February Offers New Month, New Opportunities to Succeed

So the second month of 2013 has arrived…and with it, winter has returned to Maine! We have had some bizarre weather over the last couple days of January – more like a spring thaw than normal January winter weather. But now, with the beginning of February, apparently winter temperatures, at least, have decided to remind us which season it actually is.

Study in Contrasts: snow & fog, grass & mud, old Jeep & new puppy!

Just as the weather made an obvious distinction between January 31st and February 1st…I likewise plan to make this month much different than last month in terms of time management, scheduling work and leisure time, and successfully blogging on a consistent basis. Yes, it’s later rather than earlier in the day–but at least I’m accomplishing my goal of posting today!

It helped today to read another blogger’s account of having the “blogging blues” and the comments that followed, to realize I am not alone in this desire to blog, yet having something continue to thwart efforts to blog consistently. My own solution to this, a revelation of sorts, is that I need to have a blog plan and include blog posts as part of my daily writing schedule much like I do for my freelance work.

This is not foolproof, of course, as things still happen to interfere – like yesterday’s power outage and today’s freelance work and necessary grocery shopping trip. But at least I now feel a bit more motivated and that, combined withΒ  having a plan, is at least part of the battle.

So for February, I’m going to do my own little blog challenge, using some combination of Michelle Shaeffer’s writing prompts from the Ultimate Blog Challenge (UBC) of last month, and Melissa Ford’s NaBloPoMo writing prompts for February. And not just here- but in my other 7 (yes, that is SEVEN) blogs!

Today’s prompt, via the Jan. 1st UBC, was a combination of “out with the old, in with the new” thinking, combined with goals for blogging.

So how about you? Do you suffer from “blogging blues” even though you enjoy blogging? How do you overcome them? Are you participating in any organized or informal blog challenges this month?

10 thoughts on “February Offers New Month, New Opportunities to Succeed

  1. Sometimes I do get the “blogging blues” though things have been going fairly well lately. Partly, I have been trying out entries for the knitters’ devotional I am writing. That has helped keep me more consistent. I didn’t make my goal of finishing the UBC though. Good to see you back writing!

    • Thanks, Melinda! πŸ™‚ I saw you had mentioned that knitters’ devotional before in the Comment Circle group, I think – I don’t knit (crochet instead), but I’ll still have to take a look, because it sounds interesting! Thanks for reading and commenting! πŸ™‚

  2. Klee,
    I just completed my third UBC challenge and read the same post on coming back from the Blogging Blues. I blog on WordPress and have set myself the Post A Day challenge and taken the badge for it.

    It is daunting to think of doing 365 posts all at once, so I started the year with the UBC. Thanks to your post I found out about the NaBloPoMo in February and just signed up with that, although I’m a little overwhelmed with the BlogHer site. So, I’m not sure how easy it will be to “cross-pollinate” the way it is with the UBC and that way it is set up on Facebook.

    One of the ways I’m learning to navigate these challenges is scheduling content to post ahead of time. My brain is always running with ideas for writing and so, my challenge is being able to write fast enough to not lose the ideas. If I lose too many ideas or miss getting them put down, I will get frustrated and discouraged and there may be a break in my blogging. Something like that occurred during the UBC and I missed posting for 4 days. I had forgotten I had entered a couple of extra posts at the beginning of the month, so when I caught up and posted two a day for several days, I ended the month with more content than the challenge had called for.

    I’ll continue participating in challenges throughout this year to help stay motivated and accountable. I also am looking forward to learning from other bloggers and networking with them to build relationships.

    Blessings,
    Kina
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    • Thank you, Kina! Is the Post a Day challenge your own invention or is it here on WordPress somewhere?

      I’m glad you benefited from my mention of NaBloPoMo – I discovered that particular ongoing blog challenge by chance, because I had the idea of doing it last November when so many others were doing NaNoWriMo. I happened to discover BlogHer and NaBloPoMo when I was googling my idea – didn’t realize it already existed! I agree about the site, though – it’s a bit overwhelming!

      I hear you on getting discouraged once you get behind with posts – that’s what has happened every time I’ve tried a blog challenge. I’m still working on rearranging my work schedule to allow time for blogging (at some time other than late at night/wee hours of the morning), as well as other activities I enjoy (quilting, crocheting, and other crafting).

      Thanks for reading and posting – I would enjoy networking with you! πŸ˜‰

  3. I didn’t know you lived in Maine… I live in New Hampshire… we’re neighbors! And yes, the weather has done quite a 360 hasn’t it? Well, what I learned recently about February is that, in our neck of the woods, we will earn an additional 60 minutes of daylight by the end of the month! That should help us all with our blogging blues, don’t you think? I think your plan is an excellent one. I only tried blogging everyday for one month during a blog challenge. I don’t think I could do it for more than that. I seem to have a hard enough time with once a week, but I am going to try to get back to a couple times a week if I can. As Kina mentioned in a comment to me, it’s not just the blogging that can be time consuming, but the attention we pay to our blogger friends as well… it’s important to budget that into the calendar as well, because that is time well spent. And it is these blogger friends that nourish us and encourage us to continue. Great post, K’Lee! Keep up the good work and thank you for linking to my blog! πŸ™‚
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    • Suerae, thank you and you’re welcome! πŸ˜‰

      AND…that’s neat to hear you live in NH – I’m actually from NH, born and raised! I grew up in Gilford, within walking distance of Lake Winnipesaukee. I moved here to Maine about 10 years ago. My three adult daughters, sons-in-law, and granddaughter live in NH – and my only son is WAY out in NM!

      RE: my blog plan: I am still struggling with the time management end, obviously, since here I am at midnight again! I had other things going on that took up most of my time earlier today and this evening. I think I will only blog daily (or close to it) on this blog and my other work-related one (OH4H), and decide what days to blog on the other 6 maybe a couple times each per week. I definitely want to be more faithful about responding to readers, though, as that is an area I’ve neglected in the past.

      Thanks again for reading and commenting! πŸ™‚

  4. Seven blogs?!?! I’m guessing they all have different themes. I cannot even imagine juggling different blogs.

    I don’t know about “blogging blues,” but time management is an issue. Because blogging is a hobby I allow other things to interfere with my blogging time. I have a lot to write about, so I keep a “to write” folder when an idea strikes.
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  5. Heather, I agree – like I said to SueRae, since I’m here blogging past midnight instead of getting to bed at a decent hour – it’s obvious I am still struggling with time management! I should do what you and others have mentioned – write ideas when they come to me, keep them as drafts, or something.

    Same here, too, about blogging being a hobby – at least, for now – which is why I often have to let it fall by the wayside.

    RE: actually EIGHT blogs … another person asked the same question in my OH4H blog and this is the answer I gave her: I thought it was a great idea at the time (a couple years ago) – I got carried away with buying domain names, and really had NO idea how time-consuming it would be to keep up ONE blog consistently, never mind EIGHT!

    Really planning to succeed this year, though, finally!

    Thanks again for reading and commenting! πŸ™‚

  6. Oh yes, I have been struggling with blogging blues. I think it is the weather because I usually struggle this time of year. Some good sunshine would help me.

    Mostly I and struggling with finding creative content for my ONE blog! lol Thanks for the post.
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