You might have realized that I haven’t shared my posts in a couple days. Want to know why?
Writing AND publishing everyday is hard (though I still haven’t missed a day yet). It’s not easy, especially for someone like me who likes to spend more time with my writing, proofread before publishing, and seriously research whatever I’m writing about. It’s also tough because I haven’t nailed down the branding or my specific niche yet.
Is it a business blog? Lifestyle blog? Crypto blog? Personal blog? Do I want to start writing about sports again? How long of posts do I want to write? Should they be more research-based? These are all things I’m thinking through this month for the future.
The good thing? I fully expected this. I even wrote about it in my first blog post: that the idea is not to put out the best content everyday but to simply get 1 percent better than you were the day before. This wasn’t going to be easy and I knew I’d post some articles that are not necessarily that great (and that’s okay). Here is what I’ve learned about daily blogging so far:
Incorporating writing in my routine
I have 3 options every day of when I can sit down to write and post:
- Early in the morning before I start work for Gilded,
- Anytime I want on the days when I don’t have work (these are the easiest days),
- When I finish work and after I hang out with friends in the evening (sometimes not until 10 pm or later)
For me, it’s not hard to sit down and actually write (that’s the easy part). It is the actual publishing of my work that is difficult. With the lack of time I have on my plate to craft quality posts EVERY day, I feel like I’m swimming against the current on some days. There are days when I want to just not make a post but I can’t do that to myself (well, I did post after midnight last night but don’t tell anyone).
I DID make a plan this week for what I want to post each day, which definitely helped guide my writing every day. The only issue with that is that I have wound up changing my mind on what I want to write about that day (or that I ultimately have the time to write). On the other hand, this challenge has…
Reignited my passion for writing
Last night, I was telling my roommates exactly what I just wrote about above: that it’s been a challenge finding time to write and publish every day. After that, one of my roommates told me that no one is forcing me to do this and that I can stop and quit at any time and no one would blame me. He said I don’t need to feel obligated.
I told him right away that I’m definitely not quitting and that it’s not an issue with writing; it’s an issue with publishing.
I haven’t for a second think about stopping. For one, too many people have seen what I’m doing with this challenge now and I’d be embarrassed to quit at this point. I also wouldn’t be able to forgive myself. I committed to doing this challenge.
More importantly, I’ve really, really enjoyed writing again. It’s a hobby I’ve always enjoyed and I think it gives me clearing thinking as well. For me, writing is also a sort of a domino effect that helps other areas of my life too. Taking the risk of putting my words out there for the world to read makes me more willing to take other risks such as being more vocal at my job.
It’s crazy to think that it’s been more than 2 years since I published an article (last time was when I was writing sports with the FSView). I definitely don’t want to take another 2 years away after this. Expect to see more writing from me even after this challenge.
You’re an expert and you never realized
I would be leaving a large part of my narrative if I didn’t. In fact, these posts (along with my first post on why I decided to do this) have been my best performing blogs in the first 10 days. They’ve also had the most responses from friends and family. It’s important to recognize that the things you know a lot about are not known by everyone. You’re an expert in something, post about the things you know the best, and learn more about them through your writing.
After the first 10 days, I can confidently say that I’m really happy I decided to do this 30-day blogging challenge. And it is definitely a challenge. But it’s a challenge I’m willing to accept and continue learning from for the next 20 days (and beyond). I have a lot of exciting posts on the way in the next couple of weeks so stay tuned for what’s next.
Next big step on the 30 day journey: creating an email newsletter called Baer Necessities for you to subscribe to. You can get your name on the list here.
Until next time,
P.S – I haven’t posted every blog on social media. Click on “Articles” at the top of my blog to see any previous posts that you might have missed from my lack of sharing.
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