I’m doing both; I’m choosing a blog challenge and mixing it up. Since it’s the start of a new year, and I have some blog issues, I figured I’d challenge myself.
My blog challenge: PR post catch-up.
My biggest blog challenge right now is playing catch-up with holiday PR. I have all these products, tips, and news-like bits that I’ve been meaning to post. People send me a lot of stuff and it tends to build up quickly in my email inbox. Once I get too many saved items, I freak and avoid them. Not to mention that I’d rather post my own tips. That said, I do get some pretty nice tips and ideas from various PR people and companies, and I should post them to offer my readers something different.
The goal: Work my way through the list. I think I’m going to start at the end which starts somewhere last November, and work my way up to date. I’m giving myself until Mid February and then, I’m just going to have to delete what’s left to free my mind. BUT I’d rather not delete any good stuff, so I’m going to try to fit it all in.
My mix-it-up goal: Get out somewhere new to work.
I’ve been in sort of a blog slump. I have lots of ideas, but I start thinking about stuff I shouldn’t (life, budgeting, etc) and my brain wanders. Translation. I’m working too slow lately. I sat down and gave it some thought, and I think my problem is called stir-crazy. I’ve been snowed in, working more than playing, and basically feel stuck. My plan is to get out, take the laptop, and blog somewhere new.
Lots of people advise that a change of scene helps writers who feel stuck. This has not been true for me in the past because one, I hate the whole writer cafe cliche, and I usually end up at some coffee shop. Two, I’m easily distracted. I can listen to music really loudly while working; I can even post at various blogs at once via browser sophistication, but put me in a cafe or sit me on a bench at the park and I start looking around. I people watch and dream about other stuff, completely ignoring my keyboard.
If I’m so distracted will it work? Who knows? Yeah I’m easily distracted, but lately, I’m distracted by being here at home, so I may as well give it a whirl.
The plan: Hit the cafe this week and see what happens. At the very least, someone else will be brewing my coffee, so that’s a perk.
Now, it’s your turn. Since it’s a new blogging year, why not choose a blog challenge, maybe something you’ve been aiming for but not quite reaching. OR try mixing it up. Go blog somewhere new. Take all the ads off your blog and see what happens. Blog about something new…
What are your plans?