1 Blog…30 Days…5 Lessons

Dont bite off more than you can chew

I admit, I was slow to get into the blog scene. There are good reasons for this of course. The primary reason being, having a blog went against rule #1 that I teach my clients: don’t bite off more than you can chew. Then in January I was finally ready to give blogging a try. After choosing a platform that worked well for me, wrestling with design and layout choices, and determining what kind of content would be useful/interesting to others, I started posting in early February.

5 Lessons in 30 Days of Blogging

  1. Expect “sore muscles”. Like exercising, if you haven’t been writing anything beyond email, project plans and contracts for a while, you will feel “sore” as you start to stretch your true writing muscles.
  2. Life can get in the way. I was all pumped up to write as many times as possible during the month of February with a private goal of at least two times per week (always the optimistic realist). Unfortunately, sometimes life gets in the way. Between multiple family illnesses, unexpected events, clients and running a business, I found myself struggling to get one post out per week.
  3. You’ll think differently. In-between all the work and distractions of February, I found was thinking about blogging. In the doctor’s office I’d be contemplating what I would write about and planning the future of my blog. I found this to be a good mental exercise.
  4. More mindful research. A positive side affect of the blog was that I started looking at every article, every book and other posts, as important springboards for new content. I found that I was reading everything more carefully and absorbing it more fully because I was thinking about ideas for my own writing.
  5. Accept and embrace help. I’m luckily to know many great bloggers and supportive business professionals. By reaching out to digital design professional and fellow blogger, Abbey Tosic, I was able to keep content flowing. I loved the experience and look forward to having Abbey back and adding other guest bloggers to the mix in the future. If you’re interested…contact me!

I’ve read it can take anywhere from 21 to 66 days to form a habit. I’m just over 30 days into my effort and still moving forward. So far, I’m feeling good about my new venture. If you’re contemplating starting a blog, know that I still stand behind rule #1. However, if you’re ready and it makes sense for you personally and/or your business, it can be a rewarding experience. Here’s to a future of blogging!

-Karin Khuhro

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