Tag Archives: writing

{365} Chapters

In 2011, WordPress challenged bloggers to post daily or weekly. I started out thinking I could do it daily, but life got in the way and I had to switch to posting weekly. That eventually turned into once-a-week and then once in a while and then not at all.

This year, the challenge, Project 365, is to pick a topic and blog about it for an entire year.  I was intrigued and excited to have a new year to clean the slate and start over.

One of my resolutions for 2012 is to do more of what I’m passionate about doing.  Reading and writing are two of those passions.  Whether I’m reading a book or magazine or writing a blog post or journal entry, I am committing to being true to who I am and not forsaking my gifts and talents.

I have stacks and shelves of books that I am partly working through or have yet to begin reading.  Most of my books are non-fiction and don’t have me devouring them in one sitting like some of my favorite fiction.  I’ve always thought if I just read one chapter a day, I could finish many of my half-finished books.

Project 365 is the perfect motivator for that endeavor.  So, every day I will post my thoughts on one chapter from a book I’m reading.  I do not intend for these to be in order of any one particular book.  I don’t like to be boxed in that way.  And I’m just too ADD to commit to that.

I hope you enjoy reading about what I will be reading about and maybe you’ll be inspired to read more too.

Blessings,

Mel

P.S. Since there are 366 days in 2012, I will start posting tomorrow on my new blog devoted to this project: {365} Chapters.

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Personal Growth

Tips for Sticking to Your Daily Blogging

I know what you’re thinking. Who am I to be offering tips on daily blogging when I literally just joined the Postaday crowd three days ago?  I have two answers for you.

First Answer: I’ve been writing off and on for over 25 years. I started writing stories and poems as early as third grade.  During difficult teenage years, I wrote a lot of poetry.  I’ve written for a women’s ministry newletter as a contributor and an editor.  And I’ve filled quite a few journals.  My point?  I know how hard it is to get started and continue writing.

Second answer: I’ve been a blogger for three years.  While I’ve mostly been a hit-and-miss blogger during that time, there were short stints of daily posting or several-days-a-week posting.  A lot of that writing got done when I was on a creative roll.  Ideas would flow in so fast I would be drafting three posts at once.  I didn’t always get those extras published, but they were saved ready for a later date.  Some are finished, some are still raw.

So, how can you be sure to post daily (or weekly)?

  • Get a notebook or sketchbook just for blogging ideas. I have a simple five subject notebook that I’ve divided into ideas, tips for blogging, etc.  I not only get ideas about what to write, but also about photos I have or photos I’d like to take.  Try to keep it with you all the time so whenever an idea pops up, you’re not using a napkin or an old receipt.
  • Write two or three posts at once and schedule them for publishing. When I discovered this feature on my first blog, I was ecstatic.  You can schedule your posts to publish any day and time you choose.  Just be sure to finish a post you’ve started and scheduled.  Once you click on Schedule it’s going out for all to read, unless you edit your publish date and time before it posts.  I have published unfinished posts and it was embarrassing.  Especially when it posted to my facebook account.
  • Make an appointment with yourself and stick to it. I learned about this from a Franklin Covey planner, Leadership, a few years ago.  It’s too easy to set aside something we want to do for everyone and everything else.  Sometimes it’s procrastination.  Sometimes it’s family or friends, housework or schoolwork.  I find I am a better person, wife and mother when I make time for me and write what’s on my mind.

Those are my tips for daily blogging.  Enjoy what comes to mind.  Get it out of your head and into the blogosphere!

Blessings,

Mel

1 Comment

Filed under Blogging

Post a Day in 2011

I’m posting once a day in 2011. A friend recently invited me to attend a week-long fiction writing class that starts in February.  In her words, she thinks I “would be great!” and that makes me feel good.  But I’m not sure I’m ready for professionals to critique my writing.

I realize some of you may be professional bloggers and may leave comments critiquing my writing, but it’s a whole different ball of wax to pay someone to do that.  I’m not ready for that kind of rejection right now.  I can’t delete them at will if they shred my work.

Posting once a day is quite a challenge that I am ready to take. Once a week for me is too easy.  I’ve been doing that semi-regularly.  Daily has always been my goal and now I’m acting on it.

I know a few of you, who read regularly, may be feeling skeptical because I’ve been so sporadic for the longest time.  Well, I need to do something for me and this is it.  I hope you will be a source of encouragement along the way.  Let me know what you like.  Those of you who are new, I would like your input as well, but always be respectful or I’ll zap you from my blogging world.

This will surely be interesting, challenging, encouraging, educational, and, hopefully, funny. I’m promising to make use of The Daily Post which has a community of bloggers with similar goals to support and encourage one another.

Writing has always been emotional, yet also a great stress-reliever…like a best friend.  One who doesn’t judge, yet is always black and white.  One who allows me to be brief or go on and on.  To yell or laugh; to curse or bless.

Blessings,

Mel

Leave a comment

Filed under Randomness