The gifts and challenges of daily blogging

Outside my friend’s sauna (all photos today are from from my 2008-2009 daily blogging commitment)

Today I want to write a little personal reflection. It’s Day 13 of the seventy-five day commitment to connect more deeply with God, Spirit, Holy, Love…to explore “What the Heart Knows” during the waning days of 2020.

Day 13 already! (And oh my goodness, ONLY Day 13?)

Almost twelve years ago I started a 365-day commitment to open the door, walk outside, and blog about it every day. That was a most awesome year, one of the most notable in my life, and I’ve often had a yearning to repeat the daily blogging experience.

Rock face

When this calling to connect deeper to Spirit and share here on the blog arose, I felt great excitement to write daily once again. To see what it was like after all these years.

Daily blogging is really–words fail–something else.

It can be really cool to write publicly every day. It’s like journaling in front of the whole world (or, OK, a small audience). You learn how to develop a personal voice and write from what’s uniquely you. You figure out how personal you want to get. You learn to walk a fine line between sharing innermost thoughts and keeping private boundaries.

Jack pine cone

Every day is an experiment, trying new ways of writing, new topics, new photography. It’s a practice in discipline and commitment–saying you’re going to do something and following through (unless you get covid and end up sick, in which case, so sorry).

It can bring meaning and joy and fun into the days. Readers sometimes even share that the offerings bring enjoyment or open their worlds, and it can feel like you’re contributing to something larger than yourself. My nun-friend and blog reader, Fountainpen, used to gently scold: “Can’t you see your blogging as a calling, Kathy?”

It is also at times–let’s get real–a real pain. You have to come up with new material every day. This works great when you’re inspired, but what about when your brain has marbles rolling around? Or when you’re exhausted and creativity hides under the bed? What if you’re mad and pissed off and snarly? How do you write a piece that doesn’t deny your true experience, yet doesn’t spiral into the land of *too much*?

Pink girl with flowers

It’s especially hard to write a spiritual blog, methinks. Because you have to keep surrendering into the Holy Heart’s will and you have no idea what the Holy Heart’s will IS. These thirteen days have been a continual lesson in learning to trust Spirit. Learning to know that Life itself will reveal the next offering.

It can feel terrifying when it’s time to post and, hey Holy, c’mon, give me some crumbs will ya?!!

I am trying to publish daily posts around 8 a.m. just because. I discovered it absolutely necessary to write them the evening before, just after a satisfying dinner of, say, sweet potato and ground turkey poppers with garden squash and green salad.

If I wait until morning–you’re remembering the tired mouse, aren’t you?–the inner storyteller tells blogging stories all through the long dark night.

Slept outside in a tent in March in 2009, brrrr!

After the blog publishes I hang around the Internets (as my daughter calls this illustrious online world) for about an hour before turning off the computer for four, five, six hours.

Without those offline hours, this commitment would sour really quickly. I do not think about the blogging world until mid-afternoon. Instead, use those hours to engage in physical life, work, connect with the Holy Heart (some days easier than others) and generally goof around.

One drawback of daily blogging thus far: I miss savoring the actual posts, hanging around with them, allowing more people to see them. It feels like the fingers keep snapping: next post, next post, next post. You barely finish one and need to start looking for the next one. Blogging daily can feel like warp speed blogging, no time to rest and digest.

Rest and digest

About four times I have written a blog just to discover it didn’t feel right. It’s not what the Holy wants to say. Two nights ago I wrote a 700 word post about “What spirituality means to me”. It was hard and fun and demanding to succinctly put it into words. Then Spirit nudged, “Instead of explaining in mental concepts, can you make people feel and sense what spirituality is?” I sighed and went back to the drawing board and crafted a brand-new pond story as a living parable of Oneness. Attempting to express deeper than words. It felt one of my most challenging assignments recently, but there’s no time to let it sprout seeds before the next post honks like a Canada goose as it flies overhead.

If you’re pondering writing a daily blog commitment—perhaps try it for two weeks first. Try it on and see if it fits for you. You will undoubtedly discover joys and annoyances, like much else in life.

I wrote this on a piece of slate at the Slate Quarry while in the throes of daily blogging in 2009. It really felt like Heaven on Earth.

I will continue blogging daily for now because the benefits still outweigh the challenges. Because it still seems the Holy is saying yes, please do this. Because I want to do this one more time in life. The lessons and teachings come forth with every post and it’s often the same: trust, let go, relax, gratitude.

As always I will keep listening to Spirit’s guidance because that is the core of this seventy-five day commitment. Maybe daily blogging will suddenly fall away to reveal something new. We never know what tomorrow will bring, do we?

