What I Learned from a Daily Writing Schedule

I wrote a blog post pretty much every day for the month of July in 2018. It was, like many things I do on my site, an experiment that aimed to answer some questions.

  1. Is it difficult to write a new post everyday?
  2. If I force myself to follow a daily schedule, will I improve my writing?

Here are some of my thoughts briefly about this experience, 2 months later.

If readers are interested in knowing more or further writing on a particular point, please let me know and I will consider writing up a longer form answer.

1. Is writing a new post everyday difficult?

Yes, it was difficult to write a post every day (shocker). I wrote the first couple of posts quite painlessly, but after a while I ended up stressing out about the task throughout the day (I normally like to write in the evenings). In the end, I would spend around an hour a night to finish a post and it had become more of a chore.

Why was it like a chore? Probably because I took on the challenge of writing one blog post every day without adjusting the other parts of my schedule. After writing one or two nice and breezy posts it was easy to believe that the rest would follow along much in the same way. But I was wrong. It only became harder to write, and the more I worried about the writing process the more its difficulty compounded.

I have two thoughts on this. The first is that your blog doesn’t need to be perfect. Perfectionism (i.e. rewriting a post fifty times in slightly different styles) should be avoided. Let it be a little messy. That’s the form.

The second thought is how important it is to be honest about your time resources (especially with yourself). Keeping a blog is a great way to spread ideas and communicate with other people, but it shouldn’t take precedence over our full-time jobs, relationships, and doctor’s appointments. Write in it when you can, knowing that people will find it and read it every once in a while.

Note: if your goal is to generate traffic and income directly from your blog then my advice probably won’t suite you.

2. Did my writing improve due to a daily writing schedule?

Writing everyday didn’t improve my writing, but it did help me to better understand the conditions required of good writing.

I remember one of the first posts I wrote. I was in a good mood and had just gotten back from a late summer night’s meal with a friend. I was able to channel my emotions onto the page and readers responded positively. I may have even gotten a few laughs. However, as I continued my daily writing, I became more tense and self-conscious. I wrote my least favorite pieces while in these negative emotional states.

Writing every day helped me to understand just how important it is to control one’s emotions when writing. Looking back, I now recognize that the pieces I am most proud of didn’t require a lot of heavy editing, but a strong “emotional control” during the writing process.

Of course, after July I didn’t write in here for two months. I don’t think I will go back to the daily publishing schedule anytime soon, but I’m still excited to see how my writing and this blog will continue to morph as I progress down life’s windy path.

What I am beginning to experience and perhaps better understand is that the best use of a blog is for the author’s own learning. Through writing and the process of discovery, the author pushes himself to learn more and better understand the relationship between things in his life.

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