On blogging Everyday

First things first, I haven’t blogged everyday so far. My longest run was 3 days in a row. The 30 day blogging challenge I entered into with folks on 7/17 has certainly been a reflective opportunity. Writing everyday is the work of a writer. I would like to think of myself as a writer, but the challenge is that I wear about 23 hats (to be exact). And when I write, it’s not always for this blog. I have to do many different types of writing for work. While the blog has some dimensions of my work woven across thoughts, it is more than my work and often not work (if we can draw boundaries between such things). Simply put, I am not paid to blog.

This brings me to a realization: I can understand now how full time bloggers must discipline themselves and do. Their livelihood and career identities depend upon it. I, however, am not a professional blogger. I blog because I like having a public record of particular ideas or thoughts, but I don’t blog for a massive, ad engaging following.

As a result of this realization, I’ve grown to appreciate the b-log origins of the platform and how the dailiness of posting truly pushes one to blog about daily, life-oriented material. It’s the only way to maintain something that requires daily or nearly daily touches. This means more personal life gets shared, the mundane seeps in, etc..

So I think the frequency suits my purposes, but the daily postings do not necessarily. That being said, if I was not trying to post everyday, I probably would not be able to post every other day or 5 days a week, etc. to come up with material, even material for less frequent lengthier, more edited posts, I must constantly be working the back burners of my mind stove. And that is my favorite take away from this challenge. I love the constant question mark over experiences, photos, and thoughts that fleet through my days: “Should I post about that?”

I’m actually really looking forward to blogging or thinking about blogging daily during the academic year as conversations and concepts in my courses will seep into my thoughts and I may be able to compose those nice professorly posts that make everyday connections to current events or questions posed at the close of class even more immediately.

My writing eyes are still opening and I’m still figuring out the value of this platform in my worlds.

To be continued…

 

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6 thoughts on “On blogging Everyday

  1. I completely agree with you and give a lot of credit to those who blog daily. It is very difficult to come up with a new thought in addition to finding time to write about it every day. Whenever I get an idea of what it is I think would be a good blog entry I jot down a note on my phone for when I have time to actually sit down and blog. I am looking forward to reading the ideas from your classroom experiences this upcoming semester.

    • @aaweathers: I downloaded the wordpress app to my phone and have found it quite useful in a pinch. It changes what I CAN blog about, but allows me to blog, at least, or hit something while I’m thinking of it if it’s an unpublished draft.

  2. I’ve found it an interesting challenge too–without the challenge of doing it while moving a whole family. It is making me look a things (or moments) and think, maybe this is something to blog about? I don’t end up blogging about many but I am thinking about them differently.

    • @bethebque: (Head nod reading your comment) it is changing how I look at things too. It’s also giving me ideas for photos to take – sort of a little audience of a different sort for camera roll. I like that. I enjoy “project” oriented photo shoots. Perhaps more of that tomorrow, so the blog guilt wears off a little.

  3. I like your point about the mundane. Blogging once a week, I can write and reflect on a more professional issue, but everyday, especially in the summer, lends itself to “I cleaned out my closet and read some stuff” kind of posts.

    • @Amber: I couldn’t agree more re: closet daily v. professional 1/week. I feel like that should almost be a rule. Perhaps it’s out there in the cyber-ether.

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