BLOGGING Challenge: Day 30 of 30
I Actually Did It!
My first published post was on 08/09/16. It took me 33 days to complete this challenge, and I’m not mad at that. I still can’t believe I actually did it! When I say “it” I mean both 1) a 30 day challenge and 2) blogging.
I’ve tried, but I’ve never completed a 30 day challenge on anything. Now I can say that I have! And I created a blog with no knowledge of how. Here I am… 30 posts under my belt! I couldn’t have done it without the guidance of Sark eMedia’s program.
Here are 5 reasons I think this worked for me:
1. Daily Emails
Blogging sounds like it would be easy, but there’s an art to it if you actually want to see success. The daily emails by Sarah Arrow helped me navigate the world of blogging. The resources she provides were relevant, easy to follow and executable. Before I started, I was already behind – because I was blogging blindly. There were a few days I skipped. But each morning an email popped in my inbox, reminding me of why I decided to start this particular challenge.
On Day4 I laid out my personal goals with this challenge. Goal One was to make and maintain my own space, on the web and in my life, giving myself a creative outlet and stimulating my brain in a way I felt I was missing. I’ve done it by dedicating time each day to enjoy the process of writing. Goal Two was to be able to put it on my resume. Blogging is a key element to inbound marketing and building businesses in today’s world. Through this practice, I better understand Wordpress, SEO writing and optimization.
3. Community Support
I have my personal motivators, but was extremely shy about making my blog public. Sarah Arrow provides a safe space through her Facebook Group page where 30 Day Blogging Challengers share their daily post, and get feedback from one another. I was so scared that I didn’t join until day7 with my post “Confession: I’m a Closet Blogger“, but since then I’ve shared all my posts. I’m still taking baby steps out of the closet to the outside world, but have been less reluctant because of the constructive input. There are some amazingly supportive bloggers out there and I’m proud to be part of this community.
4. I enjoy writing
I guess I always have, but I didn’t realize how much. So I’ve rediscovered my joy of writing. I’m not the type that likes to hear myself talk, but when I start to type, it flows out of me. I even created an extra category and posted a bonus blog. To be able to put structure to my thoughts has been meditative and trying to make my words resonate to a audience besides myself makes me feel productive.
5. Not a business (yet)
My intent going into this was not to make money. I know blogs have the ability to be monetized, and lucratively. My objective on the onset has been to create valuable content. But with Sark eMedia’s lessons, I have the tools available once the opportunity to make this something more presents itself and then I can work even harder to become the boss in my blogging niche.
So, this is the end of my first 30 Day Challenge. The Blogging Challenge was the perfect challenge to start this side project. I learned so much about myself, which was my purpose for doing challenges.
If you’ve followed me through this journey so far, THANK YOU (you know who you are!). There’s more to come as I continue onto the next one. So join me for my the next 30 Day Challenge.
CHALLENGE: BLOGGING – ✔️ COMPLETED