Lessons Learned

The Biggest Lesson

I promised (or threatened) that I would eventually explore the lessons that I learned during last month’s daily blog posting challenge. I originally started the challenge because I was noticing that my posting schedule had been erratic since late September. And that doesn’t fit with my goals here–I want you to find consistent support and resources. And I was pretty nervous about it. I have never posted daily, and I wasn’t sure how that would work with November’s busy schedule. I didn’t want people to get sick of seeing my name in their reader or email or other media outlet–no one wants to be “too much.” And I’d hate for folks to tune me out because I overwhelmed them.

But, as it turned out, I got it done. And here are a few things I learned along the way.

Challenge is a Good Thing

30 posts in 30 days is a lot of writing. What realized though, is that I respond well to a challenge. Knowing that there was a goal to reach meant that I pushed myself. And here’s the deal: no one was monitoring me. I didn’t have any visible consequences for not meeting the challenge goal. But I said I would do it. And, in my profession, my integrity is a precious commodity. So the presence of the challenge and my commitment to it was enough. And that got me thinking. What could you do with a challenge? Who do you need to help you be accountable?

Pursuing a Passion isn’t Really Work

This was the most writing I have ever tried to do. And I quickly realized that I wasn’t going to be able to settle for cranking out a few sentences and calling that a daily post. Nope, I committed to daily posts, and I wanted each of those posts to be as good as possible. (Or maybe I’m just wordy and I can’t help myself). And I had a wonderful time doing it. I originally started the blog because: a) people who know more about business than I do said I should and b) it was a good way to walk my talk about health care professionals showing up to provide good information online. But I realized pretty early on that I really enjoy writing. I like knowing that I’m creating something that might be helpful to others. And doing more of something that I enjoy is just having more fun. What’s a passion of yours that you could engage with more actively?

Focusing on Something Amplifies Your Experience

When you are trying to blog daily, one thing that happens is that you think about blogging all the time. Throughout my day, I’d be keeping an ear out for things that would translate well into posts. This is similar to what happens when you use a gratitude journal. Knowing that you will be writing about gratitude “tunes you in.” Most people who use gratitude journals say that they find themselves feeling more gratitude because of their focus on gratitude. I had the same experience with the blog challenge. The more I wrote, the more I was aware of writing. It became more natural to me. What in your life would you like to amplify? How could you focus on it?

Thanks for going along with me on that journey. I’m guessing one result will be that I blog more often. Feel free to share feedback on the schedule–I don’t want to overwhelm anyone!

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