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On Blogging Daily

Photo by Tammy Strobel

Recently, I read A few notes on daily blogging by Austin Kleon. His post came at the perfect time because I’ve been considering doing a daily blogging challenge. Also, I’ve become increasingly leery of putting my creative mojo toward social media because apps like Instagram distract me from doing deep work.

Kleon made an excellent point in his post:

“. . .  I became acutely aware that due to the slow (or fast?) decay of social media and algorithm tinkering, the flow wasn’t even doing what it used to do —‘remind people you exist’— and worse, my bits were just getting sucked into a void, an archive that I could download, maybe, but probably never go back and mine for any gold.”

Like Kleon, I feel like most of my social media posts get sucked into a void. I also dislike the algorithms. As a result, I’m not on social media very often. Instead, I’ve been reading books and inspiring blogs like Kleon’s blog and Seth Godin’s blog; both authors made me want to experiment with daily blogging.

Also, Godin has been encouraging folks to blog daily for years. In 2016, Godin said:

“Other than writing a daily blog (a practice that’s free, and priceless), reading more blogs is one of the best ways to become smarter, more effective and more engaged in what’s going on. The last great online bargain.”

He is so right! Godin goes on to offer more nuggets of wisdom: 

“Good blogs aren’t focused on the vapid race for clicks that other forms of social media encourage. Instead, they patiently inform and challenge, using your time with respect.

Here’s the thing: Google doesn’t want you to read blogs. They shut down their RSS reader and they’re dumping many blog subscriptions into the Gmail promo folder, where they languish unread.

And Facebook doesn’t want you to read blogs either. They have cut back the organic sharing some blogs benefitted from so that those bloggers will pay to ‘boost’ their traffic to what it used to be.

BUT!

RSS still works. It’s still free. It’s still unfiltered, uncensored and spam-free.”

Again, Godin is spot on!

Friends, it’s easy to get into the RSS game, and it’s worth your time! Take the website URL that you’d like to read and add it to the feed reader of your choice. Personally, I like Feedly because I’m able to read articles on my phone or desktop. Also, I’m reading so much good stuff that I might revive my weekly happy links segment.

Parting words …

I don’t know how my daily blogging experiment will unfold, and that’s part of the point. It’s going to be a learning adventure! I do know this: I want to bring back a sense of play to my blogging practice, and maybe I’ll inspire you to begin a daily creative project along the way!

To be clear, I’ll be blogging Monday through Friday at RowdyKittens.com, and on Sundays, I send a tiny letter to my patrons. If you’re on my e-mail list and don’t want to receive daily updates, it’s okay to unsubscribe or use a feed reader.

With gratitude,
Tammy

14 comments… add one
  • Galina January 29, 2018, 7:51 am

    I am looking forward to reading your daily blog entries.
    I also think that for people who are not comfortable with writing (like me) this would be a good practice to “work out that writing muscle”.

    • Tammy Strobel January 29, 2018, 8:06 am

      Thank you! 🙂 I’m nervous about the challenge, and I think it will be good for my writing and photography. xoxo.

  • Sandra Pawula January 29, 2018, 5:02 pm

    Thanks for this, Tammy. With the FB apocalypse happening yet again this month, I’ve been wondering what to do and where to put my energy. I love this idea. I wouldn’t be able to blog daily, but I love the idea of at least considering blogging more. Thank you, thank you!

    Will you be following a particular blogging challenge or will it just be a challenge to blog daily?

    • Tammy Strobel January 30, 2018, 7:29 am

      Thank you! I’m not following a particular challenge. I’ll share photos, write about my life (after it’s been filtered through my journal), and I’ll talk about what I’m reading. 🙂 Hope that helps!

  • Suzie Cheel January 29, 2018, 5:18 pm

    I love your idea, along with Austin Kleon- I too have been thinking about this and like you approach 5 days thank you xxx

  • Laurel January 29, 2018, 7:16 pm

    I’m excited for more of your writing to come my way! I second your Feedly recommendation – it’s where I read this post!

    • Tammy Strobel January 30, 2018, 7:25 am

      Yay! Thank you! Feedly is the best! 🙂

  • Suzannah Kolbeck January 30, 2018, 6:04 am

    I have blogged daily in 30-day bursts (usually in April and November). Sometimes it works for me; sometimes it doesn’t. I want my blog to be thoughtful and thought-provoking, and occasionally the pressure of daily blogging turns it more into a journal than a blog. Yes, my blog is very personal, but the journal I keep beside my bed and write in nightly has no place on the interwebs. That’s what tends to happen sometimes.

    Still, I like the practice of a set schedule of blogging, a public declaration that blogs will come out regularly on certain days. Keeps me on my toes. Right now it sort of happens when it happens, and that’s no good for anyone. 🙂

  • Judy Myers January 30, 2018, 6:25 am

    I am so looking forward to your daily blogs. Instagram and Facebook are OK, but I love more indepth writing and I enjoy what you have to say. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.

  • Sandra January 30, 2018, 9:47 am

    I don’t know how I feel about daily blogging, at least for myself. It feels like a stress! I have been wondering about blogging altogether recently and wrote about that on my own blog today! I feel that the perfect space between blog entries is about once a week. On the other hand, masses of bloggers are abandoning their blogs, sometimes without any warning, and disappearing completely. Some say Instagram is ‘the place’ to be! Well, for me it isn’t! I don’t go on Facebook either!
    I will follow the links you gave in this posting though. Thank you!

    • Tammy Strobel January 30, 2018, 11:29 am

      Hi Sandra, thanks for leaving a comment! Do what feels best for you! Daily blogging isn’t suited for everyone, and that’s totally okay.

      Blogging daily is a personal experiment, and I’m curious to see how it goes. So far so good! I’m writing more and that feels great. Will every post be perfect? No! But that’s not the point. I want to strengthen my creative muscles and this seems like the perfect place to share essays and photos.

      Thanks for stopping by! Have a good week. 🙂

      Best,
      Tammy

  • caren February 1, 2018, 10:56 am

    This is such a critical topic for bloggers right now. Social media was a big part of our marketing strategy for a long time and now it’s pretty much done.

    I think a blogging renaissance is an awesome idea! Not sure about 5 days a week (for me), but I’m definitely focusing more on the content on my blog, and less on the content in social. Actually, it’s a good reason to step away from social altogether, really as it’s not very enjoyable anymore.

    More power to RSS, SEO + Email!!!!

    • Tammy Strobel February 1, 2018, 2:12 pm

      Truth! RSS and E-mail are the best! Thanks for reading. 🙂

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