On October 1st, I started the Nester’s 31 Day Writing Challenge. I didn’t really know what I was gonna write on but I decided on “little change, BIG IMPACT” about two days before it started. I thought I could write on that subject for 31 days; it wasn’t too broad but it wasn’t too narrow. Well, on Day 26 I was updating my computer and it went on the fritz and I didn’t post that day and then I couldn’t seem to get back into the rhythm of posting anymore. So I stopped the 31 day challenge. Last year, on my old blog I started the 31 day challenge and ended it on day 7 so I’d say, getting to Day 26 was pretty good progress.
So here are my tips for working on 31 day writing challenge:
1. PLAN AHEAD - Have a good idea of what your topic will be and try to sketch out as many days as you can.
2. Prewrite posts ahead of time, as much as possible. You can always go back and change, but if something happens you already have some prewritten.
3. Write on a topic you love. I started and with a topic I loved and then it just got harder to fit into my topic. So make sure it’s broad enough, and not to niche-y.
4. Clear your schedule. Make sure you make the time to write and don’t wait until the day before or that actual day to put up your post.
5. CONNECT. I didn’t really do that. I wish I would have connected with more bloggers doing this challenge.
What I learned:
1. You can’t always estimate how long it will take to write a blog post. Some took me 1/2 hour, others were closer to an hour.
2. I have to plan ahead.
3. Writing for 31 days straight is hard. But I know if I would have actually finished I would have felt super accomplished.
4. I’m still not sure if I’m gonna do it next year.
5. I need to take more of my own pictures to use in posts, because it’s exhausting looking for the right photo on the internet.
Did you do the 31 day challenge? What tips do you have? What would you have done differently? Are you going to do it next year?