For the month of January, I was challenged with writing daily blog posts. This can be challenging itself, but I also had a 9 day trip to Seattle, WA in the middle of the month. During the month of December, I also was busy developing Travel By Month. Which required daily photos and weekly videos, restaurant reviews, and blog posts.
This means, I have been writing, editing, and posting for two months. Good news is, my ability to create daily creative content has tremendously improved.
While I was gathering daily photos in December, I learned the challenges and stresses that come with having deadlines for creative content. Whether it was dealing with bad weather, or having an extremely packed day. I learned how to roll with the punches and still get the work done.
3 Things I Learned
1. Think Beyond What Is Ahead
I have always been fantastic at keeping on top of my day-to-day schedule, but this is a completely different world. My go to was writing down any ideas I had for blogs or photoshoots right away. There is literally no time for delay. Thinking ahead is an understatement, that is why you need to think beyond what is ahead. If you are running ahead for the day, do not just stop, write another post or pitch some post ideas to yourself. If you are on public transportation, do not just sit there, start writing your post for the day. I really had to use this strategy when I was in Seattle.
2. Time Can Be Your Friend, But Also Kill You
Procrastination is a toxic force that can kill any productive bone in your body. Something that I noticed is having too much "free time" can make you extremely unproductive. When I started, if I had lots of time to write something, I would end up putzing around with it way too long. I had to teach myself how to sit down and get something done, even if I only had a few other things to get done that day.
3. Not Everyone Will Agree With You
Sometimes, I want to live in a world where everything I do is perfect and everyone agrees with my opinion. This never has, and will never happen though. Everything can be improved. Understanding this will make you a better creator. When I posted about my beliefs on Veganism, (post) I was really concerned with how people would take it. Thankfully, everyone was very open and helped me construct a great post. Just because something is not perfect, does not mean you should not post it. Hearing feedback can help you construct something better from the ashes.
Something that really challenged me during my daily content creation was learning to be confident. I have been through a plethora of stressful situations, but at first, it felt like my daily content was targeting all my insecurities. You have to be confident in what you are posting, otherwise, why are you posting it? Learning how to be confident with something you are unsure about is challenging, but worth it. Try finding something in your post that you feel 100% with and keep that in mind as you publish it.
Daily blogging has improved many things about my writing, but none more than my ability to get to the point. I have noticed that many people tend to write with quantity rather than quality. Most of my posts are now written straight and to the point. When I started this month, I thought valuable writing was about quantity. Now I understand that some of the most valuable posts are the shortest ones you will read.
This challenge has shown that I have the ability to learn fast and on the go. It also shows my dedication to improving my work and broadcasts that I am open to constructive criticism. The content within my posts also shows that I am able to create valuable content, regardless of the conditions.
Have you thought about challenging yourself with daily content creation? Try it and see what happens.