On Blaugust – A Retrospective

So today marks the last day of the Blaugust challenge to write a post a day for the entire month of August. So I figured last post should be a short wrap up of things.

For me the whole blogging daily thing has been a bit of a challenge. One of the more challenging things that I encountered was simply to find the time to write something every day. I feel that when I write I don’t like to be rushed, but most of the time when I post I’m doing it during my lunch break at work which doesn’t afford me a lot of time to put together something. The last couple of weeks I’ve been getting up extra early and getting to work around 6am just so that I would have plenty of uninterrupted time to write.I think most people that blog don’t just make a whimsical decision about what they’ll write about that day, and normally I don’t either, but I felt like during the last couple of weeks worth of posts that’s exactly what I’ve been doing.

Which leads to the second challenge I had, which was simply coming up with ideas of what to write about. Honestly if it hadn’t been for the other participants and for the writing prompts that other people posted I might not have made it through the month. I’m not good at pulling topics out of a hat, which is why normally I don’t post every day. I am more of a responsive writer, in that I typically write posts that are in response to something I’ve read, played or watched.

The last challenge I had was having energy to write. It’s been a difficult couple of months because of losing my best friend and it’s just been hard having energy or motivation to do anything at all. There were a lot of days where I posted pretty late just because I didn’t want to get off the couch to do anything.

This leads me to my next point that I’m glad I participated. While it was certainly challenging it was also beneficial to me mentally as it gave me a reason to simply do something every day. I enjoy routine, so having that thought in the back of my head that I needed to sit down and write something was enough to get me typing. I think it also helped me come out of my shell a little bit more by forcing myself to write short posts. It also helped me by forcing myself to talk about what I’m going through, because a lot of other people were also writing about their personal struggles. That might be an odd thing to say, but hearing all the other people that posted about their struggles with depression helped me to understand that there was a community of people out there that wouldn’t just be dismissive if I needed to write about that stuff sometimes.

Now what does the future hold? I certainly don’t think that I’ll continue to post every day. Like I said it is just not easy for me to do that, either from time or ideas. I would like to post at least once a week though, but maybe more if I feel I have something to talk about. I certainly hope that anyone who found my blog through this will continue to read.

Will I participate in next years Blaugust? I don’t know yet. I think that if I do I will go in to it a bit more prepared.

With that said, I think it’s about time I started to get ready for work.

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