I’ve been blogging in various forms for over 10 years. This particular blog is coming up on its 5th anniversary. Over the last decade my interest in blogging has been sporadic. Some years I’ve been a prolific poster, other years I’ve struggled to find my voice.
2014 wasn’t a good years for me content-wise. I published a number of posts I’m proud of but I’ve also ended up with far more drafts that I never got around to finishing.
Maybe the obituaries are correct, blogging is dead.
And then I saw an idea on Twitter that I had to steal from @drspikecook, a blog a day challenge.
Put simply the challenge is to post something, in my case learning-related, for the next 365 days.
Is this idea insane?
Will I likely start off with a hiss and a roar then quickly fade away once reality hits?
More than likely.
However after two failed attempts at the photo a day challenge, 2014 was the year I finally completed a long-term creative challenge and I learned a few things along the way.
Firstly, it’s ok to fall off the wagon with a creative challenge but you need to jump back on.
Secondly, by making a photo every day for a year my photography improved.
Thirdly, by creating a photo every day I’ve become a lot more aware of the environment around me.
By posting about learning everyday I’m hoping to spend time questioning why I do what I do in the classroom and making it better for the kids who call me their teacher.
I’m hoping others will join me.
Maybe there’s something in your life you want to record or improve. To take part in the challenge all you need to do is post each day for the next 365 days using the blogaday tag and hashtag.
I’m leaving the definition of what constitutes a blogpost up to whoever ends up doing this challenge (which might just be me) but photos, sketchnotes, videos and podcasts all count so long as they are published to your blog.
Posts can be written in advance then scheduled.
Reblogging old or other people’s stuff without commentary is, at this juncture, out.
The point of this challenge is that you create something each day.
Of course, when I get desperate for content I reserve the right to break these rules.
Oh and happy new year.