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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30 Responses to The gifts and challenges of daily blogging

  1. Susan D. Durham says:

    Hard to grasp that it was almost 12 years ago that you did your daily “walk outside” blog. That was so fun, and my first experience reading your blogs! Wonderful to see some of the pictures from then, too. I so admire your discipline and willingness. Talk about holy callings! Thank you for doing this, and for giving us the gift of discovering what goes on in that delightful heart of yours. 💖

    • Kathy says:

      I had to add with my fingers twice, Susan–couldn’t believe it was 12 years! (Thought it was ten at first.) It’s so amazing that you have been reading for a baker’s dozen. You are the best. Thank you for making my day brighter. You always do. xoxo

  2. jeffstroud says:

    I remember those days well, those daily blogs! You were inspiring than as you are now! Those sensations of daily blogging are quite true, how much do I say, have I put too much of myself out there? Do people really care, and so on. From my research in writing from published authors there is that doubt and fear that stands in the way sometimes. I believe it is when we stop trying to please others that the spirit of writing, spirit of life flows out into the world through our gifts. You gifts Kathy are to offer your blog. I’m grateful that you have done so and feel the desire to continue !
    During my morning Pages or journalling there are times I wish it would never stop. The sensation of being present, aware of my surroundings is so real.
    Yes gifts and challenges are the process of daily blogging and daily living if we are truly living in the Moment.
    Big ((( HUGS)))

    • Kathy says:

      Hi Jeff! You said something really important here–that when we’re trying to please others we can sometimes get caught in that fear & doubt trap. I still do at times. But then I remember to try and keep giving these posts back to Spirit. They’re not necessarily for the approval of other people–they are open-handed gifts given by the Universe to the Universe.

      Love how you described that “flow” of journaling and not wanting to stop. That is the coolest. I am glad that you write, too, whether for yourself or others. And thank you so much for reading and commenting. And for that hug today! ((Hugs back!))

  3. Ally Bean says:

    I started my blogging career as a daily blogger. IT WAS WORK. At first I enjoyed doing it because I did think of it as a calling [still do], but I came to realize that my commitment to daily blogging was more of an impediment than an enhancement to me living my life. I’m all for you doing your heart challenge, daily or not. In the end it’s not how often you post to your blog, it’s how much of your heart and soul you put into each post. At least that’s where I’ve ended up on my blogging journey.

    • Kathy says:

      Ally, I remember you started as a daily blogger. And you are right–I think I completely forgot how much WORK it is! I would not want to blog daily anymore for any extended length of time (this will probably be the last hurrah in this lifetime) but it does seem to be satisfying something inside that’s wanted to do this again. I like how you so beautifully say that what matters the most is how much you put into each post. The Heart loves that!

  4. Robin says:

    I remember how difficult it can be to blog daily. I thought about joining you in that part of this, too, but realized I would “fail” at it early since there were medical procedures and other things taking up time right now. I keep wondering what I might have written during the two days of nothing but clear liquids when I was feeling cranky and shaky and incredibly anxious about follow-up procedures and what that could mean (thankfully, it meant the “all clear”). Or what would I have written while I was still loopy from anesthesia yesterday? lol! Apparently I get quite filled with gratitude when I’m loopy. I thanked everyone I saw yesterday and then asked them to thank others. lol!

    I’m filled with gratitude when I’m not loopy, too, because I do feel thankful that you’re doing some spiritual blogging. I don’t always comment, but I am reading, appreciating, and saying “thank you.”. ❤

    • Kathy says:

      Robin, you and Ally Bean are probably the two that get this daily blogging the most–since you’ve both done it. Thank you for understanding. I am smiling ear-to-ear about your loopy gratitude yesterday. It’s funny what comes out when we’re under the effects of anesthesia. Again, so glad that everything turned out well.

      Gratitude seems to be a theme that keeps coming up for the next blog here, and you’re comment seems to confirm that. Thank you so much for reading–and for commenting whenever your heart feels moved.

  5. Larissa says:

    I write three pages, longhand, every morning. Sometimes it’s all about how I want to stop writing and go back to bed *LOL* I can’t imagine being able to blog every day. My hat is off to you, especially because you are doing it as a way to stay close to the Holy ❤

    • Kathy says:

      Ha ha, Larissa! I can remember doing three pages of Morning pages and carrying on in quite the same way at times. Or all nonsense. That’s cool that you do this, even if you want to go back to bed. As to staying close to the Holy…it’s what the heart wants…but some days it’s just enough not to sink into the mud or melting snow. But thank you so much for appreciating this effort! The inner little ones needed to hear that today.

  6. Larissa says:

    Also, I am embarrassingly intrigued by the idea of sweet potato and ground turkey poppers.

  7. lisaspiral says:

    Even without having to share publicly writing daily at a level of depth and openness is challenging. Congratulations on how well you are doing.

    • Kathy says:

      Thank you, Lisa. Some days I am not sure at all! But also keep trying to remember that this is an offering to Spirit. And trying to let go of anything else. I so appreciate you reading and commenting.

  8. debyemm says:

    I am in my second round of “daily” blogging, though truth be told the Gazing in the Mirror one was written from 2012 to 2014, to fill in traveling time gaps and other distracted days. Amazing how generally (though not always) the topics have proven to be and so I still post links to that day’s essay.

