I want to try something new in October.
I’ve published twenty-six blog posts so far in 2016. That’s roughly one post for every ten days.
And sure, I’ve been battling with pretty bad anxiety and I’ve been travelling a lot, but I have so many stories and destinations that I want to catch you guys up on. If I carry on at my current rate, it’ll be 2020 and I’ll have just started writing about Luxembourg, where I currently am.
Right now, I’m putting a lot of work into slaughtering the perfectionist in me.
Aside from the fact that it’s incredibly damaging, because it essentially means you’re forever telling yourself that what you’ve done will never be good enough, it’s also causing things to stagnate. I’m spending days upon days upon days editing blog posts when they were good enough to have shared weeks ago.
I thought that being a published author would give a much-needed confidence boost to my writerly ego, but it did the opposite. Now I feel like every blog post has to be the same quality as a chapter in my book. Now I’m afraid that if I make a spelling mistake people will be like, oh my god, how did she get a book deal? And as my readership has grown over the past year, opening me up to way more haters and criticism than I’ve ever had before, I’ve grown kind of nervous. Worried about how people will react to my words. I’ve started self-censoring.
It’s silly, I know.
I’m going to be trying something new this month; I’m going to be publishing a blog post every single day.
Will I make it past day one?
I don’t have a stash of posts lined up to go; I don’t even have anything in my drafts. I’ll be writing a new post from scratch every single day.
I know it’s doable. There are times when I sit down and bash out a post within an hour (like this one!), and for some reason, those always seem to do better than the ones I spend months on. I think that giving myself the freedom to write about whatever’s on my mind, rather than staying strictly chronological, will help a lot, too.
I don’t think it will take away from my travels.
I’m currently finishing up a big jaunt around Europe, where I’ve committed to travelling far, far slower than I usually do. I’m in Luxembourg right now — one of the smallest countries in the world — and I’ve given myself a whole three days to explore (most people just spend a day in Luxembourg City and leave). I’ll be in Nice for a full week after that. Then Andorra for three days (another tiny country), and then back to Lisbon.
I definitely have the time to write high-quality blog posts without it preventing me from exploring.
So basically, I want to shake things up.
I want to publish when my blog posts are great, not when they’re perfect. And whenever I ask Dave, or anyone else, for proof-reading help, they never even notice the difference between those two versions. It’s totally all in my mind.
I want to publish in different styles, too. Going back to my roots and writing shorter, sillier updates with more personality. I want to try writing in real-time, heading out to explore a kickass castle and then publishing a photo essay the next day about it. More photo essays in general. More personal updates. More packing list posts. More day-in-the-life-of-a-traveller posts. Question and answer-type stuff. Keeping things short and sweet with the occasional in-depth resource.
More of everything, really.
So that’s what I’m going to do!
I’m confident I can do it. When I set my mind to something — and especially if I publicly share that I’m going to do it — I usually succeed. That’s why I’m currently on track to hit around 90% of my goals for this year!
I’m looking forward to the challenge, and hopefully you’ll enjoy the results of it! :-)
Oh, and if you have any questions you’d like me to answer in a Q&A post, leave a comment below or drop me an email, and I’ll see what I can do!