Lessons from writing daily

I wrote every day in January, and here’s what I will be applying in February

The benefits of being open to learn in order to grow

Author’s own

After spending many months listing the reasons why I wasn’t posting regularly, I decided to change the approach and in January 2021, I wrote and posted every day for 31 days.

I must point out that it was difficult, to get out of my own way. And I don’t say it lightly, it wasn’t easy with so much going on around us, to not find any more reasons as to why I couldn’t post often. I mean I hate editing, no discussions there, but the most important thing for me to do was to embrace the why, and not fear about the when and the what.

In March 2020, I had 71 drafts on Medium but wasn’t posting daily. Reality hit when I was told that I was procrastinating.

Here’s the thing, it hit the right bone but there is a big difference between a loved one telling you to hit the floor running and you actually doing it. While external influence and motivation is important, what happens within will move you differently.

Writing daily has never been an issue for me, I am always writing. My worry, however, is not knowing what and where to share. Hence something had to change.

The friend who introduced me to Medium recommended I try to post frequently to make it easier to keep up the momentum, the friend I met through Medium recommended I try the 30 days writing challenge to get me to start posting more often. I thought about it and didn’t feel ready to set the challenge and count the days, I didn’t want the pressure that came with it, so I changed the approach to post regularly.

In order to get to my what and where, I decided to just post what I write, if it happened everyday then good, if not then that would be alright too. 31 days later after posting every day, I now know which categories I am mostly interested in and what keeps me coming back for more.

Lesson 1: While I take pleasure in exploring a myriad of topics, I enjoy writing about personal development, relationships and money.

What are the benefits from writing and posting regularly?

  1. Medium as a writing platform: depending on how you approach it, Medium serves for more than just a place to share your articles. It is a real community, with real people, people with real interests and real-life lessons. Author’s with full-time jobs in different parts of the world. Here, everyone is a teacher and a student, through sharing knowledge and experiences everyone benefits. Every day before posting, I read articles written by others, and after posting I check the pages of those who clap for my own work too. From this experience of reading and writing, I decided to leave comments, and realised that it’s how we build a different level of support; when you engage you start to make new friends, and this is what made me come back for more.
  2. Increase in the number of followers: it is true, when you are present you are seen. Don’t take it for granted, people become interested when you are interested, if you take pleasure in learning and sharing, others will take pleasure in learning with and from you. The key is to be open to learning from others too.
  3. Monetary value: the more people become interested in you the more you earn, but how much you earn should not dictate the level of your involvement.
  4. Editing — yes, I still hate editing my own work, I have asked my better half to read some and give me his detailed feedback, but the greatest lesson is accepting that there’s always room for improvement and that the more I learn the better I write everywhere. And the more I share, the more I want my work to improve.
  5. Visuals — Pictures do attract more attention, but these must be well selected. While I have only used my own pictures to date, the ones well centred, with a clear image were the ones on articles with the highest number of views. By posting regularly, I am paying more attention to the pictures I use to represent my work.

Lesson 2: Establish what you want to gain from Medium, embrace the community but don’t forget to set your Medium targets and do your best.

In February I want to:

  1. Continue writing and posting frequently
  2. Continue connecting with other writers
  3. Explore with titles and subtitles, allow myself to be creative
  4. Take some time to go through my pictures and to take more pictures, aesthetically pleasing articles attract more readers
  5. Explore the topics I enjoy the most and share what’s on my mind (within reason)
  6. Tags guide readers, for this reason I want to learn more about how to use these the right way — open to learning
  7. Edit, edit and edit some more. If you want to write poetry, learn to remove the spaces — I didn’t remember how to until I read another’s article. It’s simple, simply press shift — enter. Short cuts are so helpful, learn all and use them. Allowing yourself to learn from others is key, and this is what I will do more of.

Lesson 3: There’s a lesson in every post, the more you write and post the more you learn.

Easy to forget, but very important:

  1. Under ‘more settings’ are the SEO settings which include the SEO Title and SEO Description. The SEO Title can be used to match popular topics and increase your chances of appearing at the top of the searched results pages, you can increase your chances by shortening or simplifying your original title. On the other hand, the SEO Description serves to summarise your article, which also works to increase the traffic to your page. I am ready to learn how to use these effectively in February.
  2. And don’t forget to share a link with your friends, family members and to other groups on social networking platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. This will also help you reach out to a wider network of readers, and who knows you may get more ideas for your future articles through conversations with others.
  3. You can also link your pictures to your social media.
  4. Don’t be so quick to judge other peoples work.

Lesson 4: Whatever you do, enjoy the process.

Good luck and happy writing!

Not a seasoned writer, just a human doing this thing called life. *** My motto: Filling up my cup, so I can overflow into yours