I blogged my heart out in September, a whole 30 days of creating posts was worth every minute of my time…
- What stands between you and what you want is the story you tell yourself about why you can’t have it. I told myself I was going to blog the heck out of this September Challenge and I did exactly that!
- Collaboration is key. There were days when the challenge topics were tough and I had no idea how to tackle them. Thankfully we had the option to invite guest bloggers to write for us on a not so creative day. I’m grateful for Chantelle, Vimbai and Josh for coming to the rescue. Through their work my eyes were opened to issues that I had been ignorant about.
- Having a Content Calendar makes life easier. When the challenge started I looked through the topics and I was convinced it was going to be one crazy month because it looked like a lot of work. Turns out it saved me a lot of time because I worked on difficult topics beforehand and sailed through the easy ones.
- I’ve spotted my weaknesses and strengths. Before this challenge I was an impromptu blogger. Thanks to having to do research beforehand I have become more organised and I can create blog posts days in advance. My number one strength now is that I know I can actually blog everyday if I put my mind to it.
- I got out of my comfort zone and learnt about new topics e.g feminism. I always see the topic getting people in heated arguments on social media platforms but now that I am more knowledgeable on the topic believe me I will be jumping in with my views.
- Use of different tools and elements to evoke emotion. Pinterest was good to me, word play even better! These tools helped with keeping my readers engaged throughout the month and I’m happy to note that most readers could relate to different topics.
- Blog titles. The catchier the better. One of my personal favourites this month was When In Doubt, Eat Sadza. This post caught the attention of my readers; most readers are currently out of the country so seeing sadza left them feeling nostalgic.
- Scheduling posts was the best thing that ever happened to me in September! It gave me time to read other blogs and not work on blogging only.
- Excuses don’t bring blog posts! I wrote through both good and bad days. That’s the problem when you initiate something; you can’t afford to let yourself down so it ends up being both a blessing and a curse. I seriously think that Sweet Lips should give me a case of wine because I went through a lot of wine this month to keep myself from drowing.
- Trust is built with consistency. My objective as a Blogger is to get people engaged on my blog and the only way to do so is through consistent work.
- You may be a blogger but you are also a writer. Once you are something you have the responsibility of being the best version of that! What better way to challenge your skills through a 30 Day Blogging Challenge?
- September has been the best month of the year statistically with 5,379 views, 3,598 visitors, 524 likes, 137 comments and 31 blog posts! If you want to get this blogging thing on lock then becoming a reliable source for content makes your blog more useful and therefore popular.
- Team work is the sh*t! We had a WhatsApp group running throughout the challenge and we discussed difficult topics in advance and it helped to give you an idea of which direction to choose for your posts.
- Bearded men aren’t so bad after all, wait, bearded men are the business! Apparently a man with a beard comes with much wisdom, awesomeness and note there’s D on the end of the word beard! My friend (who happens to have a beard) would check on some of my posts and read some of my drafts and let me know they were lacking my character. Make sure you have a person like that to cross check your work before sending it out into the world.
- I was going to stop blogging by the end of this year because I thought I was completely out of ideas on what to write about but this challenge just took my creative juices to the next level! I now know how I’m going to proceed blogging wise sit tight, it’s going to be an explosive journey from here on.
*Bonus Lesson: It’s good to invest in learning some technical skills!*
That said, let’s celebrate good times!! Congratulations to every blogger who participated in this challenge. It was one energy filled month, we outdid ourselves African Bloggers!!! This is the end of the #30DayAfriBlogger Challenge and I’m happy to have been a part of something so profound. The first time I did a write everyday challenge was last year in September and you can read the posts from here.
I would love to hear from you, when was the last time you took up a writing challenge? How did that go for you? Did you face any challenges along the way and how did you handle them?
I’m going to be away for a while, taking a “break” from blogging but I will still be here reading through all your amazing posts. Have a lovely weekend ahead and stay beautiful both inside and out.