What 30 Consecutive Days of Blogging Has Taught Me
(actually, make that 31)
Though I initially anticipated having an "open" calendar for module three, July quickly turned into a frenzy of personal commitments that consumed the majority of my every-day life.
To say I was stressed is an understatement.
I had to adapt to this new "normal" and roll with the punches to complete this challenge.
I learned a lot during my month of daily blogging, but there are three things which stood out to me as my most worthwhile achievements.
Enhanced Writing Skills
I've never been a terrible writer; however, during this challenge I found that there is always room for improvement.
I was out of practice. I considered myself an "occasional writer," but my writing was posted very rarely for the public to see or critique.
Knowing that advisors, my cohort, and potential business partners would see these posts, I was driven to create good, well-written content.
After writing a blog post every day for 3 weeks, I decided to take a look back at some of my past work.
Had my writing progressed at all?
A previous post of mine, and one which I used for my Praxis application, became my guide.
When submitting my application, I remember feeling confident about this piece of writing.
After reading it back 6 months later, I was appalled.
I couldn't believe all of the changes it needed to make it a presentable piece of writing, and naturally, I was embarrassed by myself and my skills.
Still, I realized that this showed growth because I'd so greatly improved my writing skills in that short amount of time.
To prove it, I took it upon myself to re-write this post.
Here is January 2019's post
Here is the updated version that I wrote July 2019
Strengthened Time Management
Having a busy life on top of having to create daily content is NOT a walk in the park.
I had no choice but to use the short amount of time I had every day to my advantage and pop out something I deemed "good enough" to be on the internet... with my name on it...
I did my best to never waste a second of the day, but there were a few posts I had to submit that were not my best. Although frustrated, I made sure to never give up and to remember to be proud of myself and of what I created with the time I had.
The key to time management is to plan out tomorrow today.
I would look at my schedule for the next day, dedicate a specific chunk of time to writing, and pick out the topic I was going to write about all before going to bed.
I found that I could sleep better due to less anxiety and woke up refreshed and ready to tackle my to-do list.
Confidence is just as important as writing and time management skills.
If you aren't confident in yourself or what you're developing, you will stay stagnant.
This challenge brought me WAY out of my comfort zone, and I had no choice but to find my written voice.
After seeing my writing improve and learning how to juggle the most hectic of schedules, I learned that I am capable.
The feeling of being capable is one I will not let go of any time soon and plan to carry with me through the rest of my professional life.
This challenge was by no means the hardest thing I've ever done, but it taught me valuable lessons that have increased my professional potential.
Between enhancing my writing, strengthening my time management, and gaining new confidence, I am thankful for the stress this challenge brought.