Only two more posts to go. This one and tomorrow’s. This NaBloPoMo thing has been a real challenge.
They say a habit takes 30 days to be created. So perhaps posting daily and making sure that something, anything is down on paper (on the web) every night before I turn in, has created somewhat of a routine. I actually don’t mind it so much anymore. I could keep going, really. Except for one thing- content.
I just don’t have that much interesting content to write about. Truth be told, my days, more often than not, have not been in the kitchen developing recipes or cooking fabulous meals as I would have liked but have rather been spent in a myriad of other ways. Not that I am complaining! I had an out of town guest for a long weekend, I’ve been interviewing for a corporate position again (fingers crossed and lots of prayers please!), I’ve been helping with a lot of homework and science fair projects and working on client websites and several other projects. There have been nights of order-in pizza and Chinese take out. There’s also been cereal and pancakes for dinner. And there have been too many days filled with migraines, exhaustion and just plain ole’ ‘stay in bed in pjs’ kind of days. So not too many recipes or real cooking happened this month.
Unless you count Thanksgiving and then tons of cooking and food happened. But that was only one day and while I could have had two full weeks of posts just for that one day, I didn’t.
I have not always been so forthcoming in my writing either. It’s something that I struggle with every time I begin to write. I feel as though I have been rather reserved here. Cautious and actually kind of boring in a lot of posts, I think. (Feel free to tell me I’m not boring! haha) There are posts where I feel my “voice” doesn’t seem to even appear. I don’t really like that and it needs to change.
Yet, despite the challenges, it’s been very rewarding as well.
One of the best parts of this month has been reading other people’s blogs. I’ve added a few to my bookmarks and I will try to keep up reading and commenting when I can.
Apparently, another perk, I can also stay up much later than I would like too. But not without some snafu. There was one night that I actually fell asleep writing a post and had to do some creative editing in the morning. Oops!
So, I could write every day. I have proven that I could, with almost 30 days of posts behind me. But I think paring back to a steady 3x a week would be sufficient if I posted something worth reading. Something you might actually be interested in, told in my authentic voice, letting you into my real life a bit more and actually giving you something to connect with.
Are you ready?
#NaBloPoMo- Entry 29!
Alanna Rusnak says
Hey there! Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. I have found NaBloPoMo both rewarding and challenging as well – it’s so great to make it to the last day and look back, seeing what I’ve accomplished! One post to go and I have no idea what to write about (eeek!).
On another note, I think breakfast for dinner is one of the greatest solutions to a crazy day – I think it might be my kid’s favorite, especially when it includes bacon 🙂
I love your idea for slowing down to three a week, I’ve been struggling in deciding how to move forward and I feel a lot like you – it’s great that I was able to produce something every day but it certainly wasn’t always top notch. Better to do less and do a better job of that.
Good luck as you move forward – I’m sure I’ll be back here – I’m always looking for new things to try in the kitchen 🙂
Trevor Sis. Boom. says
Voice. So hard, isn’t it? I wish I could have done 30 days of posting as an exercise but it would have driven me crazy. I hit ‘delete’ if I read back over something and I can’t hear myself in the words. I realize I don’t get better when I do that so perhaps next time around I’ll give it a go. In the meantime, it was fun to have just been following you!. 🙂