30 days, 30 posts. I did it!

I have to be completely honest, I didn’t think I would.

When I first had the idea to do this 30-day blogging challenge, my head-wrecking self-doubting inner voice scoffed at me: “You won’t stick to this. You’ll be lucky to get half way.”

IN YOUR FACE INNER VOICE!

For the past 30 days I have posted a blog every single day. And as the wise Kelly Exeter predicted, it has been good for me.

It taught me to let go with my writing. To not waste time, to quit staring at the keyboard wondering “How can I make this my best piece ever?” I just bashed out whatever came into my head and it felt good.

It taught me to not dwell on the crap posts. In an effort to fit in my daily post alongside work and the usual chaos of my life, there were definitely some crap posts. But I resisted the urge to beat myself up over them and just moved on to the next one. Letting go can be so liberating. (Mental note: must learn to let go of things more often.)

It taught me that finding time to write is not as hard as I always thought it would be. There will always be time, somewhere; tucked in between my business, the school runs, the client meetings. If you really want to write, you will find time.

It taught me that self doubt can a killer and there is nothing better than kicking that nasty little wench out the door and into the cold of the night. She ‘aint welcome round here no more.

But this challenge also opened a door. To an old friend. I can’t tell you the last time I saw Elle (Mummyfried) in person. It must be nearly 15 years? Sure there has been the occasional Facebook chatter, but I was so delighted when she decided to join the challenge. I have loved reading her posts. The insight to her life in Greece. Her beautiful little family. I hope we get to catch up in person one day soon.

It also brought me closer to the brilliant writing of Emma on emmasbrain. Her written voice is so clear. Her personality so strong. I envy her wit and seemingly effortless humour. I always knew she was a talented blogger, but visiting her blog every day has been so entertaining. She won’t like me writing this and probably won’t believe me, but she really is an inspiration.

This 30-day blogging challenge really has reminded me how much I enjoy writing. It has given me a gentle shove to sit in front of my keyboard more often for my own selfish reasons.

Thank you to the friends and strangers who have read my posts every day. Thank you for your encouragement, your comments and for putting up with those crap posts. And to Busy-And-Important-Husband who never once complained when I disappeared into the office leaving him to deal with the chaos that comes with our two little people. Or for the evenings I abandoned him for my blog (although it may be a challenge for me to regain control of that television remote).

Thank you ball boys. Thank you lines men. Thank you to the Academy.

30-day blogging challenge…my work here is done.

You may not see me here tomorrow, but I will be back. Soon.

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Comments

  1. says

    Oh Lisa!!! I am really going to miss this you know?! I have learned very similar lessons as you have, just to bash it out and not over think it. I too had lingering doubt that I wouldn’t be able to do it, and I probably wouldn’t have if it wasn’t for you being my cheer squad!!
    I’ll still be back, visiting this blog every day, and Thank you!
    I have made a beautiful friend in you Lisa. Mwah! xx

    • says

      I’m going to miss it too!!! I will definitely be all over your blog like a rash. Love your writing and so glad this crazy little idea of mine resulted in our friendship! x

  2. says

    I am almost inspired to try this myself. ALMOST. If I didn’t think it would push me over the edge of the cliff I am staring down at at the moment!

    I’m so proud of you though. There were no crap posts. They were all just you being you and I loved it xx

  3. says

    Self doubt is my enemy. You did so well. I can get caught up in the fear of annoying people by writing every day, worrying about not having something interesting to say for the day, feeling like I need to entertain the masses with my every post…which I don’t have to do at all. It’s just a hobby that entertains me and stretches my mind and something I enjoy…I think I might try the May 30 days again this year, you have encouraged me!

  4. says

    Has it really been 15 years? Lookin good Ms Lintern! Thank you for letting this rookie hang out with the professionals. It’s been a fantastic learning. I am genuinely going to miss this challenge. It gave me time albeit not much to do something for myself. xxxx

  5. says

    I really honestly meant to join in, but this bathroom reno is doing my head in. Too many work-boots tramping in a and out, too much banging, sawing, choking on dust….
    (you didn’t have renovations as one of your writing blockers did you?)

    Anyway a big WELL DONE to you – you’re a champ

  6. says

    It’s funny, I get more hits and engagement when I post daily (or nearly daily). I’m sure not every post I have is crafted to perfection. In fact, I’m 100% sure of that! But overall it helps me because that way writing isn’t far from me. It has helped me make it a habit around my day job as well. Plus I have too many thoughts in my head and they have to leave somehow!!

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