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Some stuff I’ve learned in a month of writing every day

July 31, 2011

At the beginning of this month, I made a decision to write at least one post on the blog every day until the end of the year. Well, it’s 31 days and 35 posts later, and so far so good.

It’s been a pretty revealing experience actually. Forcing myself to write something everyday, even if it’s a very short something, has made me think about writing much more often. Every moment of the day is a potential blog post (okay, perhaps not every moment). So in the back of my mind there’s always a simple question looming. How can I write about that to make it compelling? After all, while I enjoy doing this blog as an outlet for my crazy thoughts, I also want people to read and enjoy it.

I know that at least a few people have read it. I can see it in my (admittedly) meager traffic stats. July has been by far my most visited month on the blog – almost tripling the next busiest month, and increasing 5 times over the average of all the other months I’ve been doing this. Of course, many of those are repeat visits of regular readers brought on by the sheer volume of posts I’ve done in the last 31 days; but in the past month I’ve also had both my busiest day ever on the blog and my most viewed single post. I guess I must be doing something right.

Reflecting on this, those results shouldn’t come as a surprise. Like everything else, practicing writing can only make me a better writer. Although this was not a lesson I learned as well as I should have as a child. I never really tried that hard at anything growing up, and so I never saw the benefits that daily practice could produce. I was smart enough to get decent grades without doing a lot of homework. I went to little league practice, but only because my parents drove me. I even once faked practicing the saxophone by recording it and playing it back through a tape deck (sorry, Mom).

Being creatively lazy is a condition that’s plagued me my whole life. I’ve been very good at doing just enough to get by, while at the same time hatching plots to do even less without anyone noticing. That’s not something I can get away with if I want to consider myself a writer. Either the words are there on the paper (or screen) or they’re not. Most of the time I’ve been writing, they weren’t; but today at least, here they are. Oh, and I have every intention that they be there tomorrow and the next day too. See you then.

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  1. July 31, 2011 11:40 am

    Nice post! Just shows how much being active on your blog drives traffic to it(I’m here, aren’t I?:P) Guess I should blog more often too:)
    When you say you do just enough work to get by, and think of intricate ways to get away with even less work, you remind me of my boyfriend:P

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    • July 31, 2011 11:46 am

      Thanks for stopping by. Writing every day has been the single best thing I’ve done since starting this blog. Also, creative laziness is an art form in and of itself. It’s ironic that it’s one of the few things I actually have practiced a great deal in my life.

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  2. September 5, 2011 5:05 pm

    Ahhh this sounds exactly like me. I have the same problem where I simply can not force myself to write more often. It could be because I have a 10-hour-a-day job, but I admit that I do still have time to write at night, I just end up procrastinating 😦 A few weeks ago, my blog received over 40 thousand unique visitors for ONE post. I got quite a few subscribers as well, but I was so lazy that I didn’t write any follow up posts and probably missed out on a great opportunity.

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    • September 5, 2011 8:29 pm

      I think there’s a lot of us. In fact, I’m being kind of lazy right now. I should be finishing a post about how I rooted my NOOKcolor over the weekend. Instead I’m replaying to comments (and thanks for the comment, by the way), and playing with said NOOKcolor. Out of curiosity, what was the post about that got 40,000 visitors? Did you share it somewhere?

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      • September 5, 2011 8:37 pm

        http://www.ryanscrazythoughts.com/facebook-post-via-hack/

        That one. I shared it on stumbleupon. About 2 months after I posted the article, someone stumbled upon it (pun intended) and “liked” it. Following that, it just kept receiving more and more likes and it just exploded. I had been planning on trying to leverage this traffic to promote my new forum http://www.theadviceforums.com but by the time I got around to putting a link there, the traffic had fizzled out and I am back down to a measly 600 – 900 views a day 😦

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        • September 5, 2011 8:50 pm

          Cool. To be honest, I don’t get anywhere near 600 views a day at this point. I’m growing though. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. September 5, 2011 8:53 pm

    I can’t reply to your last comment so I will make a new one 🙂 If you’re interested, I’ll be writing some blogging tips on how I personally have been able to get higher views / subscription rates etc.

    On the new forum I created (Which is growing steadily), I also plan on having a “blogging” section where people can discuss blogging tips etc.

    If you’re interested in registering, I also allow people to post links to their blog in their signatures. (I’ve found that this gets me a lot of blog views on other forums, so I think its only fair that I allow it on my own).

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    • September 5, 2011 9:00 pm

      Yeah, I only allowed comment threads to go on for so long in the settings. After a while they get to be unreadable. Thanks for the link, I’ll head over and check out the site.

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