The Ultimate Blog Challenge Recap
By flaursen on February 03, 2014
Last month, I published 31 posts as part of the Ultimate Blog Challenge. I had felt in a bit of a writing slump, and I thought it might be a good way to motivate myself to write more. I wasn’t sure I was really going to be able to publish a post every day, but I managed to get it done, and I feel pretty proud of that.
I feel extremely grateful to the people who wrote guest blog posts:
Mara Migraineur: Good Parenting Means Accepting Help Sometimes
Gretchen Schiller: "I Still Love You"
Mike Laursen: "You Confounding Kids!"
They’re all pressed for time as it is, so I really appreciated them making time to write for me. It gave me three days where I only had to edit posts instead of writing them from scratch.
I used to post only once per week, and I felt a lot of pressure for it to be a “big topic” each time. Posting every day let me publish more fluffy, somewhat “filler” posts. I’ve realized it’s good to mix things up a bit. It’s nice to have lighter material sometimes. It’s less taxing on my emotionally, and I’d like to make readers smile a bit in addition to thinking about things they might not otherwise have considered.
I learned it’s pretty easy to get post ideas and content just by asking my readers. It’s nice to have such an intelligent, funny, and generous group community to call on. I’m going to pester more of them to write guest blog posts. As much as I like to hear myself talk, I prefer to hear what other people have to say. My favorite part of blogging is reading what other people add to the conversation.
I had a couple of blog posts featured on BlogHer, and I kind of thought they were flukes because they were far apart. In January, they featured three more blog posts (When Sexual Fantasies Get...Complicated, Ridiculous Conversations from a Marriage, and My Son Wants to Buy a Dress). It feels really validating to have professional editors choose to promote my writing.
A bunch of people have come up to me in person to tell me that they’re reading my blog. That means so much to me. I know people are busy, so I really appreciate them taking time to sit down and read my blog. Even my mother read one of my blog posts. It was “Things My Father Taught / Didn't Teach Me.” It started an interesting discussion about how we each felt about my relationship with my dad.
One person told me she made an appointment to get treatment for her chronic pain and resulting depression after reading “What My Depression Looks Like.” I’m glad she was able to find hope here, and I pray that her medical team helps her get effective treatment.
I am so grateful to my writers’ group for cheering me on, and I’m especially grateful to my husband for his support. I’m not making any money at this, it could be easy for him to dismiss it as a “hobby” that I shouldn’t be dedicating so many hours to, but he gets that I’m helping some people, and it’s extremely therapeutic for me.
What suggestions do you have for me to write about for February?
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