Yep, I failed at my 30 Day Blogging Challenge. I got all the way through Day 28, and the wheels fell off on Day 29. I was tired. I was light headed. I was afraid I was coming down with the junk my husband is getting over. And I was preparing to take our son an 11-hour road trip for a week with the family. I had a lot going on. And writing a blog post about a confession wasn’t at the top of my list.
BUT the last 30 days of regular blogging have done what I intended them to. I am rediscovering the joy and release I get from writing. I’m taking more time for “me.” I’m making new connections with other bloggers like Elena and Christina and Rica. I’m finding more meaning in my daily posts, and I’m enjoying reading what others are sharing as well. I even picked up my camera the other day and did some actual photography!
I don’t want to lose the momentum I’ve gained in the last 30 days, but I cannot commit to posting every day. With working a full-time job and being a full-time mom and a full-time wife, all things that are very important to me that bring me joy on their own, I can’t pull away every day for an hour or more to write and post. But I can commit to posting more regularly. And I think the structure of a challenge provides me with the push I need to keep on top of things.
So, going forward, here’s what this Yankee will look like:
I’m going to participate in a weekly photo challenge that I’ll (do my very best) to post on Wednesdays. I envision these posts to be more than just an image, and perhaps I’ll stretch my fiction legs a bit with those pieces of writing.My blog relies heavily on nostalgia and true-life tales, and I don’t wade into the fiction waters very often. This may be an opportunity for that.
Other than my weekly photo challenge, I’ll be posting at least one other blog post per week. I’m going to try to focus on a rotating 4-week schedule. Week One I’ll share something that relates to our family life or parenting or something personal. Week Two will be something DIY or crafty so I have an excuse to create. Week Three will relate to being a working mom and the struggles (and triumphs) of working remote. And Week Four will be recipes and kitchen adventures, gluten-free and non. Of course, you can expect the random piece about my son or our chickens or life in the country or our cat or dog as situations worth blogging about arise. But I think committing to two posts a week will allow me the creative outlet I desire and need as well as the opportunity to build this blog up to be something more than it currently is.
And, of course, I’ll be disconnected from my blog over the next week as I focus on family and relaxation, but, starting July 13 (maybe sooner), this blogger will be back!
This is the thirtieth post in my 30 Days of Blogging series!