For those of you who don’t know, back in December I took part in blogmas, which is basically where you daily blog everyday in the lead up to December. I had attempted blogmas on two previous occasions, and failed on both times, so when I decided to do blogmas again last year, I knew I had to be prepared. I very happily managed to post every day, and I won’t lie- if I hadn’t completed blogmas, I probably wouldn’t be blogging today. So today I thought I would share with you what daily blogging taught me.
I used to be extremely lax when it came to prepping for my blog. I had tried on a few occasions to be prepared, and I bought so many different notebooks, and files, and tried so many different things, but I had no success. But when I decided I was going to do blogmas I knew I had to change. I couldn’t just expect to sit down and write a blog post each night. I stared prepping back in October, and I started by writing out a list of all the posts I wanted to do. Then I spent the next few weeks trying to get as many of those posts written up as I possibly could. Then I would bulk-take photos on my days off work. After a few weeks I found myself getting into a routine, and that’s a routine I fortunately have managed to keep up to this day.
You have to really think
If there’s one thing daily blogging does, it’s make you think. When you’re posting daily you suddenly have to start really trying to think outside the box, after all, you don’t want your readers to get bored. Honestly I think this was probably the hardest part of it all for me: I’m not the most creative, and I don’t do DIYs or recipes too often, so trying to think of 24 posts was tricky. But it did make me think outside the box. I posted recipe posts for the first time, and my first ever DIY- DIY Coffee Scrub was probably my favourite post of all. It’s inspired me to try and get more creative with my posts in the future, and I definitely want to try and do more recipe posts soon!
You have to be really committed
Boy do you have to be committed. I think that’s where I went wrong the first two times I tried it, I just wasn’t into it. But this time, I had something to prove to myself and that definitely give me the push to complete it! Don’t get me wrong- there were so many times I wanted to give up. It’s not easy working a 42 hour week, and then also trying to do about 10 hours blogging a week plus keep up a social life. So if you are going to try daily blogging then make sure it’s because you want to do it, not because you think you should be.
Daily blogging isn’t for me, but blogging is.
I’m not going to lie, blogmas was very much a make-or-break moment for me in terms of blogging. In 2016 I had really become distant from blogging. I had no motivation, I had stopped talking to fellow bloggers, and my blog was simply going to waste. So I took part in blogmas to see if blogging was really for me. And I was so happy to find out it was. I was so motivated during the last few months of 2016. I couldn’t wait to come home from work to write posts and I had never tried so hard with my photography. When I finished blogmas I had a mind full of ideas for 2017 and had fallen in love with my blog again. Unfortunately however I also knew that daily blogging was not for me: I just don’t have the time or the creativity for it. But blogging- that’s something I definitely love.
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