The incredible Javacia Harris Bowser, founder of the See Jane Write networking group challenged the women of the group to #bloglikecrazy for the month of November. I did this last year and it was a fantastic experience. I wondered then if I could find enough topics to write about for 30 solids days and I did! And like anything you do, with practice you get better and ideas come a little easier.
This year the only snag I hit was a pesky sinus infection the week before Thanksgiving which is still hanging on today. So even though I had some bigger ideas for topics to write about, I didn’t feel good physically and I think it clouded my ability to write on some days. I chose easier topics to write about and figured I would reserve others for a time when I was thinking more clearly and not as exhausted from fighting the congestion.
I ran into my friend Audrey Atkins yesterday who blogs at Folkwaysnowadays.com and we talked about the bloglikecrazy challenge. She did the challenge too and we were both excited that we were one day away from finishing! Check that goal off our list! Oh, and you really need to check out her blog and her series for this challenge on favorite idioms. It’s terrific and hysterical! I learned a LOT about idioms this past month thanks to Audrey!
Back to our meet-up – we discussed how important it is to really plan things out and write ahead of time so you aren’t scrambling at 8 p.m. at night to get a post completed. I admit, that was me on several nights during this challenge! But through this process, I’ve thought about other topics I want to explore and write about. I’ve also been surprised by what people are actually reading vs. what I sometimes “think” will spark interest. It pays to look at your analytics and see what is catching your readers’ eye! I’ll be doing more of that as I move forward.
Javacia started See Jane Write to empower women to write and live a life worth writing about. Thanks so much, Javacia! It’s a wonderful goal to aspire to and I think by accepting this challenge…I’m on my way!