the daily grind

NaBloPoMo Day 9:
 Tell us what you’ve learned so far about daily blogging.

Daily blogging. What a concept!

Actually, it’s not a new one for me. When I first started blogging, I blogged virtually every day. If I missed a day for any reason, I’d write an extra post a day until I’d made up for it. It became an evening ritual, one I looked forward to… but one which often kept me up past my bedtime.

Therein lies the rub.

The thing about daily blogging is that it runs the risk of becoming a chore. There are definitely times when going to bed earlier looks far more attractive than staying up late to write a post.

After a bit of brainstorming, I’ve come up with five ways to make daily blogging more feasible as a long-term strategy for myself:

  1. Use prompts, like these BlogHer NaBloPoMo prompts.
  2. Write shorter posts.
  3. Mix up formats – post a photo, a video, or a quote on occasion, instead of a text-heavy post.
  4. Write in batches by prepping a bunch of posts on the weekend.
  5. Have theme days, as some blogs do: home on Mondays, crafts on Tuesdays, health on Wednesdays, etc.

I have learned something else this week. I’ve been concentrating on writing, because the process of choosing and/or editing a photo for a post can be very time-consuming, but I’ve realized that finding the right image is a rewarding part of blogging for me. My posts just look lonely without pictures!

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