The Future of My Pleasant Places

Day 26 of my 30-day challenge

Day 26 of My 30-Day Challenge

I am within days of completing my 30-day challenge, which is:

Post to My Pleasant Places every single day during the month of July.

This challenge has really stretched me.  I have spent many hours writing (many more than you would imagine, I guarantee).  In fact, if I thought it would always take so much time, I believe I would call it quits.  However, I have made enough progress over the past 20-something days, that I am confident I will be able to continue building my writing muscles and producing content fast enough to justify the time spent on the blog.

I will write more about my conclusions and what I have learned in this 30-day experiment next week, but in the meantime, I wanted to ask you who have been reading for a HUGE FAVOR.  My Pleasant Places has a tiny little “following,” and I would like for that following to grow.  In order for that to happen, I know I must produce quality content—not just fluff.  Of course, there will always be just-for-fun posts (like Another Reason to Run), and I will keep the Fun Friday idea going, but I need to hear from you who have been following along during these baby stages of My Pleasant PlacesSince I started the blog on January 1 of this year, my posts tend to center around these themes: Goals, Productivity, Fitness, Planning and Technology (apps, Google Reader) and Just-for-Fun. Of course, the spiritual dimension runs throughout those themes, too, because it is at the core of who I am (it is not a theme unto itself).  Which of those themes do you enjoy reading about the most (what subject matter attracts you)? Did you have a favorite post(s)? If so, which one(s)?  Is there a theme/subject you would like me to write about that I have not touched on yet?  Do you have a question(s) that you would like me to address (questions are a great way to launch into a good post or possibly even a new theme)?

Most, if not all, who are reading My Pleasant Places are personal friends and acquaintances of mine, so I am asking questions of you that I might not ask of a typical blogosphere audience.  Your response would be EXTREMELY helpful to me at this stage.  I will study your answers and review the posts that you say were the most helpful/enjoyable so that I might further discover “my writing voice.”  Let me THANK YOU in advance for taking the time to read and to respond.  You are much appreciated!

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11 Responses to The Future of My Pleasant Places

  1. Jonathan W. says:

    I do like the posts about your favorite apps, technology, etc. Your helpful, concise review of somewhat obscure or complicated technology has be helpful in finding great apps and uses for programs. You do reviews very well.

    • Diane says:

      Hey Jonathan, Thanks for the feedback. I’ll keep “reviewing” those apps that I think may help those who read the blog. Again, thanks! Very helpful!

  2. Carla says:

    I really like your advice on goals, etc. I would also like to hear about books that you’ve liked/found helpful.

  3. LynnDee says:

    As Jonathan also said, I have found the posts concerning technology very helpful as well as the information concerning different articles that you recommended. I tend to get overwhelmed with the amount of technology and information that is available, so suggestions for technology that are tried, true, and useful help me to narrow down the selection. Truly, I enjoy all of the subjects that are covered as well. I like how you address various topics and not just the same type of situation in every post. I think it really speaks to the holistic nature of people instead of one area all of the time.

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  5. Cindy Lofton says:

    I agree with everything that’s been said! The biggest impact your blog has had on me so far is to challenge me to develop my mind more & never stop learning. It’s sparked a new desire to gain knowledge for different areas of my life (like using google reader) and to simply use my brain to think through things more- goals, the ‘why’, becoming an expert in areas I touch. I have appreciated reading as to how you practically do these things, too. That helps me get ideas for how to practically do them in my life. I have at least 2 more 30-day challenges I want to do already. 🙂 From reading your blog I feel hopeful and excited at building new habits in areas I previously felt frustrated or defeated in.

    • Diane says:

      Thanks so much for the feedback, Cindy. I’m glad you are able to learn from my applications. That was one of the reasons that I started the blog. It’s very gratifying to read that it’s actually working. You’re a real encouragement!

  6. Cindy Lofton says:

    One other suggestion- is there a way to add a ‘search’ box to your blog so readers can do a keyword search if they want to find a certain post? You’ve got so many posts now I’m having a hard time finding past ones that I wanted to read again or reference for something. 🙂

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