When I went back to school to become a teacher at the ripe young age of 36, I joined a growing wave of what became known as ‘re-entry students.’ Our particular wave was comprised of young men, business folk and young moms like myself. Our credential program consisted of getting a four year degree then embarking on the California state-mandated ‘fifth year’ training.
3. DO IT WRONG—The first year I started blogging—2012—I entered 143 blog posts. By the end of 2015 I had written 85 blogposts. I’m not awesome at math, but that’s almost 40% less than when I started. When I began, I was feverishly trying to keep up with weekly link ups that were so popular at the time and listening to all the advice out there about how to ‘do it right.’
Every year I’ve been blogging I’ve written LESS than the year before and I have more people reading and responding. Go figure. The results from this ‘less is more’ approach might be explained by the fact I’ve cultivated relationships via real time and virtual time with my readers. Again, going deep, not wide.
4. CONSISTENCY IS HIGHLY OVERRATED. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO POST ON YOUR BLOG TWICE A WEEK. You don’t even have to post regularly. Really.
That being said, I DO have a couple of series I post in regularly–something new, a ‘Favorite Things’ round up, always on Friday, but not every Friday. And my “Just Because” posts–a Scripture and a photo–always on Thursdays. but not EVERY Thursday. (and last week I posted it on Wednesday, because, you know-life.) ‘Sporadic’ is probably a better descriptor of any blogging ‘formula’ I have. Bottom line–I want to listen to God’s voice in me and through me to write what feels real and true in my spirit, not because the experts say I ‘should.’
BONUS: Writer’s block dogging you? HAVE FUN or Take a Sabbath Go for a walk, unload the dishwasher, take a shower (the most remarkable revelations come to me in the shower or under the bathroom faucet!) Sort the laundry, go pull some weeds. Your brain does so much better with some exercise, fresh air, some fun—blow bubbles, sit outside and watch the birds, dance by yourself, dance with a partner…the list is endless.