I’m not gonna lie. I surprised myself when I completed my 31 day blog challenge last month. I honestly thought I’d quit halfway through, with some made-up excuse as to why I couldn’t finish.
I know me so well, ha!
But, when things got off track in the middle of the month, I didn’t give up. I acknowledged the days I missed, incorporated them in one catch-up post and kept right on blogging. Right on.
Throughout the 31 days I learned a little bit about myself and my blogging methods. Here is what I learned…
I work better in batches
It’s nearly impossible for me to post every day. I did it, for the most part. But, I didn’t actually write every day, all month long. At least half of my posts were written in batches when I had chunks of time. If I had planned things better, I would have written all of my posts that way and then I wouldn’t have missed the 4 days in the middle of the month.
I get bored easily
I got bored in the middle of it. About halfway through the month, it all just felt a bit forced. And I could tell that I wasn’t putting as much effort into it. I cant quite pinpoint why I felt this way. All I know is that I wasn’t excited about it anymore. I think if I do another month long challenge, I will write my own prompts or use a theme instead. Maybe if I create it myself, it will keep my interest?
I was a bit short
For me, daily posting means really short posts. It takes me a bit of time to write a post and I didn’t have a lot of that. So the majority of my posts answered the prompt in as little words as possible without much expansion on the details.
I’m hoping to write more thoughtful and helpful posts going forward, which would naturally be a bit longer. Or at least longer than a 100 words 😉
I’m not very pinterest-ing
My posts were not pinnable. I did pin each one to my lazy day project Pinterest board but I stopped making pins early in the month. Every post was about me and I’m not Pinterest-worthy 😉 So I used the square featured images only and left out the vertical Pinterest image. If I find out down the road that people are pinning these posts, I’ll be happy to go back and update them with pinnable images.
Make several images at once
To save time and make it easier to post everyday, I made almost 20 “featured images” and uploaded them to my blog. Then, I simply chose one to go with the post I was writing and added a second image or GIFs when needed.
This made my life SO much easier, because I wasn’t spending hours trying to find the perfect image to go with each post.
Save blog post ideas as draft titles
My other time-saving trick was to create post drafts for each prompt with pre-set publish dates. Then when I needed to write the next post, I would just look for the next date and write the post. Easy peasy.
Throughout the month I used the same method to save post ideas. I simply create a new post draft with the idea as the title, and supporting thoughts in the post body. Now I have handful of posts ready to be written out and posted.
I’m not much of a promoter
I didn’t even really try to promote my posts. They were sent to Facebook and Twitter by Jetpack and I added them to my Pinterest board. When I remembered, I would retweet it again or add a new tweet tagging some retweet accounts. I might have joined a few Facebook group share threads, but I’m not big on those because I’m always worried I won’t have time to fulfill the obligations.
I plan to promote myself better now that I’m not posting every day.
I have some really amazing followers
At the beginning of August, I was really worried that I would be posting every day and nobody would notice. I was wrong.
My sister and husband followed me faithfully on Facebook and my blogging buddies showed up most days in WordPress and shared my posts on Twitter.
I am beyond grateful for having such awesome people in my life.
Wow! I learned quite a bit, didn’t I?
Have you ever done a writing challenge? What tips can you share from your experience?