I’ve had a little bloggy break this past week; my brain and computer running on similarly lacklustre levels, both needing an overhaul and testing my patience. Here are my reflections on @stellaorbit’s #blogvember challenge, where I successfully posted every day for 30 days in November. I finished something!
To say that I needed a sense of creative accomplishment of late is a desperate understatement. That part of me has felt very neglected and bogged down under the weight of the pointy end of the year and family’s prioritised needs. I jumped on this challenge, (together with @FatMumSlim’s #fmsphotoaday challenge) with gusto. I dedicated myself to the end goal and had a couple of close scrapes, but all in all I reached the finish line on both. A glorious sensation.
It’s a feeling I had in a similar (but much smaller way) about an art/photography/design course I did a decade ago; under pressure at the time, but to this day happily surprised with what I was able to turn out by the end. I know I need a structure and someone/something bigger than myself to answer to, in order to perform.
Concerns: I was a bit worried about being able to come up with ideas on a daily basis, but this soon proved unfounded*, as the more I posted and got into the swing of daily writing, the more ideas I seemed to get- a most welcome and pleasant surprise! They weren’t just shitty filler posts either, if I may say so myself; I even raised the bar (see below). The biggest problem I had was the time factor. Working around family commitments and the oft-crashing ‘puter was frustrating, especially when that meant scraping posts in very late at night, annoying my grumbling Mr with my ridiculous bed times.
The Glittery Positives: You know what else it did? It made me feel like a ‘legitimate blogger’- whatever that is. The commitment to writing every day gave me a real sense of achievement, and that beautiful surprise of having ideas keep popping up each day was very affirming. I managed a couple of posts I was prouder of; both departures from my usual stream-of-tangential-consciousness style. Given that I started blogging to (first locate, then) exercise my writing muscles, this was a fantastic personal outcome. If you missed these, here they are:
Cup Day Tragics
When There are No Words
My stats grew, comments increased and I enjoyed a more ‘connected’ relationship with readers. It was great. So…
In summary: a great exercise for so many reasons but (once again, time-sucking blog and pc tech issues notwithstanding) I don’t know that the work involved in daily blogging is something I would say is worth my while. At least while I am a personal blogger and not sourcing any income for my efforts.
The next step is a long overdue blog upgrade and make over. If perhaps a new machine were to speed up my incredibly s-l-o-w posting times, who knows- I might be re-enthused to fly with this some more.
* (In the short term at least- I’m certainly not saying this would happen indefinitely!)