#AprilBlogADay Challenge – Lessons Learned

I participated in the #AprilBlogADay challenge. The prompts were provided by Meredith Towne (@BklynMeredith) a teacher in Brooklyn, NY. Yesterday’s suggested topic was: Take Aways: New thinking about yourself and/or your craft after completing the April Blog A Day Challenge.

The post is a day late, but it is important to reflect on my learning from the #AprilBlogADay Challenge. Reflection allows me to process what I have done, what was successful, what was not, and how I can improve the process.

The success– I started strong with the Challenge posting for 21 straight days.

Having spring break during the first week of April allowed me to write, reflect, and post during the day. Allowing thoughts to marinate throughout the day made writing it easier to complete my posts. I did not have to lose sleep or miss family time to complete a post.

As the month progressed, I had to adjust to returning to work, and completing my posts took extra energy. I fell asleep on the 22nd day while writing. I completed the post the next day. I tried to write another post on the 23rd. Again, I fell asleep writing. I did not complete that post.

Once I lost my mojo, I struggled to complete another post. Then I made the decision that I would not give up family time or lose sleep to complete the remaining posts. I am not a quitter, so this was a difficult decision. However, I recognized my family and personal health was more important than trying to write a post every day.

My biggest lesson–At this time, writing a blog post a day is not for me. If I am to write daily, I will need to make changes to my daily schedule. Or wait until my daughters are older. Trying again in the summer may help.

Another important learning–When working on a blog post make sure you save the post when switching between devices. I wrote using my laptop, iPad, and iPhone. After completing one post, I failed to save it properly, then I posted it to my site. It was incomplete. Several paragraphs were missing, because I had switched between the different platforms without properly saving. I re-wrote the last few paragraphs of the post and made a note for readers about the issue. I might have been better off to write the post in Word, save it, and copy and paste to WordPress.

I am thankful for seeing this challenge on Twitter and making the decision to join. I am indebted to Meredith Towne (@BklynMeredith) for starting the challenge and providing the topics for suggested posts, without them I would not have been able to write as many posts as I did. I am thankful for the time my family allowed me to write, without their support it would not be possible to do what I do. I am grateful for the opportunity to contemplate who I am and how I can use blogging to improve. Taking the time to reflect more regularly has reminded me why I started this blog-to reflect, to learn, and to grow.

My Commitment–I will set aside time each week to write, reflect, and learn. The goal is to submit a blog entry every week. I will not promise each blog entry will be motivational, energetic, and thought-provoking. However, I will do my best to continue to reflect on my journey of learning and my areas of growth.

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