As most of you know, I’ve challenged myself to write one blog post a day, every day, for the next year. Well, the next most-of-the-year. I’m more than two months in! Woo! Go me!
I did this for a few reasons. One, I am really, really, really bad at keeping to a blog. Or, at least, I used to be. I used to be one of those people who wrote a blog post once every few weeks, if I was lucky. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course, but I want to write more. I want to have a regular blog with a reliable schedule that people could, if they decided to follow me, rely on.
I also did it because I firmly believe that writing every day is absolutely essential for all writers. Even though I may not always work on a creative work every day, at least I know I’m writing something every day. Any kind of writing is still helping you improve.
So, I set out to keep myself dedicated to my blog for a whole year, and in the process, make sure I have a very productive year in writing. So far, so good.
There are things I didn’t really realize would happen, though, and over the course of the last three months, I’ve come to the conclusion that blogging is something all writers should be doing.
By blogging, I am constantly thinking about writing. And I mean constantly. If I’m not thinking about my blog, I’m thinking about my story. I’ve come up with a few ideas for SHORT stories, which is something I haven’t really actively done since I started writing longer works. I’ve even gotten back into role playing with a few people, to keep my character development up to snuff.
And not just that–blogging is forcing me to think in more creative ways. I mean, really, it’s not easy coming up with a brand new blog topic every single day. YOU try it! I find inspiration in the strangest things now (remember that post about the painting the wall and the other one about the driveway? Yeah).
By working on this blog, I can already tell I’m becoming a better writer, and at the very least, a more dedicated writer. Like, seriously, can you believe I’ve already written over one-hundred posts? One hundred! That’s seriously almost the size of a book!
I know quite a few other writers who have blogs. I can think of five off the top of my head. Most of them don’t post with the (absolutely batshit crazy) frequency I do, but they DO post, and I’m so glad for that. I’m so glad I’ve started really getting into my blog because I have started to really value not only what it does for me as a person, forcing me to be held accountable and to be consistent, but as a writer.
Anyway, this post kind of lost its steam, but the point is this: if you’re a writer, I highly, highly suggest you start a blog. Even if all you do is talk about your day, or if you do a theme like a cooking or movie review blog, it will help improve your craft more than you imagine.