Today marks thirty days of blogging.
That’s thirty days of finding inspiration in my day-to-day life.
Thirty days of sitting down at my computer to write a post.
Thirty days of shipping content.
Here’s what I’ve learned, from these thirty days of blogging and how you can apply it to your next writing challenge (I strongly encourage you to take part in one!).
Inspiration resides in everything.
Look at the world around you. Consider what you do every day. No one else does that. Think about the conversations you have with friends. What can you share about your job, your routine that could be valuable to a reader? Write about that. Inspiration can be found in anything.
Taking notes is valuable.
Ever have a random thought that makes you think, “Wow, that’s really interesting”? Take note of it! If you find it interesting, chances are there is someone else in the world who finds it interesting too. Take note of what catches your eye that day. Maybe you thought of something interesting while watching a childhood film. Write about that. Maybe you want to share an opinion about books. You can write about that too. Or maybe you even did something really minor — like killing a fly — and you want to connect it to something bigger.
Whenever you have thoughts like these, write it down.
Because you never know what might make an amazing blog post.
Use the resources at your disposal.
I mentioned this in a blog post a couple days ago. When you have people around you who have some good and interesting thoughts, when there’s a coffee shop down the road that serves a unique blend of coffee and you want to ask about how it was made and where it comes from, or when you have an interesting experience in a place that’s unique to your town — document that. There are things all around you that can give you inspiration. Be sure to take advantage of them.
Write about your passion.
Don’t worry if you think it’s boring that you love botany. Don’t stress about making sure your audience can understand the complexity of psychology. The beauty of the internet is that you can write about anything because someone who enjoys that subject is bound to find it. Use good, interesting titles, make use of tags and focus on your SEO descriptions and titles as well. And write about the things that matter most to you. (Speaking of writing, you’ll find your writing to improve just by the simple act of writing. How amazing is that?)
It doesn’t matter when as long as it gets done.
Yes, that is value in time management. Yes, there is value in having a routine and writing at the same time every day (if you can help it). But I found out this month that forcing myself to sit down every morning and trying to squeeze out a blog post from my brain was torturous, doing me no good and leaving me frustrated and discouraged. Instead, I wrote a blog post when the inspiration hit. Sometimes that was at 9 AM; sometimes it wasn’t till 10 PM. The point wasn’t the time; the point was to get it done. The point was to write a blog post every day, not write a blog post at 9 AM sharp every day. Having structure is good but make sure it doesn’t stifle your creativity.
Have you ever done a challenge like this before? I encourage you to. There is a lot to be gained from thirty days of blogging. You will be amazed at how much you can learn and most importantly at all:
You will learn that you can accomplish it.
When you set your mind to do something and put in a few guidelines and grab a couple of accountability partners, you can achieve whatever project you want to.
So why haven’t you done it yet?