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Habits blog 7 - Friday

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Well, this is my last blog for this week's LTGL challenge. There have been times when I've found HAVING to write a blog and HAVING to read at least 5 others on a daily basis a little overwhelming. I know some other challenge members have found it burdensome and a "duty". But when I think about it I don't really like someone telling me I HAVE to do it, whether it's read a particular book, hang out the washing a specific way (my mother's trick), clean the floors or stop talking!! In all these things it's ok if the impetus to do it comes from me. But if it doesn't there's always a little bit of residual resentment lurking there in my conscious mind emoticon .
In the case of blog writing and reading all that pig-headed resistance (which is a family trait) pales into insignificance when I think of the enjoyment I've had from this week's activity. Reading others' ideas and about their progress has really helped me to get to know team members better. Add to this the on-going benefits I have from the blogs I have written: I've been forced to re-evaluate my daily habits and to put successful habits back in place. And blogs might have seemed a lot to me when it came to writing each one but what else would have kept my mind so closely engaged on monitoring what I was doing FOR A WHOLE WEEK? I've written about habits before but I think the good ones I adopted quickly lapsed because of a lack of follow-up. People's comments on my blogs have not allowed that to happen this time as the feedback has reinforced my intention to keep to my new behaviours.
So thank you all those who wrote blogs for me to read, and those who provided me with comments.
Will I be blogging daily from now on? Probably not. But I might do it in future if I want to implant some habit or idea firmly in my brain- sort of like a Bleak (Blogging Streak). emoticon

Blogs have been recognised for a long time in the business/marketing world as an effective form of communication but for the private individual they do have their uses and benefits: read about them here.

www.businessesgrow.com/2
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MICKEYH 3/9/2013 1:33AM

    I am with you on this so much. Yes, it was overwhelm for me as well. Its not the blog itself but it was a very time consuming task for me as I took way too much of time to think and select right subject and try to be correct English sentence as passible for people to understand my blog. Lol)) (^^) And reading and commenting blog took a lot time too. Since I try to respond all my teams blogs. Lol.)) and i was thinking, i enjoy doing blogging but same time thinking that I could use this time to get some more exercise or meal plan. Lol)) But I like the idea of blog streaking. (Smile )

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DEBBY4576 3/8/2013 10:35AM

    Amen. I agree with all you said, and the conclusion that although we resisted daily blogging, how it just turns out to be a useful tool. Will I do it daily? No. I already was in the habit of commenting on blogs, so I will continue that. I will consider wrting of my own blog now.

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MRSBETH99 3/8/2013 9:38AM

    Yay for realizations and progress!! I think we all can say that after this challenge.

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JAMARIGOLD 3/8/2013 9:11AM

    Thanks for sharing! I wasn't too keen on the whole writing a blog idea either, but like you, I found it to be helpful. And I was so gratified to have other Sparkpeeps take the time to read and comment with support and encouragement. We live and learn!
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SILVERWITCH59 3/8/2013 7:33AM

    HEHEHE I hate the writing part too. I do however enjoy reading them and gathering ideas from other people. I Agree it has been a great tool to get to know each other. emoticon

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AMYTRIPP 3/8/2013 6:27AM

    It was a little overwhelming, but it really was beneficial in the end. I'm glad it helped you - I enjoyed reading your blogs this week and getting to know you better.

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AWESOMECHELZ 3/8/2013 4:58AM

    Thanks for doing it! I have enjoyed reading your blogs and watching your progress. I wish you well with all your goals. emoticon Chelsea

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LYNMEINDERS 3/8/2013 4:39AM

    i know what you mean however I feel it has been well worth it...woohoo

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NEW-CAZ 3/8/2013 3:09AM

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PEEKINGOUT 3/8/2013 2:16AM

    I absolutely cringed when I saw the blogging challenge this week. I don't like to take the time to write one and read others. Seems like the computer fills up way too much time each day as it is. But I did it and like you I found it was actually a good thing.
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WENDYJM4 3/8/2013 1:56AM

    I agree with you, sometimes it is annoying reading blogs but I think I take a little from all the ones I do read. It is also like going on a journey with them through their lives.
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TOTHEFUTURE1 3/8/2013 1:53AM

    Not a blog but status updatse are a good habit Hugs

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KAYELENE 3/7/2013 11:42PM

    I also found it a bit of a struggle to read and comment on 5 others and write one myself when I only had 30 minutes to do this, eat dinner and get changed emoticon I've enjoyed reading everyone's blogs and I've had so many comments on mine. I'm happy to hear that it has helped to reinforce good behaviours. emoticon emoticon

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POINTAFTER 3/7/2013 11:15PM

    LOL! Glad to know I'm not the only one who freaked out about daily blogging. I usually just do it when the feeling hits me. I did learn some things, though. I guess that was the whole point. emoticon

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