So, today's the last day of NaBloPoMo, NaNoWriMo, and PiBoIdMo. And, the only one I managed to "win" is the NaBloPoMo challenge. Yes, I've been defeated by the NaNoWriMo word count again. Didn't quite get to 50,000 again. My NaNoRebel project was short of 10K words, I think. And, I didn't quite come up with 30 picture book ideas. I have just about 10.
The great part: I blogged EVERY DAY for November 2011. And, I was compelled to write more than I have done in a very long time. In fact, I finally have a workable book that I already started writing. A nonfiction one that I'm quite keen to complete. And yes, I have more writing and blogging ideas than I know what to do with.
Now to celebrate my 30 days of my blogging and writing, I thought I'd share with you 30 thoughts that I have about this daily experience:
- It's hard to blog/write everyday. Seriously tough. I'm sure that's not exactly a surprise. But, I just have to say it because I can't believe that I managed to do it somehow.
- The more I blog/write, the more I can blog/write. It's true that blogging and writing actually ended up inspiring me to do more of it. Somehow, it's like a muscle that once it gets used to do idea of getting utilised, it gets antsy when it doesn't get used.
- Daily blogging and writing schedules certainly is the best cure for procrastination and perfectionism. It's funny how the "artificial deadlines" actually do work for me. When I wasn't doing NaBloPoMo/NaNoWriMo, I have a hundred and one reasons not to blog or write - and most of them, quite valid. But, at the end of the day, I have nothing to show for.
- Who was it that said, "The worst thing I ever wrote is still better than the best thing I never wrote"? I'd like to believe that holds true in blogging too.
- When I didn't blog as much, I worry that I'm not posting enough. When I'm blogging everyday, I worry that I may be overwhelming people with too many posts. Yes, I worry too much. I really shouldn't worry because I should just work out my own posting schedule. Whatever works for me is best. And, it's just something that I have to help readers/subscribers to deal with.
- Having said that, blogging and writing less than once a week really isn't the best for me. In an ideal world, I'd like to try and keep to almost-daily blogging, but probably average about 3-5 new blog posts a week.
- The less I blog/write, the more critical I become of my own work. So, I end up blogging and writing less. Yet, when I blog/write daily, I force myself to write and post something. Anything. More than half the time, I think that what I'm posting isn't good enough. But, there were moments when I surprise myself.
- Those surprising moments in blogging and writing are gold. I want to increase opportunities for golden times.
So yes, even though NaBloPoMo / NaNoWriMo is going to be officially over, I'm considering to keep some kind of a daily blogging and writing schedule anyway. I know it will be a challenge to keep to this kind of schedule. Goodness knows how many times I've nearly given up over the last 30 days. But, I'm keen to keep some momentum going, so we'll see how it goes.
In any case, I hope that you found the last 30 days of daily blogging useful and interesting somewhat. 🙂