If you’re on this page, chances are you have some questions about either how you can take part, or just what we’re up to. Here are some answers to some common questions.
What is the One A Day Project?
The One A Day Project is a community of creative types aiming to post things on their sites as regularly as possible.
Do you have to be a blogger to participate?
No! If you’re not a writey-creative type and would rather do a daily sketch, photograph, animation, video or miscellaneous doohickey, we’d love to have you on board.
Do participants have to post every day?
No. Despite the name, all participants have to do is make a commitment to posting regularly. Whether this is daily, twice weekly, weekly or some other interval is up to them.
So why is is called “The One A Day Project”?
Because it grew out of an attempt by a bunch of committed bloggers throughout 2010 to post on their blogs every single day, originating with @ultrabrilliant, among others. Many started. Few finished. In an attempt to keep everyone motivated and not have it feeling like work, the “rules” have been relaxed a little.
What counts as a “post”?
Anything. Individual participants can set their own personal goals, but a generally agreed minimum is at least a paragraph or a photo post. If you want to keep people coming back to your site, though, provide some quality content regularly!
Why are you doing this?
Two reasons. Firstly, to allow people to practice the discipline of regular, non-stop creativity. And secondly, to benefit two good causes: Cancer Research UK and To Write Love On Her Arms.
Who are Cancer Research UK?
Their name is pretty self-explanatory. They are the UK’s leading cancer research charity, but work all across the world to help those suffering with cancer and their families. You can donate to their cause through the official One A Day Project JustGiving page. Check out their official website.
Who are To Write Love On Her Arms?
To Write Love On Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for those struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. You can support the cause without having to spend a penny of your own money thanks to the SocialVibe widget in the sidebar. Simply spend a little time clicking through a few ads and surveys to help support the movement for free.
Why support this?
Why buy the album of a favourite music artist? Why buy books by a favourite author? If you enjoy what the participants are providing, then show your appreciation by donating either your money or your time to one of the good causes. There’s no requirement for readers to do this, but it’d be a nice gesture in appreciation of everyone’s hard work. Plus it’ll make everyone participating feel like it’s all worthwhile. Which is nice.
How do I promote my posts and site?
However you like. If you’re using WordPress, the WordPress Dashboard includes built-in functionality for sharing to Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo and Messenger. If you’re sharing on Twitter, use the hashtag #oneaday to help keep things tidy and easily searchable. If autoposting to Twitter, it’s a good trick to include the hashtag in the title of your post.
What’s this site for if I’m running my own site?
This site is for information about the project, donation links and will also include the best of the week’s posts. If you have a WordPress account and don’t mind cross-posting your entries to this page, send Pete a message via the About page and let him know the email address you use for WordPress. You’ll then be able to sign in and post stuff here yourself. If you don’t have a WordPress account or don’t want to sign up for one, Pete can post them here for you when he has a chance.
Where else is the One A Day Project on the Web?
We’re on Facebook and Twitter as well as here. Be sure to encourage your family and friends to Like and Follow, and to check out this page and the blogs of all the participants. Particularly encourage people to Like us on Facebook so we can get rid of our irritating “Get Started” page and have a nice tidy URL!