One month ago, I committed myself to a Personal Development Project where I would have to publish a blog post every day for 30 days.
Today, I’m finished! And pretty darn happy about it.
When I first started, I was dreadfully scared. I had tried blogging before but was always paralyzed by my perfectionism and the fear of what people would think if I published something that wasn’t funny, insightful, original, and eloquent—all at the same time. This time, though, things were different. The accountability I gained from my mentor and from having posted about the challenge on Facebook gave me the motivation to push through the fear.
At the beginning, coming up with something to write about every day was surprisingly easy. I got into a nice groove where I would write every morning after my walk. It was a great way to start the day with something that made me feel accomplished. Later, when other priorities started to take precedence and I had to travel for work, I lost the habit, and writing became more difficult.
It was during those difficult times that I gained the most valuable insight: even when I think my well of inspiration has run dry, if I force myself to sit down and write and actually take the time to dig deeper, I will eventually hit water. It might be just a trickle of slimy groundwater, but at least it’s something, and then I can nurse it into a worthwhile post.
I also learned that life gets a lot more interesting when I have to constantly keep my ears peeled for ideas to write about.
All in all, I’m glad to have completed this challenge. I’ve come to enjoy the process of writing a lot more, and I believe it will be easier for me to post in the future. I do not, however, plan to continue blogging daily. I would rather take more time to polish my writing so that I can provide real value for my readers. Daily blogging is more of an exercise for the writer than anything else.
That said, I’m immensely grateful to the faithful few who have read, commented, and kept me accountable through this process.
I have an exciting new PDP planned for the month of November, so stay tuned!