I don’t want to jinx myself, but I feel I need to give myself some accountability.
It’s been a couple of years since I was blogging on a true regular basis. I blame it on the year 2016, which is when I blogged at least one post every single day.
For those of you who blog for a living or at least make some sort of money off it, I applaud you. And it’s probably a wee bit easier blogging each day if you know you can get some coin from it.
For me, it’s been more of an outlet. I never had a true niche, other than being a personal blog. I write about geocaching and baseball and photography and life and … whatever else my head can come up with.
But in 2017 and 2018, the only two true months I was super active was January, for the 20 Days of Chill Challenge.
This year, especially, has been even worse. About all I do is the Photo Blogging Challenge. I couldn’t even push myself to get the Story Dice Challenge updated all the time.
It seemed blogging became more distant to me.
That being said, I missed it and still love it. So what can I do to get back into it? The first is finding things to blog about. With a few trips this year — over the course of the full year — I think I have a little writing mojo back. I’m working on posts continually and not posting them.
Yes, you read that right.
The funny part is, as of now, I am actually sticking to a blogging plan. Crazy, right?
I am posting this on November 5. I assure you that it was written well before this date. The reason? Nothing I usually write about is “breaking news,” so it’s not like things need to be up right away. Instead, I am trying to stockpile a bunch of posts and get myself three or four weeks ahead and hopefully just keep adding on. If I can do that, I think I’ll be able to get fully back into it.
But not every day.
My plan is to try and stick to a Monday/Wednesday/Friday schedule as much as possible. Once a month on Sundays, I’ll be going back to the Story Cube Challenge. The Photo Blogging Challenge is here to stay, and will be on the 31st/1st of each month. And January’s 20 Days of Chill is a definite. There’s a chance a post takes up one of those days, and things might get shuffled around a little. If that’s the case, I might just have a few extra posts.
Nothing is ever foolproof. There are always ups and downs of blogging. I know this from the years of doing it on different platforms. The reality is, though, I still enjoy doing it and I really enjoy reading and commenting on other blogs.
I’m going to start trying to do more of this. I miss reading blogs and the interaction. Heck, I haven’t even been that good about visiting other blogs with the challenges.
My hope is maybe to build things back up. We’ll see how it goes. But I’ve always been under the belief that you should blog for the enjoyment (if not doing it for money) and hope others will visit and comment. That is all bonus.
So here’s my next attempt.
I’m going to be blogging about the same things I always have, and maybe sprinkle in a few other things here and there.
I’m also going to make sure I read more in the blogging world. That becomes inspiration to keep going.
Life is a crazy road. It’s short in the overall scheme of things, so part of blogging for me has been to capture life as it unfolds.
I hope some of you will come along for the ride. And if you blog, hopefully I can steal a ride in your world as well.