At the end of January I set myself a challenge: to write a post every day during February.
You might ask me why I’d enforce such a crazy schedule on myself. Well, in short, because although I love to write I’m not particularly prolific. This would be an attempt to break my writers block, and set myself deadlines that would beat my procrastination and ensure productivity.
That was the idea anyway
So. How did it go?
Amazingly I actually managed to keep it up for the first 24 days. I’ll be honest with you – I expected to fail well before then! It was really only a combination of having a friend come to visit and moving house in one weekend that derailed me. Suddenly I was horribly behind and catching up seemed impossible.
Right now I actually have four almost completed posts sitting in my drafts folder. I could have rushed them, but I took the decision not to. There have been a few posts this month that I posted without wanting to, because I had to in order to meet my deadline. I didn’t want to add four more to the list, and over three weeks of continuous posting (I wrote 26 posts in 30 days!) still felt like an achievement.
How did it feel
In a word? Exhausting.
My work requires me to be inventive, and sometimes it felt like I was wringing the very last creative juices from my brain as I tried to finish a daily post. There are definitely blogs in February where you can hear it in my voice. My words sound heavy, weary.
Some days, however, it felt great. There was one evening where I sat down to type out a brief draft and ending up smashing out two very long posts that were some of my favourites from the month. Had I not forced myself to sit down and write, I wonder if those words would have stayed in my brain and decayed.
What did I write?
Well, as you can tell from the fact that I’ve just taken a 14 day break from posting, I’m not going to be writing daily. If this month has taught me anything, it’s that I’m most definitely a long form writer. Even posts that I’d assumed would be short ended up being a thousand words. I waffle. I talk. It’s who I am, and what I am as a writer.
For bloggers who write less regular posting might be realistic – for me it just isn’t.
But still, I’d like to push myself to post on the reg. I found that often I just needed the little nudge to sit down and type, to shut off that youtube playlist and tell stories. From now on I’ll be experimented with a regular posting schedule to see how that goes.
Because I really do have a lot of stories to tell you.
Did you keep up with my monthly challenge? Which blogs were your favourite – and which didn’t you like?