30 Day Blogging Challenge (Day 1)
“If you get in the habit of putting something in front of people every single day, even if it’s only ten people by email, your writing will shift and you will adopt the voice you’re meant to have.” ~Seth Godin
Last week, I asked one of my close friends for feedback on my writing. He said, “I visited your blog and found that you have published only six posts. And the last post is quite old. Why aren’t you posting more regularly on your blog?”
Why indeed? The answer is procrastination and perfectionism. In the words of writing coach Holly Lisle, “Safe never starts, perfect never ends.”
Today, I read a post by Steven Pressfield in which he asked, “What single skill is most critical to the artist?” The answer he says is not insight, passion, capacity for hard work or even the ability to handle criticism.
Instead, he says that the single most critical skill for the artist is the ability to sit down and do her work.
I ruminated on this all day yesterday and recalled ace writer Sean D’Souza‘s advice in an interview. He said that it took him ages to write a single article until he started to write an article every day. The more he wrote, the better he became and now he’s an ace at writing articles. He even teaches an article-writing course.
Long story short, I decided to write and post an article every day on my blog for the next 30 days.
The Rules for the 30 Day Blogging Challenge:
- Each post must be at least 300 words, ideally 500 words.
- It must be useful for anyone who cares to read it and have at least one actionable tip.
- It must require minimum research.
- It must be posted by 8 pm daily or before dinner, whichever is earlier. (No article, no dinner.)
I’ve resolved not miss a single day for the next 30 days. In case I miss one day, I’ll write two articles the next day.
Sarah Arrow’s 30 Day Blogging Challenge
I Googled 30 Day Blogging Challenge and luckily came across Sarah Arrow’s site, where she offers support for the Blogging Challenge with daily emails and a Facebook group.I’ve promptly joined her email list and the Facebook group. It exponentially increases my chances of completing my challenge successfully.
What is your biggest challenge? What are you struggling with?
It may be wanting to write or exercise daily or even to wake up earlier or to watch less TV.
The best way to do it successfully is to create a 30 Day Challenge.
- Create a plan and make it public.
- Then do it every day for 30 days.
You will be surprised at the results.
What 30 Day Challenge will you take up? Share with us in the comments below.