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Get Ready for the Next Blogging U. Challenge: Writing 101

Want to flex your blogging muscles and take on a new challenge? Get ready for Writing 101: Building a Blogging Habit, starting Monday, June 2.

Feeling a bit bereft now that Blogging 101 and 201 have wound down, or just looking for a way to cultivate good writing habits? Never fear, Writing 101 is here! (Well, it will be here, starting June 2.) Our next Blogging U. challenge moves away from the technical and design aspects of blogging to focus on your content. Writing 101: Building a Blogging Habit is a write-every-day challenge designed to help you create a writing habit while publishing posts that mesh with your blog’s focus and push you a bit as a writer. Here’s how it works:

  • We’ll post a new writing assignment just for Writing 101 each weekday in June here on The Daily Post. Assignments will publish at 10:00AM EST (14:00PM GMT).
  • There are no weekend assignments — you’re free to expand on a weekday post, write something unrelated, or (gasp!) spend some time away from your blog.
  • Each assignment includes a writing prompt and an optional “twist.” Prompts are your post inspiration for the day, while twists push you to experiment and stretch your writing chops.
  • You can mix assignments up however you’d like. Respond to the prompt, and ignore the twist. Try the twist, but write on your own topic. Use both the prompt and the twist.  The only mandate is that you write every weekday.
  • Participants will have a private community site, the Commons, for chatting, connecting, and seeking feedback and support. Daily Post staff and Happiness Engineers will be on hand in the comments to answer your questions and offer guidance and resources.
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    1. Assignments will be published here, and if you follow The Daily Post you’ll get an email notification and/or see the assignment in your reader. Full details will be in the welcome email.

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  1. Is the challenge to write every weekday or to publish a post every weekday? The challenge as stated is to write every weekday. I can do this, but I typically only publish once or twice a week as it takes me multiple days to finish writing a post.

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  2. Just signed up! It’s going to be my very first Blogging U. challenge and I’m really excited to get started. Good luck to everyone who’s participating. 🙂

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  3. I’m one of those strange techno-holdouts who resisted social media, blogs, and YouTube until last year. Now, I am an absolute convert; but I will need some mentoring to make my project work. I’m looking forward to this

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  4. Hi Michelle, this seems all very exciting and useful. I would love to be able to use this to help me focus and get guidance. My major concern is the assignments are daily, and although i am constantly jotting things down to create my weekly posts, finding the time to create, edit and submit something daily is practically impossible for me with all my daily home and work commitments. But I would hate to lose out on all the benefits that come with participating. Your advice?

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    1. You don’t need to publish something every day; you can use this as writing practice, and publish the pieces if/when you want to / you think they’re ready.

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  5. Fresh from a personal essay class with Daniel Jones and ready for further development of this writing thing that I love so much!

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