Each day, I sit down to do what I'm doing right now. I write. Every day. No matter what. Typically, I do this at night when I'm gathering my thoughts and reflecting on the day. I write about the highlights unless I have some other idea that's better. But regardless, I write.
My goal is 1,000 days of daily blogging, and today is day 250. I'm officially a quarter of the way there! Here's a list of some of my favorites:
Maybe it's your New Year's resolution to do more writing, maybe you're looking for a new creative outlet, or maybe you want to do something new just for fun. Whatever your reason, I'm assuming that you're a new blogger looking for some ideas on how to get started. Here's what I've learned from blogging over the course of 249 - it's been quite an amazing experience so far.
Reading challenge update: 20/35.
Have you ever read a book and realized halfway through that you don't totally agree after all? Do you ever start off agreeing with it, but then realize the point could be more accurate than the book makes it appear to be?
Well, I made it to 200 days. I don't plan to stop anytime soon, and if I'm being honest, I still have lots of room to grow. Let's just say I'm not quitting my daily blogging until I'm content with my writing. The only other reason I would quit is if this became a part of my life that had too much power - yeah, that whole thing is still on my mind.
Yesterday I shared that I need to be more intentional with my daily writing, so I've come up with some solutions. These are just slight changes that I'm going to make temporarily, and the idea is to keep making adjustments every so often. I might make adjustments every two to three weeks, but playing it by ear might be the best option.
As I’ve shared before, I used to hate writing and I never would have imagined that someday I would be blogging everyday - let alone share it publicly. Nevertheless, here I am! Still shocked, but even more so about the ways in which I’ve grown. Sure, I obviously knew that my writing skills would be improved, but I never would have assumed that it would actually change the way I think.
On the rare occasions I’ve had writer’s block, I’ve seen a pattern of it not being the lack of ideas, but an overflow of them. It’s more a result of the fact that there’s lots on my mind to share, but the idea that it only makes sense to share one idea is what stops me from writing. I get caught in a cycle, not knowing where to start, and my head becomes overwhelmed.
For a long time I didn’t care so much about lyrics. There were a few songs that every once in a while popped up at the right moment with the words I needed to hear, but I never looked for good lyrics. Lyrics was never the determining factor that would make or break a song to me. It was always the beat, rhythm, and melodies. If I ever valued the lyrics it was just icing on the cake, not something I considered to be essential. My friends always thought I was weird for being that way, but frankly I thought they were weird for relying so much on the words in a song. Not until recently was I finally able to see why lyrics can be powerful, and how to spot which lyrics are.
In no way do I consider myself a “professional” in the writing world. As far as I’m concerned, writing to me is useful, important, but also a hobby - one I’ve gained a lot from doing. With what I’ve gained I’ve been able to recognize the techniques that I find most helpful, but there’s still much more for me to learn. Regardless, here’s a few tips for new bloggers who are interested.