What I Learned From 30 Days of Blogging
For the month of June, I blogged every single day. It was rewarding, challenging, and growing. Today is the 30th day, and I am going to share my discoveries.
My biggest takeaways:
Write for the reader. Creating value through your writing. Always put the reader first. Make everything relate to them. If you write about a personal experience, share how your learnings can help them. This isn’t a journal. It’s a way to prove your knowledge and value to others. Be informative.
Be concise. In an academic setting, we are taught to write a certain length and style. This results in overly flowery vocabulary and lengthy compound-complex sentences only your English teacher will enjoy. People want to read quickly and grasp the concept immediately. Don’t use prestigious vocabulary and fillers. Write to the point even if that means it is short.
Limit your topics. Going into the month I thought that thinking up ideas would be the biggest challenge. It wasn’t half as bad as I anticipated. Come up with a list of over thirty ideas before the month begins. The key is picking a central topic. Sitting down with the instructions to write anything is paralyzing. Narrow it. For me, I choose to write articles related to marketing. Although it may feel like a constraint, in the end, it is liberating.
Write, write, write. Although obvious, the more you do it the easier it becomes. As the month progressed, articulating my thoughts became easier. I could write faster. Be patient with yourself, but push yourself.
Post it. Even if it’s not perfect, post it. However, some days I would start to write an article and get stuck. Really stuck. So, I would set it aside, write a different article, and come back to the other one a different day to tweak and publish. Push yourself to post what you write but don’t bang your head against the wall unnecessarily. It hurts.
The challenges and how to overcome them:
Ideas. As I mentioned previously, creating a list of ideas helps immensely. Write some ideas you know will be easier to write and some that will be challenging. Save the easier ones for the days you have less time to write.
Schedule. Some days are just crazy. If you see those coming up in your week, write an extra post on a day earlier in the week and save it for that crazy day when you don’t have time.
Motivation. It can get frustrating at points, motivation fades but the grind doesn’t. Get an accountability partner or ask someone to take on the challenge with you. Check in with each other every. single. Day.
All in all, blogging every day was a great growing experience! It taught me to write valuable content tailored to marketing. It also pushed me how to show up and produce every day.