What I Learned from Writing Every Day

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Today is Day 30 of my 30 Days of Blogging challenge.

what i learned from writing every day

Honestly, I can’t believe that I actually posted 30 blogs in 30 days. Saying it now sounds daunting and overwhelming, but I invested hours into this dream and it is my reality. There were days where I nearly failed and days where writing took me until 6:00 in the evening, but I succeeded in my goal.

Here’s what I learned from writing every day for a month:

1. As horribly selfish as this may sound, I am writing for myself. Any time I’m writing and I catch myself wondering how many people will read this or who it will affect, I stop. I stop writing that post and start on something new. The goal in my writing is not to spike my traffic with a new audience. My goal is to share my worldview with others who see the world the same way I do.

Our world is full of possibility, ready to be discovered. Sometimes we need to shake off insecurities and put in hard work, but the world around us is anxious to be discovered by brave people like you and me.

2. After writing an estimated 20,000 words (the length of a short ebook), I dare to say I’ve become a better writer. Sitting down in the chair…okay, laying down on the couch each morning became easier because I felt more comfortable with my fingertips gliding across the keys. Writing daily squashed my fear of sharing my thoughts with strangers (and my mom) every day.

3. For me, the biggest challenge of writing is not the actual writing, but thinking of a topic. What should I write about? I pester my husband with this question nearly every morning. I keep a list of ideas on OneNote, which I use for daily journaling and outlining posts. This morning in particular, I woke up in fear of having no words to share today. No original thoughts, no outstanding insight, no extraordinary wisdom.

Whenever this happens, I think of Seth Godin. In his book, The Icarus Deception, he briefly mentions how people never run out of things to say, but complain of running out of things to write. “Write like you talk. Often.” If I would talk about it aloud, I could write about it. This is why you read a handful of posts about food and recipes this month. Who doesn’t love talking about food?

If you have any topics or ideas you’d like me to write more about on this blog, please comment below. I always accept ideas!

4. Anyone can be a writer. I’m convinced of this. Time and practice force you to grow into a better writer. This was my experience, at least. If you want to write, or sing, or dance, or paint, practice every day for an hour, maybe even less, and you will improve.  You only must show up every day.

That’s what I learned from writing every day. If you missed the past 30 days and are interested in reading more from me,

Here are five most popular posts from the last month:

The Partially True Story of Me Defeating the Nazi’s

How to Make Breakfast Tacos like a Texan

I Dropped My Computer…

How To Film A Documentary

The Story of Losing My iPhone in Colorado

As you can see, everyone loves the stories about me breaking, losing, and destroying things.

Here were my top three favorite posts to write this month:

Everyone Has A Story

I Want to be a Singer and Other Unlikely Dreams

Art: Create for the Man Who Sees the Stars

Thank you all for supporting me with your comments, feedback, and typo corrections over the past month. You’ve made my daily struggle extremely rewarding.


What’s next?

I plan to continue writing, for the love of writing, an estimated three days a week. After measuring statistics from the last month, my most popular days for posts are: Monday, Thursday, and Saturday. So you can probably expect posts on those days.

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5 Responses

  • Alyssa,
    What an achievement! You have inspired me to resurrect my blog that’s been neglected for most of this year and be willing to be as brave as you have been. Your words are making a difference to those of us privileged to read them, but I agree with you that first and foremost, you have to write for yourself. A favorite quote from Flannery O’Connor: “I write to discover what I know.”

  • Alyssa! Reading your blog is my favorite way of avoiding work! This one made me think of 2 books you should read:

    1) Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. It’s about writing and it’s hilarious.
    2) Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. It talks about the 10,000 hour rule(and other interesting things), which basically says that experts at things have had 10,000 hours of practice. That’s only 1 chapter of it, but the rest is good too!

    • I’m so happy to promote procrastination! Bird by Bird is next on my list! I’ve been meaning to read it. I’m glad to hear you liked Outliers, I keep seeing it everywhere, I must read it now.

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