Tuesday, 22 November 2011

BritMums Blog Prompt: Is Publishing a Post Everyday Too Much?

November is NaBloPoMo - National Blog Posting Month, where bloggers attempt to post a blog (at least) a day throughout the whole month.

I was extremely eager to join, and loved the support from everyone else who joint, it is a great feeling to be part of something like this. I was certain I would make it. My blog isn't limited to any category (Food? Parenting? Life?) so there are plenty of things to write.

But I never calculated being sick into the equation. This year's flu bug has hit us the hardest. And with a tot and a baby (and the fact that I'm not young anymore), it took me triple the time to recover.

At first I still tried to post a picture or something on the blog (leading to my hubby believing that I wasn't THAT sick) but then it became too much. All I wanted to do is lie in bed. So I stopped for a day. I failed my NaBloPoMo challenge.

I guess if I was determined enough, I could still continue. Failing a day isn't the end of the world. But once you've failed, you become relaxed and it became that much easier to fail for another few days.

I think a challenge like NaBloPoMo is great, you motivate each other to write everyday by reading each others posts, get ideas, improve in writing, etc. The main thing is, you get to know other bloggers and read blogs that are interesting but you weren't aware of before.

But writing a post each day does put a bit of pressure in your enjoyment of blogging. Instead of writing something you want to write about, you look for something to write about. It is also quite difficult to keep up with other's blog posts, as there are so many out there each day. But because you want to keep up with your favourite bloggers, you ended up spending more time blogging (writing and reading) than normal, affecting your daily routine.

I liked the challenge, but I was also feeling relieved when I failed. I enjoyed my weekend with hubby and the kids by not doing anything related to blogging (including Twittering) without having the pressure of needing to write something in the back of my mind.