1. I have missed blogging.
Which was, of course, the entire reason for participating in such an insane thing as blogging daily when even blogging weekly has been a real struggle for me lately. I wanted to do something for me, and blogging felt like a way to do that. A way to take time to organize my thoughts, to write them down, and to motivate me to do many (but certainly not all) of the projects I have been wanting to do.
2. Nobody cares about my vacation pictures.
It was pretty amusing to me that the stats for my Epic Vacation posts were drastically lower than for all other posts. It's been over a year since the Epic Vacation of 2012, and I myself am not a big fan of reading vacation recaps on blogs, so I completely understand. But, dang it, I'm going to get it all documented if it kills me! I don't really mind if nobody but my mom reads them, but there will be more. About 15 posts more, to be exact (eek!).
3. And yet, my Sunday photos are well loved.
Conversely, the Sunday photos of my girls are actually some of my more popular posts. Of course, they are the most adorable, amazing, and absolutely fabulous girls in the world, so this isn't so surprising. But it does help me realize that people do care about what's going on in my super glamorous life, after all. Just not my vacations all over the country.
4. Writing every day gives me more ideas, not fewer.
I have often wondered how I ever had enough to say to warrant posting as often as I once did. Sure, some of my posts were totally not awesome, but at least I always had something to say. And when I got so busy that I didn't make any time for blogging I suddenly stopped having anything to write about. I was actually a little frightened of NaBloPoMo because I didn't know if I could possibly sustain writing daily. But I did it. Sure, I had a few totally inane posts just to throw something up for that day, but I also wrote some of my best material ever this month, so it all evens out.
The more I wrote, the more I had to say. I sat down the other day to write out post ideas for December, thinking I would post 3 or 4 times per week and I came up with nearly 25 ideas in one sitting. Suddenly I have all kinds of things to write about and to share. Making time to be creative makes you more creative, period.
5. I can't write every day.
Writing every day stressed me out sometimes, and I even made great use of the post scheduler! Just knowing I had to have something up on a daily basis was a little daunting, and I know it's something that I won't be able to sustain for a long period of time. While I have plenty of ideas for December, and already have a few posts written, I am not going to feel bad if I don't have time to get some of those ideas up because I am too busy teaching lessons or memorizing an upcoming opera role.
6. I am not a food blogger.
Nor do I especially want to be. But I'm feeling compelled to share gluten-free recipes that have worked for me since our family has embarked on this journey. But holy flip flop! Those recipe posts are a ton of work, and photographing food is definitely not my forte. But I will take it as a challenge and become a better food photographer, cook, and food blogger all at the same time. Don't get all excited though! I'm thinking once, maybe twice, a month is about all I can handle of the foodiness.
7. Pinterest is awesome.
I mean, I already knew it was totally awesome. But I didn't realize just how awesome it is for my blog. I had actually taken a hiatus from Pinterest for about a year (much like the hiatus I had taken from my blog), and when I got back on to look for recipes for our 2013 Back to School Feast I went a little crazy with the pins. And then I realized people had been pinning stuff from my little old blog. Which I sort of knew, but I really didn't understand to what extent. Needless to say, you can find me over at Pinterest pinning my little heart away on a daily basis nowadays.
8. It's hard for me to find a balance.
Yes, I already knew this about myself. I'm all about the all or nothing. It's actually really difficult for me to land somewhere in between "blog every day" and "never blog at all." However, I realize that I gain so much as a person by blogging--yes, my blog actually helps me to be a better person--that it would behoove me to figure this balance thing out. Because I want to blog, but I do not want it to take over my entire life. And, besides, I have an opera role to memorize.
I'm really happy that I completed the challenge. It was just what my dying blog needed, but man, I'm glad it's over!