Lessons Learned From My First 31 Days of Blogging

Late in February I committed to publishing a blog post each day for the month of March. 31 days and posts later, here are some of the things I discovered in the process.

 

I have more to say than I realised. I had worried that I would run out of things to write about before reaching the end of the month. Not only did I manage to think of new things to write about, I discovered new ways to express those ideas.

 

I’m surprised by the number of people who are interested in what I write. I kept the blog very quiet for the first week or two. I didn’t want a fanfare to launch the project before being sure I could maintain it. As I told a few friends about the site they offered me encouragement. As time went on, I began sharing my posts to a wider audience on facebook and people began noticing. One of the great joys of the process has been hearing from unexpected acquaintances and colleagues who tell me they’ve been reading my posts.

 

You can’t know who your work is going to resonate with until you share it with the world.

 

I’m not a good judge of what people will respond to before it’s published. This is similar to the point above. I try not to spend too much time thinking about it as this is designed as a personal blog – but I’m curious why some of the posts that I think feature better (or more entertaining) writing don’t get a better response than ‘average’ posts.

 

It takes me more time than I think to write each post. No matter how much time I put aside to write, it takes longer. This is something to work on, because while publishing each day is satisfying, I don’t want it to be the only thing I do each day. I’m working on streamlining my system. The wonderful Ryan Conway shared this article with me which has me considering how to produce posts in a way that maximises my time and energy.

 

I find satisfaction and pride in having committed to publishing each day and then honouring that commitment. While I don’t think any of the posts are life-changing, the fact that this month I published over fourteen thousand words is an achievement I’m happy with.

 

Publishing daily gives me permission not to be perfect. I have a lot to learn about writing, but posting regularly helps me get past the fear that any one post isn’t good enough. I’ll do what I can today, then come back and try again tomorrow. Eventually my writing will get better.

 

Turning pro isn’t a process. It’s a decision.

 

Writing under my own name makes me feel like it’s okay to write about topics I don’t consider myself an expert on. This wasn’t the case when I was writing posts at thebusinessofperforming.com in the past, but I think I could go back to that site now and write with more confidence.

 

Expressing what I’ve been learning, reading and asking questions about in writing offers me the chance to organise my thinking.

 

I have a new appreciation for those people who have posted daily for any length of time.

My current reading list heavily features my altMBA colleague Andrew Sloan and hero Seth Godin.

 

Today I commit to writing and publishing each day for another month. If you’re interested in following my posts, you can sign up in the box below to get each new article sent to your email inbox. If there’s a topic or idea you’d like me to cover or explore more deeply, I encourage you to contact me here.

 

If you’re inspired to begin your own daily blog, please let me know and I’ll add a link to your site below this post.

 

Matthew Carey

March 31, 2017

 

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