When I started the National Blog Posting Month challenge (or #NaBloPoMo), I didn’t know if I’d be able to make it to the end. One post a day for 30 days? “Uh, sure,” I thought, “let’s do that.” But part of me didn’t think it would actually happen. Mainly because I have not been great about posting consistently since I started this blog over two years ago. But, here I am on Nov. 30 writing my very last post of the month. And, damn, does it feel good.
This is not only one of my biggest accomplishments of the year, but one of my biggest achievements as a writer. After all, as I’ve said before, one of the only ways to become a good writer is to, well write. Or, to quote a legendary writer:
“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There is no way around these two things that I am aware of, no shortcut.”
— Stephen King, “On Writing”
Now, as we’ve talked about before, I don’t “read” a lot. But I do listen to many, many books. And, as an online journalist I write upwards of eight posts a day at work. But that writing isn’t for me specifically. It is for my career, which is for me, of course. And those posts do exercise my internal writing muscle. But not in the same way that these posts do.
Because before or after work when I write my blog posts for That’s So Grown-Up is when I really get to be me. It’s the time when my voice gets to come out. As a journalist you are supposed to either be unbiased or write with the voice and style of the outlet you are working for. And that’s all fine and dandy. But it doesn’t give you the chance to be as creative as you’d like sometimes. So, writing a post a day on my personal blog for the past month has given me a new sense of self as a writer. And as I write this last post of the challenge, I realize how every post this month has brought me one step closer to becoming a better writer.
Aside from how it has helped me personally as a writer, it has also helped the blog immensely. My traffic has gone up exponentially, and my reader engagement, i.e. comments, likes, and sharing of posts, is off the charts. I couldn’t be happier with these results, as they will help the blog’s audience continue to grow. And I love you guys, so the more the merrier I say.
Now, if I can just keep up the habit of posting on the regular after this last post of the challenge (let’s hope for at least a few times a week), I will consider this time well spent.