Over the previous 7 months, I’ve been doing a weekly problem on a new weblog known as ‘Discover Your Spark’.
My purpose with it’s to write down a brand new ‘immediate’ weblog put up each week for 52 weeks on the subject of serving to folks ‘discover their spark’ (and to assist me discover mine too).
On this put up, I assumed I’d share a few of what I’ve discovered (and relearned) by way of doing this problem.
1. I’ve beloved beginning one thing new
Whereas I like ProBlogger and Digital Images Faculty (my important blogs), it’s been refreshing to get again to writing one thing I’m obsessed with.
2. Having a ‘problem’
Committing publicly to write down a weekly put up for a yr) has been very motivating for me and has helped me keep on activity.
3. I’ve actually loved utilizing the Ghost running a blog platform
Whereas I often encourage new bloggers to begin their weblog on a platform that they management and Ghost is a hosted service – there’s additionally one thing fairly liberating about not having to work out the tech challenges when beginning one thing new. I don’t suppose I’d have began this undertaking if I needed to do it by myself server, with my very own design, and so forth. I made a decision after I began that I might not spend a lot time ‘tweaking’ design or options and make investments 99% of my time into creating content material. I feel this has paid off large time.
- Ghost not solely supplies you with a running a blog platform however a publication. Being able to hit publish and know that the brand new put up routinely additionally goes out by way of e mail in a publication is fairly cool.
- Whereas I’m not monetising what I do, you may also have paid membership tiers to supply premium content material to paid subscribers, which is fairly cool.
- Whereas Ghost is new(ish), it’s nice to see that they’re persevering with to develop the platform. In the previous few months, they’ve added new options, together with feedback, new stats/insights, viewers suggestions and so forth.
4. I’ve beloved the method of researching, gathering concepts and creating content material once more
I’ve tried various sorts of types of content material over the past 29 weeks (totally different lengths, curating some content material, utilizing quotes and so forth) and have beloved the tempo of 1 considerate put up per week. I’ve most likely gone longer/deeper into the content material than I had anticipated after I began the problem, however I’ve actually loved the long-form strategy
I’ve taken the strategy with this weblog of reporting what I’m studying slightly than making an attempt to come back throughout as an professional. This voice has served me properly previously, however notably with the matters I’m overlaying (which I suppose border on private improvement), I feel it’s been vital.
5. Ranging from scratch is tough!
I had forgotten how arduous it’s to speculate a lot time and power into creating content material solely to listen to a powerful silence after you hit publish. Ranging from scratch with constructing an viewers after which getting engagement from that viewers is tough!
Whereas I’m writing primarily for my very own improvement, I feel I’d maybe taken as a right the fantastic neighborhood I’ve grown through the years on my different blogs.
I think that with my strategy of investing all of my efforts into writing, I’ve fallen brief in selling the content material as a lot as I’ve with earlier blogs within the early years. I feel I have to tweak this strategy.
6. I’m glad I brainstormed matters earlier than I began the problem
Earlier than I began, I used thoughts map software program to create 52 matters that I may write on over the yr. I’ve since provide you with different concepts and discarded among the authentic ones, however it has been very helpful to have that financial institution of concepts to attract on when I’ve had weeks the place I’ve not felt as impressed to write down, or not too long ago after I travelled with the household for a couple of weeks. Right here’s a podcast episode I recorded about utilizing thoughts maps in your running a blog.
All in all, the problem has been a really rewarding course of for me up to now. I’m studying heaps about running a blog and the matters I’ve written about.
For these desirous to comply with alongside – the brand new weblog is at https://find-your-spark.ghost.io/
Should you do wish to begin a weblog, I might suggest signing up for my FREE Final Information to Beginning a Weblog Course.