When I first started this blog, I had no idea what would become of it. I just wanted to get my words out there. I wanted to put myself back in the habit of writing on a regular basis. I thought maybe a few of my friends and family members might read my posts. I thought maybe I might meet a few other writers out there in the blogosphere. I did not expect blogging to become such an important part of my life.
I participated in the WordCount Blogathon last year. At the time I registered, I had been blogging for less than two months. I didn’t really think about what I wanted to get out of it. I just thought it would a challenge and it would be fun. It was both of those things and more.
Since last year’s Blogathon, I’ve learned a lot about myself as a writer and as a blogger. I’ve connected with some pretty awesome people. I’ve participated in some extremely thought-provoking discussions. I’ve written a few pieces that I think were pretty damn good. I’ve also written some not-so-good pieces. And I’ve struggled to keep up with writing on even a semi-regular basis.
This year, I’m participating in the Blogathon again. Only this year, I know what I want to get out of it. I’m going to use the opportunity to help discipline myself as a blogger. I doubt I will continue to write a post a day once May is over, but I’m hoping to keep up with at least a few posts per week. I’m working on becoming more organized and doing more planning. I’ve already planned more than half the posts for this month. I’m going to work on scheduling posts instead of just posting when I write. In fact, I’m writing this on Sunday. Basically, I’m using this as a blog reset to figure out what works best for me and to get into a groove.
I’m also going to seek out more connections with other bloggers than I did last year. I met a few bloggers last year and made a couple of connections, but I didn’t seek many out. While I need more blogs to read like I need another utility bill, I do enjoy getting to know other writers. I learn from them, get ideas from them, and sometimes make new friends.
So, I have a plan this year. I’m not going about this all willy-nilly. I’m looking forward to seeing how this goes!