I was tagged to do the #30DaysOfBeautyChallenge and I thought sure, let’s go for it. I started out by uploading daily Instagram photos but on Day 3 I decided that I should start blogging with this as well. So I wrote blog posts for the first three days then continued to post Instagram photos and related blog posts daily for the rest of the 30 days.
I had set up this website and this blog and decided that the #30DaysOfBeautyChallenge is an excellent way of getting me started with my blog. I wanted to share my thoughts on topics and products and also see whether regular blogging is something I can do.
First off, I set off with not being too hard on myself. I set off with knowing that these will not be the perfect blog posts but they will be my thoughts on a web page with some relevant photo. Some days in the challenge got me thinking that I don’t have much to say about a particular topic, but once I started putting words down into a post, my thoughts and words seemed to flow out. If I wasn’t prompted by this challenge, I wouldn’t have thought of writing posts about certain topics.
Let’s face it. Life does get in the way. I have a full time job that can be quite calm or quite busy. My work time sometimes does overflow into my personal time and this makes it hard to make time to write a blog post on some days.
During one week of this challenge, my boyfriend’s parents were visiting. We were spending most days with them, showing them around the city and I didn’t want to miss out or be anti social. So before they turned up, I prepared a few blog posts in advance. This was challenging, more so because I wanted to finish off my work in advance as well so I can spend time with my guests. Towards the end of their stay, there was a day when we randomly decided to make a trip to Oxford and Stonehenge. The problem was that I didn’t have any blog posts pre written for that day. So of course, me being my stubborn self, refusing to miss a day, I wrote a blog post on my phone in the car. Luckily I had some internet connection and I also managed to publish it. Cool.
Other days, I spend a whole day at work and then my partner meets me in town and we go out for dinner. My partner wants to enjoy my company, I want to do my blog posts, so I chill and relax over dinner as usual, then when I’m back home and before I go to sleep, I write and publish a blog post. Again, I wasn’t aiming for perfection, I was simply getting myself to do it.
I’ve learnt a few things from this process:
1. I have more to share than I thought I did
2. Having a set plan with writing prompts is very useful
3. It gets easier and quicker over time… And I can get better at it by doing it regularly
4. There are certainly circumstances where there’s a good reason not to post. There are a lot of days when refusing to not do it will help you find a way to do it — And that’s rewarding
5. On quite a small scale of success (come on, it’s a 30 day challenge), deciding to finish before starting is a good way of finishing. This has applied to more challenging things I’ve done in my life and sticking to my guns is what got me through the days when I simply didn’t want to do it.
In the end it’s been fun and rewarding. Now I know I can blog regularly…. If I want to. 🙂