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#MicroblogMondays 121: Post in Your Own Space

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too.

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How is this for meta: a MicroblogMondays post about MicroblogMondays.

If you are looking for a resolution for this upcoming year, look no more.  You should make the commitment of writing in your own space on the Web at least 52 times in 2017.  One post each week; at least one sentence long.  There is no rule that blog posts must be 500 words.  I’ve seen posts that were one sentence or one paragraph, and they were just as thought-provoking as long pieces.  Ask your readers a question.  Tell them what you are doing at that very moment instead of putting those words on Twitter.  Anything.

Why do I think this is important?  Because I think posting things in your own space not only gives you the warm glow of ownership over your ideas, but it also makes people more circumspect.  It makes people support their thoughts with examples, provide links to sources, and unpack their feelings.  When it’s your own space, you think twice before posting.  When it’s your own space, you tend not to forward or link to other articles without checking them out first.

I think blogging in your own space helps keep balance with the quick-moving world of other social media sites.  It’s like the front porch to a house where people sit down to talk and listen.  People don’t quickly scroll past blog entries.  And I think blogging is even more important — especially first-hand accounts of the world — in this day and age of fake news and slippery facts.

So I’m just putting this out there: Go write in your own space in 2017.

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Are you also doing #MicroblogMondays? Add your link below. The list will be open until Tuesday morning. Link to the post itself, not your blog URL. (Don’t know what that means? Please read the three rules on this post to understand the difference between a permalink to a post and a blog’s main URL.) Only personal blogs can be added to the list. I will remove any posts that are connected to businesses or are sponsored post.

1. Random Thoughts Naba 11. Darshana Suresh 21. Stephanie (Travelcraft Journal)
2. Traci York, Writer 12. Anamika 22. Empty Arms, Broken Heart
3. Ms. Infertile 13. Birds, Bees, and Medicine 23. Jenn P
4. Raven 14. Family Building with a Twist 24. Mali (No Kidding)
5. 35jupiterdrive 15. A. 25. Mali (A Separate Life)
6. Different Shores 16. Journeywoman 26. Jess
7. Lori@ Laughing IS Conceivable 17. Pom 27. Ryan
8. Isabelle 18. Just Heather 28. Middle Girl
9. Delenn 19. Virgí nia 29. Shail
10. Turia 20. Loribeth (The Road Less Travelled)

24 comments

1 Nabanita Dhar { 12.19.16 at 5:45 am }

Yes, I think blogging is important because you get to meet so many like-minded people too. Then you get to know that others are going through what you are and you are not alone, whatever it may be. I have often found a lot of support in the blogging community for my feelings and my emotions. It’s a good experience and something I wish to continue doing. And yes, I love linking here and reading your and everyone else’s’ posts.

2 Traci York { 12.19.16 at 8:20 am }

That’s an excellent resolution for 2017, and I definitely plan to do it. In fact, if I keep on my current schedule, I’ll have over 200 by year’s end. Thanks for the continued inspiration, Mel!

3 Ms. Infertile { 12.19.16 at 10:10 am }

This is something that I hope to do better in 2017; I’m constantly running my thoughts on twitter, I love it there but I also need to then gather said ideas/thoughts from there and write a proper post on my blog, and just like you said, even if it’s a sentence, it’s enough. Just like one of the tag lines that I like to use: because if I don’t write a post it doesn’t exist.

4 Raven { 12.19.16 at 10:17 am }

I absolutely agree! It is, honestly, what keeps me sane. There is something so therapeutic about sharing in your safe space…even if it’s just a simple post about something you recently did.

5 35jupiterdrive { 12.19.16 at 10:17 am }

I have this as a goal for the new year. I’ve been so erratic in the recent past, after being a 5 day a week poster. Time to get back to blogging. 🙂 Thanks, Mel!

6 Laurel Regan, CZT { 12.19.16 at 10:24 am }

Funny, but I was just thinking about recommitting to MicroblogMondays in the new year, then I saw this post! My blog has been in a terrible slump over the past months, and MM seems like a great way for me to kickstart myself into writing SOMETHING again, even if it’s just once a week, and even if it’s short. Thanks for the motivation!

7 Different Shores { 12.19.16 at 10:33 am }

Thanks Mel. Microblog Mondays has made me get a little rant out now and again and feel better for it! I’ll certainly try and do it every week in 2017 (On that note, HOW THE F IS IT 2017?? Have I time-travelled – gah)

8 Isabelle { 12.19.16 at 10:53 am }

Thank you for creating MicroblogMondays. Because of it, I have kept up at least writing one post each week because some months are just harder to write. Except for the inaugural post, I have written every single week so this is my 120th microblogmondays post. Will continue writing it. It has kept my mind running and has kept me faithful to my blog.

