Today is the last day of November, the 30th day of the month in which I challenged myself to write daily. I’m almost to the finish line, and as I limp towards it here are a few of the things I’ve learned this month.
- I really do enjoy writing. It has been difficult to churn something out to post daily, but I liked that it forced me to make time to write and think daily. I want to be more purposeful about this as I move past November, even if I don’t choose to hit “Publish” every day.
- It feels like nobody is reading, most of the time. I get almost no “engagement” on my posts, even though my stats tell me that I have a fair amount of regular readers.
- But it doesn’t really matter to me. I started blogging in August 2006! Over eleven years ago. Back then there was no brand building and advertisement and monetizing; people just wrote because they wanted to write, and it created community. It was simple, and that has always been my motivation for blogging. I write because I want to, not because I’m building a product or brand or whatever. I love when people read because I often share things about our life that other people may not understand or experience for themselves, but I’m not in the market for all of the new style of blogging drama.
- I think a lot about my faith, evidently. When it was time to put my fingers to the keyboard, that was often where my mind wandered. I used to blog predominately about the kids, but as they grow up, their stories are much less mine and I am much more selective with what I share. I’m a mom and I like to blog, but it isn’t necessarily mommy-blogging anymore.
- Some topics need more than one day to flesh out. I had several ideas for posts this month that did not come to fruition. I needed more time than just an hour or two to work on them, and I couldn’t “waste” that time if I had a deadline to write and publish something before they day was out. I often like to write something in a moment of passion and let it simmer for a few days, rework it, and then post when it feels right.
- I write my best when I need to write, not when I have to write. I prefer my writing that is born of a place of “I need to write this out, right now.” than when I’m just looking at a deadline and writing. There is something more powerful and real about it. There’s a difference in words that naturally spill out of me and words I’m purposefully drawing out.
- I would definitely do it again. While some nights I was not thrilled to give up my down time to force myself to write, I am glad that I stretched myself a bit. Being with a toddler all day really addles your brain, and while I really like zoning out at the end of the day to mindless TV, I also really like to use my brain at times. This was a good motivator.
That’s all I’ve got. It was a looooong month, but I survived! If you read along, THANK YOU! 🙂
November 30, 2017 at 8:59 pm
It was great to see you blogging every day, even though I didn’t have time to read many days. (Because I was usually scrambling to get my own NaBloPoMo post up!) But I do hope you keep going after this. I really enjoy reading what you have to say.
November 30, 2017 at 9:11 pm
Thank you for writing. I always read and enjoy your posts. Just got the Misfits book in the mail yesterday, started reading, and plan to give a copy to my oldest (20 year old) daughter for Christmas 🙂
December 1, 2017 at 9:44 am
I enjoyed reading your thoughts very much. You have a real nack for writing, your post always draw me in until the last word.
I think maybe, there’s a novel in there somewhere💕
December 2, 2017 at 9:42 am
i enjoyed reading your posts. i just never comment but i do enjoy reading them
December 4, 2017 at 2:16 pm
Hi, just wanted to let you know I am one of the people that enjoys reading about your family and especially the kids, just not usually commenting.
December 20, 2017 at 2:16 pm
I have commented occasionally in the past.I was really happy to see you writing in November! I’d love it if you keep writing more regularly!
I enjoy your writing. I also love to read as a health care worker (pediatric physical therapist.) It helps me to see the family/consumer perspective, and I keep some blogs filed away in my brain for sending families to if they have a child with the same diagnosis.