1-Year Writing Challenge: Nine Months in
And time flew by once more.
Working during nighttime and trying to spend time with family and friends has made this month been quite complicated when it comes to writing.
Yet, I somehow made it through and, once again, a new challenging month is upon us.
Anyway, let’s do a quick check as usual.
1. Positive aspects
It’s funny how I came to writing almost a year ago, thinking I wanted to be more than just “the language guy” and now find myself slowly going back to my roots and sharing about languages and language-learning more and more.
I’ve noticed that, not only am I getting more views, I also often feel more satisfied after writing those articles than some others.
Of course, I still enjoy writing about the rest too though!
This month, I doubled my views and reads, thus reaching 3200 views and 1500 reads.
I noticed one small article I wrote at the end of August accounts for the highest part and is now appearing on the first page of Google when typing “Stupid Jokes”. I had a lot of fun writing it and even though it might not be my best one to date, it clearly had something which worked and I am very happy with that.
Despite having a messy schedule this month, I was able to stay on track. Sometimes barely, but at least I stayed rather consistent. Which is definitely the most important.
Finally, I started my very own publication: The Language Learning Hub!
This publication will allow me to concentrate in one place all the language-related articles and create a place for learners and would-be-learners to gather and share tips or dig deeper in our brains.
2. Negative Aspects
Now, will all this being said, I wouldn’t call this a month I am very proud of.
I do believe I got quite lucky that some of my articles got a whole lot of views and some positive reactions making this month statistically positive.
Outside of the writing, I don’t believe I evolved that much as I almost didn’t read books (only finished one book and read 30 pages of a new one) and other articles.
As I almost didn’t go out either, this meant that finding new topics, new ways to cover certain ideas, and so on, was particularly complicated. I pretty much stagnated in that sense.
3. Goals for October
I’ll be going back to Japan on the 17th of the month. This pretty much means that my month will be cut into two halves:
- One with a messy schedule in France, including the last few days with a sleepless night to be ready for the Japanese schedule as soon as I set foot in Japan.
- One with a not messy but extremely busy schedule in Japan, as I’ll go to a Polyglot Conference on the weekend I get back and then will have 2 weeks of meeting up with people.
In September, I only accomplished 2 goals: setting a schedule to write and enjoying writing. Not the hardest but clearly the most important ones!
For October, I’ll be more realistic, taking into account my experience from the past month:
- Read 1 book at least, potentially half another one too
- Comment on at least 3 articles a week
- Set a clear schedule for when I get back to Japan to avoid missing days
- And as usual: continue enjoying writing!
We’re now getting in the last quarter of the year! Let’s try to consolidate what’s been done and see how far I can go by December 31st!