It’s the last day of my 30 new posts in 30 days challenge I gave myself for April. Around a year ago I completed this same challenge. Tonight I jotted down some of my thoughts on both experiences.
- In the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding, the heroine’s dad believes that spraying Windex on something will cure it. Whether it’s a car or acne or a broken heart, he thinks windex will solve it. Windex aside, daily blogging is a great cure for a lot of things. If you’re feeling unsure, bored, unorganized or confused, simply setting the goal of daily blogging for a month can snap you out of that. When I got back from Spain last month I felt unorganized and had trouble adjusting back to my routine. When I started daily blogging, the habit of it helped me get back into my other habits.
- That said, I haven’t taken my writing very seriously in a long time. Last year I had to chose what skill to heavily invest in, and I chose coding. With coding, I’ve hired mentors and I’ve developed relationships with senior developers to help me. I took it seriously. With writing, I’ve not been consistent about blogging and I rarely have smart people editing my work. If I truly want to grow as a writer, both of these need to change. I’ve started working on this, but more on that in a later post.
- Last year when I did daily blogging, I transformed from being too scared to post new things to being someone who could put stuff out there. Not only this, but I realized that my blog isn’t that big of a deal. This is empowering. As I said in a post I wrote about daily blogging last year, “[With daily blogging]…You realize that everyone else is focused on their own work. You put an idea out there, and the world goes on. All of the noise in your head about what was going to happen when you publish–most of it just won’t happen. All of the excuses in your head told you otherwise, but really: it just isn’t that big of a deal to write and publish something each day. It might seem odd, but this really awesome to find out. Now you can go create whatever you want.”
- If someone I know has never done daily blogging, I can’t recommend it enough. It’s the first step towards so many things that person could go achieve.