When I first started blogging, it was never my intention to make it a daily thing. I would write a post whenever I wanted to, but the downside to this was that I blogged infrequently and I often felt like I was writing about the same things over and over. It got old pretty fast. For right now, I’m content with what I am doing on my blog now, although it did briefly cross my mind that I might be blogging too frequently. Maybe? Maybe not? I haven’t decided yet.
If you’ve been around on my blog recently or have been reading my stuff for a while now, you know that I have been doing daily writing prompts. Most of the prompts are pulled from other websites, but the ones where I do not link a source for the prompt question are the ones I spontaneously came up on my own. The blogging prompts began in September when I challenged myself with a blogging challenge. After I finished that, I moved onto other writing prompts. As of now, I’m experimenting with different prompts from various websites without putting pressure on myself to do every single one on each list. I usually pick one that stands out to me and is something I can easily write about in a paragraph or two.
So why writing prompts? Well… they’re a creative outlet for me because the questions are specific enough for me to answer but they also give me a chance to think about topics or ideas related to it that I can write about in the same post. The first and most important aspect is that I am writing for myself. I am not writing so frequently to get more attention. Being that WordPress does allow for virtual social interaction and there is that function of following or liking posts, I try hard to have a realistic mindset about it. Of course I appreciate it when people follow and like my stuff. It’s that I don’t want to get hung up on the numbers because, at the end of the day, they’re just numbers. For example, I don’t want to lose my mind if I see that I lost 5 followers or that only a certain amount of people liked a particular post of mine. People unfollow or don’t read or don’t comment for all sorts of reasons. It’s not necessarily a bad thing. So from me to you, just know that I won’t take it personally if you do unfollow or stop reading my blog. I will understand and I won’t be mad, lol.
The second reason why I blog so frequently is I have gotten used to doing it on a daily basis. The blog challenge I did in September was to test the waters for myself and see if I could learn anything new from blogging every day. And I did. That challenge really opened up my mind to writing about other things than what was my main focus at the time (social anxiety). I realized I had a ton of ideas and thoughts on all sorts of subject matters that I never wrote about on my blog before until then. The daily blogging has kept me on my toes mentally and physically. It powers my brain on days where I feel as if I don’t have much going on and that leaves me satisfied to have spare time to prepare several blog posts in advance (thank goodness for WordPress’s scheduled post function — what a lifesaver! 🙂 ). It pushes me on days where I am knee deep with other life responsibilities and gives me the challenge of using my teeny slot of free time during the day to finish a post, reread it, run it through spellcheck, and find a nice stock photo (thanks again to Hunida for mentioning Unsplash on her blog). You could say blogging so often has also helped give me an unofficial job to do for fun and every day I get to write about something different than yesterday.
What’s your blogging style? Do you prefer to blog daily, every other day, or less frequently?
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