This summer, I failed at blogging. I started this blog with the intention of posting one to two times per week.
This summer, I clearly did not do that. Not counting today, I posted a grand total of 8 times in the months of June (3), July (4), and August (1).
Let’s contrast that with Courtney Cantrell’s blog . She has posted 23 times in the month of August alone. She has posted daily this month, and now I owe her around 2 dozen cookies. Yes, I do take requests.
So, I am clearly not up to snuff on the blogging.
Thankfully, the leaves outside my window are starting to change colors. That means that fall is in the air, a time of transition. Summer games are left behind. School starts. New routines are generated. Preparations for the colder, darker months accelerate.
In honor of the fall transition, the structure of this blog is evolving. I commit here publicly to the following form:
- Post 3 times per week: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
- Tuesday and Thursday will be stories of love, nature, and adventure
- Tuesday will look back into past events
- Thursday will look forward into future events
- Wednesday will be a random post of whatever is on my mind
- All posts will be written in advance and auto published at 6am CT on their scheduled day
- All posts will be short: 200 – 500 words
I will start this new paradigm the first week of September. You probably won’t hear from me here before then, as I will be busy preparing.
As the heat of the summer fades into the crispness of fall, please join me on a new blogging adventure. Share your thoughts on the restructure in the comments below.
*Photo credit: Michael Gil (Creative Commons)
Kate Meadows says
Transition times are exciting. But I think it’s easy to get caught up in the quantity vs quality part when it comes to blogging. I submit it doesn’t matter how often you blog, as long as you are writing strong posts that are driven from your heart. Most readers don’t keep track of how often so and so is blogging. They are just happy to read the latest when the latest comes in. I have been working on this myself as I adjust to life with a new baby. I want to write so much more! But right now, I’m just trying to stay realistic. I hope your re-vamping of schedule is something you are on fire about. If so, then jump in with both feet! And savor some of that MN autumn weather for me. 🙂
Astrid Bryce says
Your comment touches on so many issues. Wow. I could respond for days. Here’s the short version:
1) Quantity vs. quality. As a perfectionist, I need to work on accepting lower quality standards for myself. Maybe forcing quantity will help with this.
2) Perfectionism bottlenecks the words flowing from my heart to the page. I still intend to write from the heart. I just hope to remove the bottleneck.
3) I crave structure. My unstructured blog meant that I kept procrastinating it. Yes, I am a perfectionistic procrastinator. Great combo.
4) You are doing amazing with a new baby. I have no such excuse.
5) I tend to write about looking forward to things, but then I tend to not give an after-report. I like how this structure will force me to reflect more on past trips.
6) I am really looking forward to having an excuse to write “off-topic”. I have lots of random thoughts. This gives me an excuse to post them!
7) Savor MN autumn weather? Are we thinking about the same state? Autumn weather can be anything! 90 and humid, or 20 and snowing, sometimes both in the same week. I will try to enjoy whatever comes.
OK those are my quick thoughts. Take care. You still inspire me.