What I Learned From Blogging

Ok folks, this is it—the last of the Writer’s of Kern 2016 Blog Challenge A to Z posts. Twenty-six posts over thirteen weeks. Whew! Definitely not for the faint of heart. When I joined this blog challenge I had no idea what I was getting into, or the time commitment it would take. That said, I’m happy to report it’s been a great writing experience and I learned a lot from stepping out of my comfort zone.

Here’s what I discovered:

1) I wrote even when I didn’t feel like it. Having a goal to meet forced me to write regardless of what else was happening in my life.

2) I found what kind of posts people respond to most. Those with animals in the title. My top hit was for “Copywriting, Cows and Country Music”.

3) It provided an opportunity to experiment with different types of posts. Memoir, flash fiction, inspirational, thought provoking, informational, religious, anecdotal.

4) Involvement in a writing community is fun. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the other bloggers and their wide variety of posts for the challenge.

5) I got instant feedback on my writing. Sometimes within 5 minutes of posting. Knowing people liked what I wrote inspired confidence and encouraged me to write more.

6) Don’t post fiction you want to publish later. Blog posts count as being published.

7) Two posts a week is too much. Yes, I did it, but it was really difficult some weeks to get that second post done. There was little time left for other writing projects.

8) It helped me find my voice. Or at least experiment with different types of voices to find a style I was comfortable with.

9) I wrote about things I would never think of otherwise. “Ungulates”? Really? That and the “Offal, not Awful” posts were a couple of my favorites and they were pure spontaneous “come up with something” moments.

10) I had to let go of perfection. There’s no time for perfect in this blog challenge. It gave me a different perspective on what’s good enough to share, and I had to let go of the internal slave driver—which is awesome!

So there you have it. Ten positive outcomes from slaving over this seemingly impossible task. Kudos to the other brave souls that have completed the run. I hope you all got as much out of it as I did.

7 thoughts on “What I Learned From Blogging

  1. Jenny,

    Congrats on finishing the challenge!! It is a stretch, but I’m happy you learned more about yourself, your writing, and your audience.

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  2. Congrats!! Huge accomplishment. I am still working my way through it all. I’m not sure I’ll finish per the established timeline but I’ll get it done. I agree with you on what you learned. Having a goal is really helpful on those days when you don’t want to write or you aren’t ready to post what you wrote… Thx Jenny

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  3. I love this Jenny, you are inspiring. I haven’t begun my official writing life yet – I’ve only written in my careers before retiring and have done a lot of journalling. Again, your post tells me my fears are normal but I can do it. Thank you!

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    1. You should read the first blog post I wrote about the challenges of being an older beginning writer: Against the Odds. Your concern is absolutely normal and yes, you can do it too!


  4. Jenny-
    You did great! I kinda faltered to finish, but I wanted to make sure I commented on people’s blogs (even if I couldn’t get mine done). Thanks for sharing your lessons, they are definitely valuable ones!


  5. I’m finally getting around to reading the posts and I loved this one. I also felt the same as you in writing when I didn’t feel like it. Or what was I going to do about that letter U. Good job in all!


  6. Jenny, this is a marvelous set of “Lessons Learned.” Your words are an excellent reminder for many of us and an inspiration for folks who are out there wanting to get started. Thanks so much. xoA


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