You may have noticed my observation the other day that there are now just twenty active One-A-Dayers. Well, it seems I was a little generous with my estimate, as some of those haven’t been posting daily either. I make it that there are sixteen members of the collective actively trying to post one blog entry a day. At one stage we had forty-three.
Recently, I’ve increasingly noticed other posters struggling to manage. While a large handful have posted without complaint, more and more seem to be questioning the worth of One A Day. It’s understandable, really – on days like today, for example, where I’m in quite a bit of pain, it’s not always fun to sit down at the PC and have to come up with a few hundred words, and when someone who’s contributed so much so often like Rhiarti starts to question her contributions – not to mention Jennifer Allen bravely posting through what’s clearly been a tough time, you start to think that some kind of corrective action is necessary.
With all that in mind, I’m tentatively suggesting a new approach. Instead of people feeling pressured into producing one blog post per day, perhaps we should relax the ‘rules’ (not that there are any hard and fast regulations for doing this) so people can post whenever they want to.
I realise this effectively sounds like the end of One A Day, and certainly goes against the original ethos of the concept, but I think there’s some mileage in this. People can still post once per day if they really want to, but instead of it feeling like a necessity, it will be entirely optional. Perhaps instead of being One A Day, we can become a different kind of blog collective. Not only would this ease the pressure some are clearly feeling, it would potentially increase the quality of posting with a reduced focus on quantity. Moreover, those who’ve ‘left’ would be welcomed back in – the likes of Andy (who started this whole thing) and Matt (whose absence has been keenly felt by some) would form part of this new, larger group. We’d have a single site, much like this one designed by Adam, which would collate all the blogs in one place. We’d just need to think of a new name.
Now, it’s just an idea. And I’m fully prepared for those who’ve comfortably coped with the demands of posting once per day to feel slightly put out by this. So I’m hoping all of you will be able to give me your feedback. Whether this goes ahead or not, I will probably still post once a day, purely for the feeling of discipline and the sense of achievement it gives me. But I think a more relaxed, open approach will reap dividends, and stop this brilliant project from winding up with just a handful of posters come the end of the year.
I openly welcome any and all responses – you can let me know how you feel about this either via Twitter, or by commenting below. But maybe this can be a fresh start for One A Day (or whatever name we come up with for our little band of bloggers) and with the pressure off, we can produce some even more enlightening, informative, amusing or even emotional words for the people who follow us.