I did it! I blogged every day this January and I am so happy that I set myself this challenge. It was tough and it required a lot of planning ; I have a lot of respect for those bloggers out there who produce fantastic content daily whilst also working a full time job!
So what did I learn from this challenge?
Above all it was exciting, I was getting more inspired as the month rolled on. A few months ago I bought a notebook to jot down my blog ideas. The more days I blogged, I found that I was writing ideas in the notebook more and more throughout the month (and on my phone, on post it notes, and in my diary!) I felt so creative and daily blogging really set me up in my ‘blogging stride’. I feel like my posts began to flow better and as a result more of you commented and engaged with my posts! It’s brilliant to hear your thoughts and for people across the world to engage with what I am saying, is amazing. I’m very driven and love writing, but this really motivated me to continue blogging.
Engaging with new people across the blogging community, is so special particularly as we live in a world where people opt for short cuts, so some people may not bother going to the effort of clicking on someone’s blog link! It’s great to see that people do still want to read, and that the blogging market isn’t oversaturated as so many newbies like myself fear. Thank you, it’s so encouraging!
I also appreciated just how much organisation is key to daily blogging (and blogging in general!) It’s hard to blog daily when you return late from work, followed by if you have something social or have other commitments planned. At times this meant I would be posting my content as late as 10pm, and I worry that some of you missed my posts! If I wanted to take new photos for my blog, because the evenings are dark and if I was writing late this meant that photos would be taken much later on that night. Thankfully I was able to rely on some filtering and editing to help me out, to substitute for the lack of natural daylight. Alternatively if I was having a bad hair day and my photos weren’t turning out well, my limited time meant that I had to choose between putting out not my best work, writing something else, or not blogging at all that day. Of course this month that was not an option! Instead I tapped into my ideas notebook and decided to write a new post, allowing me to return to the unfinished posts at a later date, posting them when I was satisfied. So despite some obstacles this month, I continued to blog! I can honestly say that ‘Natalia Talks About’ is a passion I will be continuing throughout 2018 and you should watch this space…
As I go forward into February I plan to blog about 3 times a week as a trial. My confidence in finding my voice and what topics are interesting me in this blog is increasing and I really want to continue to blog regularly. (I love how blogging is like looking back at a diary and portfolio of what I have created.) Blogging a few times a week rather than daily also means that I will have time to do other things I want to do (exercise, be more spontaneous, binge watch TV if I want to!) giving way to more inspiration for posts, having more time to focus on delivering content better, improving my overall blog layout, utilising social media more and continuing to learn how to get the best out of myself, as well for those of you who follow and read my blog.
I hope that you had a good January and oh, we’re halfway through the week! We can do this remember, Good Vibes Only.