Daily blogging like daily exercise

31 May

So, it’s day 31, and I made it! I’ve decided that daily blogging is  like daily exercise– it’s much easier to keep going when you’re supported by a group of other people with the same goals and mission. So, I’m grateful for the support of my fellow bloggers and the new friends I’ve made along the way.

It took me a long time to start blogging, in part because I thought I needed a plan mapped out before I started. I was also worried about time– keeping up with my other work while I also maintained my blog. But I underestimated myself.

  1. Blogging has kept me focused. Having that daily deadline along with my other assignments was stressful, but it also forced me to be as productive as possible.
  2. I’m playing more with language. Over the last few days, I’ve been reflecting on a blog post that I wrote in the middle of the month about creativity, science and blogging. This structured sense of play, on a schedule, has forced me to put words on a page. Some of my favorite posts have come out of not having a plan, out of taking a topic and letting myself run with it. It’s a good reminder that I have to throw words around first before I’ll know where they fit and what they mean.
  3. Blogging has improved my other writing. That’s the corollary to having a creative outlet. I’m finding ways to infuse the ideas and creative flow that has been moving here into the words that I write in other places. I don’t know why I didn’t expect that synergy.

I still have a lot to learn about the interactive piece of blogging. I want to spend more time reading and commenting on other blogs and trading ideas. That process will take more time.

I still feel conflicted about trying to blog about scientific topics because it’s so easy to unintentionally smudge factual accuracy. I do my best to present careful, correct information, but it’s a huge challenge to be literate, accurate and engaging in a short time and space.

Thanks to all of you who’ve been reading me this month! I’d love to hear your feedback about the May experiment. Do you like the Molecule of the Week? Any favorite posts?

I’ve had fun, but I’m also glad to be able to step off the treadmill of daily posting. It’s been a fantastic jumpstart, and I’ll be figuring out a regular (though not daily) posting schedule. Like finding time for a walk, a jog or a yoga class, blogging provides a healthy writing workout.

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4 Responses to “Daily blogging like daily exercise”

  1. Jennifer Fink May 31, 2009 at 1:55 pm #

    Great post, Sarah! I just Tweeted it.

    • webbofscience May 31, 2009 at 1:57 pm #

      Thanks, Jenny! It’s been great teaming up with you this month.

  2. Jackie Dishner May 31, 2009 at 8:25 pm #

    Interesting insights here. Makes me want to go through our list of bloggers and find other posts like it. I know I have a few. It’ll be yet another reason why a blogathon works so well. The linking up with each other can really help build traffic and new readers.

    The synergy was something I noted the first time I participated in one these as well. I’ve done four now, two initiated by Michelle Rafter with writers, and two initiated by me with speakers. Michelle got me hooked! It’s a great way to light the fire, so to speak.

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