Back in December, I challenged myself to write at least 1000 words every single day in the run up to my blog (re)launch. I thought it would be a good way to get used to producing content again, while at the same time providing me with a backlog of blog posts ready for publishing for those times when inspiration just won’t hit (because, let’s face it, we’ll always have those days). If you want to figure out if there were any benefits or it might be something you want to try, read this post!
In hopes that I could make writing blog posts a fixed habit (quite handy when you’re running a blog, I reckon), I set myself the goal to write at least 1000 words every single day in December – yes, that included Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. Quite ambitious, in hindsight. I think I definitely underestimated how busy of a month December is without setting yourself such a high-effort and time-consuming goal. Hower, I was determined to see it through. After all, I’d made the investment of buying (and hosting) my own domain for the first time ever, so I wanted to make sure that I actually had content ready to publish come January 1st, 2020.
I have to admit, though: at first it was a real struggle. I wasn’t used to sitting down at my laptop and spitting out words (so to speak, of course), and most of my time was spent staring at a blank page. I always made myself start writing, though, and I managed to get 1K words out on most days. Some days I only reached 700 or maybe 800 words, but never less than 500 and I did write (almost) every single day. That was honestly a first for me and it felt very weird and a bit forced at times, but I was determined to do it. And I have to say that I was quite proud of myself, actually, as I’d never managed to do anything like this before. Especially since during the months leading up to this challenge and the launch of my new blog I was a complete unproductive mess. So this was definitely a step up. There were days where I missed just lounging around on my sofa, binge-watching Netflix, but I knew I’d feel worse if I reverted back to that – that’s what motivated me to keep going.
And as the weeks went on, I noticed it started becoming easier. Once I got into the flow of writing, I reached 1K words without even realising it. And on a lot of days, I even surpassed the 1000 word goal. I have to say, I did not expect that at all when I first started. Whereas it usually took me almost an entire day(!) of writing in the beginning (including some distractions, admittedly), as the month was coming to a close I realised that I now only needed a couple of hours at most, and when I was really ~in the zone~ I didn’t even need more than one hour. To me, that was crazy progression. I was making strides towards becoming a more consistent blogger – one of the things I struggled with most in my previous blogging attempts.
In the spirit of full transparency, though, I have to admit that I started to struggle a little as we got closer to Christmas. I was starting to feel like all I was doing, day in, day out, was writing, writing, writing. It felt like there was (almost) no time left for anything fun and ~christmassy~. In hindsight, I think I may have taken on a bit too much going from a long depressive episode into a full month of being productive every single day – I don’t think I was fully ready for that yet; I was a little bit overambitious. Especially since December is notorious for being very busy while at the same time encouraging relaxation (talk about contradiction). But I am still proud of myself that I only missed a couple of days, since that was already a huge improvement compared to the year I had before that. In any case, I decided at the very last minute to give myself a few days off for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, as I noticed I was starting to struggle and I knew those were probably going to be the two busiest days of the month. That was not my intention when I first thought of and started this challenge, but I knew it was what I needed to do in order to keep my mental health in check – which I now know is very important.
In any case, I did manage to actually make a habit out of writing every single day, and I’m genuinely convinced I will be able to stick to it as the year goes on. There might be periods where I’ll have to (or rather, want to – which is valid in and of itself) give myself a short break of maybe a couple of days, for things like vacations or when I know a busy period is coming up, but in general I believe I will write daily. Maybe not 1000 words, but definitely a good chunk. I’m telling you, this habit of writing every single day is not going anywhere anytime soon! And as I mentioned before, I’m actually quite proud of myself for that. Doing this also provided me with 4 completely finished blog posts, 3 blog posts that only need a bit of editing before they’re done, and 10(!) blog posts that are currently still in progress – for a total of 17 blog posts. Not even including any blog posts that I was already working on before December started. I’d say that’s a pretty good result for a month’s work! Especially for someone like me, who used to struggle with coming up with high quality blog posts.
Have you ever set yourself a similar goal? If so, how did it go? Or do you maybe have another way to make sure you’re consistently producing content for your blog? Let me know in the comments, as I’m always open to learning from new ideas.
I hope you enjoyed reading and I’ll see you again next week with a new blog post!