This past week, I decided to write one blog post every day as a challenge to myself.
I’ve actually managed to keep up the habit for a few extra days. Here’s a look at the blogs:
January 3: Year of Action: Health Goals for 2017
January 3: Personal Goals for 2017
January 4: Key West 2016
January 5: The 4 Biggest Wastes of Time
January 6: The Best Books I Read in 2016
January 7: Thoughts on Fort Lauderdale
January 8: Edmonton in January
January 9: Experiences Over Things: Colorado Ski Trip
January 10: VICELAND is Awesome
January 11: Self Help vs. Self Made
That’s 12 blogs in 9 days.
Basically, I set no boundaries on myself. No blog was too long or too short, no topic too boring or too serious. I just focused on getting words out every single day. Many of these I literally punched out on the WordPress app on my phone, which makes it really easy to publish quickly.
This blog has never been for any audience. It’s for me. I use it to bolster and stimulate my creativity, to test myself with challenges like this one, and to remember past experiences I’ve had. Hopefully some day from now, I’ll be able to look back on trips I’ve taken and thoughts I’ve had and be transported back to when I wrote the blogs.
I’m going to continue this practice. I’d like to write a blog every single day for 2017, and hopefully, build up a big bank of content. Not for anyone to read, but to do the things I highlighted above. I truly believe in the creative process, which I wrote about for Fast Company here. For those who didn’t click the link, point number 4 highlights “writing without purpose.” Julia Cameron, the poet, screenwriter, creativity coach, and well-known author of the classic The Artist’s Way, says writing without intention helps “clear the psychic debris standing between us and the day ahead,” giving space to be creative.
I can attest to this. It works. Almost every day over this past 9 days, I’ve been able to write several creative articles for my business, Cave Social, and our clients. The blogging here helps.
Give it a shot. This was an A+ challenge for me, and I’m going to keep going and incorporate it into my daily routine.
My next challenge: run one mile every day for 7 days. I’m trying to do this every day this year as well, with a few exceptions of course similar to my blogging challenge. So far I’ve managed to put together 3 days in a row, so I’ll write about that soon.