Everything I know about blogging, I learned in the last 30 days!

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.

       


20 comments

  1. "I wrote a post that was meant to be a rant, but could come across as downright depressing."

    Dead puppy stories are a downer.


    Another thing about blogging, if you play it right, readers might not find out you're slack about attribution.


    Thanks-a-lot.

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  2. So are the lurid details about dogs getting run-over and thrown across the motorway

    Jeeze Leslie!

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  3. I love your blog and I think sharing ones life with people means not every post can be sunshine and rainbows, I think there are lessons to be learned by seeing how others deal with life when things are bad too. So don't lose sleep over a "depressing" blog post we all have those days and it's nice to know you're not alone.

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  4. Writing everyday is an important exercise and it is amazing what it does in building confindence as a writer. Great job. I know that I've gotten busy and haven't been writing as much and I really miss it!

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  5. You are doing a great job Huera!!

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  6. It appears that quite a few of us are very analytical about our blogs these past two weeks.

    I like your blog -- especially, your honest portrayal of events in your life. Not everything is sunshine and roses. Sometimes, it is about puppies that die unexpectedly and road deaths of animals. Tell us everything. After all, it is what makes up your life.

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  7. I'm glad your not obsessive about it.

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  8. Love your blog! Hope you keep writing, and cooking, too!

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  9. Sometimes life sucks! If you only write bright and cheery blogs all the time there will be stretches of time you will either not blog or come across as a phony. So keep it real! Judy

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  10. Hola Leslie!
    I really enjoy your blog, yes, I noticed you were posting more often than usual, so, that was great! I miss you in twitter though!
    Saludos,
    Paty

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  11. Love your blog & glad I found it! Looking forward to many more posts in the future!

    :-)

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  12. Good for you!

    I've done the same thing... written something negative, then ended up deleting it an hour later.

    I hope yyou keep posting a lot, because I love reading your stuff!

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  13. i really enjoy reading your blog. i don't really think it's important to write every single day though, after all, you have a very busy life. your children are the most important thing in your life, just as it should be, and it's more fun doing things with them and enjoying other family activities, than it is to worry about what to blog about. i agree that you should continue writing about life, it's what makes your blog so interesting. you proved to yourself that you could wirte every day (almost ;-) so on with it dear lady. keep up the great job.

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  14. dang, i forgot to sign it. that last one was from me, teresa in lake stevens. i'm in a hurry to get back to my yard work and pushed sent before writing my name.

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  15. Leslie I love reading your stories, I think I love them more because I have got to meet and hang out with your lovely family. I think its nice you only want to write good and happy stuff. If thats what you want your blog to be thats what you should make it. Although I do have to agree with some of the others in saying if you need to vent girl vent. We have all been there. Hey I vent on my blog all the time. lol

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  16. Congratulations on finishing your month (hey, who's counting days? I think you did great!) You've inspired me to do a month too, with a new photo every day since I'm trying to improve both my writing and photography.

    If you find sometime you want to write about something less than cheerful, you can always end it with what you've learned from that (e)vent 8^D.

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  17. Teresa in Merida was/is the most recent impetus for the daily Mexican blog, but someone already called on attribution

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  18. Hi Leslie. It's your blog. You can post what you want, be it happiness, sadness, ranting or whatever the case may be. It's good to express your feelings. I read your blog and enjoy it. Have a great week.

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  19. ANONYMOUS: I gave all the credit to my daily blogging challenge to Theresa in Merida from the very start! Just go back to my July 1st post and you will see it! :) But I probably should have thanked her yet again for her inspiration.

    CAROL ANN: Thank you, sweetie! The greatest thing that has come from this blog is the friends I have made. Like you! :)

    JENNEE: So true! I'm much more confident in myself as a writer. Maybe I'll start that book! :)

    MARIO: Muchas gracias! :)

    STEVE: Thank you! I can't imagine why you would be critical of your blog. I enjoy it immensely!

    TANCHO: Todo con medida!

    MARY C: You have no idea how much I miss posting my recipes.

    JUDY: Thanks for the great advice. There will be sad posts, along with happy ones, but the puppy post was too depressing. I worried that it would depress me every time I went back to read it.

    TENEKTECK: I'm slowly returning to Twitter. But if you have Facebook, I'd love to be your friend! :) Just send me a DM on Twitter.

    KATIE: The feeling is mutual! :)

    TERESA: It is always nice hearing from you! And thank you so much for the encouragement.

    AMANDA & GRINGATION: Thank you, amigas! You girls are the greatest! :)

    1ST MATE: I'm looking forward to your posts and pictures!

    GLORIA: Thank you. I couldn't agree with you more. I hope you have a great week too! :)

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  20. I just found your blog through the SITs girls blog and it's delightful. You should feel free to write what moves you and inspires you. There's no need to post every day, either. ;-)

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