It has been three months and one day officially since I began this blogging journey. In these last few months in the chaos of mothering three young kids, managing a household, and travelling, I have managed to write 25 blog posts.
Looking at that number I feel proud, but I also am inclined to listen to the nagging voice that tells me I can do better. 25 posts is less than a post a day in a month. In the beginning I was proud to be writing two to three posts in a week, but that number quickly tapered off to weeks without writing a single post as life got the better of me. But if I intend to fully capture the experience of blogging and take it seriously – my new standard is one post a day.
Here are a few things I have learned in these past few months:
Finding Time To Write Is Incredibly Hard
As I stated before I have three young children and they take up virtually ALL of my time. If writing is something I want then I am going to have to MAKE time for it. This means either getting up early before my kids do, writing while the baby naps, or in the car when we are travelling, or at night when they are asleep (even if I’m exhausted).
Blogs Are A Dime A Dozen
There is a blog for every subject and for every subject there are however many thousands of people writing on that ONE subject. How to stand out in a sea of eager writers? I’m still navigating the inner workings of blogging, networking, and discovering my voice. For now my goal is to keep writing and to try and be as authentic as I can be.
Blogging Is Like Passing Your Diary Around
By that I mean that blogging is incredibly personal. I have always prided myself on being an open and honest person and being willing to share with others, especially one on one. I don’t care much for superficial conversation and small talk. But when you share intimate details of your life, publicly for all the world to see, it takes the word vulnerable to a whole new meaning.
And lastly I have learned…
I Am Still In Love With Writing
I always have been and always will be. I have been writing since I was a child and it is the one thing in life that consistently brings me satisfaction. How I went years without writing, well, to put it bluntly, so much changes when you have kids. I am grateful I took the leap and started writing again. Words are like medicine and taking the time to sit and do something for me is healing.
For anyone that would like to share (as I am interested in building or becoming part of the blogging community), how long have you been blogging? What do you love writing about? What have you learned in the time you have been blogging?