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

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8:51 am
December 9, 2012


maria@moneyprinciple

Manchester, UK

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Right, gang, this is what we at The Money Principle have published last week:

 

How much would you pay for a bottle of wine? – 746

Principled money posts #28 (with a picture of Pablo Neruda's house in Santiago) – 1181

Osborne's Autumn Statement – 1020

Show me your number… – 1091

Total                                4,038

 

Not bad considering the general speed of life at the moment (and travel for my day job).

 

Have fun next week

Maria

4:16 pm
December 9, 2012


martin

Member

posts 199

Week 4 results Dec 9/2012

 

Money management system @ Studenomics 1,316

Win the lottery @ SFN, 987

Original fitness guru @ SFN, 1060

 

Borrow money @ TFB, 778 

Jobs with tips @ GPT, 595

High school courses @ Experiglot, 527

Total word count: 5,263

 

I passed the 5k mark, but am definitely not impressed. I spent most of the week planning and co-ordinating. The next stats should be more impressive as I have been scheduling guest posts. I also plan on published 5 articles on Studenomics.

 

The good news is that I'm going those juicy pieces out on SFN.

5:14 pm
December 9, 2012


savingadvice

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posts 100

Strange week for me with a lot of the unexpected happenings. It was good that I committed to this challenge as if I hadn't, I wouldn't have written 5000 words. Suffice to say that I am happy it's over and hopefully next week won't bring the same issues and surprises (don't we all have weeks like that?)

 

Week 4 12/02 – 12/8

SavingAdvice

"10 Places I Find Coupons In The Grocery Store $100 Giveaway" 12/3/12 1634 words
"12 Reasons I Walk And So Should You" 12/8/12 1772 words

BloggingAwayDebt

"How To Instantly Save 50% On Your Grocery Bill $100 Giveaway" 12/3/12 655 words

Debtreduction101

"Ways To Save Money On Healthy Food Giveaway" 12/3/12 933 words

HelloKittyHell

"Hello Kitty 3D Printer Vibrator" 12/5/12 264 words


Total Words Week Four: 5258

Challenge Blog 1

6:36 am
December 10, 2012


Elle

Raleigh, NC

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posts 199

Week 4

I did not make my goal by a long shot this week. I got a post up on my tablet that was to be published this weekend, but no wireless access. :( The next starbucks/panera hotspot I find, I'll put it up and update. 

Couple Money

  • Never Too Late – Catching Up on Retirement Contributions -> 622 words
  • Net Worth Review: November 2012 -> 664 words

Total words =1286

With limited access during our trip, I'll focus on writing fewer, but longer posts. 

Elle Martinez

Couple Money- Live on one income; have fun with the second.

Couple Money Podcast – Building Up Your Marriage and Your Net Worth

Please chat with me - Couple Money on Twitter

8:30 am
December 10, 2012


TightFistedMiser

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posts 361

I signed up for the challenge and haven't come closing to making the 5,000 words a week.  Since I am only working part-time the rest of the year I really have no excuse for not writing at least 5,000 words a week. Although I have failed at the challenge I will write at least 5,000 words a week for the rest of the year.

2:24 pm
December 10, 2012


Jake@iHeartBudgets.net

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posts 407

I'm a little behind here, but here's my numbers:

 

Week 3

Wednesday = 939

Friday = 615

Sunday = 754

Total = 2,308

 

Week 4

Monday = 743

Wednesday = 793

Friday = 582

Sunday = 807

Total = 2,925

 

Not quite hitting the 3,500 goal that I have set for myself. I need to do a little more mind mapping to flesh out the ideas I have started on, and I think I'll be able to bust out some 1,000+ word posts in the near future.

6:03 am
December 15, 2012


maria@moneyprinciple

Manchester, UK

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posts 679

Another week, another report. Here it is:

 

Last week (Sunday to Saturday) I wrote for (and published on) The Money Principle the following:

 

How do you feel about Christmas? – 1304

Four reasons why freelancing leaves me lukewarm – 1286

Loyalty or good rate home insurance – 768

Should we sell our car? – 801

Total                           4,159

 

Not quite 5,000 but a lot of words nevertheless.

 

Maria

9:27 am
December 15, 2012


Edward Antrobus

Fort Collins, CO

Member

posts 1008

Another week down. I've been noticing that my stamina has been flagging on Edward Antrobus. The first two posts of the week weren't that much longer that what I was writing before the challenge. I tried to make up for it by publishing my second longest post ever for the site I wanted to make it a list of 10, but I ran out of ideas.

