Mid-Month Reflections on Daily Blogging
Having been engaged in the NaBloPoMo daily blogging challenge for a week and a half, I have noticed a few things. Noticing facts and patterns about our own lives and life experiences and claiming them is a central practice in InterPlay, my grounding system of deep play.
The InterPlay wisdom that I bring to bear on my reflections includes:
- Notice, Notice, Notice: This is simply a direction to be aware of what is happening in and around your mind and body.
- Inner Authority: Only you know the truth of your own experience. You are the only one in your body and only you are aware of how that body shapes your perspective. Claim the authority of your inner awareness.
Here are some things that I have noticed:
- I like the ritual of daily posting. It is easier to keep the momentum of generating post ideas and writing reasonably fast when I do it daily than it was posting weekly.
- I don’t have time to write a post a day and put pictures in all of them. I miss the pictures.
- I am stunned watching the statistics of traffic to my blog. Only one previous day in 2012 saw more traffic than my slowest day last week. I do not understand the source for the increased traffic. The numbers do not merely reflect the same group of people reading more frequently. More people have reached my website. This is thrilling, but the not understanding makes me anxious as well.
- Headlines matter. Simple headlines that describe the challenge I am contemplating get more traffic. This saddens me; I love poetic titles, and the evidence is that the web does not.
- I have fallen into a theme: blogging about blogging. I feel conflicted about this. I like the way the posts relate to each other, and the way that my thinking is developing, but I fear that interrelated posts will put off people who visit my homepage for the first time, making them feel like they are diving into a conversation already underway.
- I cannot continue waking early in the morning to write without getting to bed earlier.
- Not only do I love writing early in the morning, but I love waking up knowing what I will be working on.
- Responding thoughtfully to comments takes time.
- I am tired. The daily blogging commitment is a contributing factor.
- I am not finding time in the day both to blog and to work on my novel.
Overall, I find myself feeling good about the process and the product, but concerned about the time commitment. I need to make progress on my novel. I have several deadlines that I am not progressing towards fast enough. I am going to notice what comes up for me as I finish out the month. I am curious to see whether my experience changes as the month continues.
I expect that this experience will push me to make some changes to my blogging practices in April, but I don’t know what those changes will be yet beyond being confident that I will not be blogging a full 7 days a week.
These are my reflections from my experience. I am curious to know what your experience is as a reader of my blog. I have so many questions.
- Have you been reading all of the daily posts?
- Is one post a day overwhelming?
- What changes have you noticed in what I am writing about?
- Is the quality of my writing changing?
- Do you miss the photographs?
- Is it annoying that I am ending more of my posts by asking direct questions of you?
I would love to read any thoughts you have.