30 Days Writing Challenge – Learnings

Welcome,

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.

Enjoy

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 6 – pet peeves

Day 7 – St.Valentine break

Day 8 – 5 places I want to visit

Day 9 – 10 people who influenced me

Day 10 – the biggest peeve

Day 11 – if I were an animal

Day 12 – what if

Day 13 – something I miss

Day 14 – if I could live anywhere

Day 15 – Defender of the Motherland Day (День Защитника Отечества)

Day 16 – Lazy Saturday

Day 17 – 5 things I lust after

Day 18 – 3 celebrity crushes

Day 19 – things I thought I will never like

Day 20 – what if I had a superpower

Day 21 – Dream Date

Day 22 – 3 memories from childhood

Day 23 – my hobbies

Day 24 – what never fails to make me happy

Day 25 – 8 March – International Womens Day

Day 26 – 5 favourite movies

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