Wrap up and Reflections

So here we are. The end.

Progress was very slow to non-existent near the end of this challenge. I nearly completed all of the blog posts, but missed the last 12 posts.

Business is no excuse but I was getting ready to move interstate to begin work in Melbourne.

This was obviously a decent process that meant it was difficult to find time to write my blog posts.

Although I didn’t finish this process as I would’ve liked, I think it’s still very important to reflect on this experience.

As Ray Dalio says, Pain + Reflection = Growth. Not that these posts were painful to write, but there is something that is always difficult about stepping outside your comfort zone. Now, it’s time to reflect.

Reflection ๐Ÿ”—︎

I created 58 blog posts since my exams finished near the end of November.

I’d like to think now that I have some coherent ideas in my head, and that I now have a much better idea of how to write and structure a post.

Creating this many blog posts forced me to constantly be searching for ideas to write about. I found that really rewarding. I realised that many things that happened to me during my regular life were note-worthy and great to share. Even though some things may be mundane to me, they can definitely be useful to others.

Many ideas that I had were lost because I forgot to write them down. I think if I was to do this more regularly, I would need some kind of note taking device on me at all times.

As the challenge came to an end I began telling more friends about what I had been doing. I found that even though I showed friends onto my site and they briefly read some of the posts, they didn’t sign up to the mailing list. This could be because either the content wasn’t engaging enough for them, they didn’t want to support me or the sign-up boxes were not obvious enough. I think it’s most likely to be that the content wasn’t engaging enough for them. Next time I do something like this, I think that it would be really important to specify exactly who the content is for, and make sure that the right demographic is seeing that content.

One thing that was very useful was taking notes of everything that I read or listened too. This made the creation of the blog post very easy as I could simply pull information that I already had access to, rather than try to remember exactly what was said. Things like quotes and cool concepts would be very useful to keep for this purpose.

https://www.goodreads.com/quotes is a great place to grab quotes from books.

What Next? ๐Ÿ”—︎

I am very keen to continue this process of blogging and sharing my life with others.

I think next time I will plan to target a specific group with ideas that I have some specialisation in. For example, I have a good graduate job. Showing others my process for getting a job and how I went about doing it would be something that I could definitely do.

I think some of the best mediums for this are blogging and youtube videos. The best way to do this may be to write a post, and then create a youtube video which is just me speaking about my blog post content. This way I can get 2 pieces of content for 1 amount of work.

Summary ๐Ÿ”—︎

Overall I am very happy I undertook this challenge. It has been very cool for me to write down my thoughts and express myself in a way I had not done previously.

Back soon.