Well, I reached my 1-month blog goal. I started my blog on December 14 and decided/ordered myself to blog once a day for one month straight. And now, looking back on my calendar, I am happy to say that I have filled out every day with a blog post from December 14 until today.
Am I above admitting that there were times when I played catch up and posted an article with a backwards date on it to fill a missed day? No. That was me. But am I proud to say I am publishing my 33rd blog post? Yes indeedy I am.
Take aways: What did I learn?
I learned that I procrastinate, which is why it earned the number one spot at the top of my new year’s resolution list…I’m determined to stop putting things off. I am phlegmatic. I realize that anti-procrastination does not come naturally to me. But I’m determined to work on it, and at least to stop putting off so many things as I do. I have always been of the opinion that it’s better to be a little more on the relaxed-side then on the stressed-side when it comes to getting things done. But what I learned is that the problem is, being too relaxed can lead to stress. So in any case, I didn’t save myself from stress by being “relaxed” because all I really did was stress myself out by letting things pile up.
I also learned that blogging is fun. I learned that I like it. I learned that I don’t want to stop.
But I also learned that less is more. It was hard for me to create the kind of quality content I wanted because the quantity of the content deadline was getting in my way. Check out my blogulitions post to see how I plan to rectify the situation.
I think last but not least, I learned that goals are a great thing. If I hadn’t set a 1-post-a-day monthly goal, I would have half of the posts that I do! And I wouldn’t know half as much about blogging as I do now. Setting a goal really pushed me. But having a goal also kept me from getting overwhelmed. I didn’t launch the blog telling myself, “Quick, go out there and write big!” but instead I said, “Be committed and give blogging a shot. Write 1 article every day for 1 month and see how you do.” It was a goal with a definite limit. No matter how hard it was to pump out 33 articles, I knew that by January 15, the deadline would be over and I could breathe easy that I had done it. It was easier to meet that goal because it was specific and doable. I love goals like that.
So in conclusion, I would like to thank you for being there for me during my experiment. I’d like to thank you for your readership, supports, comments, and likes. Thank you for the patience when I didn’t quite get all 31 articles out daily. They all made it up there eventually, but necessarily on a 24-hour clock. I really appreciate your time and support with this whole experience.
Last, can you keep reading as my blogging journeys on through 2016? I have a lot of surprises planned. I hope by the end of 2016 that my blog is unrecognizable from it’s humble start in 2015…but I hope that I can always recognize the support that is given to me by my readers. Thanks guys!