I wrote my first blog on July 11 the day after I was released from the hospital. Writing my first 31 blogs was very educational. All you have to do is read some older posts to see I needed practice. There are 13 lessons from the last 31 days that stick out for me:
1. I am a crappy writer
2. Dedication is hard – I cannot tell you how many times I wanted to take a night off in the last 31 days. Thinking of a topic, doing the research, writing it, proofing it, proofing it again, and again, makes you want to take a night off. Given you are accountable to no one it’s hard to keep going.
3. Quality is hard – I think maybe 20% of my blogs are worth reading at all and only a few am I proud of writing.
4. Writing is hard – writing is one of the most crucial skills in life and few people are good at it. Practice it every day and your email will get better and you will succeed at things.
5. No matter how many times you proof you will find mistakes after you publish. Corollary: Word does a crappy job checking grammar.
6. People will read your blog
7. People will hate your blog
8. People will fear your blog
9. People will love your blog
10. Best of all people will think you’re crazy
11. Traffic does not matter, everything else does
12. All image searches have at least one porn shot in their results
13. I am not as crappy a writer as I was
Being a dedicated blogger will increase your discipline and focus across all aspects of your life and make you more successful.
Stop being a wimp; dedicate yourself to something tough, it will change your life.