A little over a month ago (June 15, 2010 to be exact), I entered a blogging challenge issued by social marketing & technology expert Kimberly Castleberry.
The challenge was to publish an article – or whatever else your website produces (podcasts, video tutorials, etc) – each day for 30 days straight!
Writing a quality post everyday is difficult! Contrary to what you may think, writing these articles is NOT my full-time job. Before this challenge I was posting 2 or 3 articles a week. Therefore, I knew that in order to pull this off I would have to dedicate a lot more of my “spare” time to writing.
This challenge helped me to develop several character traits that will help me with KNS Financial, the Faithful With A Few blog, and life in general. Here are several things that I needed:
Discipline – I had to discipline myself everyday to set aside time to develop ideas for articles and to actually write them. Prior to this challenge, if I couldn’t think of a topic or didn’t feel up to writing, I would just put it off for another day.
However, in order to follow through with this challenge, I had to push through and finish anyway! I needed to discipline myself in order to meet my daily deadlines.
Focus – Whenever I write or research, I tend to do other things as well. So, while I’m writing an article or researching my next topic, I will be checking my email, playing a game on Facebook, checking my website for new comments, working on our budget, and commenting on other financial websites, ALL AT THE SAME TIME!
However, for this challenge I had to learn to focus on writing and filter out the other distractions – this is still a challenge for me, just ask my wife, but I have made huge strides in this area!
Budget My Time Wisely – Most of the things I listed under “focus” are necessary for me to do daily. However, I still need to carve out time to do each task, and give them the attention needed to be successful. During this challenge, I was able to find a lot of lost minutes in my days, and am working to make every minute count.
Plan Ahead – For many of the posts during this 30-day challenge, I wrote them a day or two in advance and just scheduled them for the appropriate day. I often found myself looking ahead at my schedule to make sure I would have time to write on various days.
Treat This Site as a Business – I love writing about perso0nal finance and all that goes with it (budgets, debt management, savings, investing, saving money, etc). I love providing people with information that can help change their lives; I also love writing about the bible and teaching what God says about everything (including finance)!
However, I have put a significant amount of time, energy, and money into this site. In order to justify all of this, I need to start monetizing my actions on this site, and with KNS Financial in general. That means publicizing my affiliate agreements, such as the KNS Financial Amazon.com store; marketing my services as a writer, and conducting more seminars and workshops.
Appreciate My Wife – Of course this is something that I vowed to do years ago, but I have even more reason to keep this at the front of my mind. With the time that I spend maintaining this site, writing articles, meeting with clients, networking with other writers/bloggers, preparing taxes, researching financial and economic topics, and preparing presentations, it can become very easy to neglect my wife.
Spending time with her and being a godly husband is more important than anything else that I do! Serving God and ministering to my wife must take priority over all else, and this 30-day challenge forced me to remember that every day.
Of course I learned many things about running a website – using keywords, SEO, social networking, etc – but the things that I listed above will help me in many areas of my life.
I want to thank Kimberly for issuing the challenge and providing a ton of support and advice! If anyone out there needs information about using Facebook, Twitter, writing a blog (especially using WordPress), or just needs help building establishing the online presence of a small business, then she’s the person to contact.
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