Sitting here drumming my fingers against the desk and reloading Facebook/Twitter/BlogHer do not help me come up with something to blog. Neither does looking at my saved drafts or my Evernote tab of partially written posts. Doing those things makes me wonder why I’m so determined to keep doing this daily blogging thing. Which led me to the kitchen to clean up the dinner dishes which led me to a topic. Neat!
Here are the things I’ve learned about blogging since I forced myself to commit to this monthly blogging thing.
1) A blogging calendar/plan is a good thing.
2) A blogging calendar/plan is a good thing only if you make the time to blog what you’ve planned.
3) Trying to blog after 12/14/16 hours of work and/or family life is not a great idea.
4) All six of my kids provide great blogging material on an almost daily basis — too bad I can’t actually blog all of this stuff.
5) Coming up with lists of things you’ve learned is easier when you’re loading the dishwasher than when you’re actually sitting in front of your computer.
6) Having a spacebar that sticks every time you touch it does not make blogging easier — I’ve got to fix this, or buy a new computer. ASAP. (And not just for blogging, it’s hard to work with a sticky spacebar, too.)
7) BlogHer didn’t kill my blog — Facebook helped. Maybe kill isn’t the write word, since I am here blogging and some people do read these posts. Maimed it?
8) Kill might be too strong of word, since I’m sitting here blogging and some people do read these posts. Maimed it?
9) I should never count on finishing a book on a certain day so that I can blog it on a certain day. That’s a sure-fire way of finding myself with 150 pages left to read on the day I would have sworn I’d be book blogging.
10) When I blog regularly, I get more spam comments — and I notice them more — and that means I have to clean them up CONSTANTLY. I have an illness that prevents me from allowing spam to sit, even in an unpublished spam queue, for more than a few hours (unless I’m asleep.)
Well. That was actually more interesting (to me) than I thought it was going to be when I started typing. Maybe I really have learned some thing in the last 79 days.