365 Days of Blogging, Accomplished

A break from Sunday Posts to celebrate a milestone on That Wife…

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Today marks the 365th consecutive day that a post has gone up on That Wife within a 24 hour period. Within that time I have published 543 posts, received almost 10,000 comments, and gained over 1,000 subscribers according to Feed Burner.

Wow. WOW.

I set the 365 days of blogging goal in order to prove to myself that I could make time for writing posts, a discipline I hope to hold onto even after the baby comes (and the rest of the babies after that). I didn’t define the goal very clearly in the beginning (just 365 days of blogging), and I didn’t actually sit down and write something every day. Over time it developed into an attempt to simply make sure that a post went up on my blog every single day for a year. Sometimes I wrote multiple posts in a day and published them all a few hours from each other because I was so excited to see what you had to say. Other days I wrote all of my posts for the week in a single day and scheduled them to go up at a specific time.

I hope my writing has improved during that time. I have developed the ability to write a post about almost anything, and I find myself frequently writing down post prompts for future posts. I now have so many posts I want to write that I never get around to most of them! 543 posts later and I still have an incredible amount of things I want to say. If you’re someone who feels like you “have nothing to blog about”, I would encourage you to start keeping a running list of possible topics, ranging from the most important things on your mind to the most mundane.

Blogging has become one of the most important things in my life, and at this point the only thing I do more maintain That Wife and Jenna Cole is sleep. I’m pretty sure I spend more time with the blog than I do with That Husband. Your comments have the power to ruin or make my day, and often both happen over and over within the same 24 hour period. Tears have definitely been shed, but more often than that I’m exclaiming excitedly to TH about the newest comment someone left that has me smiling or laughing or thinking about things in a different way. I’ve held strong to my policy of approving all comments (barring those of the type listed here) and I’ve enjoyed most of the debates that have ensued because of the threaded comment system. This blog could not be what it is without those of you who not only comment once, but come back and keep commenting over and over on the same post to keep discussion moving along!

Some of you have already asked what my plan is now that 365 days of blogging has come to an end, (and many of you have expressed disappointment about not waking up to a new post each day, thank you so much for the self-esteem boost!) and the short answer is that I’m not committing to anything quite yet. Right now writing a post each day is a habit, and I love waking up to comments in my inbox each morning. On the other hand I would like to write posts on a more regular basis for Jenna Cole Photography and I’ve committed to writing a weekly post for Elizabeth Anne Designs Living and I haven’t been doing a very good job up until this point.

I can tell you that I have an exciting week of giveaways coming up (so don’t stop reading yet!), and that I have entirely too much to say about pregnancy and the rest of what’s happening in my life to give up posting regularly. For this next year (or at least until the baby comes) I would like the focus of my posts to be quality not quantity so you might not wake up to a new post every morning, but you’ll hopefully find yourself thinking the things that I do post are some of the best you’ve seen from me thus far.

A big thank you to those who have been visiting and commenting since the beginning, and to those who have joined in the discussion along the way. I’m not sure I would keep writing if it weren’t for you. I count so many of you as my friends and I look forward to what the future brings for all of us!

Psssst…..
If you’re feeling excited about your chances of winning something in my big giveaway, you might want to leave a few comments on this and other posts, even if you’ve never done so before (especially if you’ve never done so before!). I think you’ll regret it if you don’t!

97 thoughts on “365 Days of Blogging, Accomplished

  1. Congrats! This is a big accomplishment and you should be proud of your self. Sticking to any one thing for a year can be tough…..so good for you!
    I really enjoy your blog and look forward to watching you as you go through your pregnancy and ofcourse cannot wait to see the baby and hear all about new motherhood. Thanks for sharing your life with all of us. There is good and bad that comes from having so many people seeing your life and giving their opinions….but I know that I have really enjoyed getting to have such an up close and honest look into your life through your blogging. So, thank you Jenna.

  2. I think it’s awesome you were able to do the 365 blog thing. I know I don’t have the kind of motivation! Congrats :)

  3. Jenna, I know reaching your goal of 365 days of blogging was very important to you. You made it and it is quite an accomplishment. We have been through some ups and downs with you, and we’re with you now that you enter a total new season in your life, that of being a mom. I have to say, the posts about pregnancy I tend to skip more frequently because I am in such a different place. But I do love how you are investing in research and stuff, I am sure you are helping out a lot of pregnant couples. Can’t wait for Jenna Cole Photography posts to pick up. CONGRATS!!

  4. What an accomplishment. I post regularly and often “run out of things to say.’ Rather, I run out of interesting things to say ;) You’re an inspiration to blog about what I truly feel.

  5. I’ve really been enjoying your blog. I may not always agree with what you have to say, but I always think it’s interestingly written.

  6. Wow! Congratulations!!
    I always enjoy waking up to read your posts. Although I’m not much of a commenter, I have been reading before you started the 365 challenge — hard to believe I’ve been reading your blog every day for a whole year. I hope you are able to keep chugging along and accomplishing your goals. Can’t wait to hear more about baby!! :)

  7. That is really impressive. There is no way I could manage to post that often. For one thing I don’t think I could find the time, but also I don’t have as much writting capacities as you seem to have. So I can honestly say congratulations it is not easy task.

    I started following you on Weddingbee, I just thought it would be interesting to learn more about a different belief system. While I do not always charge the same believes I really found it interesting and enlightening to learn more about the LDS chruch and respect it (what I heard about it from France wasn’t exactly flatering).
    So thank you for sharing your life with such honesty it is definitely interesting.

  8. Congratulations, Jenna! 365 days of blogging is an amazing accomplishment, I tried for once a week and I keep having to start my count over.

