On 31 Days of Blogging


Back in July, I set a goal of blogging every day in August. As I mentioned in this post, things just seemed to keep happening to me, which served as blogging material, so there were actually only 2 days out of 31 where I was worried I wouldn't be able to think of anything to write about.

Looking back now, I can say that this definitely made the whole thing easier, because having to fight for something to write about every single day would have been horribly annoying. Still, this caused me to wonder what came first--the blogging goal or the stuff that happened throughout the month. 

In other words: did things happen to me because of the blogging experiment, or because of the experiment, was I just more on the lookout for things to write about? Since the former doesn't make much sense, I'm going with the latter. Which leads me to wonder what sort of things I would find to write about if I kept up this blogging-every-day thing. 

But don't worry. There's no way I'm actually going to do that. 

So here are my conclusions:

I'm glad I challenged myself to post every day. Ever since I started this blog a year last May, I have wanted to choose a month and post once a day. However, now having done it, I can tell you that the most important thing I learned is that I am not the sort of blogger who likes posting every day.

I use this blog as my creative outlet--mostly to write about funny things that happen to me but also occasionally to post personal goals and sometimes to comment on serious thoughts. 

I realized that I did enjoy the challenge of forcing myself to write, and it was interesting to see what ended up coming out once I started typing. And I definitely don't feel like I coped out (even though I did use Wordless Wednesday to it's full advantage). I didn't even have to use any writing prompts. 

But though I would say it was a positive experience overall, I learned that to write a post I can be proud of takes time and effort, and realistically it's not something I can do every single day. I learned that I enjoy writing and I enjoy blogging, but I enjoy it when I write when I want to... and I can't see myself ever again desiring to post every day, at least for the foreseeable future.

So now I'm back to regularly scheduled programming. The on-again-off-again kind of regular. It's a good place to be.