What you’re reading right now is the completion of the 100-day blogging streak that I had started last year.
The task was simple: to write and publish a fresh blog post every day for hundred days.
So, why do that?
Why write hundred posts at all?
Here’s my honest list of reasons:
- To check if I could. I wasn’t used to writing consistently and I wanted to see if I could improve that.
- To show up. Because I didn’t want to consider myself incapable of publishing and shipping every day.
- To be imperfect. I’m usually careful and obsessed with my work, so I wanted to break that pattern.
- To escape the validation-trap. I hoped to write for writing itself, without worrying about the pats and likes and traffic.
- To break the pace. And to shatter my comfort zone by ideating more and dedicating some hours to writing each day.
- To experiment. By shifting the pattern of writing occasionally to something more fast-paced and demanding.
- To imitate. In a way, to find out how Seth Godin, John Saddington, and other bloggers feel.
- To be disciplined. As opposed to treating writing as a less serious hobby (it matters immensely).
Has it been worth it? Yes, I have enough reasons for that.
For instance, I developed a sort of evening writing ritual during this time, and I wrote with the required brevity.
But then another question arises, which is, why stop it if it’s been so great?
And why just a hundred days?
I believe it’s essential to share my reasons for stopping this streak. I could’ve reached a classic one year, then why not?
Here are my reasons for the same:
- This work is consuming. I put about 2-3 hours every day to write and edit, and that hasn’t been so effortless.
- I’ve got my answers. I’ve realized most outcomes that I wanted to experience through this practice.
- Refining writing. I want to write deeply about topics by putting in the required thought and time.
- To do new stuff. It’s time for me to replace the same set of hours with other pursuits and activities.
That’s a brief overview of what this one has been all about.
I’ve written more posts than I did in the past, discovered a way to write without being all too serious, and managed to stay disciplined all this while.
I feel closer to words again.