  9. Congratulations. This is my first comment but I want to say I enjoy your blog and you inspire me to post more on my own blog!

  10. congrats! I don’t subscribe but you are in my favorites tab. I love your blog and the discussions it facilitates, and although I am not in agreement with you all the time I keep coming back for more :)

  11. Wow, Jenna! Blogging for 365 is such an achievement!
    I followed you over from Weddingbee a while ago, and I too have been continually impressed in the way that you eloquently express your views, even when you know that a large number of your readers may not hold the same values or views as you.
    I hope that you continue to express yourself and your opinions so openly…. the world needs healthy debate if you ask me!
    So yes, thank you from Edinburgh, Scotland :)

  12. Congrats on the huge accomplishment! I just started blogging last January and a post certainly asn’t gone up every day, but I’m getting better about it and I think I may commit to the 365 day challenge as well! I love your posts, Jenna – looking forward to what’s to come!

  13. I’ve been following you since Weddingbee, and while I’ve only commented a couple of times (and try to stay out of some of the heated discussions) I read your blog every day. I’ve been thinking about starting my own blog for awhile now, because I do love to write, but I’ve hesitated because I didn’t know what the focus would be. Thanks to your encouragement, I think I’ll just…start!

  14. Congrats girl! I have been following since your weddinbee days and though my wedding is long since over…I still enjoy seeing what’s new in your world!

  15. I admire your determination! I love reading your blog – you talk about everything and anything. I wish you and TH best of luck and continued health!

  16. Wow! Way to go Jenna. I’ve enjoyed this past year and every single one of your posts. Here is to the next year and all the blogging years to follow!

  17. I’ve only started reading recently, but I find your candor, honesty, and strong opinions fascinating. I really do enjoy checking for new posts every day.

    Cheers!

  18. Congratulations! I’m kind of shocked it’s been a whole year – even though I changed my username, I’ve been following you from the start. You’ve been a big part of the inspiration for starting a blog of my own (which is still in its infancy and I’m not quite ready to publicize it, but I’m working on this consistency you speak of).

    Do you have any plans to post a “tips for new bloggers” list? This is a subtle, and selfish, hint. :-D

    Keep up the great writing. Even if you’re not posting every day, I know I’ll stay subscribed!

  19. congratulations Jenna!! i have to say i have read from the beginning, i found your blog when you had just gotten married and moved into the apartment with the dishes and what not and have enjoyed following you ever since!!!

  20. Congrats on reaching that milestone! This blog is the first one I visit everyday after I read my emails!
    Thanks for the great reads!

  21. I wish I could do this. Unfortunately there are only a handful of people who read my blog and without followers it is hard to be motivated… I’m working on it.

  22. Jenna- I am proud of you for reaching your goal!!! :) you’ve def. Set the bar for dedication to blogging- I jhave often thought about adopting your 365 challenge (you know, once I get a computer and am not blogging via blackberry) thank you for sharing your life with us.

  23. Love the blog! I look forward to reading them everyday! You are an inspiration to me. I often feel like I have “nothing to blog about”. I am going to take your advice and start jotting things down :)

  24. congrats! i really appreciate that you are willing to allow the debates to go on even when they get uncomfortable. that cannot always be easy, but shows great strength of character and conviction, not only to listen to all the comments, but to be willing to re-evaluate your position should some new information come to light.

  25. Congrats on reaching your goal! My brain is mush now that I’m pregnant — I don’t know how you manage to write every day :)

  26. It’s been nice to know that no matter what, each day there would be SOMETHING interesting to read in my Google Reader (I had a very boring job most of this year, Google Reader saved my brain from total meltdown). I’ve enjoyed participating in the discussions, not only with other readers but even when I’ve disagreed with you. My husband is probably tired of hearing me talk about “that Mormon chick whose blog I read” and what you did today. He got a blow by blow account during the “My husband is not a jerk” debate. :)
    I have definitely seen growth in this blog over the months that I’ve been reading it — looking forward to more!

  27. The idea of not having posts are regularly is a bummer (for readers), but you should be SO proud of making it through your 365 days! It really keeps people coming back when there is always something new on your blog. I’ve enjoyed reading!

  28. Wow Jenna, what a huge milestone! Congrats on setting a goal and *sticking with it*… that would be hard for me to do over such a long period of time, and I’m really impressed. Looking forward to the next 365, however long it takes.

  29. Hi Jenna,
    I have never commented before, but figure I should now considering the milestone you just passed. I haven’t technically read from the beginning. BUT I have gone back and read every post- I think that counts! I found your blog when I was planning my own LDS wedding in Seattle. I got totally hooked! I am really excited about your pregnancy and plan on referring back to it when that time comes for me.

    Thanks for blogging about your life. :)

  30. Congratulations Jenna. Enjoy the feeling of this accomplishment. I think too often when I finally reach my goal (or even finish an item on my to-do list) I don’t take the time to enjoy it because I’m already thinking about the next goal or the next thing to do. I hope you take some time to enjoy your success.

  31. Congratulations! As one of the people who does look forward to your posts every morning it’s been a fun year; I look forward to seeing what the next year brings for you and your family.

  32. Congratulations, Jenna! I have been dreading this day…. what will I do without my Daily That Wife posting?!??! You’re by far the most consistent blogger that I follow. My GoogleReader will miss you being a daily staple. BUT – I’ve loved your posts and am glad that you will still be blogging through your pregnancy!

  33. Congratulations on such a wonderful accomplishment! I’ll miss reading new post everyday, but I have no doubt that I will still enjoy the discussions that stem from your posts. Keep up the good work!

  34. First time commenter…..congrats on making it to 365! I don’t think I could ever do that. I’m very intimidated to start a blog-but sure enjoy reading yours!

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