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Failure to Compose

Well, that did not go as planned. If you read my post from November 13th — 30 Days of Daily Blogging — I was quite excited by the idea of getting an article written each and every day of November. Maybe I should have known better than to attempt something like that during such a busy time of the year?

I made it about 18 days, which by all accounts is more consecutive days of writing than any other time in my adult career. Nevertheless, I consider this to be a failure of achieving the goal set before me.

What I’ve learned in this process is a few things. First (and most obvious probably), is that coming up with content to write about day in and day out is hard. I always seem to come up with the perfect idea while I’m driving somewhere and can’t make a note of it. Once I’m to my destination, almost without fail the idea is gone. I most certainly need to come up with a better system for quickly jotting down ideas. Maybe I can use voice memos to hold the idea until I can write it down? I need something for those fleeting thoughts.

Second, it’s hard to stay motivated writing to a (I assume) non-existent audience. If you’re reading this article now, thank you! As I write this and the previous articles, however, there has been very little traffic to this site. That’s partly by design as we haven’t promoted it just yet, but it does make it seem eerily quiet. That should change very soon!

Lastly, I re-learned something that I’ve known for a while: that failure is fine as long as you learn from it. I failed to write every day of November as I wanted. That’s okay! With that knowledge, I know that I can do things a bit differently next time. Maybe I’ll try again with a less busy month? (I know, I know.. that doesn’t really exist.) Perhaps a more flexible 2-3 articles each week might work better?

I know I want to keep writing articles here – specifically about building WordPress/WooCommerce sites and the business surrounding these platforms. Here’s to resetting expectations and continued efforts 🍻

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