Last Sunday I began a month-long challenge to get me into the habit of blogging regularly, and it has helped tremendously. After just one week, I am able to sit down and knock out posts without even really thinking about it.
Okay, I do think about it—a lot—but you catch my drift, don’t you?
So now with a full 8 days under my belt, I am going to share with you a few great habits that I’ve developed after just one week of participation in the Ultimate Blog Challenge.
It Is Entirely Possible to Write a Post in 30 minutes Or Less
When I sit down to write a post, any post, I set my little ladybug timer for 30 minutes and get to writing. Usually, at the end of the 30 minutes, I am all done. Sometimes it takes a little less time, sometimes it takes a little more. But setting the timer has really helped me get out my thoughts without constantly going back and editing myself. I have had that problem for more than 20 years, and I have finally been able to kick it!
Setting the timer has also helped me keep my posts down to a readable 300-600 words. In the past, I would ramble for well over 1,000 (yes one thousand) words every post. No one was reading….
I Have Become More Positive
If you look back at my early posts on this blog, you will see that they have a sort of negative spin. I am super critical of this, that, and what have you and it honestly made me come off as a real (expletive) and a know-it-all.
I really like the metamorphosis my blog and my attitude has taken since I started this challenge.
I Ignore the Negative Nag in My Head and Click Publish Even When I Dislike a Post
One of the lovely hosts of the UBC, Michele Shaeffer, wrote a great post titled Just Shut Up and Ship It that talks about ignoring the voices in your head that try to discourage you from posting content. This is important to me, because if I always listened to the voices in my head, I wouldn’t even have a blog. I always look back on posts and think, “Why the heck did I say that? How embarrassing…” And then it shocks me when readers actually like it and share it with other people.
Seeing this type of response is really good for my self-esteem, and it really helps me to stop over-editing my content and waiting for the right time to publish it. Again, if I waited for the “right time” I would not even have a blog.
And…guess what, folks…the timer has gone off. My 30 minutes are up. The little ladybug is telling me that it is time to wrap up this post and do some editing!
If you are participating in the Ultimate Blog Challenge, please let me know how it is going for you, and anything you have learned about yourself. Has it helped you develop any habits that have made your blogging experience better?
- This July I Am Blogging to Find My Voice (dailyhottentots.wordpress.com)
- Ultimate Blog Challenge (mommiespointofview.blogspot.com)
- Top 5 reasons to join the Ultimate Blog Challenge (chazzwrites.com)
- Top 5 Reasons I Am Participating in the Ultimate Blog Challenge… AGAIN… (juliejordanscott.typepad.com)
- Ultimate Blog Challenge (July 2012) (familybugs.wordpress.com)