I wrote a post yesterday about giving up. I was actually going to talk about how the 30 Day Blogging Challenge by Sarke Media helped me become a more efficient writer/blogger. Instead, I spiraled down the discussion to quitting guitar after years of playing with a relatively successful band. Apparently, I had a lot of axes to grind about that topic and I never intended to write a post longer than I expected it.
I think that is exactly the point of the 30 Day Blogging Challenge.
I initially joined the challenge in 2015 to help develop more consistent blogging habits so I can produce fresh content on my blog and appease both my audience and search engines.
However, a couple of days into the challenge, I found myself editing and perfecting the post before publishing them. As a professional freelance writer, I pride myself in making my posts as perfect as possible to leave no doubt that I am indeed someone my clients should hire for their content needs. Due to constant editing, I was unable to commit to the challenge and have to drop out from it just as fast as I started.
Despite my attempts to restart the challenge last year, the same problem persisted, on top of the burgeoning client work I had on my plate.
Thing is, I’m not big on quitting. I don’t like leaving things that I started unfinished (with the exception of a couple things that I will hopefully share with you guys soon). So instead of taking my ball and going him, I ran with it. I bought a domain for my personal blog, which is what you’re reading right now, and restarted the challenge.
This time, however, there was less pressure. I didn’t give a damn about grammatical errors and poor sentence constructions. I simply focused on writing, period. Aside from following the newsletters sent every day to a tee, I came up with my own topics that I felt writing at that moment. Some of them were more personal than I could imagine, rendering them unreadable. But I wrote them anyway, whether it’s about me quitting on guitar in the meantime or talking about Parks and Recreation. It helps me flesh out the things I normally don’t talk about with people.
The results are fascinating. The blogging challenges served as a warmup for me to start the day. Similar to warming up before an insane exercise session, the challenges helped me get my thoughts out there so they won’t bother me while I’m working for clients. Once I’m done with the daily challenges, the muscles I used for writing and blogging has been stretched and prepared for the grind.
Therefore, I was able to boost my writing efficiency 2x more than I normally produce in a day. I am able to write 15,000 words a week, which include content I write here and for clients, without compromising on quality.
I just did!
Like what Sarah Arrow of Sarke Media says in the 30 Day Blogging Challenge, it’s all about the journey. Having a goal in mind when undertaking the blogging challenge is great, and I like web traffic as much as the next guy. But you’ll be surprised about the things that you’ll pick up from it.
Because what matters is how you understand and articulate yourself well enough to people, which is one of the more important lessons you’ll pick up from the challenge.
I’ve said more than enough about Sarke Media’s 30 Day Blogging Challenge, which goes to show that you should try it as well, especially if you’re an aspiring blogger who wants to make the most out of your opportunity.