30 Day Challenge

30 Days Of Blogging

With this post I will have completed my 30 day Challenge, which means I have posted for 30 consecutive days.  Well, kind of.

I skipped two days because of family reasons, but even during those two days I was still writing.  I just didn’t have the ability to post them.  So I’ll take it as a win.

The reason I originally set this goal was to form a habit of writing.  I can honestly say that it’s worked.

In the last two weeks, writing has become like going to the gym.  I almost feel like I need to do it, and if I don’t I feel guilty.

Will I continue to post everyday?

Probably not.  I will continue to blog, but I will focus on writing longer and more in depth posts rather than just rattling a post off just for the hell of it.

Now that I have been writing consistently I’m starting to discover what I like writing about and what people find interesting.  I’m also realizing that what I like to write about and what people have read/liked are not always the same thing.  With upcoming posts I  will try to strike a balance between writing what I’m passionate about but also what will be engaging to you the readers.

The only way I can tell about what my readers enjoy is through views/likes stats, but I’m not sure these always paint an accurate picture.

So I will ask of you, what posts have you enjoyed the most, and what posts have you disliked the most?

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4 Things I’ve Learned From Writing Everyday

On Friday and Saturday I wasn’t able to post, breaking my 30 day challenge.  I’ve been back home for the last couple of days spending time with family.  It was as good of an excuse as any.

I didn’t fulfill my goal of posting for 30 consecutive days.  Oh well.  I found encouragement in the fact that this 30 day challenge has already created the habit to write.

On Friday afternoon while waiting for my family I found myself scribbling the some ideas down for a new post.  I didn’t have a computer, and I knew I wouldn’t be able to post that night.  When Sunday rolled around and I had sometime to myself I was itching to write.  I sat down and busted a post with ease.

Even though I broke my 30 day challenge I don’t intend to stop until I reach 30 posts.  I will continue to post everyday until I reach that 30 barring a catastrophic disaster.  What happens after that, who knows.

What I’ve Learned Writing Everyday

1. Writing 200 words a day is a more than reachable goal for anyone thinking about starting a blog:  At least 200 words per day was one of my guidelines for my 30 day challenge. This has been easy.  I’ve already surpassed 200 on this post and it feels like I just sat down and started typing.

2.  Only set a goal to prove something to yourself:  This should be obvious.  I started this blog to make myself a more consistent writer.  I didn’t start this blog to make money from affiliate links.  I didn’t start this blog to amass a huge following.  If my criteria for success was page views and passive income I may have given up already.  My average post may get 4 views if I’m lucky.  It’s very likely that you are the only one on the internet even reading this post.  If you do set up a blog, write only to prove something to yourself, it will make it a lot more enjoyable.

3. You can never run out of material: Never.  I guaranteed something happened in your life today that you can write a post about.  It may seem mundane, but it doesn’t matter.  Once you start writing you will make connections to other areas in your life that you wouldn’t have been able to see before writing.  I already posted this quote by Stephen King but I’ll post it again “I don’t know what I think until I write.”

4. Only write for yourself:  If you start a blog chances are your blog will be ghost town for at least 6 months if not longer.  If you start a blog don’t write posts that you think other people will want to read, write posts that you want to write.  Of course, this is a terrible strategy if you want to monetize a blog, but then again, you probably shouldn’t start a blog to make money unless your masochist.

My New 30 Day Challenge

The 30 day challenge.  You have probably heard of it by now.  The idea behind the 30 day challenge is to perform an activity everyday for 30 days until it becomes a habit.  e.g. You drag yourself to gym for 30 straight days in hopes that it forms the new habit of going to the gym regularly.

I don’t know if there is any statistical data that actually backs this up.  It may just be a marketing gimmick created by self help gurus.  With that said, I will be attempting a 30 day challenge of my own.

My challenge is to write at least one blog post each day for the next 30 days starting today.  My only requirements for a blog post is that it has at least 200 words.  200 words may seem like a meager amount, but I don’t want to bite off more than I can chew.  I will go by the advice of “200 crappy words a day.”  I believe I got this from Steven Pressfield’s War of Art.  The idea is to set a small easily reachable goal just to get your ass in the seat and writing.  Small goals or “small chunking” prevent burnout.

Why am I doing this?

1. This isn’t my first blog.  I’ve had a few blogs in the past, but have lost interest with them.  I’m attempting this 30 day challenge with the hopes that I form a habit of becoming a more consistent writer.

2.  I enjoy writing.  The problem is getting myself to sit down and actually write.   I dread the thought of writing.  It’s only when I sit down and start typing I remember why I enjoy it.  Stating my goals to the World (or all 3 of you reading) will hold me more accountable to continue writing.

3. Stephen King said “I write to find out what I think.”  I couldn’t agree more.  When I start writing I have an idea of what I want to communicate, but as I continue my original idea takes on a new form.  I can often figure out solutions to problems that I otherwise would be ignorant to.

4.  It’s a free hobby that’s better than binge watching Netflix, vicariously living through a sports team, or excessive drinking.  Writing opens my mind up to new ideas and forces me to use my brain.  Writing is about becoming a producer rather than a mindless consumer.

Will I stick with this 30 day challenge?  Or will I lose interest and let this blog fade into the oblivion of the internet?

Only time will tell…