3 Lessons To Learn From My #31WriteNow Challenge Fail
On the last day of July 2013, I wrote a post announcing that I was doing #31WriteNow blogging challenge. I challenged myself (and other fellow bloggers) to commit to posting something new on their websites EVERY DAY in August. I did a similar challenge (#30WriteNow) in October 2012 and surprised myself when I rocked it out and rose up to it! 33 new posts happened that month and my blog traffic doubled and I hit my virtual dougie.
But I wasn’t about that commitment life during this challenge because I missed eight days of posting in August. And I bet folks are like:
I did put up 26 new posts, though. So it wasn’t a total fail. I just didn’t push myself like I could have.
One awesome thing that happened during #31WriteNow is that I found new blogs to read. In fact, I was incredibly surprised by how many people joined the challenge! I clicked the hashtag on Twitter and it led me to some gems. So that was cool. Thanks to everyone who joined in!
Here are 3 lessons to walk away with, for those who participated (and for myself too).
1. When you fall off the wagon, it doesn’t mean you’ve failed. Many people started feeling guilty when they skipped days during the challenge but I tried to remind folks (over Twitter) that there was always the next day. Skipping 5 days in a row doesn’t mean you had to write 5 new posts. It just meant you needed to write the next day. JUST WRITE.
2. There are some awesome unknown bloggers out there still. #31WriteNow exposed me to so many good and new blogs that show that no matter how crowded blogosphere is, there’s space for new and fresh voices. There isn’t one blog out there right now that covers topic NO ONE HAS EVER covered and that’s fine. What matters is your voice and the game needs it.
3. It’s about building a habit. #31WriteNow is more about building a habit and being consistent than it is about frequency. Because if you can put up at least 20 posts in that month, you know that moving forward, you can be more consistent. And that is key because you create a routine for your readers.
And the bonus lesson is:
When you have an idea, write it. Right there. There are tons of times when you’ll have an idea and feel real passionate about it. Right then, write it out. Because oftentimes, when you wait, it will pass you by. And you’ll be all “Eh. I don’t feel like it anymore.” Some of my best posts are the ones I’ve written out as they came to me.
But really, I don’t consider the challenge a fail, even if I missed days. It’s a reminder to me to stay consistent, but it’s ok for me to fall off some days. Many of us are one-(wo)man teams so dropping the ball will happen. We just gotta pick the ball back up and keep playing. Nah mean?!
For those who participated in #31WriteNow, how was it? Did you get 31 posts up? If not, how many? Did you see any change in your site traffic? Tell a G!