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.