A Reflection on the Past 31 Days

writing every dayFor the month of August, I committed to blogging every day (every Mon ~ Friday). I did this for several reasons. First, to publicly document my thoughts and ramblings in a more coherent manner.

I try to write every day, but this forced me to publicly share my thoughts. I love writing. Even if it’s in short amounts (like 15 minutes), hence the name of this blog: write15minutes.com.

Second, in order to see if more consistent blogging leads to more consistent readership. I have heard time and time again, if you want more readers – then you have to blog more often. So I tried every day for August.

Here are a few thoughts I have as we all embark on the last third of 2015. *Can you believe we are 2/3 done with this year?*

Here’s what I’ve learned:

Daily blogging is time consuming. What do I mean by this? Not necessarily the writing part because I was used to that, but the amount of thought, care, and attention that goes into blogging can be a bit overwhelming. I can see why so many blogs start and never accumulate consistent readership or a strong following. It’s difficult even when one is diligent! How much more challenging if you aren’t going to give it your all? Be prepared for the time suck.

Daily blogging forces you to look at everything. I finally understand speakers, coaches, and even comedians that say they never worry about running out of material. Everything that happens in your life becomes a potential story, anecdote, or lesson. The past month has forced me to consider everything from the mundane to the profound – and in most cases, I’m not sure which is which.

Daily blogging requires planning. There is a certain discipline that is required for posting 5 times a week. This is an area that I am working on, so to plan out my blog post the night before helped me to establish a daily routine. In some ways writing consistently became easier because I knew I was committed to writing Monday through Friday. There wasn’t a question of yes or no, but what am I going to write about this evening?

Even if it was just a few words. I was inspired by Seth Godin’s blog where he rarely goes over 200 words and often is less than 100! There is only one Seth Godin, but point being – it’s not about word count as much as it is about quality and consistency.

Blogging should be fun. I had a blast. I loved the interaction with those who read my blog. I appreciated the feedback and thoughtful comments. It was fun to do. And if it wasn’t fun – it would be meaningless toil. I’ve been doing this for over 3 years (fairly consistently) and it has been both challenging and fun.

I confess, blogging every day was much more work than I thought it would be, but it stretched me to grow. I’m grateful because I was able to capture many more little moments that I normally would have missed.

What’s next?

For September, I’m going to scale back down to 1-2 blog posts a week. I definitely will still blog every Monday (this seems to be best day for me). I may throw in a few Fridays or Wednesdays as well, as the muse moves.

I am going to be working on refining the blog to reflect more of my leadership, customer service, and employee engagement topics. I also want to invite guest bloggers and connect with other experts in my space.

Finally, I am going to do another 30 day challenge for September: food journaling.

Yes, I know – it’s exciting as it sounds. I am going to take a more disciplined approach to my health and thus the food journal. I don’t want to mix elements here, but if you’re interested I may keep updates on twitter: @ideapath.

I am a strong believer in focusing in on small wins. This month my focus will be on my nutrition. Thanks for following me on this journey! 

What are your goals for September?

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