I’m 7 days into the March Blogging Challenge. Also known as not halfway done.
(Mathematically, not very close to halfway done.)
And I’m STRUGGLING.
Early Lessons Learned from Blogging Every Day
I had a goal when I started the blogging challenge to pre-write content on the weekends so that I wouldn’t be scrambling after work throughout the week to get content written. And yet, here I am after 9:00pm on a Tuesday cranking out a blog post (which will probably not be the best post I’ve ever written, but hey… no one promised quality in this challenge).
Jokes aside, the biggest problem I’m having with the challenge is that I really like to write longer posts, and I do naturally like to focus on quality over quantity. I usually spend several days drafting a post, then editing it, then finding the perfect pictures to accompany it, then sharing it on social media. Trying to get content published every day makes me feel like I’m not able to give my writing the attention it deserves.
That being said, I’m sticking with it.
I’ve never been one to back down from a challenge, so here we are. Aside from the rushed feeling surrounding content creation, I’m seeing some positives from the challenge already. For one thing, I find myself thinking of ideas, finding inspiration and writing posts a lot easier and quicker than I normally would.
I know that writing is something between a creative pursuit and an occupation for me, which is a large part of what makes it so hard. Forcing the creative side of my brain to kick it into high gear after 8 hours of reviewing financial statements and writing about them is difficult. But I know that it is good practice. If I ever get the chance to freelance or write a novel, this is how it is going to have to be: I’m not going to have the luxury of waiting around for my creative muse to wake up and start working. I’m going to have to produce content like I produce results at the day job - consistently and on time.
Hopefully, writing every day will continue to get easier as I get used to it throughout the month of March. (Practice makes perfect?)
And hopefully this weekend I will be more responsible and write blog posts instead of going to brunch...
Stay tuned to see if that happens :)
If you have any post ideas or questions you’d want to see answered during this month of 31 blog posts, please let me know in the comments. Seriously, I will take any and all help I can get!