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100 days of daily blogging

Today, after a period of a hundred daily posts, the time feels right to let go of the daily challenge and step over to Post-A-Week-2011 of WordPress.

In these past months of Post-A-Day-2011 I have learned to write when I had inspiration, pouring the wriggling words out. I wrote when my brain was empty, and out of nowhere – triggered by the tiniest spark – still a couple of words found their way to my screen. Tiredness, migraines, illness, nothing stopped my dear sweet muse from whispering words and visions in my ears – to send out to you. Thank you WordPress, for these valuable lessons.

But postaday2011 was becoming a goal in stead of a tool.

So the time has come to use everything I Β learned to write my stories and books. They have been waiting patiently while I was blogging, but now they want to be born. And although it seems a simple thing to post every day, still it takes up a lot of precious, scarce time. Finding words, editing them, searching for pictures to illustrate meanings. To groom and shape them into the right form. And I need to spend this time in a different way now.

I will still share my thoughts with you here, at Figments of a Dutchess, whenever the need arises. Plus write a post once a week. Thank you all for staying with me daily. And though the frequency will be less, the intensity and joy will stay.


All it takes is a true friend’s nudge…


Caretaker of lads and cats. No lady, but all woman. RPGamer. Avid reader. Writing my first book, squeezing in time during busy days. And nights if needed. Because I'd love to introduce you to the wonderful people who are living in my mind.

22 thoughts on “100 days of daily blogging

  1. You inspire me. It isn’t easy keeping up a daily blog, although I love the writing, and the comments from readers, especially friends like you. Hard to give that up. But I too am in the midst of a serious short story, novel, whatever. Trying to juggle that, the blog, and trying to visit other blogs, PLUS pets, housework, yardwork and meals, not to mention visits to my daughter…is getting very tricky. I’ve also begun volunteer work with a couple of different groups, and I’m not getting any younger. Although I must admit all this activity is keeping my brain cells snapping, crackling and popping!

    maybe there’s a method to my madness…ha, ha…hugmamma. πŸ˜‰


    1. You won’t have to give up the blog, comments and interaction Hugmamma, it just will ease up the tension of having to post every day. Plus I changed the emails of subscription to other blogs (plenty of them hehehe) from instantly to weekly. Now my inbox is manageable again, bringing a peace of mind that will trigger the muse, and I can actually plan time to read and respond.
      I’m looking forward to your writing, blogposts and otherwise! And keep those crackling brain cells in good health πŸ˜€


  2. Congratulations on 100 days of wonderful posts! I wish I could read Dutch, so I could read your book. I agree with your choice, though, to write in your native language. Writing a book is hard enough, without writing in a second language. I’m just thinking what a book of mine would be like if I tried to write it in another language. People who spoke that language would be writing me, asking things like, “I know this is a fantasy but, when you said that the little girl ate the stones and the dog’s ears, did you mean to say the bread and the butter?”

    I’ll be looking forward to your posts, whenever they come! πŸ™‚


    1. LOL Marian, language can indeed be pretty confusing when it’s not your native language πŸ™‚
      The decision to stop the postaday-challenge has been a good one. Now I’m more relaxed and able to concentrate on the bigger project. Now THAT is a challenge hehehe, I love it.


  3. Dear Marion,
    It will be missed by me; the every day stories…but i can understand why.

    I wasn’t even able te READ your post every day and you took up the challenge to WRITE a storie every day.

    Well, i’m happy to hear that you want to do more with your talent so i wish you sweet times with your muse and ofcourse i will go on reading your weekly Dutch & English posts.

    Congratulations to you because you managed to write 100 days in a row…

    Love & hugs from me xxx


  4. I wish you great joy and success in writing your stories and books! πŸ™‚ I know that daily blogging can sometimes be difficult with everything else you have to fit into 24 hours…why didn’t God make the days longer! lol Keep us posted on your writing and God bless you and your loved ones always. πŸ™‚ *Hugs*


  5. Good for you. It’s only a matter of time before I join you. I feel I may be sacrificing quality for quantity. And it really does take a lot of time. I’ll still be reading whenever you post.


  6. Congratulations on 100 days! I quietly dropped out of the challenge recently as well. And I thought about jumping over to Post-a-Week, but realized, I just like to blog on my own terms.


    1. You dropped out too? Well we’re still reading each other’s posts, only not as often πŸ™‚
      It’s not that I’m strictly following the postaweek challenge, but more like posting once a week anyway.


  7. Wonderful ~ I admire your muse flowing every day. I totally understand the need to scale back. You really should commend yourself for sticking to it for 100 days! And all those pieces stacked, neglected in the corner will be glad to see you back. I look forward to your posts, updates about your writing, and the joy you spread πŸ˜‰


  8. Bravo!!! Only you can know what is the right and chosen path to take to keep your life healthy and sane. We will all look forward to your posts when you make them. Keep up the great work you have started. Someday we will be buying your books off the shelf of the bookstore!!

    Much love,


  9. I’ll look forward to watching your further growth…I’m happy you now feel ready to move along the path of imagination … and write for yourself.


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