Today is November 30th and I've successfully blogged for 30 days! Before I pop the champagne I want to reflect on what this commitment has meant to me.
I've been thinking about the number –30–. It has been traditionally used by journalists to indicate the end of a story. While I don't think my blogging story ends today, I don't anticipate blogging every day any time soon. Still, it was worthwhile and I learned a few things.
1. Quality suffers when quantity increases. It's not easy to write a post, proofread it, publish it and promote it well everyday. I'm sure there is a sweet spot in the quantity/quality frequency rate. It's not daily for me. I found myself hitting the publish button before things were polished. I was fortunate that most evenings my daughter would proofread for me and send the edits to me and I would fix it in the morning. It's very difficult to edit your own work, especially when you don't have time to step away from it for a day or two and come back with fresh eyes. I've had enough experience writing to know that 'good writers' are not the same as 'good editors'. I consider myself to be a pretty decent writer but I've always depended on editors for that last step before I publish anything of significance.
(I don't think this just applies to writing. I think it applies to a lot of things. If you know me, you know I feel this way about fast fashion. Cheap clothes are not good quality.)
2. Writing every day prompts creativity. I'm aware that putting parameters on people when it comes to creativity pushes them to go further faster. If you give someone a blank piece of paper and say ask them to draw anything and to take as long as they need, chances are they will get stuck. But give them a blank piece of paper and instruct them to draw a picture of a tree in 30 minutes and they will get it done. I found that as the days went on I found it easier to come up with topics and ideas.
3. Creating a content plan is a very helpful. I printed a blank calendar and started writing out ideas as they came to me. It made it very helpful to at least have a topic to explore when I sat down to write each day. The easiest days were the days I chose to write about books. It was actually a break knowing what I was going to write about. It's counterintuitive. We often think we should wait for inspiration but I don't think it always works that way. Plan your content and go for it. Your inspiration will follow.
4. Blogging daily is a great way to get clear on what matters to you. It takes courage to put yourself out 'there' the way I did. I wrote about a lot of things that I wouldn't normally tackle from the dark side of pedicures to sexual abuse in religious organizations. I wrote about books and I wrote about Pinterest algorithms. At the end of the month I can look back and see my values reflected back at me in the topics I chose to write about.
5. Declaring your intention is a good way to keep it. Someone asked me yesterday why I didn't just write every day for 30 days. I told them that I knew the minute I said publicly I was going to commit to this journey, that my chances of being successful increased. I don't know if that is pride or commitment but I do know that acheiving a goal is more likely when you make it public.
Speaking of goals, now that I am not blogging every day I am going to focus on a new format for a goals course I published earlier this year. Sign up for my newsletter and you'll get the details when I'm ready to launch it.
If you read most of these posts of the past 30 days, I want to thank you. I got some great feedback and I can see what topics are of most interest to the people who follow me. I've learned a lot in this process.