Lessons from a month of daily blogging- Jan 31, 2012

I’m over the moon at completing a month of daily blogging today. It’s not been easy, but it’s been addictive and here are the highs and lows.

Off the cuff

An overall positive reaction It’s been a high to get appreciated certainly and thanks for all the pats; it makes it worthwhile going on. However, I am particularly grateful for the constructive criticism from my closest friends. Pointing out typos, inconsistencies and debating points via the comments made some entries really worth the effort!

A growing and varied readership In the beginning, it was only my friends list on FB that read my blog. In the latter half of the month, though, some new bloggers from around the world have joined the list and that has been gratifying.

A new ability to shed inhibitions One of my earliest lessons was that it is easy to get caught up in the diplomacy game. I decided I would blog honestly and express opinion without reserve, as far as possible. Am hoping to sustain that!

A huge lesson in self-discipline Being able to exercise the discipline to write everyday and make some sense has been the single largest achievement of the past month. There are days I have literally punched away not knowing where the heck the words were trying to reach! Thanks to all those with faith who cared enough to worry about the days I posted at nearly midnight and shared my relief when the post actually went up!

Self-criticism

Not enough ‘city’ in my posts The subjects I write about are a bit all over the place right now. Yes, you can’t really focus too much without boxing yourself in and boring the reader, but some posts really struggle to fit into an urban context. Hope to correct that over time!

Too affected by the site stats Once I discovered the site stats pages, I was in a tizzy. Much as it is gratifying to see what posts really pushed buttons out there, it is equally discouraging to see phases when traffic simply peters out! Sometimes I see a pattern and quality of content plays a significant part, but sometimes the logic for the highs and lows is not very apparent. I think starting today, I will try and tone down my focus on the stats and focus the next month on just writing!

Brevity, where art thou? The posts are far too long. I pour my heart out, but its not always fun to read more than the equivalent of a single A4 page! And if there is a point to make, I should be able to make it in about 500 words, right?

New strategies

Here’s what I’m focusing on in the coming month- Resisting the urge to ‘plan’ the blog and keeping it spontaneous for now, trying hard to pack in the punch and not ramble too much, exploring new directions and new urban topics, constantly trying to build correlations among diverse areas of interest, not pacing things out but letting some posts be intense and others dull kind of reflecting the state of mind at the time…

Appeal

I still don’t know where I am going with this blogging deal, but I would be grateful to all for comments, honest opinions and suggestions…. and please don’t worry about being too nice!

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5 thoughts on “Lessons from a month of daily blogging- Jan 31, 2012

  1. Wow! Mukta…. Congrats for completing one month…… to be frank, I initially thought this daily blogging thing will get over as many new year resolutions!, but what ultimately happened was it became a daily routine for me to wait for it….. loved reading it, but ya have to admit that sometimes it drifted away from the “city”.

    Congratulations…. waiting for more in the row…… :)

  2. Congrats on completing a month. I would suggest that you Do NOT restrict yourself to writing only about ‘city’. Your commentary intrinsically reflects your response to your environment which is the urban environment you live in. I think it provides more insight towards quality of life in urban India, than if you had only focused on urban planning/design issues (at least that is what i think you mean by ‘city’). Looking forward to Feb.

  3. Just shows how much you live each day.. 24 hours is certainly long enough but they can either fly or you could stretch it out by squeezing out some more life..My compliments to you for doing exactly that and inspiring others. Its an absolute delight to cast eyes on your blog..(oh i see the words in me revving up now that you have provided some fuel…:))

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