Friday, February 01, 2013

Warning: It Can Be Habit-Forming

Well, contrary to what I said last night, now I feel like I'm in the habit so I need to blog ... SOMETHING.

So, first I thought I'd thank my friend Lindsey Talerico, New Zealand's blogging guru, for challenging me to participate in her "Blog a Day in Anti-Boring January" competition. It was fun and a good exercise, and made me think about all the things I'd like to write. Someday.

I didn't succeed at posting every day. I wrote 25 posts in January. But I hit every topic. (Combining some when I needed to catch up.) I only recycled once (from an older blog). And I know that it takes doing something at least seven times in a row to turn it into a habit, probably more for me, but now I feel at least as if I think about blogging every day.

Side note: I see that Lindsey is now challenging everyone in another blogging exercise called "ThankGodIt'sFebruary." (I will follow along with interest, but otherwise am probably going to sit this one out!)

I'm not sure I'm a good enough writer (or a consistent enough person) that I could write something every day and hold everyone's attention. I need some sort of niche probably to do that. My problem is I have too many niches. (By the way, do you pronounce that "nitch," like my wife does, or "neesh" like I do? I may be using the French version.)

Since I'm a social media strategist (by profession) perhaps I will start posting some more social media tips and tricks. Like, legitimate ways to boost your Twitter following. (I'm now at more than 4,300 followers and haven't used any of those pay services to get there.) I employ a series of techniques that seem fairly surefire, but do take some work. Save that for another post.

But, I also think I should blog about what I enjoy talking about. And the main thing I enjoy talking about is truths I'm learning from Bible study and my walk with Christ. So, maybe I'll alternate.

Then, of course, there are various passions: cycling and outdoor sports in the Northwest, winemaking, cooking, travel ... it's hard to know where to stop.

Anyway, I guess you'll just have to keep checking in. For now let me bid you a happy February, hope you are washing your hands and staying warm and flu-free. And I'll close with an index to my January Blog-a-Day entries ...

January 1 - Good Morning! The New is Here
January 2 -  Two Kinds of People
January 3 - Bucket List
January 4 - Pet Peeves
January 5 - Greatest Fear
January 6 - My Most Embarrassing Moments
January 7 - Shoes ... and Other Male/Female Conundra
January 8 - Honesty
January 9 - Made With Love
January 10 - Memory Baloney
January 11 - Confession and Compassion
January 12 - Recovery
January 13 - Top 10 (Things That Bring Me Joy)
January 14 - Food (and How I'm Trying Not To Love It So)
January 15 - Most and Least Dangerous Forms of Transportation
January 16 - Anything for Love
January 17 - Things That Rhyme
January 18 - Advice: Creating Secure Passwords
January 19 - Would I Really Want This Superpower?
January 20 - What Is Beauty?
January 21-24 - Wonky Kids, Chocolate Teachers
January 25-28 - A Surprise: Love in the Winter of Our Regret
January 29 - Home: A Destination, Not an Origin
January 30 - My Biggest Flaw
January 31 - Why I Love Writing

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