Updated: 4 days ago
I tried it once, and failed. This was my second time trying it, and I succeeded. I think I might even keep going because I grew to like it so much. Here are the top 7 things I learned from the experience.
1. Some days aren't going to be as good as others, and that's okay
Creating content takes time, creativity, and some sort of X factor. Some days you don't have as much time to devote to make something incredible, and that's okay. Just put something out there today, and set aside some more time to make something better tomorrow. Not everything you post is going to be a home run. Don't freak out about it. Just post it and get on with your day.
2. Creating a habit makes everything easier
The first time I tried this challenge, I got through the first week and then stopped. Partially because I really didn't like it and couldn't find the joy in writing, but also partially because I hadn't made it a habit yet. The second time around, instead of viewing writing a post as a chore I had to get done, I just viewed it as something I did everyday. Thinking of it as a simple task that I of course had to do, like brushing my teeth, made it easier to complete each day. After a few weeks, it just started feeling natural and almost automatic to get it done.
3. Nothing is as hard as you think it will be
Writing isn't actually that hard. It's obsessing over it being perfect and worrying about what others will think about it that is the hard part. Thinking about writing the blog post was often more agonizing than actually writing the blog post. Just do it. You'll figure it out once you get started. This is one of the key principles of success from my book It's the Depression for Me. . . Just Start.
4. You learn from doing, not thinking
You want to become better at posting content to your website, at writing, at being disciplined? Better actually do it. You're never going to be great when you first start. I know it can feel a little uncomfortable to post when you're not even happy with what you've created. You know it's not very good yet, and want to wait until it's great to show other people. The thing is, you're never going to become great without practicing. It's the art of doing that gives you the capability to become amazing. Just create something, and then keep creating, again and again. This reminds me of this video called The Gap that talks about the gap between where you are now and where you want to be- the only way to get there is to keep taking action.
5. Consistency is hard, that's why the pay off is so great
Having discipline to do something every single day is hard. . . but it pays off. It's gotten so much easier for me to put out content, whether it's writing something new or searching my google drive to share unposted writing. If you have the will to do a task even when you don't feel like it, you become stronger. There were some days when I really didn't make the time to write my post. I had work, I had book interviews, I was going to hang out with friends. I still managed to take 5 minutes to throw something out there, even if it wasn't all that amazing. Not skipping a day keeps the momentum going. Always focus on doing what you can and continuing to move forward.
6. I like writing
This epiphany I had after I failed the first time I tried this challenge. I was so focused on what other people wanted to hear and how to post blogs that would be popular. While it's not a bad idea to try to market to what your audience wants to see, that just didn't inspire me. It seemed like a chore, not an artistic creation. One day I realized that I write in my journal everyday and love doing that, so why should it be any different for a blog? It finally made sense, I didn't hate writing like I'd been telling myself, I just didn't like trying to create something perfect for everyone else to see. Once I understood that, I let myself write more freely with my own style. It made this challenge immediately more enjoyable. No one might be reading these, but hey, at least I'm practicing my writing skills for when it really counts.
7. Nothing can be wasted from trying a 30 day challenge
What have you got to lose? Whether it comes to a certain exercise plan or diet or blogging, in the grand scheme of things, 30 days really isn't that long. It can feel like it in the moment when it's tough to keep going on a day to day basis. But nothing is really wasted if you try something for 30 days. It's a good amount of time to really get a feel for what you're trying to do and to see if you want to keep it up for your normal routine. What have you got to lose? You've got your whole life to live, it can't hurt to try something out for 30 days, even if it is difficult. It's a great way to build discipline and resilience.
Would I recommend giving 30 days of blogging a try? YES. Even if you're not a writer, even if you don't have a website. Create something and post it every single day. Try it out and see what happens. Let me know what happens if you do!