Like many people who own their own site and blog, I have noticed a decline in the amount of well researched and considered content. I am no stranger to this either trend, I haven't written enough content on this website for over two years now. Many have stipulated that the decline in blogging is because of the rise of so-called "micro-blogging" websites, especially Twitter.
It is not that people aren't regularly contributing content, services like Facebook and Twitter have make the experience so much quicker and easier. Their short message nature and the fact they have some brilliantly designed mobile applications have allowed their users to easily publish content whenever and where ever they like. Most of my content from the last year has been via my twitter account.
These services are partly the cause in the current decline in casual blogging that we have seen during the last couple of years. However, the main reason is that writing well researched and considered content is difficult. Very difficult. I have heard many stories of people who have tens of articles in draft which are unlikely to ever reach public eyes.
Starting in 2010 an idea called Project 52 has appeared.
Project52 is a personal challenge geared toward getting fresh content on your website. The goal is to write at least 1 new article per week for 1 year. Because we all know what it‘s like to procrastinate on our content. A website is not just a fresh design that can be uploaded to the web and forgotten about!
This is a great challenge. There have been other such content-driven challenges, especially successful is 365 Days a photo project where you take on photograph per day, for an entire year!
Jonathan Christopher from Monday By Noon has been using the "once a week" approach on his web development blog since February 2006. This has been a successful approach but it is not for everyone. I know a few people who have just completed the 365 Days challenge, and although they liked the overall experience, they complained about the self-imposed constraints and state that they wouldn't do it again.
Expectation is the reason why I am not subscribing up to the Project52 or anything similar. I am sure the constraints can help you publish more content, but I don't what the commitment or stress! However, I do want to write more content on this website. I have set myself some lenient publishing goals, but I am not announcing these are they are for my own personal motivation.
I want to achieve two things on this website, with respect to content, in 2010. Firstly, write more articles on my main blog, but also write more reviews of the movies I watch. I have started with this article and also written my first movie review of the year — The Man from Earth.