(I’m not even gonna bother with my APADO intro because this post is so meta it doesn’t deserve it. Hehe.)
(Also: all the gifs are from when I ran outside to celebrate getting to this momentous occasion. Enjoy.)
All I can say at this point is wow.
To be honest, I expected myself to fail this challenge. When I went into this, I thought I would end up with about seventeen APADO posts before falling off and being done with the challenge. And I thought I’d have to look at them for the rest of my meager existence. Seventeen reminders that I can’t keep my promises.
I can’t tell if it’s better to have low expectations and knock it out of the park or have high expectations and fail, but we’re going with the happy medium. I had bad expectations, but I ended up with something pretty awesome (if I can say so myself).
This past month, I posted once a day, every day, on weekends and holidays and all throughout
To be clear: to me, the day was not over until I went to bed. I used the backlog feature to get the date right on the posts I published after midnight (which was almost all of them, hehe.)
Though words can’t describe how good this feels, a gif or two might do the trick.
GUYS, I DID IT.
Let’s do a quick recap of everything that went down this month.
(none of these stats are counting this post)
…I wrote 30 posts, adding up to an estimated total of 22,159 words.
I took 98 new photos (not reuploads of old stuff or things I already had photos of).
And made 11 gifs (not counting ones I lifted from youtube videos):
I broke 100 posts:
And this blog got 823 views, 175 visitors, 414 likes, and 228 comments.
I would say I’m speechless, but I’m a bit too talkative for that.
My thoughts on APADO:
I now see why clickbait content farms are the only ones who post once a day. It’s tiring. Just like a marathon, I started to stumble around day (mile?) 13. It’s like my motivation started to slide downhill until I took that glorious Wednesday walk.
Yet, I enjoyed pushing myself. I love the feeling of having a ton of cool posts for people to read. And most importantly, I found my fervor to blog again. I’ve built good habits. And I’m now motivated to post more often, although not every day.
I’m not about to say that every post was perfect, though. In fact, quite a few of them were sub-par.
My (Personal) Bottom Three Posts:
Sin number one: it had almost no pictures. Sin number two: nothing is more self-centered than low-key bragging about how many words you’ve written. C’mon, Tess. You’re better than that…
I don’t think Steeplechase posts get more negative than this one. Wow, I had a ton of roasts to scald this poor novel with. And again, no pictures! Readers like pictures, Tess. They really do.
Oh, I wish I’d put more time and effort into this post! I didn’t say nearly everything I have to say about this topic. Perhaps, in future, we’ll have to have a longer chat about flawed characters.
But – there were several posts that I really, really liked.
My (Personal) Top Three Posts:
Inspirational message? Heart-pumping roller coaster gifs? Yes, please. AND THE FEATURED IMAGE IS SO FLEEK.
Not only was this post a ton of fun to make, I ended up discovering something about myself that has changed my view about the world. It’s comforting.
This completely spontaneous idea turned out so neat! Just an update: I’ve been given permission to mail the letter. Once I hunt up a stamp, it’s off to Washington!
The Crowd Favorite:
Maybe it was the past-self-depreciating jokes. Or maybe it was that jamestic gif at the beginning. For some reason, this post got 41 views. As a reference, my record is 91 views (for that interactive birthday adventure which will likely return).
The Unsung Hero:
Somehow puppy photos weren’t tantalizing enough. Was it because Scouty had already written a post on The Pawsome Press? Still, it has more views than half the posts I’ve written – a respectful 12.
What’s your opinion?
Everyone’s preferences are different. Want to let me know what you thought?
I’m shocked at how much my blogging game has changed since the beginning of this challenge. I’m now proud to call myself a blogger. I’m happy with the posts I’ve made.
I wish I could keep posting once a day, but I’m sure there would be a drop in the quality of my posts, knowing how much effort and how many late nights these ones took. And besides, there’s Nanowrimo, and that’s going to be taking up all my spare time.
But this doesn’t mean I won’t be posting on Steeplechase next month! I’m going to try to do five Nano recaps (one every six days) with snippets, gifs, writer struggles and inspiration. Let’s hope they’re as fun as APADO has been.
Farewell, APADO. You were fun. See ya next year.
(Did I just make a rash promise again?)
Now let’s jump right into Nano.
Sheesh. Talk about out of the frying pan into the fire.
tl;dr: I finished APADO and ended up with some posts I liked and got practice for Nano, which starts TOMORROW guys I’m officially freaking out.
Sayonara for now,