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There’s a common saying among writers that we don’t know what we think until we write it. I know this to be true. There aren’t many things that I know about myself or about life that I haven’t first had to write out.
Here’s what I know now: I’ve written about six unfinished blogs in the past week and I’ve barely made it past 200 words because they aren’t true. They aren’t true for me. They don’t match my voice and they don’t sound like me.
When I begin to write a post, I write slowly and fear creeps in, followed by insecurity, and polished off with inability. I’m trying too hard to write the perfect post instead of just being myself.
That’s why I’ve decided for the next 30 days, from July 20th to August 20th, I will post one blog every day for a total of 30 blogs, assuming that there are 30 days in July. I have no idea. There are probably 31…who knows. Anyway, the best ways to confront and overcome your fears is head on, right?
For someone who handles rarely knowing where I will sleep tonight or the next time I can wash laundry (we’re past two weeks), worrying about being myself seems pretty outrageous. There are bigger fish to fry.
Maybe 30 blogs in 30 days sounds easy to you, or maybe it sounds impossibly difficult. I’m sure somedays it will be a mix of both.
I encourage you to try this with me. You don’t have to start a blog or anything, but just try writing a few thoughts down every day. I’ve been journaling daily since June 29th. That’s barely three weeks, but I already feel more open because I have a daily outlet. Most days just say: “I had this weird dream that I was falling in an elevator with Serena and Blair from Gossip Girl. I must not be watching enough Netflix and miss the show.”
No matter what you write, writing is good. It helps clarify your thoughts, plus it chronicles your life for you. I know I’ve had way too many dreams involving Netflix show characters now. The more you write, the more you’ll learn about yourself too.
Here are my 30 blogs in 30 days goals:
- Write a minimum at 300 words daily. This the minimum amount of words for SEO, plus 300 words will only take two minutes out of a reader’s day. Maybe that can still capture attention.
- Be vulnerable. It’s easy to talk about the surface level stuff, but what about the difficult parts of life? What about sleepless nights and tears and beauty? I believe the more you show your heart, the stronger your heart grows.
- Learn how to share my blog without shaking hands. I’ve been blogging for three years. For only one short year have I ever publicly shared my posts. (Don’t dig into the archives on my old blog unless you’d like to hear the bemoaning of a 21-year-old girl). Sharing your work, like sharing your heart, is terrifying. It gets easier over time, but it still makes my hands sweat. That’s why I downloaded a plugin that automatically shares my posts, so I never have to face the struggle of sharing it myself. But I need to learn how to be bold.
- Try new things. Everyone has a story. I’d like my story to be filled with adventures and whimsy and endless possibility! Who doesn’t? I don’t know what this will look like, but it will be my daily mission.
These are my top four goals for now. Over the next month, they will change and grow. If you’d like to join me, email me and let me know, or comment below if you’re feeling brave. We can suffer together in the trials of daily writing and rejoice in the feeling of daily accomplishing our goal.
Wish me [us] luck!