July 20, 2016

What I learned from writing 30 blog posts in 30 days

This post is part of a 30 in 30 blog experiment, where I committed to writing 30 posts in 30 days with minimal planning between June 20, 2016 and July 20, 2016.

I did it. This is my 30th post in 30 days!

I admit I did a happy dance this morning when I got the notification on my phone. This little experiment has been really enlightening but I'm glad it's over.

The rules for the 30 in 30 series were that I write a post every day, and that I wouldn't recycle or finish anything that I had already written. My intent for my 30 in 30 series was to a) get me in the habit of writing every day without an agenda/outline, and b) get comfortable with posting imperfect work. I've also been really curious about doing a #100daysproject and this was a bit of a trial run.

If you've been following along, you know that some days were better than others. I didn't always proofread very well or as is the case with one post in particular, I just didn't care -- so the work was definitely imperfect. 

I did get in the habit of writing every day. At first it was because I didn't want to lose face since I'd made this big announcement and everything, but as time marched on it became more important for me to fulfill the promise I had made to myself. I really wanted to know that I could set a lofty goal and stick to it.

Here are the four things I learned that I hadn't expected:

1) Even though I didn't plan my posts ahead of time, I found myself thinking about them throughout the day. Sometimes by the time I got home, I was excited to write!

2) I think I might overuse commas. I need grammar & punctuation remedial school.

3) I can write through the inevitable discomfort that occurs when a post isn't going well. I hope to be able to transfer this to my fiction writing time. Sometimes I surprised myself and ended up really liking a post I started out hating. Those posts were worth all of the really crappy ones (at least for me).

4) I learned to let go. There were a couple of nights I didn't want to push publish because I knew it wasn't my best work, but it was late and I needed to sleep or I just didn't have it in me to do one more pass through, so I hit publish. 

That's it! I have no idea when I'll post again, but I'm sure ya'll need a break (I know I do). I'm going to be transferring my blogging time to fiction writing time starting tomorrow. 

If you're interested here's a list of the most popular posts from this month, and one that was my favorite.

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5 comments:

  1. "I can write through the inevitable discomfort that occurs when a post isn't going well."

    THIS lesson is gold for a fiction writer. I can't wait to see where this month takes you now...

    Congratulations. It takes me more than a year to write 30 posts - ha!

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  2. So far so good! I think 30 posts is more than I've posted in the last 2-3 years!!! It was a lot of work. :p

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  3. WOO HOO!!! Super job! I have to go through and read your posts. I want to really get back into blogging, but I'm like, what the heck do I SAY?!? And who will even want to read what I THINK?!? So, then I start a post....and that's about as far as I get! So, this seems like the perfect way to go about getting into a productive habit and getting over those horrid FEARS. <3 Christy

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  4. It was fun, but not sure I'd do it again. Well, maybe. LOL

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  5. Way to go! That's like the A to Z challenge. I have to gear up big time for that. Always. And YES, all of those lessons totally translate to fiction. You've got this! I hope your writing is going swimmingly since finishing up.

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