Stream of Consciousness Sunday…

 

I started blogging because I have a lot to say…all the time.  I have opinions about pretty much everything.  I have a ton of stories to share.  I see things every day that I want to talk about.  I’ve been at this for almost two years now and it’s gone pretty well.  I’ve kept up a pretty hefty posting schedule for most of that time.  But lately I’ve been slacking.  It’s not that I haven’t had anything to say…it’s just that life has been getting in my way.  My blog was suffering.  My posts were sporadic…and mostly pretty terrible.  I just couldn’t seem to find the time to put together good posts.  I was afraid that I’d run out of things to write about.

I was so glad when November started and NaBloPoMo gave me a reason to start writing every day.  It forced me back into a regular blogging schedule.  To be honest…at first I was overwhelmed and I froze up.  I felt so much pressure to actually produce something that I wasn’t really producing much.  I spent the better part of the 1st staring at a blank screen.

But then I just relaxed and let go…and I found that I still had quite a lot to write about.  That first day I wrote a couple of posts and I put together a plan for that week…figured out what I wanted to write on which days.  Then I scheduled time…actually wrote it down in my planner…to sit down and write each day’s post.

That advanced planning has been a huge help and I feel like I’m getting things back on track.  Not every single one of my posts this month has been spectacular…and there are a couple that I clearly just threw together in minutes.  But for the most part, I’m happy with the way things are going.  I feel good about what I’m putting out here every day.

I don’t think I can keep up the daily posting schedule forever.  Once November is over, I’ll probably cut back a bit…but I’ll definitely be on a schedule.  So far, this month has taught me that, yes, life is busy and sometimes things get in the way of what we’d rather be doing…but if something is important to you, there are ways to find the time for it.  I’ve found the time for blogging again…time that isn’t rushed or hurried.  I’m so glad that I have…I really missed it.

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This was my 5 minute Stream of Consciousness Sunday post. It’s five minutes of your time and a brain dump. Want to try it? Here are the rules…

1. Set a timer and write for 5 minutes only.
2. Write an intro to the post if you want but don’t edit the post. No proofreading or spellchecking. This is writing in the raw.
3. Publish it somewhere. Anywhere. The back door to your blog if you want. But make it accessible.
4. Add the Stream of Consciousness Sunday badge to your post.
5. Link up your post at allthingsfadra.
6. Visit your fellow bloggers and show some love.

Comments

  1. That’s my favorite part of November, too. It’s like meeting up with an old friend again. I love writing and when life gets in the way of that, I tend to get grumpy without realizing it.

  2. This is my first NaBloPoMo (my first year of blogging, too). I’ve enjoyed it because I get to “meet” so many other bloggers, and it keeps me accountable to keeping up with posting. But it’s HARD! Good luck on the rest of your journey! I’ll be reading :)

  3. I love that NaBloPoMo has helped you get back on track and find your blogging groove. Scheduling writing time really is a good idea (and once again I remind myself that I really should do that!)

  4. Bless all of you doing the NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo, because I just can’t do it. Not right now. But I give you all a ton of credit. Maybe once my babies get a little older, I’ll consider it. Hang in there!

  5. I am so impressed with all of the writers involved in this … having such a hard time keeping up with life lately!

  6. I give you so much credit for participating in this, too. I would love to try it… but I worry that I, too, will suffer from bloggy burnout.

    I’m glad to hear you are getting back on schedule though… that’s awesome!

  7. I used to adamantly resist the idea of scheduling anything for blogging. I felt like it wasn’t organic that way. And then I realized it’s better to write when you have time and when you are inspired and schedule it later for others to read.

    And congrats for participating in the daily practice! It will only help your writing!

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