I don’t know how many of you have been paying attention, counting down the days until my “write one blog for my website every day for an entire year” mission would be complete, but I’m here to tell you… today is that day.
That’s right. As soon as this blog post publishes, I’ll have written three-hundred and sixty-five blog posts in just as many days. There are actually more blogs published on the site, since I’d written two before I’d decided to do the year-long thing, but that’s not important. What is important is that I’ve made it.
It’s been a long year, so let’s go over what I’ve learned from this whole experience.
One, it’s hard as shit to write a blog every day for three-hundred and sixty-five days.
Harder yet when you go on two long vacations in that span and have to write the blogs ahead of time to make sure you don’t fall behind. Like, seriously. I did National Novel Writing Month, visited my family in Spokane for a week, and went on my two-week honeymoon to Ireland all in the time I was writing this blog. That doesn’t include the countless weekends I was away from the house and various other things that kept me away from the internet. But I did it. I got every single day done.
Two, you start to run out of content ideas about halfway through.
Somehow I managed to not totally sound like a broken record, but man, it was getting challenging. Thank god for news like Amazon’s eBook publishing battle, writing snippets, and various goings-on in my life for picking up the slack when I couldn’t think of a whole lot else to write about. Just imagine how much harder it was to come up with content to write about when I was pre-writing for the vacations I mentioned above!
Three, when you really set your mind to it, you can make it happen.
I’m not going to lie to you–there were a few times I just thought, “Fuck it, I won’t get a blog up today,” or “I’ll just do two tomorrow,” and yet still managed to work through to get a new article posted. There’s something really awesome about knowing I was able to stick to this for this long. It also didn’t hurt that I made the task very public, so it’s not like people wouldn’t, you know, notice that I wasn’t around. Accountability goes a long way, folks.
Four, people were way more interested in personal stories and commentary on well-known works than they were on just generic writing tips and tricks.
According to my Google Analytics account, I got the most traffic on pages talking about my life (such as the nonfiction pieces about my mom, the pregnancy announcement, and similar posts), posts focusing on popular media (like Sherlock and Frozen), than I did on articles discussing writing alone. That doesn’t mean I’m going to give up writing about writing, because hey, that’s what I’m here for, but it was an interesting thing to note.
It’s been a really crazy ride, and I’m sure you guys are curious to know where I’m going to go next with this site. All I’ll say right now is this:
I’m not going to be doing a blog a day, every day, for the next year. It’s just not happening.
But I still need to figure out exactly what I am doing. This week, I’m only going to be posting today and Friday–today to celebrate my success in this crazy endeavor, and on Friday to let you know exactly what to expect in the coming months. I swear I won’t just drop off the face of the earth. I have some ideas, and I need to polish them up before I make any promises–especially since I don’t want to make any promises I’ll regret keeping!
So I’ll see you soon, and I can’t wait for this next (much less busy) year!