This post signifies the successful completion of my very first 30-day blogging challenge.
Over the last 30 posts, I’ve learned a lot. Mostly, I learned how easy it was and will continue this into a 60-day blogging challenge now!
What initially started this 30-day blogging challenge was because of two people I follow on Facebook, Marc Mawhinney and Kathleen Gage. Their challenge was to create something new every day. I took it as to finally restart my blog after breaking a lot of copyright laws years ago.
First and foremost, I learned that I actually do enjoy writing to write. I typically do it to create something that pertains to a goal I set. The typical writer is someone who cannot not write; so I’m not the typical writer but I can use a computer and keyboard.
With that being said and put aside, over these last thirty days this is what I learned about blogging and about myself:
30-Day Blogging Challenge
You Don’t Need a Computer
In the middle of my challenge my computer slowed down to the point it would take over 5 minutes just for my computer to catch up to a single click. It would have taken days to write 100 words. I learned very quickly how to log on to library computers to maintain a daily blog. Where there is a will there is a way; every time! If you don’t have the appropriate technology, a State ID will allow you access to one that works.
I’ve always had trouble finding the exact dimensions to use for images on my wordpress blog. Every day I was experimenting with sizes and found that I personally like some dimensions over others. For the Featured Image, I typically go for 1200 x 800 pixels. Sometimes it’s hard to find a good image on Pixabay with those exact dimensions but it’s a goal I shoot for.
Bottom Half (Code)
As I write this, I am still thinking about how to improve the Template code I copy/paste into every post before I start writing. I don’t want to be like other websites littered with ads, but I do want to promote my books, services, and other articles I write. Being the nerd I am, I looked at other websites for hours just to see how they do it. If you’re interested in doing something like this, there’s thousands of ways you can go about adding content to the end of each of your posts. It all depends on what you do, what your goals are, and how you want to present everything.
Just like with my Facebook Lives, I make everything up on the spot. The only reason why I do this is to stretch my creative juices every day. In time I will create a content calendar which has become more clear in my eyes over the last 30 days. It’s unbelievable how much information we know; just allow yourself the opportunity to tap into your creative genius by challenging yourself to come up with something new every day!
Whether it’s planning around national holiday’s, product launches, events, etc., it’s good to know what’s coming up and implementing some foresight in your marketing. As an entrepreneur, I know what’s going to happen with my businesses for the next 18 months. Knowing those event dates, holidays, and more, I am able to do a better job with my content calendar and following it through. Over this last month, I’ve learned to plan my posts in a certain order to be able to link to them as I’ve done in this post. It’s a huge mind-map!
Challenge yourself to a 30-Day Challenge! Whether it’d be blogging, walking, drinking water; whatever. Choose to do something that your future self will thank you for!