Six Things I Learned from Doing Blog Every Day in May (and Some Links) #BEDM

And now, the end is near, and so I face the final currrrrrrrrrrtain...

Sorry. I know I've got a terrible singing voice.

Blog Every Day in May has come to an end, and I learned some stuff!

BEDM is seriously motivating. Although I didn't post every single day (see below) I managed to 20 which I think is pretty good going, especially because before May I'd only managed to post 10 times this year!
It doesn't matter if you don't stick to the rules. I started the month off determined to post every day, and racked my brains to think of ways to stick to the topic. After a week or so I ended up missing a couple of days... and nothing terrible happened. It became much more fun when I  gave up on the rules (and anyway, I'm trying not to care about what people think of me)!
Blogging shouldn't be a chore. About halfway through the month I did start to feel a bit stressed about the fact that I didn't have time to read and comment much (I get stressed easily!). I gave myself a good talking to and remembered that it's supposed to be fun. I have a lot of admiration for bloggers like Corrine who manage to work full time, post almost every day and engage with their followers, but that's just not for me!
I should write 'heavy' posts more often. I've often found myself avoiding writing longer posts about more serious topics; partly because it felt too much like hard work, and partly because I worried that I didn't really have anything particularly clever or insightful to say. However, my post-election-rage-fuelled post about mental health funding went down very well, and that has definitely encouraged me to try and write more posts in the same vein.
I love Internet People*. BEDM pushed me to comment more, tweet more and generally engage more online. This has reminded me of how awesome my internetz friendz are... Twitter was the perfect post-election support group, and made for the perfect Eurovision party. The internet: making introverts enjoy 'socialising' since 1999.
BEDM is great for discovering new blogs (and bloggers). So...

Here are a few of the ace new blogs I discovered through #BEDM:

Is That You Darling I love Jane's book-themed posts, and I'm hoping to do a little collaborative post soon!
Zusterschap Collective A feminist lifestyle blog that hosts contributions based on a monthly theme. Funny and refreshing... May's theme was women's bodies and I've been nodding along in agreement a lot!
KezzieAG and Nomad Seeks Home. Two funny, unpretentious diary/lifestyle blogs. I love finding and reading blogs like these!

...there are many more and I'll definitely be continuing that list in my next 'links' post!

*A friend once described me as an 'Internet Person' and I bloody loved it.


  1. Well done for achieving 20 days! Thanks for mentioning my blog too - I'm so happy I discovered your blog, it's been a great read :) x

    1. Thanks :) I'm pretty happy with 20! x

  2. Ooh, thanks for alerting me to Zusterschap - it looks right up my street!

  3. Well done on what you achieved! I'm really glad I discovered you! Lovely to get to know you and be part of the BEDM 'journey' (why do I roll my eyes when I use the word journey!) With you. X

    1. Haha, it is one of those phrases that merits an eyeroll ;) I want to vomit every time I write about 'engaging with the blogging community'! x

  4. Well done on getting to the end. I can really relate to some of the things you have learnt. I'm now looking forward to catching up with everyones BEDM posts. I was so busy writing my own I didn't have time to read nearly as many other blogs as I would have liked

  5. Well done for taking part in BEDM. I've done it in previous years but haven't been finding the time for blogging lately let alone keeping up with comments so I think it would have been too much to try. Thanks for being a lovely internet person :) x

  6. Well done! You should take a lot of pride in this and motivation too - i agree about discovering new bloggers, i didn't partake but followed the tags on twitter!


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