What Blogging Means To Me
It's the first day of December and I am embarking on a challenge I never thought I'd dare - I'm doing Blogmas. I've never written a blog every day, and the amount of content I'll have to produce as well as having a full-time job and a life, seems a bit impossible. But I want to try!
I really like blogging, I get to talk about whatever I want on my terms. I don't have anyone else's standards to live up to for the first time in my writing career, and that's really rather liberating. The only limit to the quality of sucess of my blog is my creativity or willingness to find time. Yet nothing hinges on its success, so I get to not write that post if I'm feeling like binge watching Elementary or playing Pokemon instead.
However, Blogmas is a challenge that means I have a very strict schedule. I'm willingly taking away my ability to be lazy. I want to force the creativity out me and write the posts that have been half thoughts for weeks. I want to make a load of awesome content that I can look at as a real achievement.
It seems like a contradiction to take something I enjoy and plop it in the middle of a punishing schedule but I'm curious about my ability to schedule, create and engage intensively. I work in PR and marketing, so I encounter bloggers everyday and schedule them into my campaigns, happy to work with someone who's a great writer and passionate about what they do. While I know many have heavy or tight schedules for writing, I don't know what it's like, but I want to.
So, bringing it back to the title - blogging is freedom of expression, but it's also a challenge. It's creativity within a self-imposed structure. It's my view on the world presented back to it, asking it to look.
I love writing, and this December I hope you'll join me on my biggest blog challenge thus far. I declare Blogmas is begun!