As this month of blogging comes to a close, my thoughts:
Blogging every day was much harder than I expected. Oh, I can write about anything, but that is a strength honed for essay questions to pass a test. Busy days found my posts picture-less and writing to meet the goal, not because I had an overflowing need to write. Even then, I wrote too much for blogging standards!
I like to write. I like to write whatever is going on in my life and wherever my thoughts and emotions take me. To write on a topic feels stilted and confining, even if I adore the topic.
I love to write, but adding pictures took more time than the writing. Especially the old pictures, the ones where I had to dig out of the albums, retrieve the scanner, remember how to use the scanner and scan. Oh, I love those old pictures, they just were a time investment I did not always have the luxury of adding to that day’s schedule. (Best part was then smiling at the old pictures and remembering.)
I discovered blogging during last year’s 31 Days in October. I had not realized there was this whole world out there. I had read Flower Patch Farm Girl’s blog after a friend had posted a link on facebook, but I had no idea of the scope of the blogging world. It was through a reference of FPFG that I ended up finding TheNester and the 31 Days and I was hooked. My life was changed through all the things I learned, all the thoughts posts stirred up, all the inspiration—my faith was strengthened, my house improved, my attitudes shifted. I knew I wanted to be part of the process. And I am glad I participated, but
if I am spending all my spare time writing and finding pictures, I don’t have time to read other’s 31 Days
and that is a loss
I miss last year’s joy and inspiration in finding new blogs and thinking on their words,
reading my fill and then finding some more
I am glad I have participated in this year’s 31 Days. I have learned so much…about technology. That has been an accomplishment! Teaching this old dog those new tricks when I don’t ‘speak’ computer has been a wonderful stretching thing. And I can’t believe how long it took me to figure out how to ‘link’, but I finally learned!
On the other side, all that learning made my blogging process take longer. Much longer. And I am back to my lament over not having time to read other’s blogs. Something gained and something lost.
I love to write, I need to write, I am a better ‘me’ when I write things out
thoughts emotions learning
and it is good for my mental and emotional health to write every day….but I am a tactile pen and paper writer even though typing is faster and easier to alter and correct. I love my slick smooth paper with the ink flowing into words across the page. I like the colors of paper and ink. And, most especially, I write spatially with columns and intents and thoughts divided in ways I cannot do on my computer. WordPress won’t let me. (And yes, this may just be something I have not learned, but I haven’t figured it out yet…I have even created my post as I wanted it elsewhere and transferred it here only for WordPress to align every single edge to the left.)
I also do not write in nice, short, thought paragraphs perfect for blogging.
I like to blog and will continue to do so, but not ‘on demand’—at this time in my life, blogging is just not a major focus and I don’t foresee blogging as a business. Ever. I love to write and that is where it ends so a personal blogger I will be. Complete with pictures.
One thing that surprised me: When I was choosing my blog topic, I had ideas for posts. When I was making my linky button, to join the 31 Days, I made several. The button that best matched my topic and ideas was deemed too scary by a friend but she said she would click on the one with flowers, so I chose the ‘inviting’ button…and it changed what I wrote about. The details do matter! It is not bad that I changed my blog topics (and my ideas are still there for future posts so nothing changed other than the 31 Day focus) but that picture change, changed how I viewed my blog posts, in ways I did not expect.
I am glad I participated.
I am thankful for all I have learned.
I miss reading all the other blogs.
And I wish I could have written this in the way I visually write on paper.
And now, I am back to writing when the urge strikes me about whatever I feel the desire or ‘need’ to write about.
Good experience, but next year will probably find me back pouring over other’s 31 Day posts.