What I've Learned From Blogging Every Day This Month (And Why You Should Try It)
During the month of January, I committed to publishing a blog post every day. And that, I did.
Curious about what I’ve learned and want to try it out? Keep reading.
Writing every day makes you better to be around.
I’ve never considered myself an “intellectual”. In fact, I used to skip out on conversations with people who gave off a “know-it-all” vibe. After this month, I’ve come to enjoy being slapped in the face with wisdom and knowledge. Although not every personality type is a match made in heaven, I truly feel more tolerant of personalities that would’ve previously annoyed me. Now, I feel that I have something of value to add to conversations with my intellectually-inclined friends.
Reading makes you a better writer.
If there was a contest for “The World’s Slowest Reader” I would honestly have a shot at winning. This used to get me down in the dumps. I thought reading would only be fun if I could just read fast like everyone else. At the beginning of the month, I began reading a book that my program (Praxis) assigned. It was a book (The War of Art) that I would normally never pick out on my own. At first glance, and even throughout, it was hard to get through. But then, halfway through the month, something magical happened. I began to enjoy the challenge of reading a book above my level.
And I noticed something else - my writing was improving because of it. I actually added an additional book (Setting the Table) to my daily reading, which inspired me instead of putting me behind schedule. Now, I’ve noticed that I’m able to read almost twice as fast as when the month started.
Last year, I didn’t pay much attention to daily happenings and thoughts. For example - sitting down to watch my favorite T.V. show (which last year, was Mad Men). While watching, various thoughts on business would run through my mind, and I would do the worst thing - not write any of these thoughts down.
Right before starting my month of blogging, I wrote down a ton of personal interests that I could potentially write about. Guess what made the list? Every little thing that I don’t usually think twice about. My favorite shows. My passion for skin care and customer service. Marrying my highschool sweetheart. My dog. My love of travel.
You know what would’ve made publishing content every day so much easier? Writing down my thought process for an entire year. If I had taken the time to write down all of the “small thoughts” I had, I could’ve probably written a novel. Luckily, instead of stressing this at the start of the month, I went with what I could - writing down everything important that I could remember. This year, I won’t make the same mistake - I plan to keep a journal specifically for random thoughts.
Best of luck on your writing journey.
If I can do this, so can you.