Yesterday I published my 31st consecutive daily blog. It felt like a milestone (high five!), so I’ll share my thoughts on daily-blogging-as-a-habit to celebrate.
It’s the small wins, right? In no particular order, here are my observations.
Developing habits is hard work. Duh. No surprise here. This is the 32nd straight blog post and I’m typing it at 5:02pm local time. I’ll have it live in time to publish, but I could be more diligent. It’s not a well-formed habit – I don’t write every single day – but it’s slowly cementing.
Writing makes me more articulate. When I write, I’m forced to share my thoughts without the ability to respond if you require clarification. It’s helped me get better at structuring my arguments, editing for clarity, and wording phrases for maximum impact.
Explaining things becomes a lot easier, too. Effectively explaining a topic or idea is really difficult. The more complex the idea, the harder it is to explain. Laying out my explanation forces me to think about how you’ll receive it (ya know, because that’s partially the point).
Writing deepens my thinking on everything. As I articulate and explain ideas, I’m forced to go deeper on subjects. I look at them from multiple angles, and it’s bleeding into how I think about everything.
I have more ideas than I thought. When I started this project, one of the excuses I had was “I won’t have something to say every day!” What a load of crap that was! A few times a week, I sit down with a pad and paper and write out ideas. It’s normal for me to capture 5-10 ideas in a sitting, so I have more ideas than time to write.
It doesn’t take very long. Since I typed the first section Developing Habits, it’s only been 9 minutes. When I start a writing session, it’s normal to write, edit, and publish a full post in 15 minutes or less.
Coming up with ideas helps me generate more ideas. Because I’m forced to both a) generate ideas regularly, and b) go deeper through explanation, more ideas surface.
I’m getting both faster and better. You’re the real judge of “better,” but I believe my writing is more effective. What I can promise is that I’m getting much faster.
Writing is a muscle. Like any muscle, practice and concerted effort improve my writing.
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