When I created the Needy Helper I launched the site on the back of two specific goals. Every website or blog needs a steady stream of good quality content and so I decided to launch it with a promise to write 100 Consecutive Daily Blog Posts. The second goal revolved around knowledge and learning. I am a great believer in the power of literature and so I set about reading 52 books in 52 weeks. This blog post is an update on the 100 Consecutive Daily Blog Posts goal as I reach the midway point in my challenge.
Accept the challenges so you can feel the exhilaration of victory – George S. Patton
I must admit I was stunned when I realised that I still had another 43 blog posts to write before I reached my goal. It seems as though I have been churning out content for an extremely long time and I really thought that I was much closer to the finishing line. I have learned a lot during this goal and I have decided that at the end of the task I am going to gather up all of my thoughts and create a short book called How to Write 100 Consecutive Daily Blog Posts and post it on this blog. In the meantime here are a few of the challenges that I have had to face during the writing of the first 57-blog posts.
Writing Day to Day
When I write one blog post per day I create a tremendous amount of pressure to deliver. I am really living life on the red line and any setback during the day can cause me to miss a deadline. In order to reduce the risk of missing a deadline there really needs to be a schedule for writing more than one blog post per day.
By committing to write so many words I eat into time best reserved for planning. There is a common saying if you spend the first 10% of your day planning and organising your work before you begin, you will save as much as 90% of the time it takes to get the job done. I have not been planning as much as I would like.
As I write a lot of words and plan and organise less, my blog becomes a little haphazard. I am mindful that one day my readers could be reading about losing weight, the next day they are reading about prioritising and then the next it’s back to weight again.
Lack of Readers
Having a blog post jammed full of daily content is useless if no one is reading it. There needs to be much more attention spent marketing than writing and this is difficult when you have set such a time consuming goal.
Holidays and Working Assignments
On Thursday I head out to Thailand for a fortnight’s holiday with my girlfriend. I am not going to take my laptop so I have to make sure I write all of my blog posts in advance. This is over fourteen different stories and then when I return I am heading to Vienna for a fortnight on a working assignment. Writing blog posts whilst on holiday or on another working assignment is very difficult.
I started this blog with this goal and so I doubt very many people even know what I am doing. As I plan for my holiday in Thailand I have to write 14 blog posts in advance of my trip, so I checked to see how far behind the end goal I was. It surprised me that it was only midway but it did give me the inspiration to write an update on progress.
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