I Did It

I did it. I’ve written one post per day for a month. I chose the shortest month. I’m okay with that. If I start slacking in my blogging again, I’ll get back to writing every day in a different month.

I plan to post twice a week here for the next little while. Except for next week. Next week, I am taking a week off both blogging and Facebook. I’m tired, and need to clear my mind.

What have I learned this month?

Making a plan was a fantastic idea. Planning a month of blog post ideas really helped me a lot. I am hoping to plan March the same way, but with less posts.

The plan

Not always following my plan for posts was also a fantastic idea. Occasionally, you have to change the plan. Being able to adapt has always been something I’ve enjoyed and embraced. I stuck to the plan for the first half of the month, but then as the days went by, I found new things I wanted to write about. Not everything goes according to plan, and that’s okay.

I’ve learned which posts get more attention. By writing every day this month, I was able to hit a variety of topics. I now know a little more about which posts are more popular. It helps talking about local places because exposure to them is also exposure for my writing. I never wanted to be a Mom Blogger, but it seems that those are the posts people enjoy. That’s good. I like talking about my mom experience. Being a mom has brought a lot of humour to my writing that I never had before.

While I do know which posts get more exposure and attention, it doesn’t really matter. I’m not paid to write this blog. At this point, I have no advertising on my site. I don’t even really know how you go about doing that. I can continue to write about the topics that inspire and excite me. If the post doesn’t get read, at least I tried.

My Facebook page specific to writing has helped a lot. I enjoy having a social media platform just to share my writing. I’m using my personal page as well, but this is the one I hope to use all the time.

In the past few weeks, I’ve spoken to a couple of different people who asked if I was the blogger, or the person who blogs. I knew from the people I was speaking to which posts they had found me with, but it was still a surprise to me to be called a blogger. I’ve been blogging off and on for years, but never really with a purpose, and I’m never sure about calling myself a blogger. I write. I write about life and post it on the Internet. I’m not the only one, I’m not the best one, and I need a lot more practice, but it’s what I choose to do to keep me writing. My ultimate dream has nothing to do with blogging, and everything to do with getting my book published, but that will come in time. Until then, I can still get some of my words out into the world.

In the past year, I’ve been doing a lot more writing for other people. I am a guest blogger for the Mommy Connections mom blogs, I am writing for The Sask Press, and I’ve written one (so far) post for Moms Empowering Moms. I don’t get paid for my writing yet, but maybe I will someday. I’m working on getting exposure, and love all the places I’m writing for.

I was contacted on Tuesday by somebody I worked with at the radio station. She is at the Saskatoon Zoo Foundation, and asked me if I was interested in writing a couple posts a month for their website blog. I went and spoke to them today, and am now the blogger for them. It’s really exciting. This is a wonderful experience for me, and I’m excited to get more writing out into the world. Anthony and I will be visiting the zoo a lot this year. I’ll be writing about the events and activities, and everything else the Zoo Foundation does. Being asked to do this makes me feel like I’ve been doing the right thing with posting and sharing my blogs. I’m getting myself and my name out there. I’m a writer! (I’ve always been a writer, but it’s all starting to feel right.)

I’m excited to see where my writing will take me.

That’s it. I’ll be back in one week with more posts. If you’ve been reading my posts, thank you so much! If you ever see anything you like, please share. I will be so grateful.

Have a great week.

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