Happy Dance Time!
Excuse me for just a minute while I do a happy dance . . .
This is my second year to participate in the WordCount Blogathon. Posting every day for 31 consecutive days is a challenge. Last year when I took on the challenge, I had no idea what to expect. This year, I almost didn’t participate because, well, I did know to expect. It is hard! The advantage to this year’s blogathon was having a good friend participating with me. Cathy (Cathy’s Voice Now) held me accountable, kept me motivated, gave me some great blog ideas, and even gave me a great big double dare – which I took! Thanks, Cathy!
Here are a few things I discovered in this year’s challenge:
1) The whole “butt in chair” approach to writing is what it takes. In order to have something to post for 31 days in a row, I had to make myself sit down every day – or almost every day, some days I wrote ahead and scheduled posts – and do the work of writing. And yes, it is work.
2) When I know I have to write sometime in the course of the day, it changes the way I think. My “zone out” time behind the wheel of the car becomes brainstorming time. I’ve pulled out my notebook more often to jot down ideas to explore later. (I say I won’t forget, but I always do!) When I read, I more readily notice what makes for good writing. I also notice what makes for not-so-good writing, too.
3) I “met” some great people. It has been fun to read a wide variety of writing on a crazy array of topics. It also has been encouraging to get more feedback from more people.
4) In searching for inspiration, I discovered Scavenger Hunt Sunday. Photography has always been an interest of mine. I love the challenge finding images to match the week’s words/phrases. I plan to continue with it, although I must say that this week’s list is hard!
5) What I thought would be the easiest theme post of the month – the Wordle – ended up being the hardest and the most time consuming. (Maybe if I had read and followed Michelle’s instructions from the beginning, it would have been different.) What I thought would be the hardest theme post of the month – haiku, because I’m really not a poet – ended up being the easiest. Go figure.
6) One of the biggest highlights was being included in the article featured on the Second Act blog. I felt honored to be included.
7) As satisfied and proud as I feel to have written every day for 31 days on my blog, I don’t think that daily posts will be the best way for me to continue to go. First, some days it is a real struggle to find interesting, relevant topics. I don’t want to put drivel out just to say I posted. Second, life gets crazy busy. Enough said about that. Third, when I put so much time and energy into the blog, my other projects suffer. There is only just so much time in a day. So I while I plan to continue the daily writing, not all of it will be blog posts. I will figure out a schedule and plan to stay very blog-active, but daily posts will probably end very soon – until next May!
I could keep on going, but seven feels like a good, complete number. Thanks to Michelle Rafter for setting this up and inviting us in! I hope we have the chance to do it again next year!