Somehow, shockingly, it has been a month since I started this blog-post-every-day experiment. I don’t really know how but tomorrow it will be December.
So, of course, today is the perfect day to reflect on my month of blogging. Here are a few observations.
It feels good to be writing again.
Without a doubt, getting back into writing is something I needed to do. I needed to just plunge in like this. It also wasn’t so crazily overtaxing like NaNoWriMo often is (but more power to you if you did NaNo this year – my awesome sister-in-law did successfully!). So I feel like maybe it will actually result in continuing.
I never ran out of things to write about.
I have way more than 30 topics in me. The days that I shared just a short post or a photo were not because I had no ideas, but more because I didn’t have the energy. But that means I have plenty of materials to keep on blogging after this. Though, obviously, not at this pace.
The writing wasn’t the hard part.
Most surprising to me was that the writing wasn’t difficult. Sometimes I didn’t really want to do it, but once I started I didn’t have the problem of getting stuck or unmotivated halfway through (which definitely happened when I was doing NaNoWriMo last year).
No, the hard part of blogging every day was actually producing a publishable piece of content every day. Sure, I can type up 200-900 words on a topic pretty easily. But then I have to check for errors (believe me, I did a very light touch with editing this month…), add pictures, and make sure the readability is good. I have to set tags and fight WordPress to attempt to set a featured image (I don’t know why but I keep getting errors, so I’ve kind of given up).
The writing was easy – but the finishing, every single day, that was hard.
I really fought against it at first.
Just a couple of days in, I started questioning everything. Why was I doing this? (Because I wanted to feel like a writer and a blogger again). Why such a hard goal? (Because I love that sense of accomplishment at achieving something difficult). Was it really going to work to kickstart a writing habit when NaNoWriMo had utterly failed – twice? (Unclear.)
I talked through it with my best cheerleader, Jeff, and realized I did want to really try. And I don’t regret it.
I did like having a goal every day.
My plan going forward is to just try to write every day. My initial goal will be 8 minutes of writing every day. It’s hardly anything. And I won’t have to produce anything. It doesn’t have to be a blog post. It can be. It can be fiction. It can be working on editing my NaNo novel from last year, which I have not even looked at in the year since I wrote it. And I don’t have to stop at 8 minutes. But I can.
I watched a lot less TV.
I do love watching shows on streaming, but I didn’t have much time to do that this month between writing these posts, reading Oathbringer out loud with Jeff (a homegrown audiobook), and doing some craft projects. But that’s okay. I’ll probably be bingeing hard this weekend.
My readership didn’t really change.
I know people were reading this month’s posts – I got a decent amount of comments about them through Facebook. But my analytics don’t show a bump in readership, which is interesting. I’ve always gotten steady traffic from some of my very early posts that have great SEO (I apparently rank highly for “Jeju black pork,” among other things – which, I mean, that stuff is delicious). Also, strangely enough, October of this year had a weirdly large spike in traffic, especially weird given that I haven’t really blogged the last couple of years.
I didn’t really do this for the views, but it was interesting nonetheless to look at the statistics. I really appreciate those who read these posts, and hope you stick around for more to come (probably edited a lot better too)!
My takeaways from this month are that trying to publish every day is not a sustainable habit. But writing every day? I can probably manage that. I hope to continue putting out blog content regularly. After all, I have a lot of catching up to do.