9 Lori Shandle-Fox { 12.19.16 at 10:55 am }

As a writer, I’m writing all day almost every day so I’m sure I don’t fully understand the specific creative value of blogging. All I can tell you is how much I appreciate MicroBlog Mondays. It always gets me up and writing Monday morning with a specific purpose no matter where my other writing is at the moment. It’s also given me a great opportunity to exchange my own weekly words, thoughts and ideas with those of a wonderful community of women. I’m so grateful that you started this and that you so enthusiastically keep it going.

10 Turia { 12.19.16 at 11:17 am }

YES! I was just thinking about Microblog Mondays and how I hoped to do better with them in 2017. The chaos of 2016 has made it really hard for me to ever blog and I miss it.

11 Anamika Agnihotri { 12.19.16 at 1:00 pm }

It is a coincidence that for this Monday, I have written about my blogging space, how has it moved on over the last couple of years. Microblog Mondays gave me the discipline of writing and blogging every Monday at the beginning of last year which I have carried on, mostly, over the entire 2016. And I wish to continue it in 2017 as well.

12 Shail { 12.19.16 at 1:02 pm }

Writing in your own space is definitely all that you mention it is. 2016 has not been a bad year. As for 2017, here I come! 🙂 And thank you for the concept of Microblog Mondays.

13 Traci York { 12.19.16 at 1:23 pm }

Weird – I could swear I’d already commented. Apologies if this shows up twice.

I think this is a great resolution, and I will definitely plan to do it. In fact, if I keep up with my current pace, I’ll have over 200 posts up in 2017. Thanks again for your inspiration, Mel!

14 KeAnne { 12.19.16 at 1:51 pm }

I needed this today. I really, really want and need to get back to writing in my space. I started to blog today and realized it was Monday and was excited I could participate.

15 Dashy { 12.19.16 at 2:09 pm }

I’ve only begun regular blogging halfway through this year so I hope I’ll do better in 2017. Having early goals is good but I’m gonna stick to short term goals for now. Here’s to a whole new year of ‘blogging journey! Cheers!

16 Karen { 12.19.16 at 2:13 pm }

I need this reminder. It is SO HARD to carve out the time to write regularly… yet it’s so much better when I do so. Resolution in place. Thank you. xoxo

17 Stephanie (Travelcraft Journal) { 12.19.16 at 6:53 pm }

Love this! Even more great reasons to participate in MM!

(I’m all for meta too.)

18 Jess { 12.19.16 at 8:25 pm }

Oh my gosh, yes! Especially the not being able to scroll quickly through blogs. They take thought to write, and thought to read, and they slow you down and put you in other peoples’ head space. I have such a love/hate relationship with facebook because it’s so quick and so easy to be thoughtless in what you share or “like.” Plus, the Microblog Monday community that you curate is so very lovely!

19 Mali { 12.19.16 at 9:50 pm }

I have frequently posted on Microblog Mondays by writing about Microblog Mondays! I love Microblog Mondays, and have rarely missed a Monday. I did this year a couple of times, and occasionally (like today) I end up posting on Tuesday my time – but still Monday somewhere in the US! I have loved being introduced to new bloggers through MM, and I love seeing my old favourites here too. Another great initiative from you.

20 Ryan { 12.19.16 at 10:32 pm }

I’ve made my intention clear, publicly. Now, there’s an accountability factor. See you all in 2017! 🙂

21 Middle Girl { 12.19.16 at 11:46 pm }

I much rather do this than any of the other “social” mediums. I do so resolve to write in my own space in 2017. Great reminder. Thank you!

22 dubliner in deutschland { 12.20.16 at 10:35 am }

Love this idea!

23 Chandni { 12.26.16 at 3:38 am }

Mel , I’ve loved the idea of posting in your own space ever since ive discovered your blog and in 2016 I tried my best to take it up..
in 2017 its one of the activities I plan to see through week on week for sure like you suggested ..
I loved your Christmas post .. and I wish you a very happy 2017!

24 loribeth { 12.28.16 at 9:07 pm }

I don’t have a perfect record for #MM (missed this past Monday, for one) — but I participated most Mondays in 2016 & look forward to doing so again in 2017! 🙂

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