On July first, I decided that I was going to challenge myself to write (and post) everyday for the month of July. I may have missed a day or two. Or six! Okay...so maybe I did only write 25 posts instead of 31. It was a great learning experience and I'm glad I did it.
I thought the hardest part of this challenge was going to be finding things to write about. But that wasn't the case at all. Inspiration is all around. My Hubby and kiddies are my biggest inspiration. Conversations with friends, family and even strangers often produce a blogworthy topic. Pictures and/or household items trigger memories. So do newspaper headlines. Even the tiniest detail of your everyday routine.
You might be thinking, "Well, if inspiration is all around why didn't you post every single day?" I have no other reason than my family. There is nothing more important to me than my family. I'm sorry, but I just couldn't miss camping out in the living room with the kiddies, my nephew's birthday party and visiting with my sister-in-law and her family!
There were plenty of nights when I stayed up past midnight, trying to finish my post for the day. I wish I could be one of those well-organized bloggers, who has a bunch of posts written days or maybe even weeks in advance. But alas, I am not. I am more of a blog when the mood strikes me kind of gal. And hopefully after this 30-day challenge, the mood will strike more often.
Another thing I realized is that I want this blog to be a place that makes people happy and brightens their day, because that's just the type of person I am. Last week was an important first for me, I wrote a post that was meant to be a rant, but could come across as downright depressing. That night, I laid in bed tossing and turning, debating whether or not I had been too hasty in hitting the "Publish" button. Something didn't feel right. So after much debate, I deleted it. And now I feel much better about myself.
That said, I walk away from this 30-day challenge a more confident blogger. I am still smitten with this blog. And I hope you'll stick around to read all that I have left in me to write.