Part Three Days 21-30
Posting every day for 30 days is one of the hardest challenges I have undertaken. Full-time writers find this a ridiculous statement. However, having come from posting a couple of times a week to every day for a month it has been a huge achievement for me.
Throughout the process, I have learnt a lot about my writing. At present, I will never consider taking a challenge on like this again. Although, I am pleased I tried it and accomplished it.
The first twenty days were much easier than the last ten. I think this is because before the last ten days I was not working full time. Trying to complete this challenge, work and have family time has been a struggle. I’m ashamed to say it is my family that has suffered.
- I feel I now write better. Some of my posts were rushed and not great but, generally speaking, I can now turn a post round in a much quicker time.
- The posts need less editing as the editing Hemingway does has started to ingrain in my brain.
- Ideas come to me much quicker. Last Sunday a whole post came to me about social media. I wrote it and published it there and then. That would never happen before. It was one of my favourite pieces.
- I have an ideas wallet full of articles that still need writing. These ideas have come about as part of this challenge.
- This challenge gave me the opportunity to experiment with different types of posts.
- At times the constant pressure put me off writing. There was a point this week that I thought I will never write again, once I finish this challenge.
- My family has suffered. I have not spent enough time giving them my full attention.
- My reading has suffered. My favourite author released his new book yesterday and I didn’t have the energy to start it.
- My engagement with others on Medium has reduced. I have missed the conversations and interaction with other writers.
- 30My followers have not increased anywhere as much as I thought they would.
I am determined to write more often than I was before the challenge. I am aiming at three times a week. Two non-fiction, one piece of fiction.
I read an article on Medium last night that spoke about the benefits of writing on your phone. The first draft of this post is being written on my phone in the 10 minutes I have before my form class comes in.
Last 10 Posts
- Day 21 — The Good Papers Not The Gossip Rags
- Day 22 — Token Economies to Reward Positive Behaviour
- Day 23 — Wander into The Secret History of the Ancient Greeks
- Day 24 — The Perfect Structure for the Perfect Post
- Day 25 — The Night Walkers
- Day 26 — The Best Free Resources to Improve Your Blogging
- Day 27 — Elements of a Successful Novel
- Day 28 — Supply Teaching — The Good, The Bad
- Day 29 — Teaching Solutions Submissions
- Day 30 — This Post
If you are considering embarking on this challenge then I have one piece of advice. Have a backup folder of completed drafts for those days when you are too tired to create.
This challenge has been one of the hardest I have participated in. It also has taught me the most about my writing.
At present I’m saying no way will I try it again. Once the dust settles and I have time to reintroduce myself to my family, I might feel better.
How often do you post a week?