It’s the end of #NaBloPoMo2019 Week 4 which means this is my final #NaBloPoMo post! I’ve kept my promise to myself to post every weekday this month, and it feels damn good.
Here’s what this month of blogging has taught me. Most of this stuff I already knew in my head, but experiencing it was like going from a circle in two dimensions to a sphere in three.
Blogging is intimate in a way social media isn’t.
Elan Morgan said this about their #NaBloPoMo2019 experience:
As of this post, I’ve published on my site 26 days in a row, and I’ve really enjoyed regular blogging again. There’s a kind of deeper connection in smaller doses with blogging than happens with social platforms, and I’ve missed it. (Read the full post on Instagram.)
Exactly. I’ve missed the intimacy of blogging, too. There’s a feeling of hospitality and welcome and place with blogs that doesn’t exist in social media.
Routines feel good.
#NaBloPoMo2019 provided just the right amount of structure and motivation to get me moving. I found myself squirreling details away and formulating blog posts in my head as I went about my day. The routine felt good and generated its own energy. Now that the month is over, I need to establish a new writing routine.
Blogging focuses my attention, while social media scatters it.
Blogging has been good for my attention and focus. I had more mental energy for writing and responding when I wasn’t sucked into social platforms specifically engineered to keep me distracted. Obvious, I know! But it’s eye-opening (and sobering) to see just how distracted I was.
I didn’t comment on other peoples’ blogs as much as I’d planned to.
I had intended to spend time every few days commenting on other #NaBloPoMo2019 blogs, but I didn’t do a great job of it. I followed the hashtag on Twitter and Instagram and visited often, but I my comments didn’t reflect that.
I discovered I still love to write.
I haven’t written much during the last few years. I should say, I haven’t written much creatively. I’ve done a ton of writing, but most of it was either inside private political groups or tossed out onto social media. I’m proud of that work and it did its job, but blogging gave me room for more exploratory writing. Blogging forced me to slow down, collect my thoughts, formulate themes and topics, and craft posts with more care. I’m rusty, and it feels like starting from scratch. But it’s a start, and that’s what I needed.
This has been a surprisingly emotional experience. Writing has always been my bedrock, but during the last few years I’ve wondered if writing was part of my future. Now I know, without a doubt, it is. I have more to say (surprise, surprise) about the importance of blogging and where I think it could fit into today’s media landscape. I’ll write a blog post about it!
OK, friends. Thank you to everyone who joined me in this #NaBloPoMo2019 experiment…I hope you got as much out of it as I did.
Photo by Kaitlin Duffey