The month of April is nearly over and this is my final post for this writing PDP (personal development project). Although I don’t think I would have embarked on this journey without Praxis, I’m glad that I did. It was challenging and not always fun and I learned a few things along the way. The practice of being creative every day is awesome and horribly difficult. Here are my thoughts on the month.
My inspiration chart (the 15th is missing because I didn’t write a blog post that day):
My website views went through the roof this month. Even though the content I was putting out was mediocre in quality, the fact that I was consistently getting content out into the world meant I was being read. (It also helps if you promote yourself on social media.)
The topics I covered this month didn’t stick to any one theme. I like that- it keeps me from getting bored and I don’t feel pressured to brainstorm into a funnel. This is also a way to gauge what people want to read. My most popular piece this month was the one on Ryland’s death and the least popular was on social capital. There are many factors that affect how a post is received, but by publishing a piece for (almost) 30 days straight, I have a nice bit of data to study.
I have done this challenge twice before and I’ll tell you this: it doesn’t get easier, but you get better at it. This month I only missed one day, which is the best I’ve ever done. I wasn’t always happy with what I wrote or the situation I was writing in. And I didn’t always feel inspired. But every day I would find or force the inspiration and get done what I needed to.
Big things I learned:
- Your creativity/inspiration level is completely unrelated to the quality of your art
- I need to decide on the direction and purpose for this blog
- Working productively while on vacation is possible!
- Forced creativity is not bad
PDPs are awesome. Committing to working on one thing every single day is actionable and that means there will be results. I don’t know that I would do this again; sometimes what I write isn’t what I want to put on my blog. Making your art public adds pressure to everything you do and I might get rid of that element. I publishing one post a week that I absolutely love as opposed to a post every day that I feel “mehh” about.
Overall, I’m pleased with my results. Now I have to decide on my PDP for May! What will you be doing?