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The last post

Published on 30 November 2021

This is the last post in my 30 days of writing series. Here I’ll write a little bit about the experience and the things I learned in the process.

Ideas

It was incredibly challenging to come up with something to write about every single day. Several times I considered giving up, but as the days went on and I looked back at how much I had already written, the idea of throwing it all away was out of the question.

For the most part I don’t think the content I created was that interesting, but that wasn’t the point. As long as I wrote and published something every day, that was all that mattered. Writing for writings sake.

One of the things that I’m most proud of is that each and every post was written on the same day it was published. It was tempting to try and write a batch of posts and schedule them, but that felt like cheating.

Time

Finding the time was very difficult. I started this challenge when I was on annual leave so initially it wasn’t so hard to find the time, but once I went back to work it became much harder.

My approach was to try and write the post as early in the day as possible. Often I’d be having breakfast with my laptop open trying to come up with ideas. In the beginning that was enough, but as time went on I was often writing during my lunch break and sometimes after work.

Engagement

I removed analytics from my site a long time ago. I wasn’t using it and the performance impact it had on the site just wasn’t jusitified. As a result I have no idea how many people engaged with this content. I must admit I am curious, but the aim of this project was not to build an audience.

What I’ve learned

One thing that I’ll take away from this challenge is to be less precious about my writing. I can’t count the amount of times I have started a blog post and after a couple of days lost momentum because I was trying to get it absolutely perfect.

It is satisfying to have completed something as difficult as this was. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, which is why I didn’t set any constraints other than writing and posting.

Would I do this again? No, I don’t think so. It was quite stressful having this task looming over me all day, which is why I tried to write as early as possible, but it did feel good to tick that daily task off on my todo list.

What does this mean for future blogging?

I think I need a break from writing now, but I hope to be blogging semi-regularly soon. I don’t know if that will be on a schedule or on an adhoc basis. Let’s wait and see…

This post is part of a series of posts in which I write and publish a blog post every day throughout November 2021. There are no constraints on the project and the posts don’t neccissarliy have any connection to each other.

See all of the posts in the 30 days of writing project.