Blogging Resolution: I’m Posting Every Week in 2011!

Creative Commons License Photo: “Gotokuji” by kristi-san

I’m all in favor of using the advent of a new year to motivate myself toward new goals and better habits. In this spirit, I’ve decided to take part in WordPress’s “Post A Week 2011” campaign. It’s exactly what it sounds like—I am committing to writing at least one new post each week. Really, I’d like to post 2-3 times per week, but WordPress is only doing “Post A Week” and “Post A Day” campaigns—and I thought about doing the latter, but I suspect that the quality of my posts would suffer greatly. (Unless I just started posting photographs as entries sans text. But that’s a separate discussion—I find it hard to post photos without narrating their content.)

Anyway, while most of the entries will continue to be related to Japan, travel and research, I also hope to draw inspiration from The Daily Post, which will be posting suggested topics everyday to help nudge the participating bloggers forward.

Do you have a moribund blog? So many of my friends do! If so, why not join in and commit to blogging once a week with me? And while you’re at it, why don’t you move your blog to WordPress? After doing stints on LiveJournal, Vox, and Blogger, I was nudged toward WordPress by many friends (such as Etheriel Musings). I’ve been very happy with the site. It offers lots of options and flexibility, and it also seems to provide a sense of community—both of which encourage me to write more. I’ve also heard good things about Tumblr (such as the fact that it apparently has an amazing iPhone app), but I’ve never used it. In any case, what better time to resurrect your online presence than at the start of a new year?

The photo above is from Gotokuji, a temple in Setagaya that is said to be the birthplace of the maneki neko (the “lucky” or “beckoning” cat). I went there on a short trip in 2006, with a friend who had seen the temple featured in a documentary. Good luck to all those trying to keep resolutions in the new year!