BlogX: Building Habits – Week 1 Complete!

Week One of BlogX is complete, and I have survived.  That means that I have 83 days remaining as part of this new program.  Each exercise that John gives us is designed to grow our writing ability as well as develop our blogging muscles.

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As I begin Week Two, I will find myself aboard a jet plane headed to Michigan for some training.  I am looking forward to some quiet time on the plane so that I can draft some posts and read.

Here are some thoughts from this first week of BlogX:

  1. Writing is Tough – it is easy to write when you are inspired, but I am learning the value of writing when I am not 100% passionate. It is more about the exercise of writing than the message at times.
  2. Photographic Inspiration – I am inspired by the photos I see and the photographs that I take. I have learned that I can craft a story from a simple picture. More importantly, my photographs help define the stories that are shared here on this blog.
  3. Analytics Aren't Everything – I can often become discouraged when I see my pageviews and visitors drop; however, I have also learned that I can see a direct correlation between publishing everyday and my visitor traffic.
  4. Challenge & Accountability – Being a part of BlogX has added a new level of accountability to my publishing. Having a guide to help push and drive me to write everyday is been a huge help. I am also being challenged to work on other things of the blog that I have neglected – each element serving a key purpose to push me forward.
  5. Momentum – Once I get rolling with writing, the ideas begin to flow and after some time I realize that I have pumped out 300-400 words without even blinking. Yeah baby, now we're rolling!

The first week has been good, but finding time to do the “content blitz” as John suggests is tough for a Wednesday as those are my busiest days. I am going to have to find another day or restructure my daily schedule to accomodate the writing that I need to do.

I can't wait to see what we tackle next week!

Have you seen a change in my writing this past week? You can leave a comment here.

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