I’ve been thinking (and talking) a lot about what the last 100 days has meant to me and what I’ve learned — about myself, about blogging, about life in general — in the process. While I’m not 100% certain I can fully speak to the impact of this experience, I did want to share some of my initial thoughts.
Below are 10 things that stand out so far:
- Public accountability is a really big deal. Whenever I try to do something on my own, I manage to stick with it for 1-2 weeks tops before abandoning ship. When I publicly commit to doing something — whether that’s sticking with a food budget, journaling, or blogging for 100 days — I actually do what I say I’m going to do for as long as I say I’m going to do it.
- I process things by writing about them. To quote Nicole Antoinette, I heal myself out loud. I need to write them out to really understand how I’m feeling about something. While journaling has been a great outlet for me, I often take bigger leaps when I’m trying to write about it in a way that others will understand and be able to take away the bigger picture.
- I chipped away at the perfectionist that lives within. I would love to say that this project completely eradicated my need for creating the perfect post, but it definitely began to chip away at it. In fact, there were several days where I was so tired or completely done with a post that I just hit publish so I could be done.
- I got to experiment and be playful. Every single blog I’ve ever run has had a very specific focus — vegetarian recipes, crafting and DIY, food sensitivities and allergy-friendly recipes, and entrepreneurship. This is the very first time that I’ve been able to write without worrying whether or not it would “fit” with the blog. And that, friends, was freakin’ liberating. I’m excited to continue trying on new styles of writing and exploring new topics. I’ve even got a few things up my sleeve for future posts.
- The posts that resonated most for people weren’t always the ones that I expected to. Not necessarily a new realization, but still fun to stay curious and see what topics were getting more traction than others.
- Momentum is HUGE. There were seriously days where I was ready to say, “Fuck it, I’m done.” But I couldn’t, knowing that I was already so many days into the project and that people were paying attention.
- Consistent posting garners consistent readership. Yeah, yeah. Stating the obvious and all. But I had forgotten how true this really was. This little old blog went from an average of 400 hits a month to just over 2,300. That’s a 500% increase in readership. Insane!
- I battled quite a few demons around being seen. I would vacillate between feeling incredibly slimy for constantly sharing what I was posting and obsessively checking my blog stats to see if people were reading it. Sadly, there were more than a few days where I’d sulk because I felt like I was killing myself to write every day for nothing.
- Writing begets more writing. I was worried in the beginning that I’d have nothing left to say after a while, and while I felt like that on more than one occasion, the reality was quite different. The more I wrote, the more topics I would think to write about. It also reminded me that when I was at my most prolific with blogging, it was actually easier to keep up the pace.
- This sense of accomplish and deep-seated feeling of pride is addicting. Now that I’m on the other side of things, I want to do a thousand and one more #100Days projects. I’m seriously contemplating making every single goal into a 100 Days of ________ thing. 100 Days Of Drinking Water, 100 Days Of Exercising, 100 Days Of Walking, 100 Days Of Hand Lettering … you get the idea.
There’s more percolating inside about everything, and I’m sure that I’ll have more to say about it soon, but this is a great start.