30 // Thirty Days of Blogging

This is it. Day 30. I’ve written and posted something every day this month and still have a few ideas in draft form. When I started, I had no idea whether this would prove to be an incredible challenge or fairly easy. It ended up being neither.

For starters, it wasn’t nearly as difficult as I knew it had the potential to be. I never hit the proverbial writer’s block. Starting with a list of a dozen or so ideas and topics really helped.

It also wasn’t as easy as it could have been. Theoretically, I could have woken up at 4 a.m. each morning, completely inspired, my fingers flying across the keyboard…Yeah, that didn’t happen either. So what did I actually do?

Generating Ideas

In addition to starting out the month with a list of topics, knowing I had to write something every day made me more observant about my life in general. Almost immediately, I became hyper-aware of the experiences I had and the people I interacted with. Whenever I found something interesting (okay, not quite whenever, because I find a lot of things interesting) I’d write it down. This helped keep my list of ideas fresh and almost-real-time.

Get Ahead

I also tried to stay ahead. Most days, I scheduled the following day’s post the night before. There were a few days, however, when other things took precedence and that wasn’t possible, which meant I had to write later in the day. While this wasn’t my preferred modus operandi, I didn’t let it frustrate or annoy me. Life happens, and taking the unexpected in stride allowed me to stay focused when I did sit down to write.

Post, Post, Post

What did I learn? One of my goals for this month was to focus on writing and posting, rather than perfection. While I did achieve this, I don’t think of this as my greatest accomplishment. Rather, I learned that it takes far less time for me to produce quality work that I’m happy with than I previously thought. There are two or three posts this month that I’m not in love with, and even then, that’s just me; there’s really nothing wrong with them. Otherwise, I’m genuinely pleased with everything I created this month.

What’s Next?

I’ve done month-long writing challenges before, such as NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)—where you write 50,000 words of a novel in the month of November (almost 1,700 words a day 😎). One of the benefits of something like NaNoWriMo is that it gave me the chance to put pen to paper when it came to ideas I’d been thinking about for a while, but hadn’t made the time to write down. At the end of the month, I had a finished or near-finished draft ready for serious editing. In this day, pushing through 1,700 words a day served as the catalyst for greater creative efforts.

I think it’s much the same with this blogging challenge. While I’m glad I undertook this challenge, it’s been the catalyst that has unlocked other creative interests.

All Thirty Posts

1 // Thirty Day Blog Challenge
2 // Grandma’s Legacy
3 // Small Stuff
4 // Close the Tabs
5 // The Helpful Choice
6 // The Stuff That Pings Me // 11.06.19
7 // Follow the Leader
8 // Shopping Cart Community
9 // Calvinball: The Missing Olympic Sport
10 // Less Is More
11 // Introducing: Jessica Erin Film
12 // Softer, Gentler, Further
13 // The Stuff That Pings Me // 11.13.19
14 // Stop Signs + Traffic Circles
15 // Don’t Force It
16 // The Books That Shaped Me
17 // Flipping Paradigms
18 // Ask Less, Offer More
19 // Problem-Solving Questions
20 // The Stuff That Pings Me // 11.20.19
21 // Walk With Purpose
22 // Fractions
23 // Move Closer
24 // Mistakes
25 // Just Ask
26 // Landing Page Critique
27 // The Stuff That Pings Me // 11.27.19
28 // Butterball Hotline
29 // The First Paragraph
30 // Thirty Days of Blogging