    Now, I do one about all things adoption and foster care called Missing Mom because in 2017, I learned who my original grandparents actually were (and that is something my own parents, both adopted, died not knowing). I have learned so much about this narrowed down topic and rarely (though sometimes) miss a day. I guess is it a commitment – until it isn’t anymore. I enjoy – always – reading your blogs, when I can manage to get here.

    • Kathy says:

      Deb, isn’t it interesting how much we ourselves learn when we are blogging daily? We may share with other people, but we can learn so very much. I totally think of your offerings as a commitment, although suddenly I am thinking that commitment might not be the right word exactly. Perhaps “calling” says it better. When it’s not there anymore, it’s not there–but until then, it’s what we feel called to do. And whenever you find your way here, I am grateful and delighted to see you.

  9. Stacy says:

    I am inspired by your undogged perseverance. I am inspired by your seeing challenges and not obstacles.
    For me, I blog when inspired (or something is itching my mind and must be scratched), so sometimes often, sometimes rarely. I’ve always been that kind of writer and don’t think I would enjoy daily blogging, unless the Holy inspired me to do so. It does make me think that maybe (ok definitely) I should listen more closely to the Holy Heart. That has been one of my goals this year. Thank you for reminding me. XOXO

    • Kathy says:

      Stacy, you are exactly right–unless the Holy inspires us to do something like this–it would probably be wise not to jump in. Wanting to keep listening more to the Holy Heart so much these days. And so grateful that this blog is maybe resonating and helping you with your heart’s desire, too. You know what, Stacy? I really have very little will-power at all. That’s why this feels Holy. Because I couldn’t do this on my own. ❤

  10. Joanne says:

    Kathy, I think writing about spirituality on a daily basis would be extremely draining. I find blogging daily, which as you know I am currently doing, is all those things you listed above regarding the tiredness though. I usually blog at night and there are some nights when I struggle. The bonus of my commitment however is that I am posting a photo of Mount Warning each day, so my thought process needn’t extend too far if it simply can’t.
    Last Monday, I had a post running through my mind all day, begging to be written, and that was hard work. I called the post Monday Musings, because the thoughts were rattling around in my mind all day, and I needed to get the words out in a coherent manner. It wasn’t so much the writing of the post that was the problem, it was, as you said, striking the right balance between sharing enough, while keeping some things private.
    You are going incredibly well with your commitment, but if you only have a few words to share some days, don’t feel there’s an expectation on you to write a massive number of words. If the words aren’t there any day, just say so. I know your friends will understand. xx

    • Kathy says:

      Joanne, thank you so much for intuiting the draining nature of writing about spirituality daily. (Although it can be so uplifting, too. Hmm, a divine paradox.) Thanks also for sharing about your daily blogging struggles and trying to find the right balance of what to share. Your suggestion about only writing a bit during some days is well taken! I have thought this on several occasions. Usually, though, when I start writing it continues on and on until it’s all done. And that can be 800 words later. Am going to remind myself of the shorter possibilities if things get too stressful. i.e. Down girl! No more writing! lol :}

  11. Barb says:

    As you know, I sometimes commit to a month of “small stones”. My stones don’t require much writing – only a brief reflection on something I’m feeling or physically experiencing. Even so, the stones tend to occupy my mind. And who knew 24 hours is so short – another due! Your endeavor is much more of a commitment. I find when I’m done with the month, I need a rest and go “dark” for awhile, not posting and not even going on the Internet much. However, when I look back on the stones, I’m pleased with my effort. I hope it’s the same for you – a pleasure in what you learn from allowing the holy to guide you.

    • Kathy says:

      Barb, your “small stones” has always inspired me. But you do know how quickly those 24 hours pass and another stone must be ready to share. And they do occupy our minds. So far, for me, it depends on the day. Sometimes I am delightfully pleased. What the Holy seems to be nudging is to sink deeper into appreciation for whatever is being offered. Yes, that seems to be what the inner guidance is saying next. Thank you so much for sharing your experience. ❤

  12. I admire you for following through with your commitment. You have a gift for sure. I could never write about spiritual things every day but then again, I’m not a writer. I could take pictures of birds and leaves and waves and other bits of nature every day, though, which is a spiritual experience for me. Isn’t wonderful we can all use whatever gifts we’re blessed with? And appreciate our differences? There is so much unity in diversity. Write on, my friend!

    • Kathy says:

      Barbara, I love what you just said! And I think the Holy loves it too (speaking for the Holy that is, ha ha). Maybe that’s why we were all created. Because the Holy wants to experience and appreciate the gifts of all diversity. And you keep sharing your spiritual picture taking (and writing) every time you’re inspired too!

  13. sherrysescape says:

    I’ve only had something to say about once every 2 or 3 weeks, it seems. I’m impressed by your ability to write very readable words every day.

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