Monday, September 26, 2011

Looking Back: What I've Learned From NaBloPoMo

I still have a few more days, but I already have a pretty good sense of some of the lessons I'll be taking away from my experiment in blogging every day for one month.

1) Blogging every day is hard. 
This one is perhaps a little obvious. And no, I didn't think it would be easy. But I'm aware that there are some bloggers out there who do this regularly. Not just for a month, but all the time. And all I have to say is, wow! Kudos to them!

2) Sometimes I just need to sit down and do it. 
Before NaBloPoMo, I pretty much only sat down to write when I had an idea of something I wanted to say. This month, I often sat down with no idea in my head at all. Really. Nada. I learned that if I stared at the screen long enough, something would come out. It wasn't always brilliant or pretty, but it was something. And I like to think that there may even have been a few gems among the dross.

3) It's good to push beyond my comfort zone.
Blogging is a risky business. We put our raw selves out there. Sometimes I'd write something and think "I don't know if I can publish that." And if it wasn't for NaBloPoMo, maybe I wouldn't have. But the clock would be ticking and I'd be feeling the pressure to get something up, so I'd hit that "publish" button anyway. Some of those posts were the ones that readers most connected with.

4) It's not always about adoption, but often it is.
I started out with the goal of not just writing every day but of trying to tie each post to my focus on adoption issues and to the monthly theme of "return." I didn't quite accomplish that goal. Some days, I found I needed to widen my focus beyond adoption, and that's OK. In fact, it's something I may want to continue, though adoption will remain the dominant theme woven through most of my pieces. Also, even when my writing's not about adoption, it still kind of is.

3 comments:

  1. Blogging every day is hard... but I've found that it's become part of my routine and it's very much a part of my day. I look forward to sitting down and my computer and getting my thoughts out there.

    Sometimes we have to put ourselves out there. We either do really well, or we fail. And should we fail, we pick ourselves up and blog again. Because that's what we do. We're bloggers.

    End of monologue. The end. :-)

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  2. I'm glad you post every day, Jenn! I've enjoyed reading the results. I don't think I will keep up the everyday pace myself; I am finding it too difficult to balance regular blogging with my other responsibilities/callings: work, parenting, etc. But it is my intention to try to blog more frequently than I did before.

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  3. I just found your blog!! Adding it to my blog roll.

    I blog daily... it's a survival technique for the ups and downs of raising my kiddos adopted from foster care.

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