Towards the end of 2019, I knew I wanted to make blogging a bigger priority in the New Year.
Though I've been blogging on and off since 2008, I hadn't really invested very much time in my writing on the blog over the last few years.
I operate well under black and white constraints, which is why I publicly committed to blogging every day this year. As of this writing on May 3rd, I haven't missed a day.
Here are a few lessons I've learned through the process just shy of half way through my goal.
Committing to blogging each day of the year is certainly no small feat. That said, the fact there was no word count stipulations helped me keep some of the pressure off.
Most of the posts I've written would fall into the 300-500 word range, but some have been just a few sentences. There have been times I've jumped out of bed after forgetting to blog after a long work day. I started this challenge with the full intention of seeing it through.
There were plenty of days I didn't feel like writing, or felt what I had to say wasn't worth hitting post.
The commitment I made has leaked into other areas of my life as well. I'm much more aware of following through on my word, even when I don't particularly feel like it.
My Writing Muscle Was Weak:
I've always loved to write, ever since I was a little boy. In my peak writing days, I could literally write thousands of words in just a few hours.
Towards the end of the year, I noticed my "writing muscle" was a little weak. Being forced to write something each day has certainly helped me strengthen my writing muscle which has been an incredibly nice benefit.
Not everything I've written has been good, and I have published posts with a few typos here and there, but I've noticed it's much easier for me to write quality content in less time.
I Have Plenty To Say:
When I began this challenge, I worried that 365 days of posting would result in me sharing the same information again and again.
So far, that hasn't really been the case. Some posts have been similar in nature, but for the most part each post has been a unique. I suspect towards the end of the year it might get more challenging, but so far, I've had plenty to share and say.
Throughout the day, I find myself thinking about what I can write about, and what lessons I can share. It's almost as if my mind has been trained to find something in my day to write about.
When I did 1 second videos for 3 years straight, I knew that if I took the same photo or video a couple days in the a row, it was time for me to change things up. The same goes for this blogging challenge.
So far, I can say the challenge has been considerably easier than I had thought. I'm very glad I decided to do the challenge and I am proud that I continue to go strong.
Thanks for following along.