Blogging for a whole year: Done!
On this very day, one year ago, I announced that I was going to blog each day for the rest of the year. Well, I extended this promise to not just blog for the rest of the year but to blog for a whole year, and here we are. Mission accomplished!
But, quality wise, how would I say that it went? Well, this is a mixed bag for sure. Some periods were better, some periods were worse, and some periods were basically me just posting links to random YouTube videos. I did put out quite a bit of material that I’m at least semi-proud of, but I have to say that when I started the project, I envisioned more original content and less rehashing of others’. At the same time, me allowing myself to put out crappy posts whenever I didn’t have the time or inspiration for something proper was probably the one thing that made this project quite easy instead of maddening. If I would have decided that I had to post original content of a certain, non-trivial, length everyday, I’d probably either have seen a several-fold increase of my creativity or gone totally insane (some people would argue that the two constitutes the same phenomena).
The truth is that I’m having a hard time evaluating this year of blogging. Was it good for me? Did I learn anything? Did I get more things done? I have a hunch that my English writing skills and vocabulary might have improved a bit, but other than that, I have nothing concrete to point to. In retrospect, I wish that I would have set up more stringent rules and narrowed the scope of what I was allowed to post about. I could for example see how someone recording and posting a song everyday would have seen a much more tangible increase in her skill set, and possibly also enough high-quality songs for an album or two. On the other hand, maybe I’m just having a hard time seeing any change since I don’t really know what to look for here. It’s hard to tell.
Anyhow, if this is something you want to try out yourself, I’d say you should go for it. However, you should probably try to tailor it to your own needs and wants (what are you good at? what do you want to achieve?), but don’t be afraid to set quite stringent demands on yourself. I find that whatever rules you set, you’ll get accustomed to following them.
As for me, I’ll continue blogging. However, it will be extremely relieving not having to do it everyday. Expect updates, but not that frequent updates.