Ten Important Things I Have Learned After Blogging Every Day For A Year

James Proclaims (4)

Today marks my 365th post in 365 days. I have managed to write a post every single day for an entire year.

That I accomplished this by writing a lot of syllable-based poetry should not detract from the fact that it is, none-the-less, a stellar achievement. I deserve all the plaudits I’m inevitably going to get in the comments section below. You literally cannot praise me enough.

Besides, it wasn’t all bad haikus. Just under 10% of the posts were about Star Wars, the majority of which came during May 2020 when I decided to extend the somewhat flakey concept of ‘Star Wars Day’ (May the 4th Be With You) to incorporate the entire 31 days.

Also I wrote quite a lot about 90s indie music in April, when I did the A-Z challenge on that very theme.

And, like many bloggers, I wrote about the pandemic a lot.

Indeed, I think it is probably thanks to the ongoing global health crisis and resulting lockdowns that I initially found myself with sufficient time and material to start blogging daily, after what had, prior to that, been an extended period in the blogging wilderness.

Blogging daily has also, I think, served as a kind of therapy to deal with the madness of the world in these unprecedented unprecedented unprecedented unprecedented times. Although I do feel that the word unprecedented is being overused. There has been quite an unprecedented use of the word unprecedented of late.

But, even though the pandemic is not over, quite a lot of people are behaving as though it is over, and if the initial school closures in March 2020 did result in a slight lightening of my workload for a brief period of time, none of the subsequent closures have brought that residual benefit and my workload has been at the same level of ‘unmanageable’ as it ever was since September. Indeed it is quite possibly now at ‘untenable’.

So I think a break from the blog would do me good.

I’d like to think I’ll be back soon.

But before I head off into my brief self-imposed blog-exile (bloxile?) I should probably share what I have learned over the past 365 days.

One thing I learned is that disingenuous clickbait post titles are more effective at boosting blogging stats.

I’m sure no-one would begrudge me this one last hurrah.

  27 comments for “Ten Important Things I Have Learned After Blogging Every Day For A Year

  1. March 23, 2021 at 7:05 am

    Well done on hitting 365 posts. You definitely deserve a break. I think we all do 😉

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    • March 23, 2021 at 7:54 am

      It’s true, the last 365 posts have take their toll on everyone. It’s been a real team effort.

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  2. March 23, 2021 at 8:19 am

    I liked this post. More tomorrow please…?

    Liked by 3 people

    • March 25, 2021 at 8:48 am

      A tomorrow but not that specific tomorrow alas

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  3. March 23, 2021 at 8:39 am

    Well done James. And done in the year that has taken about three years to pass.
    It hasn’t been easy for us, but nonetheless, a lot of us have managed to read quite a few of your whole year’s worth of posting. I even enjoyed some of them.

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    • March 25, 2021 at 8:49 am

      I think you even had a different name at the start of all this. I did lose a few readers along the way though. There was this chap called Bryntin for example…

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  4. March 23, 2021 at 8:43 am

    Prolific blogging that deserves recognition, you have been the blogging equivalent of operation moonshot. #borislovesjames #jamesalwaysrepliestocomments #littleproclaimssavedthedayintheautumn #archewellfoundationrecruitsjamestolookafternationsmentalhealthissuesalongsideoprahwinfrey

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    • March 25, 2021 at 8:50 am

      #gooduseofhashtags

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  5. March 23, 2021 at 11:51 am

    Sending you unprecedented plaudits and accolades.

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    • March 25, 2021 at 8:50 am

      As long as they are unprecedented then I’ll gladly accept them

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  6. March 23, 2021 at 11:58 am

    You are so right. This is not only untenable, it is not even untwoable! I love the fact that so many people are commenting on things being unpresidented, or setting a president. Their is obviously a huge requirement to improve they’re use of language. Perhaps your next 365 blogs could address this. Maybe in the form of haiku? Enjoy the break!

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    • March 25, 2021 at 8:52 am

      I’m feeling rejuvenated already. I might even write a haiku about that.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. March 23, 2021 at 2:02 pm

    Blexit?

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  8. March 23, 2021 at 4:05 pm

    I think we should start some kind of pool as to when you’re likely to post again. I’m going to say “April 1”. I can’t see you passing up April Fool’s Day. You’ll be too tempted and you’re probably already planning some bizarre post.

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    • March 25, 2021 at 8:53 am

      Disappointingly the idea had not occurred to me, although you may have forced my hand.

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  9. March 23, 2021 at 6:52 pm

    You deserve all the plaudits you are inevitably going to get! Enjoy your break and stay safe in these unprecedented times.

    Liked by 2 people

    • March 25, 2021 at 8:55 am

      ‘Staying safe in unprecedented times’ could well be my motto

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  10. March 23, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    That’s a good run now have a good rest. Blog off!

    Liked by 2 people

    • March 25, 2021 at 8:55 am

      Consider me well and truly blogged off

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  11. March 23, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    Congratulations on a year of posts! I keep telling myself I’ll do the same but my liver keeps inexplicably stopping me…

    Liked by 2 people

    • March 25, 2021 at 8:54 am

      Yes, given the specific nature of your blog, daily posting may not be well-advised.

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  12. March 23, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    Well done James… Not an easy undertaking that! I came to find blogging once weekly a self-induced pain, and I was glad to resolve to post whenever. Enjoy your break and hope to read you soon

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    • March 25, 2021 at 8:56 am

      ‘A self-induced pain’ might be the best description of blogging that I’ve come across to date.

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  13. March 24, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    Total Congrats! See you soon. cheers

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    • March 25, 2021 at 8:57 am

      Indeed. I’m hoping that my sabbatical will afford me the opportunity to sample the blogs of others a bit more often, so hopefully I’ll pop in your comments section soon.

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