In May I blogged every day. Every single day! I did this thanks to Blogathon and encouraging Michelle V. Rafter. I must admit it was a difficult month, but I've learned more about blogging than in previous months together.
What have I learned?
1. It's better to schedule and have a plan instead of going with the flow. I'm a spontaneous kind of person, but this doesn't really work when I don't have a lot of free time. Writing in advance is also great because you can write more posts when you feel extra motivated and you can take a break when you have a bad day. Although I always thought of myself as a night person, I realized that I actually work better in the morning and I feel less stressed if I finish my work early.
2. Personal posts are taking a lot of energy. I'm happy that I managed to end my Secret Week series and I'm not sorry I did it, although some IRL friends thought it wasn't a good idea (I was actually a bit afraid of trolling and negative reactions). But I'm also happy that I won't write about my personal problems anymore (at least not so often). June will be probably more creatively than personally oriented.
3. It takes almost a month to form a daily habit. Some days I really had to push myself to write something, but I got used to it and I'm enjoying it again. I love the feeling after finishing a post - it keeps me motivated in general and I'm actually more productive when I blog regularly.
4. Active participation brings traffic (and happiness). Writing a post is of course a necessary part of your blog, but participating in the community is at least as much important. It really helps if you don't think about it as a "job" that has to be done, but more like you're going to a party where you have to meet new people. It may be time-consuming, but I really enjoyed visiting other blogs and making new friends. I also challenged myself to comment on other participants' blogs. I didn't manage to visit them all yet, so I will continue in June (I don't want to quit in the middle).
It was a great experience overall, but now it's time for a well-deserved vacation. I'm working as a volunteer at Isola Cinema festival this week, but it's like a vacation for me because I love films and sea air. :)