I've been trending upward in traffic since the beginning of the challenge, but I'm still not recovered from before the domain switch. I also have no way of knowing what part of the increasing traffic is from the content and what part is from a more google-friendly domain.

SEAM Publishing has been benefiting from actually getting new content for the first time in months and traffic is up 5X (from 5 weekly visits to 25).

Traffic for If You Can Read, You Can Cook has been rather flat and still its annual end-of-the-year doldrums. It's actually rather frustrating; I saw tremendous growth over the first half of the year, leveled off, tanked, and leveled off again. Not a single change in traffic correlates to anything I've done. Writing longer posts, joining more social media and recipe aggregator sites, reducing page load time, accepting guest post, no longer accepting mediocre guest posts. I've done all of this and it doesn't seem to make and difference.

But now for the main event:

If You Can Read, You Can Cook:

12/9 Corn Pudding: Recipe Sunday – 337 words

12/20 How to Soak Large Items: Tips & Tricks – 542 words

subtotal: 879 words

 

Edward Antrobus

12/10 3 Frugal Tips for Preparing Your Home for a Showing – 747 words

12/12 Bad Behaviors at a Company Holiday Party – 826 words

12/14 7 Ways to Stay Warm in the Winter for Cheap – 1582 words

subtotal: 3155 words

 

SEAM Publishing

12/15 How to Get Published on Barnes & Noble PubIt! 1300 words

subtotal: 1300 words

 

total: 5334 words

 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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4:35 pm
December 15, 2012


Pauline

Member

posts 274

I'm in! 

 

Week 1:

Little house in Guatemala, week 6 – 824

How I helped my handyman get into debt – 996

Can cheap labor make you lazy – 825

Friday recap – 948

The zero food waste challenge @ add vodka – 1193

Kill your debt faster, how to make extra money while working a full time job @young adult money – 855

 

Total 5641

 

Next week I have one guest post so will publish only four posts on my blog and one for another one, so not sure I'll get there!

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6:03 pm
December 15, 2012


Financial Samurai

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posts 1803

Week 5 Update 12/15/12

Financial Samurai

Desire Is The Cause Of Suffering (Photo Essay), 12/9/12, 515 words

How To Get Laid Off: Introducing The "It's Not You It's Me But It's Really You" Strategy, 12/104/12, 1,400 words

Questions To Ask Before Hiring A Financial Advisor, 12/11/12, 1,638

How Tax Collectors Like The IRS Cleverly Rob You Of Your Money, 12/14/12, 1,593 words

Sub Total: 5,146

Yakezie

Why Don't We Think BIGGER Online?, 12/10/12, 895 words

Untemplater

Student Loan Forgiveness Programs – Yay Or Nay?, 12/11/12, 1305 words

The Main Reasons Why Businesses Fail, 12/13/12, 1159 words

Tips On Dealing With Depression, 12/8/12, 1,545 words

Total: 10,050

Notes:

* Covering for Sydney while she is away.

* Enjoy writing once a week about online business/blogging.

* Considering doing more short and sweet photo essay type posts since I take so many photos.

* December revenue wise is turning out to be very strong due to posting schedule. Would probably drop MoM otherwise.

Regards,

 

Sam

Financial Samurai - Helping you achieve financial freedom sooner, rather than later.

Yakezie Network Founder 

10:02 pm
December 15, 2012


FI Fighter

Member

posts 53

Week 5 check in:

12/11 Dividend Growth Investing and the Fiscal Cliff (1638 words)

12/13 Part 2: The Secret Recipe for Retiring Early (Using the Stock Market) (1406 words)

12/15 Lifestyle Deflation (2402 words)

 

Total: 5446 words

 

Not many posts this week, just 3. However, each post was over 1000 words. Writing a lengthy post usually takes me a few days, so it's difficult for me to publish everyday. For next week, I'm thinking about mixing it up and writing shorter posts, and publishing more frequently. Maybe 5-6 articles. Change is good Laugh

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10:43 am
December 16, 2012


Gen Y Finance Journey

Member

posts 69

Week 5

I didn't quite make it this week.

