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Last week of November’s Art Every Day and NaBloPoMo

November 29th

Today is day #29 of AEDM and NaBloPoMo – and Coffee Chat with Leslie (feed her some more coffee, please).

So how did you do on your monthly personal challenge.  You don’t have to provide personal details of the nature of your particular challenge — just let us know how you did, and your overall thoughts.

By now you all know that I had a two folded challenge this November. I challenged myself to ‘art every day’ and to writing or publishing a blog post every day. I definitely passed 50 % of this challenge, maybe even with flying colors? The other 50 % I only passed, hmm, maybe 50 %? So, it totals to 75 %.

Now that I see that number, it doesn’t look so good anymore. Funny thing though, I feel pretty darn’ good about what I have achieved. I don’t think that I have ever posted each and every day on my blog before. And not just a photo, but actual some writing and sometimes a lot of photos. I think I did pretty good.

So what are my take always. The biggest one, dear subscribers, you may be happy to hear that this daily email from me has or will come to an end tomorrow. I will not continue to post every day. While it got me into a kind of morning routine of blogging, I’d rather spend those mornings with creating art and meditating, easing into the busy office day ahead of me. A bit of blogging, too, but without stressing over getting the daily post up, because I have to get it done before I leave for work.

I don’t like the obligation behind posting every day. Blogging for me should be fun and not a chore I have to do.

Along the course of this month I have lost a couple of subscribers, which, of course, hurt me, because what would blogging be without all of you? But I respect and even sympathize with those who decided to unsubscribe. I would not be able to keep up with a daily email either. Hence I gave you the option to update your email preferences to a weekly email instead. If you like to you may still do that, you just have to update your subscriber settings or let me know by email and I will set it up. I really do not want to overwhelm or even spam your inbox.

Another thing is that it is hard for me to stay on top of my own commenting on blogs. We all know that comments are the salt of the blogging soup. I decided already a while ago that I would no longer respond to each comment on my blog, but rather hop over to the commenter’s blog and check out their post and comment there. To me that  seemed a better way to make the most of my blogging time and connecting. But for the better part of November I have been and still am playing ‘catch up’. Not a good feeling.

But – fear not – if I haven’t done so already, I will be visiting all of you who commented on any of my many posts this month. It just might take me a moment longer and I’d like to apologize for that.

And I think that is it for me. It sure was (is) a challenge and I managed it as best as I could. Would I do it again? I don’t know. Under the same circumstances I am in now? Probably not.

But it was a good exercise.




If I have time I will be linking with one or more of the fine people in this collection – check them out!

A couple of NYC photos I shared on Instagram

taken and edited with my iPhone only

self portrait, Claudia Willison, ImagesByCW

Claudia is founder, owner and soul of ImagesByCW Photography. Born in Germany, traveled though Europe and Australia, she currently lives with her American husband in New Jersey, USA. She blogs about what she loves: Photography, art, internet and computers in general, as well as cooking and windsurfing. When not working she enjoys reading, music, windsurfing and listening to the sound of waves and the wind, preferably together with her husband.

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