Hallelujah! I made it. I successfully posted every day this month! I am proud of myself and also a bit relieved that I do not have a daily assignment weighing over me. Today, I’ve decided to list a few lessons learned. Here they are, in stream-of-consciousness order:
- I have a lot of long thoughts. My first few posts went on and on.
- I got more out of writing long posts, but I don’t think people liked to read them.
- I still am not a big fan of writing daily or journaling. It takes a lot out of me and requires a lot of personal censoring when you blog online.
- I am proud that I kept it up, though, since this is the longest I’ve consistently written.
- I’ve never commented online before and it was OK. Sometimes hard to write a comment when I don’t have a lot to say. Comments sometimes took longer than blogging for me.
- I feel like blogging (for me) got in my head - I would feel disappointed if I didn’t get comments.
- I liked reading others’ posts about struggles I understood or humorous anecdotes. I am not one to celebrate.
- As time went on, I wrote shorter posts because I resented the time spent on my computer. I think this will motivate me to spend less time stuck on the internet, which is good.
- I did feel like I didn’t always have a lot to contribute - I can write a lot about myself or my feelings, but who wants to read it? I live with my dog so there’s not a lot of action when school is out.
- It made me want to read more - I have tons of books I have to read sitting on my shelves. This made me want to read them.
Overall, I am happy that I participated and went out of my comfort zone for the experience. I am not sure if I will keep up the blog - maybe just the Tuesday posts will be more my style. Now that Congress is going to nullify our internet privacy, I am thinking of spending WAY less time on the internet - not that I am doing anything salacious - mostly shopping on Amazon for school or Zulily for home. I am already creeped out that items that I place in my shopping cart on one website show up as ads on my Facebook feed. Sorry - this was a tangent, but it is making me reevaluate my need for technology. Maybe I’ll go back to a quill and parchment?
We will see.