Lessons Learned from 31 Days of Posting

The Ultimate Blog Challenge is coming to an end. It has been an interesting experience, to say the least.

First of all, the very idea of posting every day for 31 days was enough to send me screaming. How could anyone, in particular me, write and distribute my post and some others every day for a month?  No way I couldn’t.

But I decided to give it a whirl. Missing a day wouldn’t end the world. After all, this is a challenge for me and my blog and not as important as brain surgery, so I could try.  If I missed a day, I promised to shrug my shoulders and carry on. No making up missed days and no wasting time moaning about it.

Result: I never missed a day posting.  I started off by writing a few posts in advance, with the idea of always being ahead two or three days. That worked for the first few days but it quickly went the way of the dodo bird. I was usually writing the night before. Occasionally, I had one post ahead but not often.

Second, I wondered what I would write about.  Well, the challenge posted ideas every day and I used some of them, although not many.

Result: I realized I could use the blog to share myself and not try to be perfect or formal.  I’m a coach, mother, grandmother, employee, friend and so on – I have many roles and it’s okay to share all of them.

Third: I was afraid it would become work and not be fun.

Result: because I didn’t take the process or the outcome super seriously, it remained fun.  and that’s good for me.

Fourth: I was afraid all the social media would become tedious

Result: I read lots of good blogs and found lots of people who fascinate me. Travel blogs, marketing, business and good health all intrigued me.

And my twitter results have been through the roof, at least for me.

CONCLUSION: I have thoroughly enjoyed the process and will do it again next time, I think. I am always conscious of the situation with my mother and my life and my time isn’t always my own. But this has been well worth the time and energy and I can’t recommend it enough.

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