Edublogs #blogging28 challenge is coming to an end. It’s been a fulfilling challenge that has improved my daily blogging. I’d combined it with a challenge from a friend, Anna Smith, who invited people to #modigiwri [more digital writing]. Thank you Anna for the inspiration to keep writing! It was a fun and much needed challenge. And, if you haven’t joined the Edublog challenge, just use the prompts at the Edublogs link and get started– use the #blogging28 hashtag and you’ll join the fun.
Today, Kathleen Morris tweeted a question:
This will be so helpful for bloggers, Sheri! You obviously have a great routine for blogging so regularly too. I've just written a post for The Edublogger with tips on maintaining momentum with blogging. How do you do it? Do you have scheduled time each day?
— Kathleen Morris 🇦🇺 (@kathleen_morris) January 26, 2019
So I’ve spent the day considering this question because I was wondering the same thing:
Now that I’ve kept up with blogging for 28 days, how do I keep up the momentum?
First thing that happens for new bloggers is self-doubt:
I’m not an expert. Who wants to hear what I have to say? What would I write about, and how would I keep going?
The response to that is easy:
Everyone’s voice matters: what you share in your experience may help someone else. We all can add our voice into the conversation– the world needs ideas. I learn from you, and you learn from me.
Next, I read Kathleen’s Edublog post Week Three Roundup for the challenge. It helped me think through what I needed to do to keep up the challenge. First thing is to answer about scheduling. In my mind, I committed to one post a day, even if the challenge was to comment, I still blogged. Perhaps only 150 words [the #modigiwri challenge], but to blog every day. No schedule, except to wake up each day and think, “Here’s my day, and here’s when I’m going to blog today,” fitting it into whatever the schedule for my time allowed.
Topics / Ideas
The first thing I thought of was how great Anna’s 150 word challenge one: it forced me to consider one idea or message and “get it done!” So I spent some time today considering how I’d go about getting topics and breaking it into ideas. I created a calendar for February based on the HOW of doing that. Here’s a link to the calendar. Want to join me? You’re all invited!
Next, I created the graphic above, and my goal is to talk about each of those four concepts in four different posts in the next few days. I want to keep the momentum going, and so I’ll share my process. I hope you will share yours.
Won’t you join in the fun as we continue with #blogging28?
For more posts on Momentum, click here.
This post is Thank You and Appreciation of a 30-day challenge to reflectively write and post at least 150 words with the hashtag #modigiwri, which started with Anna here.
This is Day 23 of the #blogging28 challenge by Edublogs, thanks to Denise’s tweet.
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Thanks for your kind words, Sheri!
I agree that the idea of taking a comment and exploring it in a blog post is such a worthwhile experience. I look forward to reading more about that in your series. I think this is a concept that can be really worthwhile for students too. I might have to encourage it in the next Student Blogging Challenge!
Thank you so much for expanding on this question in a post. I’ll definitely be linking to this in the post I’ve got ready for The Edublogger on Monday. I’ll share the link with you then.
You’re exactly right about self-doubt too. It can be especially hard when you’re just getting started and don’t really have much of an audience. It’s also a different landscape these days with conversations moving from commenting to social media. So it can be hard to gauge what people think! As you say though, everyone’s voice does matter and something that seems obvious to you is amazing to others.
Looking forward to reading more of your upcoming posts.
Thanks Kathleen. Yes what “seems obvious to you is amazing to others.” Everyone is on some continuum and we never know how one simple idea we share can add a whole new dimension to someone else’s experience and practice.
“Conversations” is a topic I’ll be exploring soon in my series. One way to connect with others is to take a question or topic of others and add one’s own experience to it in a blog post. Then comment with a link to the other person, whether on Twitter or a blog. That adds value to and honors the original query. An example is this post from your tweeted question. Even though you asked me, it’s a great question to which others can add value through their ideas.
Thanks for your encouragement and all you do at Edublogs with Sue Waters, Ronnie, and Sue Wyatt. I’ve learned so much from all of you. ~ Sheri