 

Gen Y Finance Journey

Financial Lessons From My Fiance, 12/10/12 – 1042 words

Products For Lazy People, 12/12/12 – 833 words

If You're Broke, Act Like It, 12/14/12 – 1415 words

 

Guest Post

6 Ways to Succeed at Your First Job, 12/10/12 – 1339 words

 

Total: 4629 words

7:48 pm
December 16, 2012


Elle

Raleigh, NC

Member

posts 199

Ok, I'm feeling much better about this week. 

Week 5 Update 12/16/12

Couple Money

  • Giving More in 2013 – 545 words
  • Should You Fly or Drive For Your Next Trip? – 902
  • Weekly Review with Commentary – 525 words

Total: 1972

 

TurboTax

  • End of Year Tax Tip – 389 words
My Financial Reviews
  • If I Had a Million Dollars …  - 569 words
  • What is Credit Counseling? – 562 words
  • Using Annuities for Your Retirement – 486 words

  • Is a Frugal Lifestyle for You? -1052 words
Total 2669
Grand Total 5,030
I was disappointed with myself about last week, so I had to make sure I made the goal this week. 

Elle Martinez

Couple Money- Live on one income; have fun with the second.

Couple Money Podcast – Building Up Your Marriage and Your Net Worth

Please chat with me - Couple Money on Twitter

9:53 pm
December 16, 2012


martin

Member

posts 199

Week 5 update.

Studenomics:

How are you blowing  small fortune? 12/1-, 737

Don't wait for Santa 12/11, 562

Savings account 12/12, 523

Spending problem 12/14, 975

=2,797. Need to hit 5,000 on Studenomics next week.

 

How to get a writing gig @ SFN, 658

Truth about Twitter @ TFB, 874

Just one more dollar @ GPT, 588

= 2,120.

Grand total= 4,917.

The good news is that I pumped out a few guest pieces that should go live soon. I also wrote in advance. I didn't publish two pieces on SFN though. Also looking at adding a new niche to keep things interesting.

10:11 pm
December 16, 2012


savingadvice

Member

posts 100

Post edited 10:16 pm – December 16, 2012 by savingadvice


I decided to begin a challenge for next year which should give me plenty to write about on my main blog and spent most of my time starting to get the foundation for that challenge set for when the New Year comes:

 

Week 5 12/9 – 12/15

SavingAdvice

"Living Well on Minimum Wage Challenge" 12/9/12 664 words
"Preliminary Basic Budget Minimum Wage Challenge" 12/10/12 1107 words
"Renting or Homeless? Minimum Wage Challenge" 12/11/12 1539 words
"Car or Carless: Minimum Wage Challenge" 12/15/12 1867 words

TimeshareTrap

"10 Places You're Likely to Find Timeshares" 12/14/12 878 words

Total Words Week Five: 6055

Challenge Blog 1

5:27 pm
December 17, 2012


Jake@iHeartBudgets.net

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posts 407

Last week:

Monday – 611

Wednesday – 957

Friday – 444

Sunday – 997

 

Total – 3009

 

Getting closer. Finally broke the 3,000 mark. I'm still aiming for 3,500, because I know that will keep me motivated.

7:43 pm
December 20, 2012


PK @ DQYDJ

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As a curious observer: has anyone tried to do a 5,000 word post yet?

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9:47 pm
December 20, 2012


Edward Antrobus

Fort Collins, CO

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A 5000 word post? That's a short ebook!

 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

If You Can Read, You Can Cookhttp://www.ifyoucanread.com | Think you can't cook? If you can read this sentence, then you can.

SEAM Publishinghttp://www.seampublishing.com | eBook formatting and publishing service

4:44 am
December 21, 2012


MoneyBeagle

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posts 1466

I wrote a very theraputic post about an awful job I had in the past, and it was so long that I split it into three.  I don't think it would have totaled 5,000 words even put together, but it would have been way longer than I would have expected any reader to get through.

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7:25 am
December 21, 2012


Pauline

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posts 274

I would break a 5000 word post into a series of at least 3 posts. Unless you don't care if people only screen through it.

 

Here is my recap for week 2 

What to do if there isn't enough money? – 711
Little house in Guatemala, week 7 – 1047
How much do you spend on gifts? – 967
Friday recap – 711
Relocating abroad: the real price to pay @clubthrifty – 805
 
Total 4241

Having a guest post on Wednesday reduced my word count, but I have written a post that hasn't been published
 yet for another blog, that would have made me reach 5K.
                                                        Pauline @ Reach Financial Independence

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