Thursday, 6 June 2013

5 things I learned from Blog Every Day In May

It's now a week since Blog Every Day In May challenge ended and in the non-blogging parts of my life, that week has been manic. I've had numerous social events, lots of uni work, a big work thing to prepare for and my Mum has come to visit for a week. Blogging has been quite low in my list of priorities.

May was GREAT though and Elizabeth timed this challenge perfectly, it was just what I needed to kick start a new blog after a two year break. I loved the various themes and had plenty to write about, although I did fail a bit towards the end when days just ran away with me and there wasn't time to post. So what did I learn?

1. Blogging is really exciting!
I missed it a lot! It feels great to have my own space to write again and the more I post, the more I feel like I have to say. I'll definitely be sticking around!

2. I am not as good at writing as I want to be
Some of the themes I found a bit difficult to interpret. I'd love to be the kind of person who could be given any word or theme or phrase and go "BAM! Here's 500 words for ya!" I'm not that person though and, although the themes were really inspiring and varied, one or two of them really stumped me and there were a few posts that I probably wouldn't have published were it not for the challenge. I hate to lose a challenge.

3. People actually care what I have to say
There's always a worry that nobody will read your posts, so it was genuinely heart-warming to see how well my return to blogging was received. Lots of people shared my posts on Twitter and commented. In fact, in one month my blog had 7000 views which I think is pretty fantastic and has definitely given me the inspiration to keep going!


4. I am a crap commenter
Blogging isn't just about pumping out content, it's about nurturing your little bit of the internet, interacting with people, taking the time to get to know the people who comment, read their blogs and leave a comment back. I feel quite guilty that I read comments but kept forgetting to reply and I barely had any time to read many of the other brilliant blogs taking part. When I started this blog I almost thought about disabling comments, simply because I know how much time they can take up. If someone tweeted me about a post, they always got a response. It's a dilemma I'm still pondering.

5. My technical skills have grown a lot
Through my day job I've developed lots of technical knowledge that will help me with running a blog, like writing, SEO and analytics. It's great to be able to put these to use here and try out some things I wouldn't be able to do at work. I'm looking forward to tinkering about with it and making it a blog I'm really proud of!

Thank you so much to everyone who read my posts over the past month. Please do stick around for more! I also hear that there might be a Blog Every Day in November challenge later in the year. I don't think I'll be able to take part as I'll be in Australia for half the month but it's definitely a challenge I'd recommend.

2 comments:

  1. I've really enjoyed reading your BEDM posts. I don't normally go for 'meme' type blogs, as I find them a bit insipid, but you totally pulled it off. x

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  2. It was lovely for me to read your posts just as I was starting to get to know you — and like Blonde says, you really pulled the meme style of posting off x

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