At the start of this year I decided to experiment with daily blogging. When I made the decision to start publishing a daily post I had some grand expectations about it. I love getting carried away with stuff.
So I thought it would be useful, nine months later, to see how they live up to reality.
Expectation 1 – I will only try it for a couple of weeks. If it doesn’t work out I will revert back to blogging every couple of days. I am not going to get obsessive about it.
Reality – Ha! Daily blogging is addictive. Its a tough cycle to break out of but I am sure I will be able to stop in the future…..(pause to consider this)…..ok I will have to pay for some therapy.
Expectation 2 – It will be easy to whip up new posts everyday.
Reality – Oh my goodness its hard! I have had to get into a routine whereby I write all my posts on a Sunday. If I don’t do this I go into a blog post meltdown each week night.
I have a habit of penning bizarre and totally random posts when I am in the bath or after I have eaten a lot of cheese. Instead of deleting them I have created a large bank of ‘only if I am really desperate blog posts.’ This bank is useful for when I am feeling wild or desperate!
Expectation 3 – My stats will go through the roof!
Reality – Your stats increase but nothing to get over excited about. It takes time and effort to grow a blog.
Expectation 4 – My readers will read every post as soon as it comes out.
Reality – It took time for me as a blogger to realise that my follower’s lives don’t revolve around my daily blogging schedule. Sigh! My followers read my posts in their own time and not necessarily in order of posting either.
Expectation 5 – Blogging daily won’t change me.
Reality – Ha! Daily blogging changed me but in a good way. It has taught me that I need to be more organised. Up until I started blogging daily I was very disorganised with my blog and my writing. I rarely planned anything and everything was done on the hop. With daily blogging you have to be organised and prepared or you spend your evenings in the week sweating over your next post.
Here is how daily blogging has changed me:
- Organise my time effectively – penning all posts on a Sunday means I have the rest of the week to concentrate on writing my book. Sometimes mid-week I will have a swap round of posts on certain days but normally I just schedule them all in on a Sunday and let them run.
- Set up a weekly blogging schedule – this is where I reserve certain days for post topics. I have found that having regular weekly slots makes daily blogging a lot easier. So every Monday I run my Roxy Collins comedy series, every Tuesday I enter the blog battle short story contest and on a Sunday I run blogging related posts. In between that I run posts about reading and being a writer.
- Learn to get inspiration from daily life – its amazing how many ideas for posts can be created from simply opening your eyes to what is going on around you and listening to people’s conversations.
- On Sunday I eat more cheese – its creative fuel.
Its been a good experience and I do still enjoy it. I am hoping these planning and organisation skills that I have adopted will stand me in good stead for my novel-writing.
Have your tried daily blogging? How has it worked for you?
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