So today marks a very important milestone for me — 60 days since I first joined Medium, and wrote my first post. If you’ve been following me since then, you’ll know that on that day I made a pledge to myself to write and publish a unique, valuable and interesting post every single day for 365 days.
Only 305 days to go, yay!
But in truth, there is absolutely no rush because I’m absolutely loving it. I’ve learnt so much about myself and what I’m capable of, as well as the world that I live in.
To mark this milestone I wanted to share some of the things I’ve learnt over the last 60 days, to try to help and inspire other writers like me. Whether you’ve been writing on Medium long before me, or if you’ve only just recently started, there’s going to be something for you to learn here today.
And even if you’re just one of Mediums many beautiful readers, perhaps this post will make you consider contributing to this amazing community.
As I say, I’ve learnt SO MUCH, and too much to cover just today — so I’m going to focus on the five biggest lessons I’ve learnt over the last 60 days that I believe will benefit people the most.
Lesson 1: Unexpected Places
As you can probably imagine, posting a new and unique blog every single day requires a lot of ideas that soon run dry. There’s even been times where I’ve had a long list of ideas, but some just weren't long or strong enough to use alone — so I've combined many into one blog.
On amount 10 different occasions over the last 60 days I’ve run dry, void of ideas or inspiration. I would browse my book shelf, look at training courses I’ve been on or work I’ve created in the past — all to find just one or two words that would spawn a whole new amazing blog idea!
Sometimes that worked — other time’s, it didn’t. This led to a few occasions where I thought I might fail my own challenge, something that I really didn’t want to do. And on each of these occasions, I ended up stumbling upon ideas from sources I just wouldn’t normally expect or at times where I wasn’t really searching for the next idea.