As I sip my coffee and listen to the morning rain I am inspired to sit down to type out a post to finish this month of blogging well. I have been keeping a blog for two years in December and it has been a journey of balancing and learning from the start. I knew going into September that this is an especially sweet season in my life, with the Influence Conference, Bermuda 2.0, and many other joyful occasions to savor and grow from. In that, I love to document experiences and mark them as they occur, which made this an important month for blogging and journaling. I didn’t plan content prior to September (and even delayed my ‘morning routine’ and ‘how I use my planner’ posts for later this fall), so I came into the month unsure of how often I would post, but I knew that I wanted to write as often as I felt inspired to.
In stepped the lovely Bailey whose blog and link-up series I stumbled upon on the tenth, something that both revived my blog creativity and started a new friendship. From there, about half of my content was inspired by her prompts, and half was marking the things that I was learning and experiencing through my travels and walk with the Lord. That gave me a nice balance of both planned and spur-the-moment posts that I can look back on as an accurate reflection of what this month looked like.
Things I Learned From Blogging in September
- I enjoy planning and creating content best in the early morning with a cup of coffee, or late at night when things are quiet.
- Blogging alongside others is much more fun than doing so in isolation. Leaving and receiving comments is fun and it makes the process more dynamic than static.
- Blog statistics can crush creativity, or make the process prideful. It’s best to limit checking stats to pre-planned days, such as monthly or quarterly.
- Build right where you are with what you have. You don’t need a fancy website that’s hyper-analyzed and planned out to every detail in order to reflect your heart well. I started my blog free through wordpress.com in 2013 and waited until late 2014 to upgrade to my own hosting and domain.
- Write and create content that is true to you, and check to see if there is a benefit to your readers by posting it. Reflect yourself and add goodness, not more noise.
If you have any questions about blogging, I encourage you to share them in the comments below and I am happy to answer them!
This post has been part of the 2015 Blog-tember Challenge