I have seen quite a few blogging friends taking part in the '30 day blogging challenge'. I didn't feel as though I had the time to take part. Job, family, housework all fill the hours.
I don't think this is exclusive to teaching, but I end up needing to do extra work in the evenings, and there is always some job that needs to be done - be it marking, planning or admin. Any time left after this is precious and I didn't want to commit to anything else. But this post by Sandie made me rethink.
There are some blogs I follow that are very well written and perhaps that is because their authors have worked hard at it, they may be gifted at writing or they may have read books and been on courses. I would like to improve my blog, and maybe discover - or confirm - my blogging niche.
I feel uncomfortable taking to much 'me' time. Lots of crafters seem to have been on retreats and weekends away over the last couple of months. Finance aside, personally I would feel like I was 'abandoning' my family for a weekend. Not that I consider that is what these other wives and mothers are doing. Perhaps an analyst would say I just enjoy feeling guilty.
However I AM going to be 'selfish' and take the time to do this challenge. Because when I do take me time I am happier, more relaxed and a nicer person to know. Although the stress of blogging for 30 days on the trot may cancel out these benefits!
The only way I can grow as a blogger is to practice and work on it, rather than make it something I do in that 5 spare minutes that I have right now (metaphorically 'now' rather than actually 'now').
I would also like to find some other blogs to follow. I know that this was Julie's aim in her '300 comments' challenge. But I think that is a more difficult and MUCH MORE time consuming challenge to take part in.
And the blogs promoted on Bloglovin are too impersonal. They are more like articles written by a journalist. They may be popular but I just don't connect with them. It might be because I grew up without all this technology, I struggle with most social media platforms. Whatever the reason for that is, I'm not wanting to read a blog to be sold a product. For me it is about the person.
I was going to start on Sunday and do the month of November, but have decided to strike whilst the iron is hot (so to speak) and start right now.
Wish me luck