Over the course of the last month, I have learned several things about blogging:
1) Plan ahead. Many mornings I would sit down at the computer to write a post and I had no idea what my post was going to be about. I spent hours trying to make each post unique and interesting. Sometimes I was successful, other times… not so much. The “theme” days were helpful in filling in the gaps.
2) Read other blogs and make comments. I found several ideas from reading other blogs. Ideas that I could use immediately, and some that I will be able to use down the road. Commenting on the blogs that struck a cord with me helped me to build relationships with people I would never have met outside of blogging. Now, I want to visit new places and learn more about the people who have already explored them.
3) Discipline. I had to make myself accountable for every post. It had to be something of worth, even if just to say, I’m still here. Through the Blogathon, I’ve come to realize just how much time must be committed to writing.
4) Have fun! There is a great reward in reading and writing humorous posts. Everyone needs a smile now and then.
Share what you’ve learned from reading or writing blogs.
Things for which I’m Thankful:
I’m thankful for all the wonderful ideas that have been running through my mind, even if I am having a little trouble getting the ideas to market.
Update: AVM mass near hypothalamus; medications are being adjusted to wake her from her drug-induced sleep. Prognosis: long road to rehabilitation. Belief: Prayer works wonders. Pray without ceasing.
I’m thankful for the prayers for Madison Martin and her family. It’s going to be a long summer for that family. I’m thankful for the updates that the family constantly post on Facebook to keep us abreast of all the developments. I know that is not an easy task; what to say, what not to say… they’ve done a fantastic job.
I’m thankful that I have a dentist appointment this afternoon… I know, many of you are cringing at the idea, but I need to get this tooth fixed before it does lasting damage…
I’m thankful for the Blogathon. The pressure to post every day is a challenge I needed to get the creative juices flowing… an so far, it’s been relatively painless. I’ve come close to missing a deadline or two. I’m still not sure if I have to post before noon EST, or before midnight, but I’m posting. My goal is to get ahead and schedule posts a couple days ahead so that I don’t always feel rushed. Posts like these are easy, because I’m basically just free-writing.
FRIENDSHIPS FROM BLOGGING
I’m thankful for the Guest Post theme for yesterday. It was fun to read the different posts around the blogosphere. Especially fun to see my guest post over at Just a Backpack and a Rollie. I’m also thankful for the friendships that are blooming because of the blogathon.
I’m thankful for alliteration! One of my favorite poetic devices.
Thankful Thursday may become a weekly post to wrap-up the things that have happened so far in the week that have helped me to become a better person, or that have just made living more interesting.
What are you thankful for? I’d love you to share your comments.