And just like that we hit 100.
Done and dusted.
To be honest, I never thought I’d make it to 100 posts before the end of the year. Given my track record for the best part of the year, I always thought that I wouldn’t make it.
But I have, so it’s time to celebrate.
Looking back on the 100 blog posts, I’m surprised that I didn’t spend half the time repeating myself. Sure, I did repeat myself a few times, but I have 3 kids, so I’m used to repeating myself a lot!
What I’m most pleased with is that I managed to ignore the voices in my head that wanted me to quit. There were many times that I was ready to give up and let that be that. But, I didn’t. And for that, I am the proudest.
Ok, celebration over.
The work doesn’t end, there’s still a lot to do as I move forward into the next iteration of my blog site.
Firstly, and at some point, I need to go back and re-read all 100 blogs to fix up any spelling mistakes or cryptic wording. Not to change the messaging, but to make sure its of suitable quality and of a standard that I find acceptable.
I also want to plan time to expand on the remaining sections of my site, there is much to do in that space that I want to get out of the way early, for reasons what will come to light over the next week.
There are also many things that I didn’t write about. Which seems odd that some of my blogs are utter garbage. But, my mood (and available time) dictates what I write about. Nearly all of these things are things I’ve been wanting to do for some time, and 2021 will be that time.
That’s enough teasers, time for some perspective:
On average I spent about 11 hours a week writing. I also spent about 4 hours a week on general site admin (updates, removing spam comments and so on).
I also spent a further 5 hours a week trying to plan my social media content. Making my blog writing a part time job!
Using an average word count of 500 words (it’s a bot more than that but my maths sucks!), Then I’ve written over 50,000 words in the last 100-ish days!
I usual start writing between 8-8:30pm and finish at 9:30-10pm.
I lost count of how many beers and how much gin I’ve drunk over the last 100 days!
Naturally, there are some things I haven’t liked:
Not being able to sit and relax each evening
Trying to keep my brain going at 9pm at night was tough to begin with.
Getting blurry eyes, so much so, that I couldn’t read the words on the screen anymore.
Dreading heading out at night, knowing that there is still writing to be done.
Trying to sort out a feature image. You have no idea how many photos are improvised last minute…. this one included.
I don’t want to ever have to put myself in a position to write every day again. It’s workable to a degree, but too many blogs can dilute everything, and I don’t think it’s the best solution from a reader’s perspective.
I’m glad that a have a more varied writing style. I truly think that if is my messaging was narrower, then writing everyday wouldn’t be sustainable.
There’s a balance to be had here and being forced to go to this extreme has showed me that.
I feel that I’ve got the word count ok, perhaps fewer blogs could be a bit longer, but I wouldn’t go to far. I see bloggers that insist that each blog should be in excess of 1000 words. And while I don’t disagree, I don’t feel that my style would work if I had to write that much each time.
And I feel that the biggest thing I’ve learnt is to not listen to everyone else……. Let me rephrase that………Listen to learn what others do, then stop listening and get to work on your own stuff.
I would like to thank you for reading my blogs, I know its been a bit of an overload and it’s a big commitment to read everyday (or binge read, for those bingey out there!).
Blogging is a bit odd in a way that’s it’s a bit silent and separated from my audience, But I do know people are reading my blogs and that means the world to me.
Finally, I would like to thank my family for putting up with me being stuck in my office into the late hours of the night. I couldn’t do this without your support, so thank you and I love you.
That’s it folks, thank you for reading.