When I took on this writing challenge, I wasn't sure what to expect. I have never blogged more than an average of three times a week in the six years I've been doing this. But when you're spurred on by friends and passionate about a specific topic, I found it to be easier than I thought.
And just a disclaimer for anyone new who may be reading... Although I'm an optimistic person by nature, I've never set out to only show the pretty stuff of life here on this blog. I think my eyes and my heart tend to see the pretty stuff most often anyway. But I'm well aware that there's plenty of ugly stuff too. And I just wanted to acknowledge that there's art in that too. I wholeheartedly believe that beauty comes from ashes. And just because my month's summary of 'seeing art in the everyday' didn't include the mucky stuff that has been covered in ashes, it doesn't mean I didn't see or experience any of that.
It's actually been a pretty intense month for me. It's been a tug-of-war between seeing the kind of art that is pleasing to the eye vs. the kind of art that requires painful meticulous examination. But I think that finding a great balance of those two dichotomies could make for a very full and beautiful life.
A few lessons I've taken away from this writing experience:
- Blogging every day made me feel pretty vulnerable. Because putting yourself and your thoughts out there for others to read, especially when there are so many other amazing blogs out there, just feels intimidating.
- Creatively speaking, this project combined so many of my favorite loves - photography, writing from the heart, graphic design, community with other bloggers, and focusing on what is true, lovely, noble, right and praiseworthy (Phil 4:8)
- I didn't run out of ideas for posts like I thought I would. It wasn't hard to see art, but it was difficult to find the words to accompany it.
- That being said, I originally planned for my posts to be mostly about the photos and less about the words. But it turns out I wrote more words than expected.
- And because of that very thing, I feel like I inched a bit closer to finding my writing voice. It's true what they say... if you write just a little bit every day, your style and voice comes more naturally.
- I am encouraged by other bloggers daily. They inspire me so much.
- My stats sort of exploded this month. I don't write for stats and don't check them daily. But I did notice last week that my traffic has doubled since September. So thanks for stopping in, friends!
- It's not ideal to blog on weekends. I have a self-imposed rule of not sitting at my computer on Saturdays and Sundays. So I've been writing three posts on Fridays, and scheduling ahead. That does not fit my personality of hating anything that involves a schedule. So after this month, I will return to post free weekends.
Thanks again to those of you who have been reading along, even if it's just popping in once and a while. I appreciate you! For a full list of my 31 Day Series, click here.
Phew... that's a wrap.
This post is part of a series I'm writing for the month of October entitled "31 Days of Seeing the Art in Everyday Life." See all other posts in this series by clicking here.