1-Year Writing Challenge: Seven Months in
Wow, what an incredible month.
My personal life went through some bumps along the way, but I was able to find the time to write and dig deeper in new things.
On July 25th, I also reached my first anniversary of self-improvement. I didn’t start writing online a year ago, but I did really start having a diary and write stuff back then. A year later, I’m here, in awe with how much I still got to go.
In any case, let’s try to make this sum up shorter than the previous ones and still dive into successes and “failures”.
1. Positive aspects
Continuing from June, I’ve been writing consistently and getting a bit more traction. I got curated for about a quarter of my articles published on Medium which also got me to reach about 1200 views in one month. It shouldn’t matter that much, but I still can’t believe it. I even got 120 views on one day, which was more than what I had in a month in April.
While I’m still unable to put words on it precisely (ironic considering the fact that I am writing everyday), I feel my writing style is evolving more and more. It also seems to help in getting my ideas out there.
I’ve also read 3 very interesting books which have come handy in my writing too:
- Make Time, by Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky, was great in giving an incredible amount of small tips to make better use of, you guessed it, time.
- Grit, by Angela Duckworth, dove in the mindset of achievement and how to create it. A must-read if you ask me.
- When, by Daniel H. Pink, was also mind-bowling in how it showed How and Why are not the only parameters we should work on.
Concentrating when reading is also slowly getting easier. It had been a struggle for many years but I am really starting to become able to get lost in a book.
Scheduling articles is now becoming more natural. I believe the whiteboard I bought last month and hung in front of my screen, with all my articles to write each month helps a lot as well.
2. Negative aspects
Getting up was an issue in June and stayed so in July for most of the month. I actually woke up without much trouble but could not, for some reason, get out of bed before 5:30 a.m. It’s now been “solved” with a new set up in my room and my phone being much farther from me. Let’s see how long I’ll keep it that way though.
Being proactive hasn’t been much of a success either as I didn’t find the time to actually dive in potential actions until the past week. This is probably also why I haven’t gotten that much traction until starting being curated.
I also decided to stop writing about Ainu on my blog, which was a hard decision and made me stop writing for 1 day afterwards (luckily with the article scheduled already) and really ponder the reasons behind me. I put this in the negative aspects but in the end it’s also positive considering it pushed me to reevaluate my goals and interests.
I also did not finish my courses on LinkedIn learning so I’ll need to get back on those.
3. Goals for August
August is going to be busy, with my ex-flatmate coming in for a week, a potential trip for 10 days in Korea and another friend coming at the end of the month. Work has also been messy and the incoming month should confirm this tendency.
But still, here are the main goals for this month:
- Get out of bed within the minute consistently in the morning and get my mind ready to write within the first 30 minutes of the day.
- Finish the 2 courses on Content Marketing and SEO on LinkedIn Learning.
- Comment on at least one article a day
- Read at least 2 books
- And as always: Continue enjoying writing!
Tough month coming ahead but there’s no way I’ll let a successful month like July be the last one. It might have been great, but I’ll make sure August is even greater!