After teacher’s college, I’m not sure I can do anything without sitting down and reflecting on what has happened. Each day, we had to fill out a reflections section on our lesson plan page, and the teacher we were working with and/or our advisor, principal, any professor in the Education Department, our dean, etc. could ask to see them at any time. So I will make WLU proud and reflect!
While trying to think about what to write, I settled on things that I enjoyed and things I want to do better next time.
First the things I enjoyed:
- Challenging myself to make sure I didn’t get cut from the list for missing any days
- Reading new blogs
- Finding new blogs to follow
- Seeing other people’s awesome themes.
- Meeting some great new people
- Breaking out of my blogger’s bubble.
Now the things I think I should do better on next time:
- Keeping track of my number on the official list better. I started around 980-990, but ended up at 623.
- Pick a more involved topic – I really loved my topic (capital cities I want to visit), since it allowed me to do some “arm chair travel” as a visitor to my blog once wrote. The cities were so beautiful and my wanderlust is acting up again! But I kind of feel like it was a safe topic. It was so easy to do. Maybe next time I’ll think of a topic that makes me really grow as a writer.
- Use a “pinned post” – I discovered this feature about half way through the challenge by accident. Next time, I will have a post at the top of my blog’s homepage sharing what I am doing and why. Next time, I’ll make sure to have something on my blog so people know.
- Be more organized: When the challenge first started, I only have a calendar full of city names that I was considering using. On that first day, I was so overwhelmed by all the choices I had to write about, I just crumbled and only posted pictures. Next time, I want to be more organized.
- Planned posts: With having a more involved topic, next time I think I will start planning ahead of the challenge start date and have posts already written and scheduled to post at certain times.
- visit more blogs: I started off visiting around 10 blogs per day. I didn’t do the “5 directly after on the list” from my number, but started from the top of the list. But eventually I just stopped. I kind of wish I had kept that up.
- interact with more bloggers: even with visiting those 200 blogs, I didn’t really interact with the bloggers. I would read their post and then just go on my merry way. I think I should have interacted more, commented more, etc. I know I don’t need to follow every blog I visit, but I should have put in more of an effort there.
Overall, I really enjoyed this challenge and I’m glad that I stumbled upon it! I have a list of topic ideas started for next year, although I might not wait until next April to bust a few out. I really enjoyed having something to post every day. After I did my Friending February thing where I wrote a response to the daily prompt every day, I’ve felt a little lost at what to write. It was nice to have posts for the whole month of April pre-planned so that I didn’t have to think too much. It was a much needed break for my brain, but also gave me a shift in perspective of what I’m doing on my blog.
Just as a general recap, here are all the cities that I featured on my blog this past month:
Flying Fish Cove
Lima, Lisbon, London, Luxemburg
Vienna, Vatican City
A big shout out to all those who happened to stumble into my little corner of crazy over the last month, and a handful of glitter to those who decided to follow my blog and stick around! I’m looking forward to what comes next for me and my little blog!