Reflections on Daily Blogging
Well, I did it. Every day in March, something new appeared on this blog. It has been a fascinating experiment and I thank everybody who came along for the ride or found me in the middle of it. And, this is the end. Time now to reflect on the past month and make some decisions about how I want to proceed from here.
What have I learned?
- My Muse is a busy woman. Writing every day has made me pay closer attention to my sources of inspiration. And she has made me a font overflowing with ideas.
- Writing for an audience every day is invigorating for me.
- Breaking thematically related ideas into a series is better than trying to link them all into one complex post.
- I get a thrill seeing my blog traffic numbers go up – and they have gone up hugely.
- I get deep personal satisfaction from conversation with commenters.
- It is not in my nature to write short, simple posts.
- People read my work. And are moved by it. And seek it out.
- Writing for this blog every day forces me to spend too much time blogging and not enough of my writing time on my fiction.
- I have seen some patterns of topics and headline styles that seem to correlate with higher traffic.
- Combining daily writing for myself and blogging every day has led me to writing about deeper and more personal issues.
- No more blogging on the weekends. My weekend writing time all goes back to my novel.
- I do plan to write A-Z improvisational poems about InterPlay for A More Playful Life. However, I am hereby giving myself permission to spread the posting of such poems over 2-3 months. I will be done before the kids are out of school for the summer.
- In April, I plan to post to this blog on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. We will see how that goes.
I want to thank the folks who put together NaBloPoMo for the inspiration.
For now, I am off to enjoy the rest of my weekend without blogging.