In case you missed it, (though with such relentless output from me, how could you not notice?), November was National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) for me. I joined up a month ago and I pledged to post religiously all month.
So I saturated the blogosphere with my inanity. Sorry.
A month on, what have I learned about me and blogging?
- Although it was good to have to think daily about recording my various responses to the world about me, and somewhat unifying to take a theme (I – predictably I guess – chose Gratitude), I do think that many of the posts were even more banal than usual. But then, maybe one or two were better… perhaps I got in the swing a little? On the whole though, it was a little bit of a reductive process, which suggests to me I’d be no good at being a full-time writer who had to discipline herself daily to commit to generating words.
- I don’t think that I have time in my daily life to make blogging some kind of ultimate priority. At times sleep or sanity were sacrificed to getting the post done… and that is not a recipe for sustainability.
- Although I may not have anything scintillating to say even on a good day, I do prefer to just blog as the whim takes me – much the same way as I write in my personal journals. That way the pressure to perform is removed and pleasure in the process remains.
- Sometimes the thought of the blog lurking in the background has reduced my experience of certain events to bloggable-topic style reflections, and this seems a little wrong somehow.
It was a good experiment – and who knows, maybe I might even have made it through the lottery of NaBloPoMo and may even win a prize… but that was not the motivation that kept me going. As with anything, it was the accepting the challenge and then wanting to carry through.
I am grateful to all who have read my musings so far and especially to those of you who have left comments. I have developed a habit now (though hopefully not an unhealthy obsession) so I will be back here again soon, though in the next couple of weeks there is a lot going on with our preparation to get to London for the holidays, so it might be a bit of a quiet time.