Blogkeeping: New Schedule!

When was the last time I rearranged my blogging schedule? I think it was a few years ago. Not counting when I switched from doing Week in Review to Month in Review, it was October 2016. Fall of my freshman year of college. Now I’m a senior. Funnily enough, I seem to have found myself in a similar situation to the one I was in four years ago: My academic schedule is kicking my butt, and I need to reassess.

You may have noticed (or maybe you didn’t) that for most of September, I didn’t post anything. That wasn’t really an intentional decision, but in retrospect, I’m glad I did that. Last fall, I took a “sabbatical” from blogging for a month, and it was very refreshing. This past month has felt the same. Plus, it gave me a chance to step back and think about the best way I can continue to publish posts regularly while not getting overwhelmed.

A weird thing about blogging is that whether I write or don’t write, it can be frustrating. Sometimes words are hard, but you just have to push through and write them, and it’s like pulling teeth. Other times, you’ve just had enough with writing and you just want to lay on the couch and contemplate your existence.

All this to say, I’m shaking things up on the blog because I’m a loose cannon. Just kidding, if I don’t have a plan, I shrivel up and die like a neglected succulent. Actually, I’m giving myself even more of a schedule so I don’t have to spend all week freaking out over what I’m going to write.

First Friday of the Month: Month in Review for the previous month! The monthly wrap-ups you know and love. Nothing changing here.

First Monday of the Month: A list post! People call these “listicles” but I strongly dislike that word and I will never use it again. These would be posts like “Making the Most of Required Reading” and my “Junior Year Soundtrack.” Thoughts that are more organized in a list format. Like BuzzFeed, but better. We hope.

Second Monday of the Month: #WritersLife – in other words, updates on my writing. I’ve got plenty of projects going on right now, including one for my senior seminar class that I haven’t talked about here yet, so I’ll have a lot of material to talk about. This could look like a lot of different things – maybe a snippet from something I’ve been working on, fun facts about a character, or a Q&A session! Think something along the lines of my “Favorite Lines from Camp NaNoWriMo April 2019

Third Monday of the Month: General musings in a non-list format. The content might vary, but it would be more essay-like in form. Not that they’re actually essays. Or maybe they are? I don’t know where to draw the line. Whatever you call it, they’ll look similar to “Why Group Projects (Usually) Don’t Work.”

Fourth Monday of the Month: Tags and linkups. I’ve done these before every so often, but they’re a lot of fun and I think they would add some more variety to the blog. I’m hoping to participate in The Language of Worlds linkup often, but other months, I might do something like the Character Duel Tag.

Fifth Monday of the Month: It’s a SURPRISE! These only happen every couple months, so I’m gonna plan them as I see fit. You’ll just have to wait and see!

And that’s it! Blog posts will still be coming out when you expect them to, the content will just be a little more consistent from month to month.

As always, thank you all so much for continuing to stick with my blog. I appreciate every like and comment – they always bring a smile to my day. I couldn’t ask for better readers!

Until next time!

2017: Year In Review

Here we are readers, another new year is upon us! It’s hard to believe 2017 has passed us by already, isn’t it?

Like I did last year, I’d like to start of this new year with a look back at what made it special – my favorite books that I read, the albums I listened to, the blog posts I wrote, and the moments I was able to enjoy. This is more meant to be a summary than anything else, but you can bet that I’ll be linking back to old posts if you want to read more about what I did this year.

In addition, I’m saving my 2017 Goals Review for next week, where I’ll be looking back at how last year’s goals went and what I plan to do for my goals this year. Be sure to keep an eye out for that next week!

So without further ado, here’s my Year in Review for 2017!

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Real Talk About Blogging

If you walked up to me (or sent me a message, since it’s unlikely we live in close proximity to each other) and asked me if I enjoyed blogging, I’d tell you of course I did! I mean, I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t get some satisfaction from it. And if you followed that up by asking if you should start a blog, I’d say “Absolutely!” Blogging is great for sharing your ideas with the world, it’s a fun project, and it gives you a sense of accomplishment.

No matter where you go on the internet, there’s an idea that bloggers have great lives: they have hundreds of followers, their pictures are beautiful, and their posts are always well-written. Bloggers are perfect, aren’t they? They’re so well put-together.

But you want to know the truth?

Sometimes, blogging sucks.

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1st Blogiversary Celebration!

With cupcakes! (Virtual cupcakes, that is).

A year ago today, I started up Maggie’s Musings as a place for me to write. I didn’t really have much of a plan in mind at the time, and to be honest, I still don’t. But over the past year, this blog has been a wonderful creative outlet for me, week in and week out.

I began this project mostly for myself, but since then, I’ve gained a sizeable following, so from the bottom of my heart, thank you for sticking around and keeping up with Maggie’s Musings! Whether you’ve been following for a few days or a few months, I’m glad you’re here.

Special shoutouts to my family for supporting me with every post (even when it was about totally random stuff, like bad book blurbs),  my friends (both “in real life” and on the internet) for their encouragement, and to my fellow bloggers for inspiring me (even if you didn’t realize it).

Now, on to the celebration!

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What I’ve Learned About Blogging

Well, so far at least.

Today marks one year since I started up Maggie’s Musings, and in addition to the other celebrations going on around the site, I’ve compiled a list of things I’ve learned over the past year of blogging (almost) consistently. It’s been a journey for sure, and there have definitely been days when I dreaded having to write a blog post for the week. But no matter what, I love creating, and Maggie’s Musings has given me an outlet for that.

I’m certainly not an expert yet, but based on the ups and downs of blogging for a year now, here are a few things I’ve learned!

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