A little more than 30 days ago, I began a challenge to write for 30 days and post for 30 days.
While I did manage to write every day, I did not post every day which I admit, I have mixed feelings about.
It's true that I did have some technical issues with posting but that is not why I did not post every day.
Ok. So while I started off strong, posting daily I began to feel fear creep in. I think we all do when we assign ourselves a challenge (New Year's Resolution anyone?). But here is the thing, even when we mess up, we have to keep going. That's why the challenge has the word "imperfect" in it. On the days when I didn't post, I could of easily posted one word such as "Hi". That would have counted right? No. On the days where I did not at least put a full effort into writing something useful, something that I would want to read, I did not post. And that's ok.
What I learned is that I write best when I can assign a personal experience to it. The more relatable something is, the easier it is for me to express in written form and therefore I hope, the more valuable to you. I also learned that having an assignment has created more of a disciplined writing routine for me, which I love. Writing is now an every day activity.
The positive feedback I received on some of my posts has encouraged me to share these postings with other social media venues such as The Experience Project which has a forum dedicated to Introverts. This is another great area to connect with like minded people.
I also learned to pay closer attention to social media in general and how to best be of service for my right people; what they were saying, what they were looking for. Unfortunately, I also noticed how some tried to capitalize on Friday's tragedy in Connecticut (my home State) in an effort to draw attention to their businesses. Leveraging pain in the name of relevancy or profit should never be a consideration.
Above all, I learned that even with a challenge of imperfection, you can always meet it with grace.
Thank you all for the lovely comments and best of all for the new connections.
Tell me, in the comments below if you have undertaken a self-imposed challenge and what you learned.
All my best,
Christian Marie Herron, is Story Mentor and Creative Consultant for entrepreneurs, thinkers and creatives.