Advice: Blogging for 30 days

In the month of June, I blogged every day for 30 days. At first, it was hard, but if something isn’t difficult, is it even worth doing?

At the end of it all, I compiled everything that I learned into this post. Here, I’ll go over My advice and what I learned about myself this month.  

My Advice:

Forget about the way school taught you to write

Before you start, erase what you know. The traditional five-paragraph essay and thesis statements won’t cut it for this month. Find different ways to capture the reader’s attention and to organize your article so that everything is unique and interesting.

Write for the reader, not yourself.

The second thing to do before you start, forget about journaling. Your goal is to write articles that people will want to consume. If your post is more of a journal, it won’t be as useful to an audience as a ‘how-to’ or listicle will be. Get into the mindset of writing to produce value.

Mix up your writing style.

You’ve started, now, mix it up. This month will get boring if you don’t. Doing the same thing over and over again also isn’t the point of this month. Push yourself to explore new writing styles. You’ll suck at first, but the more you do it, the better you’ll get. Do some listicles, a how-to, write about the moral you took from something that happened to you, or do some creative writing.

Inspiration comes in many forms. When it does, write it down.

I can’t stress this enough. When I started, I had 30 blog post planned out for 30 days. I used maybe 8 of those topics, and definitely not in order. This is because when I sat down to write about that topic, I didn’t have the inspiration. Continue to expand your list of topics. One day you don’t want to write about the different breeds of dogs, but the next you might.

Write about things that scare you

Put your opinion out there. It’s scary, especially if it’s controversial, but I discovered that people love to read about opposing perspectives. Writing about these types of things also forces you to do more research on it and learn the topic better.

Deliberately try to be better.

You won’t get anything out of this month if you write because you feel like have to. Write because you want to learn. Take the feedback people give you and use it to be better.

Word Vomit

Sorry for the imagery, but it’s the most accurate way to describe it. There were days that I just couldn’t figure out what to write about, so I sat down and started typing out my thoughts. Sometimes, your subconscious has something interesting to say if you let it. Every time I did this, I would have something to write about.

Things I learned about myself:

I’m not nearly as good at writing than I thought I was.
My sentences tend to be lengthy and wordy
I have tons of ideas, but no idea how to execute them.
I really missed writing.
I had no idea what the difference between passive and active voice was. 

This will be a hard month and it will really push you to be productive every day, but it’ll be worth it. Go forward and write something awesome.