The Ups and Downs of Writing Everyday (30 Day Blogging Challenge Recap)

On January 1st I posted a call to action on my blog about (you guessed it) blogging. It was as much a call-to-action for me as it was for anyone who read the article. I wanted to kick-start the new year with a month full of writing and blogging.

But, that can be hard, and I managed to share some of the reasons why. Here’s the gist of the 30 day challenge below if this is your first time hearing about it:

There are a lot of barriers that keep us from blogging, writing, and sharing more. Here are just a few that go through my head each day:

  • I don’t have enough time…
  • I have to do this and this instead of blogging…
  • I don’t have anything special to write about, it would be boring…
  • No one really wants to hear about this and it’s just a waste of time…
  • Everyone else is writing about important and interesting work/lives…

But, when I actually stand up to these thoughts and write something down a strange sensation comes over me. I feel better. I want to do better work. I want to share what I wrote with the world, and see if anyone has similar thoughts, or different thoughts, or can inspire me with what they are doing in their work and life.

Blogging is actually refreshing, reviving, and renewing.

And in this New Year, I need to remember that feeling and power of writing every day.

I’m giving my writing/blogging a little jump start this year. I’m going to write every day and blog three times a week. I’m calling it the 30 Days of Blogging Challenge!

My 2017 Blogging Goals

  1. Write everyday
  2. Publish 3 blog posts a week on a schedule (Mon, Thurs, Saturday)
  3. Incorporate video and audio into my blog (YouTube series or Podcast)

30 Days of Blogging is a 30-day challenge designed to help you (and me) get a jump start on blogging in 2017. It will help you get motivated, share your writing, and finally blog as often as you’ve wanted to!

The Ups and Downs of This Challenge

Well, after 30 days I’ve had some success and some setbacks. I managed to write everyday (success!). I also managed to average 2.75 blog posts a week (not the goal I set out on, but close enough to call it a success).

I did not stick to the Mon, Thurs, Saturday schedule (setback). For a number of reasons this did not work. For one, I did not write for my blog every day. There were some days I wrote for a new project I’m working on (super excited about this), and other days I wrote for a book I’m finishing up (this was hard work, as I’m just at the end of this process).

I also had every intention of adding video or audio into my blog, and although I kept coming back to it again and again, it never worked out. This was a major setback as I have this as one of my goals for 2017, and hardly did anything in the month of January to make it happen.

So, on January 31st I put the wheels in motion. I set a hard date for a videographer to record some of my videos. This gave me a deadline (which I need) and some motivation to finish up the scripts and writing for this project before the set date.

The Biggest Benefit

Although I had some setbacks, there has been one fantastic benefit: Reading the work of many other bloggers. When I created this challenge I wasn’t sure who would jump in. But over 200 bloggers took part and have been posting articles, videos, and podcasts in the month of January.

I’ve learned so much and heard amazing stories, which is why I truly believe that blogging still matters in 2017 and beyond.

Thanks for joining in, and I’d love to hear about your ups and downs in the comment section. What worked well, what didn’t, and what did you learn throughout the process?

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  • Hello AJ,
    I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who experiences setbacks and occasional writer’s block. Your honest reflection is refreshing. Risk-taking and challenging ourselves to grow is bound to be fraught with bumps in the road. I agree with your prescription – just keep writing, just keep sharing.
    Thanks again for providing this forum to connect and learn.
    Bob

    • AJ Juliani says:

      Bob, you nailed it. We’ve all got to be honest in the successes and the setbacks (I’d rather not call them a failure). Too often we share only the good on social media, our blogs, etc and we are left with a warped view on what “the work” actually looks like. Keep on sharing (the good and the ugly)!

  • Brent Kaneft says:

    My colleague and I took your challenge up, but our engagement has waned. It’s tough to write for an audience of one. I’ve enjoyed reflecting on my experience in the classroom, but it’s hard to write knowing that no one else will read what I have to say. Feels a little like a waste of time. I think what I’m missing is a community where this type of reflection is encouraged, where there is some type of conversation about what everyone is saying, what subjects/problems are reoccurring, etc.

    Brent

    • AJ Juliani says:

      I agree with you Brent. It’s part of the reason I started and stopped blogging so many times before staying with it consistently. Even then it wasn’t until I had a random post go viral that I actually wanted to keep putting the work out to the world. Might I suggest something? Early on in blogging I started a group blog with a few other educators. It helped us all stay motivated and keep to a schedule, we all promoted each other’s work, and were more likely to comment on each other’s post and put them on social media etc. That might be an option for you and your friend (and some others). Hope to see you continue writing!

  • Hi
    Thanks a bunch for all your posts. I’m trying your suggest from James Clear “3 Simple Steps”. Hopefully this will help me in my challenge. Like a New Years resolution my enthusiasm has fallen by the way side. I’m trying to get pumped up again. Your articles do help!

    Thanks Diane

  • I focused my blog on the positive aspects of life. With so much negativity floating out there in life and cyberspace, I thought there was a need for a more positive perspective. I continued to write Monday through Friday and took off on the weekends. It was difficult to come up with something positive to write about on some days, but I still made a point to post. I think that was the only setback. I did not realize the impact I had on my colleagues until they started making comments to me about things I had written on the blog. There were many who did not post a comment on the blog but shared their thoughts personally. I think I will continue to blog.

    • AJ Juliani says:

      Love this perspective Rebecca, thanks so much for sharing. Writing for an audience takes time and consistency. I love that conversations came out of your writing, that is what matters!

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