People who know me, know that I am new to the blogging game. In fact, blogging is an activity that started as an outlet for my emotions during the lockdown period. In several posts, I have made references to how the lockdown was a bit rough on me as a person quarantining alone. I have also made references to how expression in the form of writing always came easily to me. Even as a child, I found it easier to communicate my thoughts on paper rather than saying them out loud.
I remember exactly what birthed the idea of blogging in my head. It was a particularly exhausting day, perhaps a day or two after my birthday. I recall feeling miserable, almost as though trapped in some kind of time-bomb, ready to explode any moment. I longed to be in the cozy comfort of home, surrounded by family, with easy access to delicious food prepared with love. Instead, I was stuck at a place, miles away from home, without a single soul to talk to.
Nobody had forced me to live alone, and I have often reiterated my love for my own space. But, the lockdown period unleashed a different kind of monstrosity altogether, the kind that I wasn’t prepared for. I realized soon enough that if I did not consciously monitor my thoughts, they would wander to dark places, making it important to find a healthy outlet to channelize all my pent up emotions, especially the ones arousing negativity. That is how I started blogging, as some kind of tracker to keep a tab on my emotions.
Soon enough, it turned into an activity that I looked forward to, especially after a long, strenuous day of work. It became my respite from the hours of laborious and often mindless activities that work demands. Through it, I began to revisit favourite childhood memories and think about people who directly or indirectly influence me or the choices I make in life. But, most importantly, it helped me give a voice to issues or topics I feel passionately about.
On one such day, while researching about the basics of blogging, I chanced upon the term ‘30 day blogging challenge’. The idea is to blog consistently for 30 days straight irrespective of the quality of content, at least that was my understanding of it. As a newbie recently introduced to the blogging arena, this definitely piqued my interest. But, to be able to create killer blog content for 30 days straight is no ordinary task and one that warrants single-minded focus and dedication.
However, as mentioned previously, I started blogging purely to document my thoughts and encapsulate some life experiences. Perhaps, it was also an attempt to translate mental images associated with my childhood onto paper. But, it was not something I intended to earn money out of. It began as a journey of unrestrained expression with no end goal in mind and continues to be so even as lockdown relaxes.
One month into blogging and a week after the completion of the 30 day challenge, I write this post to summarize some of my major observations. I hope this helps you as much as it did me-
- Instills a sense of discipline:
The 30 day challenge instilled in me a sense of discipline, one that I was not familiar with earlier. I persisted even through the days where there was a dearth of ideas, and I felt like I was wasting everyone’s time, including mine.
- Writing became easier:
With the passage of time, it became easier to write, even topics that I was uncomfortable to write about, or the ones that were unfamiliar, uncharted territory. The more I wrote, the more confident I became.
- Sense of Achievement:
Every time I would publish a post, I would be filled with a sense of achievement. This feeling would intensify especially on the days when I had to coax myself to write due to a lack of inspiration.
- Acquire knowledge:
To amply explain a subject, especially the ones you are unsure about, requires expertise, and such expertise comes only from extensive research and clear understanding of the subject matter. Thus, when you prepare to blog on any topic, you inevitably end up researching a lot, thereby acquiring knowledge in the process.
The only flip side to this challenge, as I experienced it, was the content burn-out. At one point of time, to generate content, did feel like a chore. But, that could be attributed to the fact that mine is a personal blog. You can only draw so much content from your personal life and simultaneously keep readers engaged.
However, the pros far outweigh the cons. As a beginner, I would recommend every blogger to take up this challenge to bring about consistency and inculcate the habit of writing.
I truly believe that the learning in this month-long journey has been tremendous and I hope to continue writing regularly.
Have you taken up the 30 day blogging challenge? How has your experience been with it? What were your major learnings? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section.