Yesterday was the last day of November and the last day of the 30x30. For 30 days I wrote and published to my blog every day.
I’m glad I did it.
It was a worthwhile exercise.
I am certain I will do it again.
Since no public exercise is complete without a lessons learned article, I figured I better write one today. Here is the obligatory wrap-up article.
It was harder than I thought it would be. I had bronchitis for two weeks, had family visiting for Thanksgiving and completed a big personal project. Plus there are all of my normal responsibilities; cooking, cleaning the house, being a good partner, being a caregiver, exercising and having quality downtime by myself and with my family. Just when I was starting to hit my stride midway through the month, I found I didn’t have the time to write as much as I would like.
It doesn’t have to be perfect, but it does have to be posted. A few articles I wrote have potential to be something larger and will evolve -- once I have time to work with them more. Since VirginiaIngram.com is a playground I am okay with that.
When you’re focused on producing, you can’t be as strategic. There were things I want to write about that I couldn’t get to because I was so focused on producing. I also posted a couple of things that were lame cop outs, but the biggest problem was having the time to turn an idea into something exceptional. I prefer to write articles that also have a visual element. When you’re publishing every day there isn’t enough time to brainstorm, write, create graphics, distribute them and then have conversation about them. I have new 30 pieces, but only a couple that were executed really well from my original brainstorm to distribution. And the ones that feel more complete were part of a larger initiative and started prior to the start of the 30x30.
Creating graphics is a good distraction when you have nothing to say. But you already knew I felt that way.
It was a great way to engage with people I follow and who follow me. I had some great discussions with people on Twitter and Anna and I were able to make headway on some things that will eventually turn into articles for this blog or work.
It was just what I needed to do to start producing regularly again. You have to do something 30 days to make it a habit, right? I will keep producing every day -- I just won’t be publishing every day.
So how was it for you? Did you read the articles I posted this month? Which ones did you like the best? What would you like to see more of?