The 30 Day Blogging Challenge – Day 1

christina canters blogging challenge day 1

6 months and 28 days.

That’s how long it’s been since I posted on this blog.

And I’m appalled at myself. I feel like I’ve abandoned a small, obedient but slightly scruffy puppy.

I love this blog. Yes, I have my podcast at The C Method, but I also enjoy writing about stuff that isn’t related to my business. I feel like I’m constantly learning through my life experiences, and one of my favourite things is to share what I’ve learned with others — because I know if I can help even ONE other person overcome or deal with the same thing, then it’s worth it.

So why did I stop blogging?

At the time, I told myself I needed to focus on my business. Which is fair enough, but then the longer I leave it, the more pressure I put on myself to write a super profound, mind-blowing read. Because that’s what I think you, the reader, are expecting. When it’s really just me placing those expectations on myself. So then I procrastinate a bit more. And then my expectations rise even higher.

The Fix

I know that trying to post once a week will only lead me down the same path to blog abandonment. So to get myself back into the blogging groove, I’ve decided to set myself a humungous challenge — blog every single day for the next 30 days.

Yep.

Every. Single. Day. If I can pull this off, I would have written more posts in these 30 days than in the last 2 years. It freaks me out even thinking about it.

What will I write about?
Where will I find the time?
Isn’t it taking me away from my business?
What if I miss a day? It would be such a fail!

All these questions ran through my head as I toyed with the idea. But, as I’m all about doing stuff that scares you, I realised I’d have to bite the bullet and just go for it.

Besides, deep down, I know I can do it.

Because I’ve done something similar before.

For The C Method, I created a free course that consisted of 21 days* of email lessons to help people be more confident when talking about themselves. Before I had written a single thing, I emailed my list and asked “Would you be interested in signing up?”

When a bunch of people replied “Yes!” I had a major “Oh crap!” moment – I had just locked myself into creating 21 days of useful, quality content…in 21 days.

So I wrote the intro email and sent it off. Then every morning for the next 20 days, my priority was to write a lesson (similar in length to a blog post) and send it off to my subscribers who were expecting that email to arrive.

And you know what I found?

Writing a new post every single day got easier. My writing skills improved, I got faster, and I generated new ideas more quickly. It’s like any other skill, really. Use it or lose it, baby.

So if I can make it through 21 days of writing content people will definitely read, I’m pretty sure I can make it through 30 days of writing content people may or may not consider possibly skimming through.

So for the next 30 days you can expect a mish-mash of post topics – they might be on travel, personal development, Crossfit, random stories – but they will all have one common goal: to help you improve your life too.

If you want to stay updated, pop your name and email in the box in the footer below and I’ll send you a summary once a week (yeah don’t worry, no daily email spam from me).

Of course, I’ll still be podcasting, so if you’re interested to improve your public speaking, confidence and communication skills, come on over and subscribe.

Thanks for joining me on this challenge! If there’s a topic you’d like to see me address on this blog (and want to challenge me further), email me at [email protected]

See you tomorrow for Day 2. Peace out.

*It’s now 10 lessons, which is much more digestible that 21. Sign up here.