While in some ways it seems like this month flew by, it also feels like April lasted extra long, though without being kind enough to give me extra hours in the day to get everything done. 😄
Share your HiveBloPoMo experience to end the month
Here's how it went for me...
A look back on my Hive Blog Posting Month experience
At the beginning of the month, I did a post about my goals for HBPM, and I kept it fairly simple -
post each day before 8pm EST (which is when the UTC day ends in my time zone) so I qualify for the Hive Buzz Monthly Author badge.
don't overthink each post, just do it!
Assuming I get this post out in the next four hours, I'll have achieved the first one (which will take a bit of the sting out of missing a power up a few days ago so I won't get a badge from @hivebuzz for April's PUM 😭 ), and as difficult as it was
almost every stinkin' day on more than one occasion, I managed to shut off the overthink button in my brain & get some posts out even though I felt they still needed some mysterious something extra.
For me, Blog Posting Month works just like using The Most Dangerous Writing App for doing writing prompts - I need a deadline (no matter how arbitrary) to get me out of my head and to get the words & thoughts down on paper, so to speak.
Things I didn't get done
- My post about the rare bird visit to our yard in June 2020
- A couple of witchcraft posts
- Wanted do to more freewrites
- Not even a single Market Friday! 😞
- Didn't do much commenting on other HBPM participant's posts
- Wanted to reply to more comments on my posts
- Barely tweeted/RTed from the HBPM account
Things I did as planned
- Got some old WordPress posts on the blockchain (although didn't plan that until the start of the month when it occurred to me it might be a good idea... lol)
- Did at least one freewrite
- Got each post out before the UTC time deadline, so I qualify for the Hive Buzz monthly author badge, even though a few times I was down to the last 10 to 20 minutes... yikes! 😂
- Managed to hit "publish" even though each and every time I didn't think the post was good enough yet and needed more time being rewritten for the bazillionth time.
Things I want to do next time
- Write posts in advance. I get it in my head that I should post something as soon as written or it will be "stale", but I should look at it like Hive Chat - if I get the post set ahead of time (aka schedule tweets) it will give me more time to interact with everyone.
- Also along the same lines, I want to do my own personal daily prompt calendar for the month, so I can plan posts for certain days and have them ready to go.
- Comment, tweet, and engage with everyone much, much, more.
So overall, not a bad month, especially considering this last week in particular had a few extra challenges (speaking of which, our eldest is continuing to recover and is doing very well - I was even able to sleep in my own bed last night instead of on the opposite end of the couch from her for the first time since her surgery that happened a week ago today - yay!). As relieved as I am that the posting frenzy is over, I'm already looking forward to doing it all again in November! 😂
I'm also wicked psyched to see how many people joined in and thank you to every who did! I thought it might be fun to start taking screeenshots of the main page of the Hive Blog Posting Month Community so I can compare them at the end of every HBPM.
As of April 30th, 2022 - not too shabby!
So, how about you? Did you give daily blog posting a try this month? Is this something you might want to do for the next Blog Posting Month? Feel free to shout out in my comments with your thoughts on this personal blogging challenge.
To everyone who took on this challenge of putting up new pieces of content during Hive Blog Posting Month, whether you ended up with 30 or a single post...
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