What 30 Days of Blogging Taught Me
Day 30 of my 30 day blogging challenge has finally come. And? I’ve been sitting here for 3 hours, trying to decide what to blog about. I can’t say it’s gotten any easier. What I can say is that it’s taught me a lot — not only about writing, but about life.
Lessons learned from 30 days of blogging?
Consistency is key.
While quality is certainly important, quantity matters substantially. Done is better than perfect. Show up every day, whether that’s to the gym, to work, to the party, or online. Post it already. Little wins add up to big success.
“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” — Sam Collier
Share your goals to stay accountable.
Going it on your own is tough. Without any source of social support, you have no one to push you but yourself. Even for the most independent people, knowing people are counting on you is often what will push you on the days when you least feel like showing up. Knowing that I had committed to my 30 Day Blog Challenge publicly kept me going — even if no one was reading. Declare your goal on Facebook with a deadline. Put yourself on the hook.
“Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.” — Benjamin Franklin
Whether your goal is to write every day, lose weight, or work out every day, create a calendar for yourself — and stick to it. Every morning this month, I stuck to the same routine: run, brew coffee and blog. Establishing a schedule helped me stay on track — and lining up a few posts ahead of time prepared me for a weekend trip without skipping any days.
…But not too much.
While preparation is important, there’s only so much you can do — all of the knowledge, certifications and time in the world, won’t prepare you for the real thing. There are no results without action. Commit before you’re ready. There is no such thing as ready – just do it already! More on that here.
It doesn’t get easier, you just get better.
“Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.” — Steve Maraboli
After 30 days of writing a post every day, you’d think writing would get easier — it doesn’t. I’m still sitting here, hours later, with a blank page in front of me. In my 8+ years of running, there are still days where I drag myself outside unwillingly. Choosing to cook a meal over caving into cravings? Tough as ever. It’s never gotten easier. I’ve just gotten better.
Change your environment to change your outcome.
Some days I’d sit down in my usual spot and just wasn’t feeling it — no new ideas were coming to mind. When browsing other blogs for inspiration, I read that changing your environment could solve writer’s block. Skeptical at first, but willing to try anything, I simply moved my laptop from the kitchen to my bedroom — and the words started flowing! Trying a new running route, coffee shop, or even just moving to a different room can shift your mindset and spike your creativity. And in terms of eating habits, the atmosphere you’re in can have a huge effect on your mood, your food choices and the amount of food that you eat.
Life is complicated enough. People are busy — they want things simplified. Spend less time thinking, more time doing. In whatever field you’re in, you’ll be successful if you’re solving problems and creating solutions. The best answer is often the simplest one.
And, one final note for bloggers:
Just because you’re blogging, doesn’t mean anyone is reading. HOWEVER — there are people are looking, oogling, reading, and thinking about commenting. Let that be your motivation. Keep creating.