Bloganuary: Why I’m ramping up my post output

I’m doing my very own version of the WordPress Bloganuary challenge. The challenge, designed primarily but not exclusively for writers, asks participants to write on a given topic every day in January. Yes that’s right EVERY DAY. For a writer it is a great exercise. Paul, a friend who is a writer, tells me that choosing a random topic to write about for five minutes is a great way to overcome writer’s block.

Photo by Eva Elijas

But every day? Personally I hate being constantly bombarded by emails and social media posts. Businesses, charities and campaigners who operate on the overkill principal do clog up my mail box with unopened messages for a while – until I unsubscribe.

Photo by Kathy Jones

I’ve learned all the tricks organisations use to keep sending emails after you’ve unsubscribe. But I’m ruthless. Artists and galleries beware too. You will not be spared. If you blatantly (or desperately) self promote, you are out. In my virtual world I opt for fewer more considered communications. That way I really look forward to seeing an email or post turn up in my mailbox.

So I am limiting my posts to between two and four a week. It will a creative exercise where I get to choose the prompts I respond to. But if you feel bombarded or bored, fear not; I’ll be reverting to a more relaxed pace in February.

Here’s a link to Bloganuary

Photo by Timothy Paule

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