Bloganuary: A Resounding Success!

Even though you can build any type of website on WordPress.com, from an eCommerce store to a photography portfolio, blogs still make up the majority of our 60 million plus sites. To improve interaction and connection with these bloggers, we tried something new: Bloganuary, a writing challenge throughout the month of January, where we provided daily prompts to inspire people to publish blog posts.

Never having run a month long blogging challenge before, we didn’t know what to expect. Would bloggers join in? Would the community appreciate this? 

But the results were incredible! Thousands of participants joined in from around the world, blogging in different languages. Perhaps what warmed our hearts the most, though, was we got to see first-hand how close our community of global bloggers really is. People liked and commented on shared posts, watched their audiences grow, and followed new sites they didn’t previously know about. 

But don’t just take our word for it. Here’s what some of Bloganuary’s participants had to say (some grammar edits were made for clarity purposes):

An excellent initiative. So much variety. I think, “what will I say?” and then come up with something unexpected. Have been on hiatus with my account through some of [the] lockdown. What a great way to get back into the swing of things. Thank you 😊

– Storyteller, artandidioms.com

#bloganuary was a chance for me to actually live in a community where we write, we read what others have to say and perhaps share our stories with each other. Every individual has a distinctive power through which he communicates with others, some by painting, others sing and we…WRITE. The spark of this whole challenge was how one topic can cause ripples in many ways and how many unique perspectives there are in a single topic.

– SaniaDiary, saniadiary.wordpress.com

This is a real challenge, something I have never done before. I normally write a blog every few months but starting in February, I think it will be weekly. I have thoroughly enjoyed #bloganuary so far and intend to go all the way. 🙂

– johnarthurbetts

With such a great response to Bloganuary, we’re working to find new ways to engage with our WordPress.com community, so keep an eye out for some new and exciting challenges this year!

And if blogging publicly isn’t your preferred way to write, or if you like receiving daily writing prompts, consider downloading the Day One app. This will allow you to journal privately, or use the prompts to maintain your blogging routine.


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  1. JanBeek

    It’s been a fun month of prompts. Thanks for providing the inspiration. Now, though, I am ready to devote the time to my WordPress JanBeek blog. The Bloganuary e-mails we’re hundreds a day, clogging my system from seeing other messages that I needed to see. How do I get my e-mail off the list?

    Liked by 13 people

  2. Karsten Reichart

    It is a lot of fun and I still continue the challenge since time did not allow me to react to all of the daily prompts immediately. I collected them and that is a good repository to carry on. The challenge will only be completed once I have published posts for all the prompts. ☕️

    Liked by 5 people

  3. acolourfulnewworld

    what about mark every achievement a blogger as like 30,00 views or likes

    Liked by 3 people

  4. genenewman

    Sorry I missed out on Bloganuary. I missed the notice. Hope you repeat the event.
    Gene Newman GeneNewmanImaginethat.com

    Liked by 3 people

    • Carol

      You didn’t miss out. The power you hold is in your NOW.
      Write a blog on your site to the world anyway.
      The people you are to inspire await you…
      Carol Sligh. Overcomeandlive.com

      Liked by 4 people

      • David Aderemi

        Ok thanks a bunch but i need More guardians in writing in other to put the best content out there

        Liked by 1 person

        • Carol

          I understand…feeling as if you need guardians to ensure best content. Writing a blog can be sometimes daughting… but you are already doing it. The beautiful thing is know the feelings you feel are real we all have them at some time or another. But don’t let it stop you…let’s encourage each other and encourage ourselves. Listen to the authentic you.
          Let’s overcome and live together.

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          • senusan

            Thanks you…

            On Saturday, 5 February 2022, WordPress.com News wrote:

            > Carol commented: “I understand…feeling as if you need guardians to > ensure best content. Writing a blog can be sometimes daughting… but you > are already doing it. The beautiful thing is know the feelings you feel are > real we all have them at some time or another. But don” >

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          • David Aderemi

            Ok thanks alot but is my content good enough for the public

            Liked by 1 person

  5. Finemangp

    I won’t miss the next challenge
    This is great

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Jo

    if there are millions of blogs on wordpress, why do I see the same few all the time when go into discover mode? Whad do I do wrong?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Mindy Postoff

      The Reader will show you a feed of posts from blogs that you follow. You’ll certainly posts from the same sites there. On the WordPress app, the Discover section will try to show you posts from sites that it thinks you might be interested in. You’re able to specify and select topics that you enjoy, and it should show posts from more of a variety of sites.

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  7. Leon Stevens

    Anything that gets writers writing, and inspires others to start writing is a good thing. Keep up the ideas!

    Liked by 3 people

  8. littlemissteachit

    Wow totally missed this 🤯 Sounds like a useful challenge!

    Liked by 3 people

  9. selectionsfrombarb

    I have tried to save all the ideas you gave us, to help me when I am able to blog more. Thank you

    Liked by 4 people

  10. mphtheatregirl

    Was unaware of this going on

    Liked by 1 person

  11. 20ilyApril

    Okay! This is great.

    Liked by 2 people

  12. futurestarrcom

    Great discussion

    Liked by 1 person

  13. ScubaHankNYC

    Very cool challenge! This was a great way spur new ideas for my blog.

    Liked by 2 people

  14. Tanish Shrivastava

    I do hope it’ll be back next year. I missed this time because I just started my blog, and I thought I didn’t have enough experience to handle something like that.

    Liked by 3 people

  15. Dr. Shelly C

    Bloganuary was a terrific way to kick start 2022. Writing, sharing and meeting new and fellow bloggers was worth every minute. Indeed it was a success! Thanks team for facilitating.

    Liked by 3 people

  16. Erica Robbin

    I enjoyed participating, was super fun and stretched me in perspective and writing bits. I will look forward to the next one!

    Liked by 2 people

  17. yusouf44

    Wow awesome

    Liked by 2 people

  18. colincoles2016

    Great idea.

    Liked by 1 person

  19. momishah

    Bloganuary was a fantastic method for kicking start 2022. Composing, sharing and meeting new and individual bloggers merited each moment. To be sure it was a triumph! Much obliged group for working with.

    Liked by 1 person

  20. Black Dragon36

    this was just awesome great bro

    Liked by 1 person

  21. jeminanissila

    Nice challenge!

    Liked by 1 person

  22. Anitha Jayaseeli

    I just missed it waiting for the next update. Thanks for the app

    Liked by 2 people

  23. kimlavyahoocom

    A great initiative and idea.

    Liked by 1 person

  24. bhuvaneswarir

    I missed it this time! Eager to join in next time.

    Like

  25. Ann chichi

    😀

    Like

  26. Mr ND

    That’s great!

    Liked by 3 people

  27. Harry Jay

    What an awesome idea though I missed out on this one,but I’m hopeful for the next . Thanks to WordPress..

    Liked by 2 people

  28. rainbowhomeschools57

    Hi Word Press. Thank you!

    Liked by 2 people

  29. encouragementforthejourney

    You did a wonderful job keep it up writing. I am thinking about turning my page into a podcast.
    Heather Kendall

    Liked by 2 people

  30. ifeanyinicolas87

    Nice

    Liked by 2 people

  31. Boddy-Moving-Theo-Herbots

    It was a nice initiative.
    I’m glad I took part in it.
    Greetings to everyone 😀
    Theo

    Liked by 1 person

  32. Raymond

    Nice one

    Liked by 1 person

  33. Sonam RO Services

    It was a very important
    I am happy I took a it

    Liked by 1 person

  34. Sabeehulhasaan

    Nice 👍

    Liked by 2 people

  35. Samuel Xavil

    Great

    Liked by 2 people

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