Camp NaNoWriMo: The cure for blog neglect

By Katharine Swan On Monday, April 02, 2018 At 12:20 AM

I've been neglecting my blogs horribly lately.  It's partly because of how busy I've been -- I picked up a couple new clients and I've had an increased workload as a result -- but also just partly because working on my own projects has fallen so far off my radar.  That includes my novels, some nonfiction projects, and, unfortunately, my blogs.

It's been a problem for a while, and last November I tried to fix it by making a general goal during NaNoWriMo of working on my own projects for an hour every day.  My goals met with only moderate success, and the whole experiment wasn't as habit-forming as I would have hoped, so I decided to do something a little different for this session of Camp NaNoWriMo.

This time I thought perhaps my goals would be more successful if I made them more specific.  I feel like blogging is one of the things that is central to my identity as a writer, the foundation of my public persona, and an outlet for much of my entrepreneurship.  It's also a fun, creative outlet that supports bite-size efforts, unlike most of my other, much longer and more involved projects.

Another reason I chose this as my goal this month is the fact that I enjoy blogging, so it's a good way to motivate myself to work on my own stuff, and give myself a real opportunity to feel good about succeeding.  I'm setting myself up for success by trying to create daily habits that I'll enjoy and that will feel relatively easy to maintain once April ends.

I've been debating over whether to make my goal a blog post a day, or an hour a day blogging, and I think I'll go with the latter.  First of all, I have too many blogs now for a single post a day to be very useful if I want to effectively revive my network, but also, I want to be able to give myself credit for work done on the blogs that's not really writing a post, such as working on templates and setting up new blogs (both of which I need to do).

I also have a plan of attack for getting to other projects I want to work on.  I have a couple of different ones to choose from for July's camp session, but I think I know what I'm going to choose.  It'll require some prep work, which is why I didn't decide to do it this month, but I think it'll be a fun project if I can get the prep work done in time.

So that's it, my plans for Camp NaNoWriMo this April.  What are you doing for Camp?

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Katharine Swan is a full-time freelance writer with more than 5 years of professional writing experience. In addition to maintaining several personal blogs, she writes a variety of online marketing materials for clients, including company blogs, articles, and press releases. In her free time, she spends time with her horse, reads, and writes fiction.

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