites each month.

FamilyMoneyValues
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11:26 am
November 15, 2012


martin

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posts 199

I hate to say this, but why are we all making excuses? If you want something bad enough, you'll do it. Imagine telling our relatives that fought in wars that we're too tired to blog?

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