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No Longer Running on Empty

Running on Empty

I can’t begin to express how excited I am for the New Year! I love the feeling of optimism and encouragement that permeates the very air during this time.

While I enjoyed participating in last year’s WordPress Post a Week Challenge there definitely were times when I felt like I was running on empty.

However, you can’t argue with results. And for the first time ever, I managed to blog at least once a week for an entire year!

During 2011 I averaged a respectable 1.3 posts per week. Maybe one day I’ll graduate to the Post a Day Challenge, but for now the Post a Week Challenge is about all I have the bandwidth to do.

Here are a few of the highlights from last year:

That said, I’m extremely pleased with my blogging results for 2011 and look forward participating again in the Post a Week Challenge for 2012!

I’ve explained why I blog and thanked you for reading, so what I really want to know is this—Will you be blogging this year? How often will you be blogging in 2012? Sound off in the comments below.

All images are from my flickr, unless otherwise noted.

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Thanks for Reading My Blog

This is your captain, Ammon Beckstrom, here. We’d like to thank you for reading this blog. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading it as much as we’ve enjoyed writing it.

Iberia A319 Retro B&W
Image via Dr. Jaus’ flickr.

We realize you have so many, many choices when surfing the Internet and—gosh darn it!—we’re sure glad you gave us the chance.

On behalf of everyone here at slightly insightful (just me), we’d like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.

This Is Why I Blog

An old friend and I recently chatted about blogging and writing in general. As part of the conversation I put into words, quite possibly for the first time, why I blog.

What it all comes down to is this: I write the kind of posts that I would want to read. So, even if my blog has an audience of one (which I’m sure it often does) it serves as a creative outlet for me.

Yesterday, I read an interview Seth Godin gave in issue #10 of Productive Magazine which totally validated my reason for blogging. The interviewer asked Seth how he manages to post so frequently and he responded with the following.

Seth Godin from Productive Magazine

Well, I think the most important thing to understand about blogging is that if you are blogging for other people you are going to be disappointed. Even if no one would read it I would still blog. And the people I know who blog passionately, all of them say exactly the same thing. So that is the way you have to look at it, you can’t say: “I’m not getting enough comments I’m not going to blog. I’m not getting enough money, I’m not going to blog”. You have to say: “this is a great chance for me to clear my thoughts and put them into the world, what an opportunity”.
— Seth Godin

Wow, talk about validation! Seth Godin proves once again that he gets it.

Why do you blog? Sound off in the comments below.

Photo of Seth Godin via Productive Magazine

If You Read My Blog . . .

I’d like to give a huge welcome to everyone who’s come to slightly insightful courtesy of WordPress.com‘s Freshly Pressed.

It seems like just this week (it was) that I was saying how my goal was to get on Freshly Pressed and now it’s happened.

They promoted my post Do Giant Inflatable Animals Increase Car Sales? yesterday and now I’m at all time highs for page views and comments.

Pedro Sánchez
Image via my flickr.

Now that you’ve visited slightly insightful I really hope you come back for more.

Remember, just like Pedro Sánchez says, “if you read my blog all of your wildest dreams will come true.”

Post a Week 2011 – 33% Milestone

so far, so good, so what?

Image via Wikipedia

Good news—I’m on track to keep one of my New Year’s resolutions this year. No, I haven’t gone to the gym as often as I wanted, nor have I become an early riser like I wanted. I am, however, blogging at least once a week.

Now that I’ve completed 33% of the WordPress Post a Week Challenge I want to highlight my three favorite posts so far this year as suggested.

Enjoy the trip down memory lane!

Simple Motivational Wallpapers for 2011

Do It Right Now
Image via my flickr.

I wanted to start 2011 with a clean, uncluttered desktop on my Mac. So, I fired up Pixelmator and came up with a series of simple wallpapers inspired by Spencer W. Kimball. I was proud of the way they turned out, so I decided to share them on slightly insightful.

I linked to this post in a comment I left on a related feature over at Lifehacker. The result was a huge spike in traffic to my blog—up over 4,500% from the previous week!

Microsoft Word on the iPhone for Free!

Word Save Dialog Box - Running on iPhone!
Photo via my flickr

Every now and then, I like to do something really geeky and techie, just because I can. That was the case of getting a freely available copy of Microsoft Word for DOS up and running on my iPod Touch.

I had so much fun doing this that I couldn’t resist sharing. Apparently the Internet enjoys it, too. Most days this is my number one, most visited post.

Superheroes Can Be Jerks

Batman Is a Jerk
Image via my flickr.

I wrote this post during an episode of hubris in which I was feeling particularly Pannish (“Oh, the cleverness of me!”).

Even though I just published it last week I’m especially proud that it was highlighted on 9rules weekly noteworthy content of the week post, which was one of my blogging goals.

33% completed. So far, so good, so what? Not wanting to rest on my laurels you can count on me to keep cranking out the quality posts. At least one week anyways.

Slightly Insightful on 9rules Noteworthy Content of the Week!

9rules Leaf Big

Earlier this week my post Superheroes Can Be Jerks was included on the 9rules Noteworthy Content of the Week blog!

I was thrilled when slightly insightful was accepted for membership in their blog their network back in 2009.

Ever since then it has been a secret blogging goal of mine to be highlighted by them (my other big goal is to have a post featured on WordPress.com’s Freshly Pressed).

The 9rules blogging network prides itself for featuring “the best content from the independent web”. That’s quite a compliment and I thank you.

Thanks for the link love!