7 Posts in 7 Days: An epic blogging challenge
(Actually, it’s not really epic at all. Lots of people write posts every day. But I like to add a touch of drama to my linkups, so here we go…)
Okay, people. Start stretching your fingers, put sweatbands on your wrists, and pull out your most sturdy keyboard, because it’s time for some serious blogging. I’m going to post every day from Monday, July 22 to Sunday, July 28, and if you have a blog, you should join me. Here’s why:
- Your readers want to hear from you. Maybe this is just me, but I love it when I see new posts from my favorite bloggers. I would rather them throw together a short, imperfect post than not update at all.
- It’ll help you overcome perfectionism. How often has this happened to you?: You have an idea for a post that seems kind of interesting. You’re just about to type it up, but then you start second guessing it. An hour later, you’ve decided that if you were to put these thoughts into words, everyone would think that you’re the most crazy / stupid / irresponsible / weird / boring / unoriginal person in the whole world. Then someone else writes the same basic thing, and everyone on Facebook is hailing it as the most brilliant thing ever put on the internet. This is why we need deadlines: they force us to stop thinking and just write.
- It’ll help you find your blogging groove. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve slaved over The Post that Everyone Is Going to LOVE, only to publish it and hear crickets chirping in response; then, the next week, I’ll dash out some thoughts off the top of my head, and get a great response from people saying that that’s just what they needed to hear that day. Posting frequently will help you find that (surprisingly elusive) sweet spot where what you love to write overlaps with what your readers love to read.
For those intrepid bloggers who are up to the challenge, feel free to add your blg to the linky list below so that the rest of us can follow along with your posts.
And if you don’t have a blog but like reading them, check out the list for sites that will have lots of fresh content next week.
Monday, it begins.
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