What was it like to blog everyday for 30 days? It was extremely challenging. I wrote and posted something every single day for 30 days in a row no matter what. I posted during 2 weddings, Christmas, New Years, when I was so sick I couldn’t leave my bed, and every day during my trip to Mexico.
At first, the blog posts took me an hour or two to write. I was hung up on my words. I felt like I didn’t know what to say and how to say it. It was uncomfortable in the beginning, but eventually, I started writing faster, and now I can say it takes me less than an hour to write and publish a blog post. I got more comfortable with my tone while writing, the structure of the paragraphs, and knowing how much to elaborate.
The hardest part was trying to come up with something to write about. I felt like the question, “What should I write about?” was on my mind constantly until I would think of something. I would type the title to a potential blog post on Google Drive and leave the tab open for later in the day. There were a few I would start writing about but didn’t know what to say after the first paragraph so I would just scrap it and start over.
Sometimes when I was telling people I had to write a blog post every day for 30 days no matter what, they would ask, “What happens if you don’t do it?” and I said, “Absolutely nothing except I would let myself down.” Being able to say on day 30 that I did it, is the only thing I was chasing. If I had wimped out one day and not published something, I wouldn’t be able to feel as proud of myself as I do now.
Writing feels easier, I feel like I can communicate my feelings and beliefs better. I wasn’t very afraid of shipping my work before, but I’m definitely not now. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it has to be done.
I feel like I learned about myself. I’m more mindful of my thoughts because I was always thinking, “Can I write about this?” Now I can look on my website and look back on my thoughts in the past. It feels good to have something to show for myself.
I highly recommend challenging yourself with a commitment like this. Seth Godin always says, “You can do anything for a month.” It’s true. It was so challenging, and there were days I was afraid I wouldn’t hold my commitment, but I grew as a thinker, communicator, and writer.