Bottom line: the beauty of getting through the challenge is that the “I don’t know what to write” problem disappears, along with the “I don’t know where to start” problem. Boom!
A few thoughts on some of the accomplishments:
Actually wrote and published 30 posts
Okay, duh. It’s the premise of the challenge but it’s such a big, personal accomplishment. Learning how to write better posts, how to promote them etc. can come later – learning to just sit down and write is the very first step.
Made me want to write more
The desire to be more intentional about capturing what’s going on was what motivated me to start the challenge in the first place. In a way, that this desire has intensified is to be expected and it’s lovely to be committed and excited, thirty posts later.
Organized my blog platform
A few days into the challenge, I sunk a few lonely, long nights and weekends into moving from Squarespace and Tumblr to WordPress. It had to be done – gotta have the right tools for the right job – and I did it very begrudgingly. The upside was realizing the benefits of working on the publishing platform. And since I’m a system tinkerer by nature, it wasn’t long before I began adding new types of posts, one of which has become one of my favorite sections of the site.
Systematized the process of writing
Related to the above, and it may be the biggest meta-discovery about the challenge. If I do something thirty times… well, I’m going to experiment with dozens of tools, I’m going to research how other people do it, I’m going to build a workflow, and I’m going to kaizen the shit out of the system.
In closing –
I’ll certainly celebrate the milestone but the truth is that I stopped counting around the halfway mark. The number just didn’t matter anymore and that detachment allowed me to be okay with changing the parameters from “30 days” to “30 posts”. In calendar time, the challenge took about two months. I don’t think it detracted from the value of going through the challenge. Leniency, if it contributes to the goal, can be a good thing. Let’s not lose sight of the big picture 😉