Day 10: NaBloPoMo Check In / Check Out

Today is Day 10 of NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month).

Eden Kennedy launched NaBloPoMo in 2006.  It has grown to include almost 2000 bloggers, and it’s now officially under the auspices of BlogHer (www.blogher.com) which is why – if you came to this site through BlogHer – you see a BlogHer frame around my site.

Actually, to be exact, there are 1833 bloggers signed up as of today with #1833 being Rottweilers Ate My Laptop.1  You gotta love that title!

I have not visited that site.  In fact, I have not visited many of the other sites.  I doubt many of the 1848 bloggers are doing much blog reading because we are all too busy writing.  However, I did look up Eden Kennedy.  She is still participating in NaBloPoMo each year on her site www.fussy.org.  This year she is doing a hand drawing a day.  Very cool!

This is the first year I have participated in NaBloPoMo and, innocently, I signed up not just one blog; I signed up two.  The idea of NaBloPoMo is that you are supposed to post a blog post a day.  It does not specifically say that all the posts have to be on one blog so maybe I am actually keeping up in a weird way.  I posted 9 blog posts in 8 days and then took a day off.

What I am observing is how much research I do for my posts, which to a large part is why they take a while to post.  The interesting thing is how many ideas I have for blog posts now!  I have quite a list.   NaBloPoMo does offer daily blogging prompts but I have not been using them.

As mentioned in a recent post WordPress Tweak, Tinker, & Twiddle Trap, I have also done quite a bit of work on the back end of the sites with a lot more work to go. In fact, as I went to get the link for the recent post, I realized there is no navigation here that easily allows a reader to move between posts. I am about to fix that!  Done!

Just out of curiosity, I searched to find out what percentage of the web is using WordPress and found some interesting stats.

Today WordPress powers one of every 6 websites on the Internet, nearly 60 million in all, with 100,000 more popping up each day. Those run through its cloud-hosted service, which lets anybody create a free website online, attract 330 million visitors who view 3.4 billion pages every month.1

WordPress is used by 54.7% of all the websites whose content management system we know. This is 17.2% of all websites.2

WordPress VIP is now the default digital publishing tool for major media companies (including Forbes.com). For many of these organizations, it’s the promised land–a standard, easy-to-use, multimedia-friendly platform.1

 

Two of those quotes are from Forbes magazine.  Forbes’ motto is “The Capitalist Tool.” So, it is no real surprise that the title of the September 24th article about WordPress was titled “With 60 Million Websites, WordPress Rules The Web. So Where’s The Money?”  

It is a well written article that does capture some of the core values of Mark Mullenweg, the founder of WordPress and his company Automatic.  Oddly, the article ends with the sentence “Cyrus Field and George Westinghouse weren’t quite as generous with their inventions. But they died rich.”   My bet is that the author, J.J. Colao, put that in as bait for comments or maybe to appease Forbes editors . . . or maybe the editor added it because it sure did not fit the rest of the article.  Anyway, in spite of the odd last line, the article is a good read if you want to know more about WordPress.

This blog post turned out to be as much of a Check Out as a Check In on NaBloPoMo.  I ultimately ended up not continuing with it because I realized that for my writing, quality is far more important than quantity.  It was a good exercise and I am glad I tried it out.  It has inspired me to post more frequently . . . but I know my life will be pretty busy this next month so we will see how I do.

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