I recently signed up for National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) through BlogHer, a media company specialized in blogging and social media. Basically all this means is that I have to publish a blog post everyday throughout the month of October, except Saturday’s and Sunday’s. The theme this month is simply: FALL. I have no idea what blogging every day will be like, but I do know that every single time I write, I learn something new. I’m excited to see what it will be this month. Now come on everybody, FALLow along with me!
Today is the second to last day of NaBloPoMo, and since tomorrow is Halloween I will be sharing trick-or-treat pictures for the last day. That said, I am dedicating today’s post to reflections from the past month of blogging. I’ve truly enjoyed blogging every day, and as always, I’ve learned a ton of new things through writing. For one, inspiration is everywhere.
In an effort to keep this short, here is a rapid fire list of my reflections. There is also a quick poll at the end, so if you aren’t interested in my reflections, please at least take the poll at the end. Purdy please and thank you.
– Blogging every day (except on weekends) was easier than I thought it would be.
– I don’t always have to blog about my children and share pictures of them. I clearly have other areas of interest that I can write about. My children don’t always have to take center stage even though they pretty much rule my world right now.
– I realized I could wake up every morning and feel inspired to write about something. Every day was a new chance to expand my creative limits.
– Long, drawn out philosophical musings with a deep takeaway at the end is not a prerequisite for a good blog post. Short, simple, and silly posts were fun to write.
– My to-do list grew longer as the month went by leaving me with even more unfinished projects floating around my house and in my mind. So it goes with writing every day… something had to give 🙂
– I’m glad I took the weekends off. Technically, I think I made this rule up, but it worked for me. I chilled on the weekend, much like a regular job, and on Monday I was fresh.
– Blogging every day didn’t allow me time to think and rethink my words. I learned to go with it. Not every post needed to or even could be great, but I learned to find satisfaction at a quicker pace.
– Apparently, I have a lot to say because I never ran out of banter. Either that or I am just very bored and lonely when my kids nap.
– I learned that I am capable of doing some serious writing during limited time frames, such as a nap time, which gave me hope that I can work part-time as a writer without having to pay for childcare or take evenings away from my family.
– Even though I strived to keep my posts under 500 words, this was hard for me. I am fully aware that if a blog post is much longer, readers lose interest. Even though I knowingly post long essays that might not get read word for word, I still enjoy longer entries. Perhaps there is a venue for this type of writing that I should look into.
– More posts = more readers and site visits.
– I discovered a new world of women bloggers from all over the country and enjoyed reading other blogs.
– Half-way through the month I created a writing schedule and easily mapped out topics for the rest of the month. This strategy kept me on track, and I could push undeveloped ideas or drafts to a later date.
– I learned to balance Lance’s needs with my blogging schedule while Vivian napped in the morning. At times he curled up in my lap and watched Sesame Street while I wrote. I’ve been able to show him that “Mama is working,” which made me more empowered about teaching him that I have personal interest, too.
– Realizing when I needed to shut down the computer also became an important factor. I couldn’t let blogging interfere with my kids needs, but in the afternoons when they both sleep (like now), I truly have the time I need to edit and focus.
– My reading pace suffered. It took me forever to finish even one book this month, because instead of ever reading during nap times I blogged. I look forward to starting a new book later this week.
– Throughout all the “for fun” writing I did this month, I also found time to submit an article to a local publication. This gives me hope for more professional writing opportunities while continuing to stay at home with my kids.
– Last, I won’t keep posting every day, but I learned a lot about my writing potential.
At this point, I am left once again wondering, where do I go from here?
Moving forward, this is a very important consideration, especially as my children get older. What kind of writing career do I want to have? Should I continue as a family blogger? Should I write about more universal parenting topics with limited, but enough, information about my own family to give me credibility? Should I write about local happenings or other topics (about that dissertation…) and keep my personal life out of my writing for a while?
I’ve solicited feedback from you, my dear readers, in the past and it’s time once again. As you can see, after a month of blogging I need to hear from YOU. Please select one of the following choices and/or type personalized comments/suggestions in the “Other” box.
Thank you, Thank you!
Until tomorrow… (Boo!)
The Banter Lady
To read yesterday’s post click here: Put your leaves in the air