By now, my 30 Days Writing Challenge that I have imposed on myself is truly over. I have done it. I slacked and I rushed. I loved it and I hated it. But all in all, I enjoyed it and learnt from it.
Here are some of my learnings
Keep to the calendar
The hardest part of my challenge was to keep to the ‘post-a-day’ schedule. I missed days. I wrote several post and scheduled them over several days.
‘Life happens to us…’ Motherhood, work, being ‘all hats’ and more constantly interrupted my plan to keep on with the challenge.
I do love writing. I write all the time. However, this exercise showed me that I can hardly find any time to write. Everything else interferes. There were even nights when my brain was so dead that playing ‘Gardenscapes’ was better and more appropriate than writing a post
Work out the best time to post
Another magic entity that constantly escaped and still escapes me is picking out ‘the right time’ to post.
Living in Australia and writing on WordPress it is really hard to determine what time is the best.
I did find out that my posts got more ‘likes’ and ‘views’ at certain times. But then, some of the days this rule failed miserably
Choose the topic
I found hundreds of lists on Google with suggestions for topics. There are such things as ‘January… journal ideas’ (for every month of the year) and so forth.
I took four lists and mixed them up. I put together a spreadsheet and picked a topic of it. I have not used all of the suggestions (some of them repeated from list to list).
What I found worked for me was writing from the heart and personal experience. I am yet to learn to collate and curate material. For now I am writing me.
The best part of the experience was – JOY. I enjoyed trying out different subjects and topics. I loved choosing images for my posts. I even loved being rushed by the calendar.
Get yourself a challenge.
If you missed any of my posts here is the list
Day 1 – 20 random facts about yourself
Day 2 – your 3 legitimate fears
Day 3 – weird things you do when you are alone
Day 4 – things you would tell your 16 year old self
Day 5 – things that make you most happy right now
Day 8 – 5 places I want to visit
Day 9 – 10 people who influenced me
Day 14 – if I could live anywhere
Day 15 – Defender of the Motherland Day (День Защитника Отечества)
Day 17 – 5 things I lust after
Day 19 – things I thought I will never like
Day 20 – what if I had a superpower
Day 22 – 3 memories from childhood
Day 24 – what never fails to make me happy
Day 25 – 8 March – International Womens Day
Day 27 – what would I say to my ex
Day 28 – the most difficult thing to forgive
Day 29 – things that make me feel…
Day 30- things to say to 5 people