*Yes I was originally meant to blog for 30 days but since that didn’t happen, I thought a follow-up post was necessary regardless, so here it is.
Blogging for 20 days straight is something I recommend every blogger do, at least once in their blogging career, in no way am I trying to preach others to convert to this lifestyle (unless you already are a daily blogger), but I think the lessons I learnt from it were incredibly valuable.
Life Lessons I Learnt From Daily Blogging
You begin to develop discipline – throughout my teenage years and my goal to be an anti-social individual, I saw discipline as the enemy to my ways. Who in their right minds, aside from ignorant citizens would want to be disciplined? To me it screamed boredom, and restriction, having to do the same thing over, and over again, just because that’s the way society wanted you to live. But, boy, was I wrong. After the first five days passed, I found myself at 8pm every night typing away at my keyboard with the newest prompt fresh in my mind. I felt insanely powerful being able to write as if on command, I had become disciplined in my writing.
You lose your sense of perfectionism – to me personally, this is an important one, I’ve struggled with perfectionism in all areas of my life ever since I was a young child and breaking out of it can sometimes be very hard. Except, in that one hour before bed, I had no time to keep reading and re-writing my work, not that I condemn all forms of proof-reading, but I’m sure i you go over my 20 posts there’s bound to be some small errors. And guess what? I’m neither embarrassed nor scared of my “reputation” as a blogger, because guess what, we’re all human.
You become filled with creativity – I remember about a year or so, I wrote a piece on losing your spark in which I was trying to convey that what happens when suddenly you can’t put pen to paper and let words flow anymore? In those moments I realised I was letting my insecurity get the best of me. It wasn’t until I was forced to think of a new perspective every day to avoid my writing becoming repetitive that I realised we, as humans, have so much potential, there’s an infinite amount to write about. We can never run out, it’s absolutely magical.
It’s a really tough game to play – when I first encountered blogging for myself, I never thought it to be too much work or even hard work in any case. Before the challenge I was posting a few times a time and that was more than manageable for me, I had a bank of ideas and was consistently taking in new inspirational content, it was all great. Except, when daily blogging came into the picture. I now commend each an every single daily blogger/vlogger/any-kind-of-creator because frankly, it’s hard work, There were moments when I’d come home after a long day and just want to curl up, but no, I had to write, create the graphics, link all my social media and update it. I’m glad I made it this far, but no doubt there was a lot of struggle involved. Everything from my anxiety, to not feeling good enough to obsessing over all the numbers was enough to really make me question the reason as to why I write in the first place.
There is no linear graph of any kind – the most reasonable thing to assume is that when you start daily blogging, the numbers must all go up, and they did in the first week. Then, they seemed to even out, I was getting a lot more views than I was visitors, and I care more about the people and engaging with their feedback as to opposed to flat-out statistics. So if you’re looking to go viral or become super popular, this isn’t it.
My final thoughts would be that maybe in the future I would try this again, but for now, daily blogging isn’t my thing, and as much as I want to be creative and show my content, I think I’ll stick to my journal and Instagram pages for now (I made a new page just for journaling!!!, You can check it out here).
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