April 2018 has come and gone.
I attempted to make positive changes in my life including the challenge to blog during all the weekdays during in April under #AprilBloPo2018. Though I held the noble intentions of sharing my thoughts every day with this community I stopped after Day 16 out of the potential 22. Nonetheless, I am really glad that I was able to make to continually check in for almost three weeks despite the usual technical challenges. Well, here are some of the lessons that I took away from this experience, in no particular order:
I am grateful to the people who constantly turned up to read my blog posts and to comment. It was really motivating to know that I am not writing into a void and that my posts were at least informative.
- When embarking on a 30-day challenge or challenges for longer periods, it is important to schedule and plan ahead to the best of your ability. It will be helpful to check your old posts and see which ones need follow-up to create content. Dig drafts folders and idea notebooks and see whether you can breathe life into them.
- Sure, I experienced a small spike in the number of followers but I was still motivated by the practice to show up because I did not want to break the chain. Some even reminded me of my challenge.
- Dedicate time to researching and writing your material beforehand. This might mean keeping outlines that can be updated during fringe hours or minutes.
- In the same vein, set posting time that will be a self-imposed deadline and to curtail your perfectionism.
- Sleep on the drafts. After completing the post, be sure to take some time away from the post and revisiting it after a couple of hours so that you can approach it with different eyes.
- The interesting thing about any form of creativity, the more that you work on your art or craft, the more bursts of inspiration will come through. Ideas will continue to creep up and are even spin-offs from some posts.
I was still critical of my work even after I published my posts but I was not scared to go back and update the posts. However, at the same time, I was challenged to improve my writing style and structure.
- One thing was for sure, my reading life suffered because I was constantly thinking about to ideas to write up in upcoming posts. In the long run, I decided that I will have to plan more thoroughly in future blogging challenges and if I decide to a professional book reviewer, I will only take up projects that I am passionate about.
Have you ever done a 30-day blogging challenge? What were your successes and challenges?