What I’ve learned from nearly four months of blogging daily

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Up until December of last year, I wasn’t the most faithful of bloggers. When I first started MsBookish back in November of 2008, I did blog somewhat regularly, but as time passed, I stopped being consistent.

For much of last year, my blogging was quite sporadic—to give you an idea, in 2014 I posted seven times in January, twice in February, once in March, once in April, eight times in May, four times in June, three times in July, once in August, no posts in September, once in October and no posts in November. So, 28 times from January to November.

And then I made an important decision—I committed to 365 Days of Blogging beginning December 1 of 2014.

This wasn’t something I had to do. It was something I wanted to do—I wanted to do it, because aside from work deadlines, I’m not exactly the most committed or dedicated person. And, well, I wanted to see if I could make that type of commitment.

It’s been almost four months now, and I have managed to blog every day (except for Christmas Day, which I decided to take off from blogging).

And I’ve learned some surprising things, which I will now pass on to anyone who might be interested.

It’s much easier to blog every day than it is to blog sporadically.

I think Gretchen Rubin has mentioned this too. I would never have given it much credence, except now I’m doing it, and I know it’s true.

You know that feeling when you haven’t blogged for a while, and you get an idea for a post but you feel kind of weird and all guilted-out about it and so you don’t? And the longer it’s been since the last time you blogged, the harder it gets to write that new post? Yes, been there, done that.

When you blog consistently, you don’t feel that way. And honestly, I don’t even think it’s about blogging every day. What makes the difference is committing to a schedule, even if it’s only once a week. It’s that commitment that makes a difference. Or at least, it has for me.

Your posts feel less precious.

Losing that sense of preciousness has been an extremely powerful experience. I find I’m no longer attached to the words I write the way I used to be. I don’t agonize over whether I said something clearly enough, whether I was witty, whether I was interesting. My words are no longer my darlings. So I bang out a post that kind of sucks? It’s not worth caring about, because I’m just going to be writing another one tomorrow.

It’s a great feeling. It lets me be me, however I happen to be feeling on any given day.

You stop worrying (so much) about getting comments.

When I was blogging more sporadically, sometimes I’d get a ton of comments on a post. Because eventually all your blogging buddies get a chance to come by and leave their thoughts on that post, since it’s been hanging around in the “most recent post” top spot for weeks.

But when you write a post every day, you know no-one is going to read every single post you write. And you know no-one is going to comment on every post you make. And for some reason, knowing that makes those anxious thoughts ease up. Life (and blogging) become that little bit easier.

You get more ideas for posts.

I prepped for my 365 Days of Blogging by creating a blog post ideas stash (you can read more about generating your own ideas stash here), but the funny thing is, I haven’t had to use very many ideas from my stash. It turns out the more I blog, the more blog post ideas I get. I’m not sure why, but it’s a good thing. So it’s like some sort of wonderful cycle: when you blog more you get more blog ideas so you can blog more so …

After three months and 24 days of daily blogging (not counting Christmas Day), this is what I’ve learned so far. Will I continue blogging daily come December 1, 2015? Probably not, but I definitely won’t leave my blogging up to chance or whims. I’ll definitely be committing to a blogging schedule, and I’ll stick to it.

If you haven’t yet, check out the rest of the discussion links up at Bloggiesta on Your Best Blogging Advice Ever!

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13 thoughts on “What I’ve learned from nearly four months of blogging daily

  1. Joy Weese Moll (@joyweesemoll)

    I love how that works — when I do something, I get more ideas about doing it! For some reason, I always think I’m going to tap all the ideas and they will run out. But, it turns out, I don’t have a box in my head with all the ideas I’ll ever have locked within it. Instead, I have an ever-expanding galaxy of ideas and I reach them simply by reaching for them.

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  2. Kay

    I think the more you blog the easier the writing becomes. It’s a practice – amazing! Almost like a real writer. LOL

    And I also think you kind of find your voice or your style. Like anything else, practice makes “perfect”.

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  3. Ti

    That feeling you mentioned about agonizing over a post. It’s happened to me so many times. I have lots of unpublished posts that I started, almost finished and then decided they weren’t worthy of posting.

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  4. Leah @ Books Speak Volumes

    I have also found that the more I blog, the easier it is to fill my review calendar. For the first year or so that I blogged, I struggled to write two or three posts a week. Now I aim for four, and some weeks I publish as many as six posts because there’s just so much I want to write about.

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  5. Trish

    Maybe it’s like the whole “sleep begets sleep” except with blogging…blogging begets more blogging. :) I admit that as a reader I feel incredibly guilty when I stop by a blogger’s blog when they post every single day. Because I don’t check Feedly every day (or sometimes only once a week!), those posts add up and I just cannot read them all. I WANT TO, but can’t. I need to let that guilt go!

    But really–this year of posts will be such a great journal to look back on!! I don’t know how many times my husband has asked me a question about the past and I’ve said “I don’t know, I’ll have to check my blog.” :) Thanks for sharing your wisdom with us Belle!! And congrats on such a successful blogging year.

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  6. Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness)

    I don’t blog every day, but I did decide to blog on a schedule this year and that seems to make it easier. Doing it consistently gives me ideas, but having a schedule means I don’t burn myself out too quickly. Good luck keeping your streak going — I know I’ve enjoyed reading more from you :)

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  7. Heidenkind

    I do know that feeling of being all weird about posting. I never used to until I had three jobs for a while and now posting seems impossible! I definitely need to get back into the swing of things.

    I’ve been very impressed with your follow through on posting 365 days, btw! You’ve been doing an awesom job.

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  8. Laurie C

    That’s impressive! I’m a very inconsistent blogger, but I’ve read Gretchen Rubin’s books and think I would post more often if I had a schedule to keep to, but I’ve been afraid that a schedule will stress me out more. From what you’re saying, though, it would probably relieve some stress, so I might try it starting in the summer when work lightens up a little for me.

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  9. Care

    OH, that reminds me that I missed Gretchen being on the cover of Parade magazine – I think it was last Sunday but it might have been the week before. Hmmmm
    Anyway, distracted = me.
    YES to everything you say here. I’m glad it is exceeding your expectations and adding to your joys. and thank you for taking the time to comment on my blog so often. I almost hate to call attention because I don’t want you to feel obligated to do so but it is lovely to see you when you stop by. So, that. :)

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  10. Kathy

    That’s so interesting! It really does seem counter intuitive that it’d be easier. But I know when I don’t blog very often I start to feel like I have to have something really important/interesting/whatever to justify making a whole post about it. It’s great that blogging so frequently has taken a lot of the pressure off!

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  11. Florinda

    “It turns out the more I blog, the more blog post ideas I get. I’m not sure why, but it’s a good thing.” I’m not sure why either, but I’ve noticed that myself. Maybe it’s that being in the mindset of blogging consistently just tunes our thinking differently. I agree with you that, whatever the cause, it’s a great effect!

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