Today is day 30 and this is my 30th article published on StreetArticles!
I am so happy to have completed this journey, and I am very pleased with all I have accomplished. I have learned a ton. As others have said who have been on this adventure, it becomes an obsession but what a delightful way to spend my free time.
My first article I wrote on StreetArticles took me two days to write. I wanted the article to be perfect and so I wrote it and rewrote it and rewrote it. Since I was still learning, it took me many hours of research just to find a website with photos that I could use for my articles.
I wrote one or two more articles before joining 30 in 30 and I got to the point where it took 2-3 hours for me to write an article. I thought this was a tremendous improvement!
Enter the 30 in 30 challenge. I joined the challenge because I wanted to become more proficient at writing. I also wanted to learn how to identify with my audience, create a following, and fulfill the needs of those who follow me.
There were times during the 30 in 30 challenge where I was pushed outside my comfort zone. I was a little nervous, but as I wrote and read more articles by some of the other fantastic writers here on StreetArticles, I realized that this was exactly what I needed.
Through this process, I learned how to express myself more clearly. I used to write a paragraph, stop, reread it, edit it and then figure out where I should go with the next paragraph.
Now, I sit down for about 5 minutes before I start an article and figure out what the main points of my article are and then I write. I write in continuous thought now and only stop to reread if I've gotten interrupted along the way (which with two little ones in the house happens from time to time).
If I'm writing an article that required some research, it used to take me an hour or two of reading and note taking before I could start writing.
Today, I will spend about thirty minutes skimming related expert pieces before I write. Then I start. Once I hit a spot where I need a statistic or quote from a reputable source, then I search the internet for what I need and move on. My research articles went from 3 hours to write to 1 hour by learning through the 30 in 30 how to research while you write.
Last night (Day 29), I submitted 4 articles in 2 hours! Each article took about 15 or 20 minutes to write, the rest of the time was spent finding the pictures to go with them.
I went from taking 2-3 hours to write an article to 15-20 minutes to write an article all in 30 days!
I have to say I have learned a ton, both about writing, social media, and my tribe. I find it amazing that there are people literally from all over the world in my tribe. StreetArticles is a fantastic media for sharing ideas world wide and I have learned so much from them.
This experience has been a blessing. I look forward to many more articles here, both reading them and writing them. And a note to Kyle and Carson - is there a phase 2 to 30 in 30? What is our next challenge?
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