Today is day 30 of me blogging every single day of this month. While I’m definitely celebrating the fact that I did this, I have to be honest I wasn’t sure if I’d make it for 30 days. This was definitely challenging and I also had a lot of fun and wanted to share a few things I learned.
Make a Plan
If you’re going to do this type of blogging challenge, know what you’re going to talk about each day. Create a content calendar and even write a rough draft of your blog post. Having a plan will reduce the stress of “what to post” and make this challenge easier to do. There were a few times I switched the days of blog post or scrapped a post all together, but I also had extra blog post ready to fill any open space. If I didn’t make a plan for this challenge I definitely would not have made it for 30 days.
30 days is a LONG time
Seriously. If I had to do it all over again, I would not do a 30 day blog challenge again. Yes, I had fun but blogging everyday is hard; even with planned content. If I was to do this blog challenge again I would feel like something between 14 to 20 days would work just fine. If you’re thinking about doing a blogging challenge, making a plan definitely helps but also ask yourself what your overall goal is for this type of challenge.
The content planning for this challenge helped me to better plan content for this blog going forward. While I will not be blogging every day it helped me to plan out the post I will share on this blog. I want this space to be not just about sharing what happens here in the studio but also what inspires me and to share more about all the things I like to do beyond design. This challenge helped me to get clear on what I wanted this blog space to be and also that posting to the blog three times a week is good.
Not Everything Has to be About the Business
This was a constant struggle for me. How much do I talk about Scratch Paper Studio and how much do I share about myself and other things in this space. What I loved about this challenge is finding a happy medium and talk about the shop while also talking about other things that I’m passionate about and inspire the designs in the shop. This challenge helped me to revamp old post and discover new ways to incorporate everything that I am passionate about in this space.
That’s it, these are my takeaways from 30 days of blogging. I’ll be back to my regular blogging schedule after the 4th of July holiday.